Does your skin break out at the mere thought of a long haul flight? With fashion month over and a European Summer awaiting, we’re making sure our in-flight beauty bag is packed with the essentials to avoid any dreaded in-transit skin traumas along the way.
WHY IS AIR TRAVEL SO BAD FOR YOUR SKIN?
As soon as you set foot on a plane, even if you’re only embarking on a short flight, you’re entering an entirely artificial environment- one your skin isn’t designed to thrive in. Our skin is used to a bit of humidity, which is something you just won’t get on a plane. Depending on your skin type, this can lead to one of two things. The obvious side effect is serious dryness, meaning you’ll be touching down with chapped lips, dryness around the nose and any skin irritations reaching peak irritability. Perhaps this is the lesser of two evils, as the alternative is grease- when your skin is seriously stripped of moisture, your body’s natural oil production levels increase to overcompensate for any dryness, leading to an oily T zone, congestion and potential breakouts.