Protect Your Skin When You Fly

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flying bad for skinAs if flying isn’t stressful enough, do you take the time to prepare your skin before you fly?

Airplanes dehydrate your skin
You probably all know how the dry air in airplanes just sucks out all of the moisture in your skin within minutes. I absolutely hate how dry the air is on planes, but since I live in Las Vegas, the humidity here is sometimes as low as the humidity on planes! What I do before I fly is coat my skin with a ton of moisturizer.

Lately I’ve been using Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask. It’s a hydrating mask that you are supposed to leave on for 20 minutes, but I’ve had no problems leaving it on all night, or before I fly. It works great, and it doesn’t have any pore-clogging ingredients! Then once I’m on the plane, I bring a little container of my favorite moisturizer – Clinique Moisture On-line, and I dab it around my eyes, or wherever I’m dry. And I bring my favorite hand cream – Neutrogena Hand Cream, which is all I need to keep my skin hydrated! Then I try to only drink water on the plane so that I don’t get even more dehydrated by drinking coffee or soda.

Does flying cause sun damage?
This is something I ponder every time I fly. I have read that since planes are so high in the sky and so much closer to the sun that the UV rays that come through the windows of the plane are pretty strong. But then I have a friend who is a pilot and he claims the windows have a UV coating to protect you. I have searched and can’t find any info about this. If the windows aren’t coated, then the light that comes in will be UVA rays, which are the same rays that penetrate through car windows and through your home or office windows. They won’t cause your skin to burn or darken, but they will cause sun damage and wrinkles in the future.

Lately I’ve been looking at pilots and flight attendants to see if I notice them having more sun damage or wrinkles than normal, but honestly I haven’t seen anyone with alarming skin. I do know one flight attendant that is obsessed with sunscreen, and an ex-flight attendant that claims her co-workers had aged skin. At this point I still have no idea!

Wear sunscreen when you fly
Whether or not flying causes sun damage, I wear sunscreen just in case! There’s no harm in wearing it, and I slather my Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Face Cream SPF 55 right over the Paula’s Choice mask. The other reason why I wear sunscreen and carry it with me is because once you get off the plane, unless it’s nighttime, you’ll be outside eventually. I’m sure a lot of people don’t wear sunscreen when they fly since they think they’ll be in a plane, but then they forget that they’ll be outside after that.

Do you have any flying beauty secrets?

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7 Responses to “Protect Your Skin When You Fly”

  1. Stacy K Says:

    drink water, water, and more water!

  2. Sarah Says:

    That’s really interesting about flying causing sun damage – I’ve never heard of that before, but I guess it would be easy to wear sunscreen and keep your window closed if you’re sitting near the window, just in case.

  3. colbert Says:

    good rest is also vital. but its quite hard to sleep on airplanes sometimes.

  4. Stephanie Hutchins Says:

    Drinking enough water is an absolute must! Another good way to lock moisture in would be to leave a little water on your skin after drying your skin off and apply moisturizer while it is still slightly damp.

  5. daphne Says:

    besides face and hand moisturizer, a lip balm is pretty essential to me too! i’ve heard of people popping on a hydrating sheet mask on board to keep their skin hydrated but i haven’t done so myself, lest the passenger next to me gets a shock when she/he awakes from their nap. haha.

    i do away with makeup when i’m flying coz i think it’s better to let your skin rest (the most, putting a compact in my handbag so i don’t look scary when i alight).

  6. Jeni - Savvy Skin Says:

    Yeah I can’t live without lip balm either! I forgot to mention that. I carry my Chapstick Moisturizer in my pocket at all times (and especially when I fly). http://www.savvyskin.com/how-i-cured-my-super-dry-chapped-lips

  7. Minty Says:

    Well, since I have extremely dry skin, I pile on tons of moisturizer, but after a few short naps, my face just doesn’t feel very clean. So when I go to the bathrooms on the plane, I take along travel-sized toners (I like Guerlain) and little cotton rounds and “wash” my face. It’s totally refreshing, especially if I need to go someplace right after I get off a 14 hour flight.

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