Skincare during a flight. Is it necessary?
Is it necessary and what is the correct way ?
As per usual I like to keep things short and simple so it's easily understood. Flights cause the skin to dehydrate fast, skin becomes more sensitive and weak.
After listening to and reading facts about recycled air plus how germs are so easily caught during a flight, you really need to double think whether it's even worth doing a skincare routine on board.
My personal thoughts are its a NO NO!
Planes are disgusting and dirty, in many ways. By doing a clean skincare on a long flight means your moving around bacteria on the top surface of your skin, not really cleaning (That put me off) also being on a plane is like being in a desert. It's is so drying so if you were to put on a sheet mask. The moment you take it off you have just doubled the amount of moisture that gets sucked out of your skin. Even if you put on a load of thick moisture it means there is still a lot of bacteria added to your skin. Just these basic information made me realise what is the correct way to protect and look after the skin during a flight?
Prep before flight
Drink plenty of water. Your body and skin need it. Now for skin, start off by cleaning your skin with a gentle wash or cleanser. Try not to use harsh exfoliating products as the skin is so delicate and absorbs more bacterial during a flight. Also, skin is so weak and it's more damaged during a flight due to UVA & UVB rays. Once the skin is washed a good vitamin c will boost and help with ageing lines. I will go into UVA - Aging and UVB - Burning rays in a bit. Let your skin soak in with a good serum or oil. Hydration is key. Now let your skin really soak in a good thick moisturiser. This will allow all those products to lock into the skin plus give your skin a little barrier or moisture to protect from dehydrating. Last and the most important part is SPF. Now that is a must as you will be so close to UVA rays, you need to protect your skin. UVB rays which burns your skin are protected by the windows on the plane however UVA which is ageing rays is not and that is a crucial time to top up on SPF.
Ok so my simple way is to do a good clean skincare routine before the flight and once you're off your flight, really cleanse and take off all that bacteria, dirt and free your skin and body from all the germs.
I will share a detailed post with my before and after the method of how to take care of your skin during a flight.