An airplane skin care regimen is so necessary! I'm trying to keep the glow going as I touch down in a new destination.
I realized after my first long haul flight to Asia in January of this year that my skin suffers on long flights. Since I booked another trip to Thailand the following month I knew I had to figure something out. I have sensitive skin that tends to be oily. Usually it's all good since I've learned to manage my skin day to day. Somehow being on the plane at 30,000 feet messes it all up. The reason my skin doesn't react well to long flights is simple. Cabin air is extremely dry, the processed air on the plane lacks the humidity my skin is naturally used to. Since I committed to traveling often and love flying in general, I had to find a way to make flying work for my skin.
I did a lot of research. I read articles and blogs. I took trips to Sephora, Caudalie and Kiehl's. Went to Target and Walgreens more times than I can count just to see what would work. Over the past few months I've tried several different products but I think I've finally figured out what works for me. I realized the key to keeping my skin clear and glowing after a long flight is to ensure my skin is prepared before the flight. I need to get it clean and really moisturized before flying and then maintain while on the plane. I also stopped wearing makeup when flying since that adds a whole new level of complexity.
Here's my quick little routine before getting on the plane: It usually takes me 5 minutes at most!
First, I drink water. This seems to help me enjoy a more comfortable flight overall. Drinking water is essential for life in general but especially before a long flight. I try to drink at least 1 Liter in the few hours before a long flight. If my flight leaves at 9pm, I'll be drinking water all afternoon.
Before I leave the office or my house to head to the airport I wash my face. if I can wash my face with my Clarisonic Mia 2 (which I love, love, love) I definitely will. It makes a big difference but if I'm not home I'll use the Foreo LUNA Play which is my new go-to for travel since it's both compact and easy to clean. Either one will get my face clean and ensure any makeup is taken off. Along with the above tools, I've been using the Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser for the past year and I LOVE it. I found it at my local drug store for $5.99, it's perfect because it does exactly what it says it will do. If I don't have time to fully wash my face because I'm running late for the flight and don't love airport restrooms I'll use a cleansing wipe or two. I'll usually use favorite cleansing wipe by Simple. There are so many brands of cleansing wipes out there but these remove makeup without being too harsh.
After my skin is clean I'll spray with my favorite calming and moisturizing spray from Kiehl's. The Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist is the best! This stuff gives my skin so much life and always leaves it feeling a little more moisturized but still clean. I use this before makeup and in general just every day but especially before a flight. One or two quick spray's and I'm good to go. I will also use this through the flight and as soon as I touch down to keep the moisture going!
After letting my face air dry for a few minutes after the spray I'll put on a moisturizer. I always use something a bit more heavy duty than I would typically use day to day under makeup. My two favorites are the Kiehl's Skin Rescuer (conveniently already travel size) and the Jose Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter with a few drops of pure argan, coconut or jojoba oil beforehand. Either one does it for me but If I'm in a rush, I usually opt for the Kiehl's since I can even put it on in my uber to the airport.
So now I'm all set for the plane with my face clean and moisturized! Once I get on the plane depending on the length of the flight I'll need to reapply. I find that usually on shorter flights I'm good to go with a spritz of my Kiehl's spray at landing time. In my mind 4+ hours is long so on long flights I usually spritz of the Kiehl's Cactus Flower and add a little moisturizer every few hours. I tend to try to stay asleep on long flights so I'll do it whenever I'm awake! I keep the Kiehl's products with me since I bought both travel size.
Now with anything skincare or beauty, EVERYONE is different. This is what works for me and will likely work for someone else with sensitive, somewhat oily skin. I encourage you to figure out what will keep you glowing!