How to look after your skin when travelling


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From the moment you enter the aircraft, your skin becomes vulnerable to so many skin damaging factors. One of the main issues is the change in altitude; above sea level lowers blood oxygen circulation.

The other major complexion destroyer is the lack of hydration in the air, your skin is used to an moisture level of 50 to 60 % but when you’re flying there is only 10% available. This sebaceous glands go on overdrive. Dehydration is one of the common causes of ageing because it results in wrinkles in the long run. As a preventative measure cleanse your skin and apply a serum containing hyaluronic acid.

The next skin enemy is the food served on the flight, you’ll notice that the meal are saltier. Take your own healthier snakes like snakes and dried fruit and have plenty of water.

Surfaces of any kind are usually riddled with acne causing bacteria – cabins are the worst because of the lack of oxygen. Refrain from touching your face without having washed or sanitised your hands first.

We often don’t take notice of the sun exposure we get from the windows while travel, it’s important to apply sunscreen and keep the window shade down to protect your face, neck, arms and any other areas that are not covered with clothing. If you have a long flight, reapply your sunscreen every 3-4 hours especially if you are seated by the window.

Lastly, your skin cells are always aware of the time zones you are in, keep your normal sleeping routine and moisturise skin with a rich cream.

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