I love travelling, and some months it seems like I’m on a plane every week. But I know that when I travel, my skin requires extra love – planes and great skin do not a happy pair make! There are several reasons for this.

  1. Low humidity on planes. The air pressure in planes can dehydrate skin, which then disrupts the lipidic skin barrier and can lead to irritation and breakouts. There’s a reason you’re always so thirsty when you’re in the air – the plane’s air conditioning is literally taking moisture from you! Thief!
  2. You’re out of your normal routine. When you’re out of your own home, the tendency to skip products or steps in your routine is higher, meaning your skin may suffer.
  3. You’re eating and/or drinking differently. We all know the allure of a hotel room-service burger (of course!) but your diet can definitely wreak havoc on your skin.
  4. You’re not sleeping as well as you usually do. Planes and hotels aren’t always the best places to catch up on your shut-eye, and when you’re not well-rested, your skin takes the toll. Some hotels also have closed windows and full-time air-conditioning which, again, dries out your skin

So, what can you do to maintain your skin while you travel? Here’s what I do:

  • Drink plenty of water. On the plane, on the ground – everywhere! I also don’t drink alcohol or caffeine on flights.
  • Limit processed foods. Stick to fresh, whole foods when you can, and try to resist the siren call of room service. I also pack my own snacks when I fly. Airplane food is infamously full of sodium, which can cause fluid retention.
  • Pack a hydration mask for the plane – and use it! Yes, you’ll look a little silly. But do it when the lights go down and nobody will even notice. (I actually use masks in broad daylight without caring what others think – let’s say I consider this a social service, as I am making them exercise their facial muscles as they giggle at me!) You should also pack a thick barrier-type lip balm to stop your lips drying out.
  • Get some exercise in the fresh air when you can. Explore your new surroundings! Even going for a quick walk will help not only your skin, but also your mood and your fatigue.
  • Don’t forget the SPF! Ever.

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