Overseas flights can be exhausting and leave you frustrated when it comes to how your skin looks and feels once you reach your destination. Due to their low humidity levels, airplane cabins can result in dryness and breakouts for everyone. The good news is that there are practical tips you can implement to help your skin feel better during and after your long flight. Healthier skin is important and can boost your confidence and comfort as you disembark, knowing that you look refreshed.

#1 Moisturize

Between the altitude and the cabin ventilation, flying on a plane means that the air is very dry, which can cause problems for all skin types. It can aggravate flaking issues for those with dry skin or lead to breakouts even for people with combination or oily skin.

Keeping your skin care routine consistent can avoid unexpected reactions to a new ingredient or product. If you are not able to use your usual moisturizer, you can opt for one that includes hyaluronic acid. This substance that your body naturally produces has strong hydrating qualities.

You do not want to forget to take care of your lips! When you are dehydrated, they can chap and crack, causing an unsightly appearance and possibly pain. Make sure to pack a nourishing lip balm in your carry-on to apply several times during your flight.

#2 Wear Sunscreen

UV rays can be very damaging to your skin and are a leading cause of skin cancer. When you spend hours in a plane, you should make sure to wear sunscreen, especially at a high altitude. Make sure to wear a sunscreen with at least an SPF 30 and reapply as necessary. This goes a long way in keeping your skin moisturized as it locks hydration in and supports your general health.

If possible, book a window seat because it allows you to control the shade, which is especially important if you fly long-distance on a regular basis.

#3 Hydrate

Staying hydrated during a long flight is key to avoiding headaches, upset digestion, and skin concerns. Prioritizing water and certain warm drinks like hot water with lemon or ginger, or herbal tea can maintain your hydration throughout the flight. You should however avoid alcohol, caffeine, or sugary drinks.

Although regular bathroom breaks can be frustrating, they are practical opportunities to stretch your legs and move your body. Avoiding sitting for the whole flight helps with your blood circulation and can reduce the risk of back pain and muscle cramps.

#4 Skip Plane Food

Plane food can easily lead to breakouts and other skin inflammation due to its lack of nutritional value and highly processed nature. Choosing to eat adequate food before and after your flight can make a positive difference in not only your skin health but your digestive function and energy levels.

You should avoid the following during the 24 hours leading to an oversea flight:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Heavy or spicy foods
  • Processed foods

If you need a snack before boarding, you may consider whole wheat crackers, oatmeal, or bananas for filling options that are easy on your digestive system and skin.


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