Have you ever noticed that your skin after a long flight looks like it’s definitely seen some better days?? That’s because it probably has! Spending long hours up in the air exposes your skin to a really dry (and moisture free) environment. “Typically, skin is comfortable when the humidity is between 40 to 70 percent,” says Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, a clinical instructor in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “Most airplane cabins are at about 20 percent. That’s less than half of what we are used to,” she says. This lack of moisture in the air from what we’re used to results in skin that is dry, irritated and even red.
Additionally, since travelers know there are lots of germs in airports and on planes, they tend to wash their hands more frequently and soaps, particularly industrial soaps, have a drying effect on your hands.
The best way to keep your skin as moisturized as possible, or at least to make it easiest to bounce back after landing is to:
A. Drink TONS of water. #HydrationIsKey
B. Have an amazing skincare treatment to keep your skin in shape.
Some think that bringing along with them a facial mist will help keep their skin hydrated when in fact, while 30,000 feet in the air, a facial mist won’t help at all. The mist isn’t as easily absorbed into the skin and is evaporated quickly leaving your skin feeling dryer than before. Try packing with you a moisturizing cream like Kamedis’ Eczema Therapy Cream that you can apply every 60-90 minutes and stash a Kamedis Eczema Therapy Wash in your carry-on and use it in place of soap when traveling. . It’s also not a bad idea to bring along Vaseline for relieving dryness of the lips and nose. Basically all of your skin is at risk for some serious drying out. If you weren’t able to keep your skin moisturized during the flight then don’t worry! Make it a priority to do the previously mentioned tasks as soon as possible (drinking lots of water and using good moisturizers) and your skin will be back to normal within a couple of days.