Keep Skin Healthy While Travelling

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During the season when a good part of the nation is travelling to visit friends or family in far flung locations, aesthetician Renée Rouleau shares six ways to keep your skin hydrated and looking fresh, while you’re on the road, even when you’re contending with the harsh recirculated air on airplanes. While you may have noticed that after flying, your skin is dull and dry or even more oily than normal, Rouleau did an experiment that demonstrates why. She tested how long it took a drop of water to dry on a cotton shirt in an airplane versus in regular conditions. The water dried about 3.5 times faster on the airplane, demonstrating the low moisture content in the air up there. When air is so try, it tries to absorb moisture from the environment wherever it can find it, including your skin. Yet, when skin cells become dehydrated, your overall appearance and complexion suffers. Use Rouleau’s pro-tips to help protect your skin, and combat skincare woes while in transit.

1.  Wear a Skin Serum and Sunscreen While Airborne: To fight skin’s dehydration, apply a moisturizing serum that will preventatively hydrate skin, and seal in moisture that’s already there before you step foot on the airplane. Then put on a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 to protect against the harmful UV rays, even if you’re not sitting in a window seat. Your increased proximity to the sun from the altitude can cause skin damage.

2. Use Moisturizer instead of Hydrating Spray Mid-Flight: Misting skin with water during your flight is ineffective, because the dry air on the plane will absorb the moisture more than your skin. A cream moisturizer is a better bet to help your skin retain the hydration more effectively.

3. Drink Lots of Water: Even though airplane bathrooms are not typically pleasant places, it is important to drink enough water to keep your body and skin cells fully hydrated during travel.

4. Exfoliate after your Flight: Using a gentle scrub can help to slough off any dried out skin cells, and restore brightness. Just be sure to avoid hard exfoliants such as apricot kernels that might irritate skin, and steer more towards gentle, hydrating formulas containing ingredients like polyethylene, jojoba bears, or microbeadlets.

5.  Use Blotting Papers to Reduce Oil: While flights dehydrate already dry skin more, it can have the counterintuitive effect of making oily skin more oily. The skin will produce additional oil to fight the dehydration. This, combined with the build-up of dry skin on the surface, can trap oil under skin and lead to breakouts. Using blotting papers to absorb the extra oil produced can help to cut down bacteria’s ability to multiply. Washing skin upon arrival can further help to prevent breakouts.

6. Bring your regular products with you: While it may seem obvious, sticking to your standard skin-care routine while travelling gives you the best change of keeping your skin under control. If you cannot bring your regular sized bottles through security, look for travel or sample sizes, or pour your regular products into smaller bottles for the duration of your trip.

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