Air Travel and Skincare

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There is no doubt that traveling by air is the most efficient means of transport. Today, aircraft can cover any distance on the planet, making even the very distant destination accessible in a matter of one to two days, including changing flights and waiting for that to happen. This is the reason why many professionals include air travel in their regular job dynamic, often spending a sizable amount of time in airplanes.

But, there is a downside to all the benefits of air travel, and it impacts your skin. Because of the pressurized nature of aircraft cabins, the air in them is extremely dry. Exposure to this kind of environment, which for those who travel frequently involves many hours every week, is very problematic for any type of skin.

Dryness of the air in the cabin gradually depletes the moisture levels of the skin, leaving it open to rough patches, dullness and in more severe cases, acne breakouts. There is an explanation for this – dry types of skin get even drier, while those who have a more oily type produce more oil to stop the drying, which can then lead to acne.

Luckily, there are several ways to combat this airplane exposure that damages a skin. The most important factor that should be kept in mind is hydration. Everyone who cares about their skin should start to hydrate actively before the flight itself. Exfoliation is paramount here, and providing yourself with a mild session before the flight will rid the skin of the dead tissue, allowing the subsequent use of masks for pre-hydrating to work. Dry types of skin can use a creme moisturizer, while oily ones should use one of the water-based gels.

During a flight, some type of facial oil product should be used to provide the skin with the barrier against the onslaught of the dry air. This goes for all the skin types, because oil decreases the amounts of moisture evaporation. Products that are based on mist (which is basically water) and water-based masks should be avoided because they will also dehydrate the skin after the short-term hydration they provide.

After landing, you should hydrate your skin and your entire body (by drinking water). Then, when you get a chance back home or at a hotel, you can gently clean your face and also let the stress of keeping your skin clear during air travel wash away.

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