Regardless if you travel often or not, internationally or domestically, being on an airplane can be damaging to not only our skin but also to our bodies. From high cabin pressure to salty foods and alcohol, airplanes can make us look and feel like a mess. Nonetheless, there are ways to look just as good (maybe even better) when you get off the plane with these few tips.
The air that circulates throughout the cabin dries out your skin, even more so if you’re traveling internationally and are sitting for hours on end in your seat. The average comfortable humidity level for people is 40 to 70 percent, however humidity levels on airlines tend to be at about 20 percent. That’s lower than Las Vegas!
To help keep your skin smooth, supple and looking fresh, apply moisturizer to your hands, face and lips every few hours. The best travel products for your face that have been designed to lock in moisture are Shiseido Bio-Performance Advanced Super Revitalizer, Burt’s Bees Beeswax Moisturizing Creme or Bioelements Specifics Jet Travel. For your lips we suggest any lip balm with shea butter in it. For your hands and body, we like Burt’s Bees Honey & Shea Body Butter, Kiehl’s Fig Leaf & Sage Hand & Body Lotion or La Mer the Reparative Body Lotion.
Say “No” to Salt
Do you ever feel bloated after drinking alcohol or eating a few packs of those peanuts, pretzels and cookies we all get as snacks? You can blame the salt that’s been packed into them.
Salt causes fluid retention, and when we ingest salty foods and drinks, our stomach bloats. Mix that with the high cabin pressure, and you’re setting yourself up for a very uncomfortable (and long) ride. The best way to help you look and feel great after hours of flying is to eat unsalted snacks such as raw nuts, hummus with vegetables, plain popcorn, fresh fruit, peanut butter or even a home-made sandwich.
Sleep is essential whether or not you’re 30,000 feet above ground, but catching a few zzz’s isn’t always easy. We recommend taking your shoes off and putting on some warm and soft socks to help generate heat, as well as bringing along noise-canceling headphones and an eye mask to eliminate disturbing lights and sounds.
If you’re having difficulty falling asleep, try to get into your nightly routine. Meaning, after you’ve eaten, head over to the lavatory to brush your teeth and wash your face—this can help trick your body into thinking it’s almost time to sleep. And if that still doesn’t work, taking some melatonin will help you naturally ease into sleep mode.
Choose the Right Outfit
The state of your clothes (i.e. all those wrinkles and creases) can easily show that you just got off a long haul. To arrive looking crisp the moment you step off that ramp, wearing the right outfit while looking stylish yet comfortable is key. Opt for wrinkle-free shirts, khakis, denim or wrap-dresses. Companies such as Chico’s, TravelSmith and Nordstrom make clothing designed for traveling, so not only will you look fantastic when you land, you’ll also free great in it while flying. Just make sure you skip anything made of linen because it wrinkles easily.
Regardless where you’re traveling from and to, the airplane is dirty. Wear your dazzling outfit underneath a jacket or sweater, that way, when you arrive at your destination, you can go directly to your next meeting feeling “clean” (just take off your outerwear when you get there). And since it’s always cold on the plane, the jacket or sweater will keep you warm, and can also help prevent clothes from becoming even more wrinkled.
If you’re not sitting in business or first class, there will not be an amenity kit waiting for you at your seat. (Sorry!) And even if you are flying in the upper cabins, those products in the amenity kit may not work well with your skin. As such, always try to pack your own essential touch-up travel kit. Although everyone’s go-to products vary, we suggest you never leave out moisturizer, cleansing cloths, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant and cologne/ perfume (these can be either samples or bottles that are under 100ml).
Remember, the key to staying fresh and feeling good is to never neglect your skin and your body, regardless if you’re traveling four hours or twelve!