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5 ways to take care of your skin while flying on an aeroplane

When travelling, even for a short period, it’s important that we keep our skin feeling (and looking) its best. Flying can be especially taxing on skin, so it’s best to know what (and what not) to do when travelling by plane.

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Laura Chacon-Garbato, Director of Worldwide Nutrition, Product Training for Herbalife, says, ‘Aeroplane cabins have extremely low humidity that can cause our skin to become dehydrated quickly. The recirculated dry air in the cabin is on a search for moisture, and that search usually ends with our skin being sucked dry. Not only will dry skin become drier, but oily skin can become even oilier.’ Here are her useful tips on how to take care of your skin while travelling:

1. BYOBB (bring your own beauty bag)

First of all, make sure you know exactly what you can and cannot take on an aeroplane. Pack your travel essentials (all under 100ml) in clear ziplock bags. Include a hydrating cleanser, moisturiser, lip balm, hand sanitiser and hand cream.

2. Bare it all

While flying it’s best not to have a full face of makeup, especially any foundations and powders, as they aid in drying out skin even further. If you’re not used to being in public without makeup, then all you need to remember is this: it’s not the time for anyone to look glamorous, so don’t worry about what anyone else thinks. This is what’s best for your skin! If you’re still thinking there’s no way you can go without any makeup, then swipe on a little mascara and dab on a touch of lip gloss to make you feel better.

3. Keep your moisturiser handy

Make sure your moisturiser is in the compartment in front of you before you take off so you don’t have to keep getting out of your seat during the flight. Make it a routine that after a certain period of time, you apply another layer of moisturiser. If it’s a shorter flight then it doesn’t have to be as frequent – maybe 30-minute intervals for a local flight.

4. Stay SPF-safe

Sunscreen on an aeroplane? Yes, really! However, this only really applies if you’re sitting in a window seat, as the sun’s UV rays will filter through the window, which aren’t capable of keeping them out. Better yet, opt for a moisturiser with SPF so you can minimise your items and do two jobs in one! Shut the shade if the sun is directly on you for a long period of time, or rather opt for an aisle seat if you can.

5. Drink, drink and drink some more

It’s easy to ask for a glass of wine when the flight attendant comes around with drinks to calm the flying nerves, but it’s best to stick to classic H₂O during the flight. Avoid further dehydration by skipping alcohol altogether and drinking lots of water.

Client: Herbalife

Coverage received in: Good Housekeeping

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