Whether you’re flying for only a couple of hours or across a couple of continents, being stuck on a plane can wreak havoc on your skin. It can leave your face feeling dry or extra oily and may even make your skin’s appearance look dull. This can be far from ideal, especially if you’re headed to a special event or going on vacation. Thankfully, a little bit of preparation and in-flight care with the right face masks can make all the difference. Now you might be wondering which products you need or when to use a face mask in routines while you’re on the go. Fear not—here’s everything to know about nurturing your skin before, during and after takeoff.
How Does Flying Impact Your Skin?
By now you’ve probably realized that the air on a plane doesn’t feel quite like the air inside your home. People often refer to the cabin air being “dry” and there’s truth to that statement. Humidity levels on airplanes are usually 20% lower than what our skin is typically exposed to (around 30-60%). The dry, recirculated air can cause your skin to feel more dry or oily as the skin produces more oil to compensate for the lack of moisture. The dry air is also a result of lower air pressure and higher altitudes, which could reduce the amount of oxygen your blood carries and cause the skin to appear dull.
But, that’s not all. Being 35,000 feet in the air exposes you to more UV radiation, which may increase your risk of sun damage—especially if you’re sitting near an open window. On top of that, prolonged sitting in those dry environments can create visible under-eye puffiness as a result of water retention. This is where specialized skincare products like face masks and eye creams can help. But, how often should you do face masks and what other routines should you consider? Let’s break it down.