Wherever you’re jetting off to this summer, one thing’s for sure – you have an airplane cabin to contend with. One of the hardest places to look and feel good, airplanes have a knack for zapping the life out of you and your skin, leaving you landing with puffy eyes and dull, dry complexions. But with the right intel and product picks, you can touch down looking like you’ve just stepped out of a spa and not off a flight. Honest.
So sit back and relax knowing that, with Savoir Flair’s top five beauty tips, you’ll look fly when in the sky.
Go Makeup Free
Airplane air is bad enough as it is, so clogging your skin and pores with makeup just makes matters worse. Flying makeup-free ensures you can load skin up with beneficial products whilst causing less stress and irritation. If you really can’t get on board sans slap, make sure you have some top-quality cleansing wipes in your carry-on, so you can remove it effectively once in the air. You can always apply your makeup just before landing (which is what all the celebs do).
These face wipes from celebrity skin and beauty expert Lauren Napier are an in-flight essential and were coincidentally conceptualized during a flight from Dubai to New York. They gently cleanse skin with a calming and soothing blend of ingredients such as aloe, cucumber, and chamomile extracts, which help balance oil levels, restore hydration, and tone. Plus they come in handy single sachet packets, so you can pack just the right amount for your trip.
Top tip: Cleanse again prior to landing. Cabin air is not something you want to keep on your skin.
Cleanse by Lauren Napier ‘Facial Cleansing Wipes’
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
To put how drying airplane air is into perspective, think of it like sitting in Dubai’s desert – for hours. Plane air lacks over half of the humidity levels that skin is comfortable with; skin is healthy and happy between 40 to 70 percent humidity, and on a plane that drops to 20. That makes dry and dehydrated skin one of the biggest beauty concerns when flying.
To combat this, you need to load up on ultra-hydrating products that lock moisture into the skin. Most of us would naturally reach for a water-packed product at this point. Water on skin = more hydration, right? Wrong. The cabin air will actually draw out the moisture from you skin, leaving it dryer than before, so those water sprays and mists are no good when you’re in the sky.
Instead, opt for a serum rich in hyaluronic acid, which is great at retaining water – 1,000 times its own weight, to be exact. Then, create a hydrating barrier to lock this moisture in. Simply using a serum won’t cut it; a rich cream will add even more moisture and ensure it stays put.
Rock a Mask
Thanks to stars like Bella Hadid, Chrissy Teigen, and Jessica Alba, it’s now totally acceptable to rock a face mask mid-flight. In fact, this is one product that celebrities swear by when it comes to retaining their superstar skin and glowing complexions at 30,000 feet – and that’s because masks help rehydrate, nourish, soothe, and protect skin.
To keep things fuss-free and to avoid creating a mess, try a dry sheet mask like this offering from Charlotte Tilbury. It works just like your regular sheet mask but without the risk of gloopy overspill, and it can be used up to three times, which means you can pack it for your return leg too. Trust us, it will be worth the funny looks.
Charlotte Tilbury ‘Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask’
Watch What You Eat (and Drink)
Hydrating your body starts on the inside, so try and resist the salty snacks and sugar-laden drinks offered during the flight as these will leave you both dehydrated and puffy. It may sound obvious, but drinking lots of water is essential, and try your best to avoid coffee or anything containing caffeine as this can cause further dehydration and oxidative stress. If in doubt, always travel with healthy snacks and some herbal tea bags to help curb any on-board cravings.
Don’t Skip the SPF
Just because you’re on a plane doesn’t mean you’re safe from the sun’s harmful UV rays. In fact, the high altitude means you’re more at risk of getting sun damage as a) you’re closer to the sun and b) the air at higher altitudes is thinner, which makes it easier for harmful rays to reach you. Before you panic and steer clear of the window seat, simply ensure your skincare offers SPF protection or that you have a handy SPF mist on you at all times. Simple.
Coola ‘Travel Size SPF 50 Unscented Sunscreen Spray’