HOW TO COMBAT 'PLANE SKIN'

PLANE SKIN

'Plane skin' - we've all heard how to counteract polluted air but what about cabin air when we fly? We know that we get super de-hydrated, but what is the best approach?  

Dr Jules Nabet, Medical Director at Omniya mediclinic has insight into how to keep your skin looking tip-top whilst you're above the clouds: 

With low levels of humidity in cabins, coupled with recycled air and lack of oxygen, our skin suffers major dryness, dulls our complexion and can make skin more sensitive. It can become more itchy, flaky and red. Essentially, our skin can't breathe.

So if you wear make-up, it’s best to take off all of it as soon you get on the plane, preferably with an oil cleanser to help nourish the skin at the same time as cleansing.

He urges, "Beware of clogged pores - the combination of dry skin and make-up is a perfect combination for break-outs. As when the skin is dry, it sometimes compensates by producing more oil instead of getting drier. Certain foundations and powders can dry out the skin even more, resulting in flaky, dull, grey looking skin and over time, wrinkles so you need to be careful to look after your skin in the long term." 

He continues saying that it’s best not wear any make-up to keep it clear in the dry, impure air. But it is advisable to moisturise well after cleansing and including a vitamin packed serum. Many beauty gurus opt for doing a mask mid-flight to help minimise dehydration which is a really good idea. 

It is better to wear a tinted SPF if one wants coverage or just a basic 30-50SPF.  UV rays and infrared radiation, are more damaging in-flight due to a higher altitude and thinner air so it’s recommended to wear SPF of some sort, preferably as natural as possible. Mineral make up is ideal as heavy make-up does not allow the skin to breathe. Make-up gives the dirt a surface to embed itself upon, which with environmental factors leading to free radicals can cause the breakdown of collagen resulting in wrinkles.