Any kind of travel is bound to take its toll on you, but there’s something about flying specifically that threatens to wreak havoc on your skin. The stale cabin air, the stress of making it to your gate on time, the loss of sleep from being trapped upright between two strangers for hours on end, all combine to equal bad news for your face. With memorial day coming up, you may be anticipating the stress of an in-flight breakout, so here are some helpful tips to keep in mind so you can keep your skin (and your sanity) in check while you’re coasting 30,000 feet above the ground.
There’s actually a scientific reason your skin tends to break out so badly on planes (it’s not just you!) and it’s because, counterintuitively, the air is so dry. The air in an airplane cabin consists of about half the humidity levels of the air your skin is probably used to. Your skin will try to make up for the lack of moisture by quickly over producing oil. This excess of oil will then get trapped beneath dead, dry skin, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. To combat this, exfoliation is essential. Our Passionfruit + Rose Enzymatic Exfoliation Mask is a great way to quickly and effectively get rid of that excess layer of dry skin. Acids from fruits like pineapple and grape will eat away dead skin cells to leave you looking fresh and glowing, even if you’re running on 3 hours of sleep. Plus, it’s a clear, gel layer so your seat mates probably won’t even know you’re masking.
Next, up: slather on as much hydration as you think you can handle. This will calm your dehydrated skin and help prevent it from overproducing oil. Keep a face mist on hand (ours come in travel sizes!) like the Aloe + Rosewater Balance Mist for an extra boost of hydration and to keep you feeling refreshed anytime throughout the flight. Next, a face oil like the Orchid + Blackcurrant Antioxidant Face Serum has a ton of benefits for all skin types, but can be especially helpful for dry skin prone to breakouts. Orchid oil is deeply hydrating and blackcurrant oil is a strong antioxidant that helps fade blemishes, restore moisture to skin, and protect against general airplane grime and pollutants.
Always bring more water than you think you’ll need. Buying Smartwater at the airport terminal is always going to be expensive, so try bringing a big, empty water bottle through security and finding a place to fill it up at the gate (sometimes the flight attendants will refill it for you if you’re nice). Staying hydrated is super important for keeping your skin healthy and for keeping your mood levels up while you’re in the air. Your skin will thank you even if your neighbor with the aisle seat doesn't.
- Hair care
A dry shampoo is super easy to throw in your carry on and can make such a big difference to your in-flight comfort levels. Our Flowers + Pink Clay Dry Shampoo is a powder (TSA friendly!) that will absorb all the excess grease and grime, leaving your hair looking and smelling fresh with a subtle floral scent. Just apply at the roots, tousle, and return to your seat. Easy.
Create your own personal mini spa experience with some pulse point essential oil aromatherapy. The Voyage rollerball is specifically formulated to help ease those travel woes. Lavender oil helps soothe and calm nerves, peppermint oil helps to elevate mood and get you feeling a little more optimistic, and ginger root oil helps you feel grounded and eases sea or car sickness. So breathe in deep and let your travel anxieties fall away.
Airplanes are difficult places to find calm. Taking a few minutes to meditate at home before you reach the airport is always a good idea to help you feel grounded while navigating security and ticket lines. But you can also try meditating on the plane. When start to feel any angst creep in, or you’re just so bored you’ll try anything to distract yourself, do a simple breathing exercise. Pop in some earplugs or noise cancelling headphones and close your eyes. Inhale for four counts, feeling your stomach expand, and exhale for eight counts, feeling your stomach contract. Repeat this for about three to five minutes. If you need some extra help finding your zen, there are tons of meditation podcasts you can download (like this one) before your flight and listen to in the air.
Hopefully this will help you fly a little easier and land feeling refreshed and renewed.