5 Skincare Travel Tips for Long Flights

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With the stress that flying does to your skin, it’s best to take those extra steps to ensure your skin stays in tip-top condition from take-off to landing. We’ve compiled some skincare tips to take note of even when you’re 30,000 feet above ground. It all boils down to 2 things: hydration and sun protection. Safe travels!

Tip #1 – The 3 magic letters: S-P-F

The higher altitude you fly, the closer you’ll be to the sun, and thus the stronger the UV rays. This unfortunately means that more UV damage can be inflicted onto your skin (especially if you love the window seat)!

Hence, applying sunscreen is key – at LS Aesthetic we have a range of suncreens available (tinted ones too!) to suit all skin types.

Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every 3 hours too, especially if you’re taking a long haul flight.

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Tip #2 – Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise

Whenever the air is dry, such as recirculated air in a plane cabin, the air tends to draw moisture from wherever it can, including your skin. Your skin reacts to compensate for this dehydration: dry skin tends to get even drier and oily skin tends to get even oilier. And that’s not what we want!

Before your flight, be sure to apply a hydrating serum. Our Lipid Drops – a replenishing serum with glycolipids and phospholipids – provides instant and sustained moisture for smoother skin texture and tone.

During your flight, use as much moisturiser as needed, such as our Arbutin Moisturiser or Oil-Free Moisturiser. And if you can, put a mask on it! If you’re afraid of others’ judgments and odd stares, try a transparent sleeping mask, such as our 02 Lift Mask, which is not only more discreet, but also packed with active ingredients that work overtime to give you a hydrated, well-rested appearance by the time you land.

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Tip #3 – Water is an in-flight essential

The small cups of water that are given out on the plane are definitely not enough! Drink as much water as you can, but an amount that you are comfortable with.

To make life a little easier, bring an empty water bottle with you and ask the flight attendant to help you fill it up.

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Tip #4 – Be sure to blot

For oily skin, if dehydrated, the skin tends to overcompensate by increasing oil production. Oil is a breeding ground for bacteria and may exacerbate breakouts.

To curb any unwanted breakouts, blot skin regularly with tissue or oil blotting papers.

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Tip #5 – Exfoliate and cleanse upon landing

Upon landing, be sure to cleanse your face and use a mild facial scrub to exfoliate any dry skin cells and minimise the occurrence of clogged pores.

Be sure to follow up with your usual skincare routine too, to ensure your skin bounces back quickly from any post-flight dullness.