After spending what seems like years looking forward to going on a holiday, the moment when you finally get to walk down the aisle on a plane can be extremely exciting. For many, flying on an aeroplane is as simple as just relaxing in a seat, having a couple of drinks or snacks, and enjoying the ride. However, for some skincare fanatics, maintaining healthy and glowing skin whilst on the flight is a must! 

In recent years, we have seen more and more people share their aeroplane skincare routines on social media platforms such as TikTok. Unsurprisingly, many viewers have questioned if it is really necessary. In this blog I will be sharing an insight into if skincare in the air is beneficial for the health of your skin.  

There are a range of changes that we experience with our bodies when we fly on an aeroplane such as popping ears during take off or swollen feet throughout the journey.  Another notable change is how dry our skin gets.  So for a short answer, yes it is important to be taking care of your skin whilst on an aeroplane.

The Causes Behind Skin Problems on Aeroplanes –

There are a few different reasons for the issues we experience on a plane including humidity levels, air pressure and exposure to UV radiation.  

The average humidity in the UK is between 40-60% however, in an aeroplane, it is dropped all the way down to 20%. This is a big difference to what our bodies experience when on the ground. As a result, our skin starts to dry out. For people who already have a dry skin type, it will make the skin more dehydrated. However, if you have oily skin, your skin will start to produce excessive oil to deal with the loss of moisture. This can have a ripple effect on your skin and cause potential issues such as inflammation and breakouts.  

When a plane reaches its cruising altitude of around 35,000 feet, it will be high above the clouds. At this point it’s like the sky on a very sunny day with nothing in the way to block the sun. Without appropriate protection from sun cream, the skin can encounter damage from the sun’s UV rays.  

Another contributing factor to dried out and dull looking skin is the air pressure. This too being the reason behind why our ears pop. The cabin pressure of a plane is lowered as it soars to a higher altitude, causing the oxygen levels in our blood to drop. There is then less oxygenated blood flowing to the surface of the skin and so the skin will appear dull.  

Ways to Reduce the Effects of Aeroplane Skin –  

There are a few ways that we can keep our skin looking and feeling healthy ready for landing at your destination. This includes preparing before, during and after the flight.  

Before –  

Taking minis/ bottled down products –  

hand luggage bottles in a clear bag for skin

When packing your hand luggage for the flight, you should consider taking mini versions of skincare products or bottling down products to comply with the 100ml liquid limit. Small versions of products and empty bottles are often easy to find in a local supermarket. This will allow you to give your face a quick refresh whilst on the plane.  

Stay Hydrated –  

Once you have passed through airport security, the first thing many of us like to do is head straight to the bar for an alcoholic beverage. This is a great way to kick start your holiday but drinking alcohol could leave you dehydrated. To prevent your skin from becoming seriously dried out whilst on the plane, you should be drinking plenty of water beforehand.  

Apply SPF –  

Before flying you should prepare your face for the change in environment. As you will be exposed to UV rays from the sun, applying a product that contains SPF should be part of your morning skincare. This will help to prevent your skin cells from being damaged as a result of the sun. 

During –  

Consider your seat on the plane –  

I feel that there is an unwritten rule when it comes to flying which is whoever gets the window seat is fully in charge of the window blind. Therefore, you should pick your seat carefully. This may not seem like much of an influential factor when it comes to keeping your skin hydrated but choosing a window seat can make a difference. If it is bright and sunny outside, you are the one who can decide to give yourself some shade and protection from the sun. 

Skincare Routine –  

At around half way through the flight, cleansing your face and topping up on creams and serums will help to keep your skin feeling refreshed and prevent it from drying out.  

Start by removing any existing cream or makeup with micellar water and cotton pads, this will give you a fresh base whilst adding some hydration to the skin.  

If you are feeling like your skin needs some extra TLC, using a sheet mask can give you that extra boost. It may look a little strange when you are sitting in your seat with a face mask on but it will leave your face feeling radiant.  

After 10 – 15 minutes have passed, remove the mask so that serums and moisturisers can be applied. Use a moisturiser that contains a natural humectant like Shea Butter as it will work to draw water from the air and lock it in the skin’s barrier. 

This will keep the skin nourished for the duration of the flight.  

After –  

 If you have had a late flight, the first thing that you will want to do when you get to your hotel room is sleep. But don’t forget to cleanse first.  

A double cleanse with an oil based product followed by a water based cleanser will thoroughly clean your face from dead skin cells and dirt that has accumulated throughout the flight. Then you can go in with a moisturiser or night cream to add hydration to the skin. Using our all natural Sea Buckthorn & Frankincense night cream will help to revive tired looking skin.  

Once you have completed this routine, you can head to bed for a good night’s rest knowing that your skin has been cared for.  

Conclusion –  

Taking care of your skin whilst on an aeroplane may seem a little over dramatic but following these simple steps can be the difference between having dried out, dull looking skin and a glowing, hydrated appearance.  

So if you are lucky enough to be travelling abroad this year, remember to take care of your skin but most importantly, have a great time!