Many of us are planning our deserved vacation this summer and will be flying overseas. The lack of cabin pressure, recycled air and fresh oxygen in the cabin affects our skin, including dehydration, sensitivity and lack of radiance. Dr. Ifeoma Ejikeme is the Founder and Medical Director of the award-winning @Adonia_Medical_Clinic. She’s provided her top tips for skincare when flying this summer.
Stay hydrated. If you have oily or acne-prone skin and don’t do anything to your skin on a plane, your skin may become dry the next day and cause a rash. If you have dry skin, the opposite happens, your skin will be drier and more sensitive.
The first thing to do is drink plenty of water. Aim to avoid beverages that are foamy and contain caffeine. Instead, drink one to two liters of water in the air, especially on long flights.
Remove all makeup. When you board the plane, put a kit containing a makeup remover that can remove all traces of makeup in your carry-on luggage.
Apply hyaluronic acid. If you have acne or oily skin, make sure that hyaluronic acid is gel-based, oil-free, and non-comedogenic. If you have dry skin, you can use a thicker one. Then apply a factor 50 sunscreen all over your skin every 4 hours on an airplane. Upon landing, your skin will be in the same condition as it was during takeoff and you will begin vacationing with your right foot without any sensitivities, irritations or unwanted blemishes.