Airplane Skincare Must-Haves That Can Save Your Face

Nothing zaps moisture out of our skin as quickly as an airplane flight. I have lost count the number of times I boarded a plane sporting my well-moisturized face only to arrive on the other side with skin that feels like sandpaper. Whether you have a job that requires frequent travel or go for that once-a-year family holiday, it pays to know some helpful airplane skin-saving tips so you can arrive at your destination without looking like a dried fig.

Carry-on must-haves that can save your face:

An empty water bottle. Once you have cleared security and customs, head for the nearest water fountain and fill your bottle. Then, start drinking. You can board the plane with a full bottle of water. Continue to drink from your bottle throughout the flight. It may be a bit of a nuisance having to pee every half an hour but your skin will thank you for it. Plus, it is good excuse to go for a walk down the aisle to stimulate blood flow.

Lip balm. I don’t know how many times I have bought what I call my “last-minute lip balm” at the airport. Having dry lips is one of the most uncomfortable feeling and licking lips does not help. In fact, it makes lips even drier! Dry lips can very quickly progress to chap lips that bleed…and that is no good. If its a long-haul flight, this is a definite must-have.

A mini twist-top container. Fill your small twist-top container with your favorite moisturizer. It will come in handy when your skin feels a little parched after a few hours.

Warning: Avoid hydrating your face with a facial mist spray. A lot of people get this wrong thinking that spritzing water on their face will make their skin feel hydrated. Trouble is cabin air pressure is so low and drying that it will draw every drop of water from the surface of your face into the air. The result is even drier and tighter skin. Instead, apply a thin layer of moisturizer cream from your mini container.

Under-eye patches. If you are prone to under-eye bags and dark circles, last minute packing and early flights can often leave you with puffy, tired eyes. Bring a couple of your favorite under-eye patches for on-the-spot treatment. After the rolling credits of your third in-flight movie, rest your eyes by putting on a pair of hydrating eye patches and relax for 10 minutes.

CC cream. If you really want that extra radiant boost to your complexion, bring along a compact cc cream (or bb cream) for a quick retouch just before the plane touches down. These creams give skin an instant smooth light coverage that looks natural and fresh – without looking like you are trying too hard to look good. Add a layer of mascara and you are ready to disembark the plane at your destination.

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