Skincare at 30,000 feet!

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In addition to jet lag and fatigue, long flights can cause a multitude of changes in your skin. From dry environment and changes in altitude to sitting in a cramped, confined space — air travel can definitely be harsh on your skin, psyche and body. The following, tips followed under the supervision of a dermatologist, may help you to maintain supple, radiant and gorgeous skin, before, during and after flying in an airplane!


Know your skin type and your skin’s needs Know the ingredients that are crucial for your skin type and skin concerns so that you can know which products to pack and which to leave behind. Pick and pack products based on the climate of your destination as well. Try and substitute the gels and liquids with cleansing wipes or other solid bars and sticks, if possible.


The absolute essentials in your beauty bag are:

  1. Facial Care skin care products
  • Cleanser (preferably opt for a cleanser-cum-toner-cum-makeup remover)
  • Eye contour skincare product
  • Moisturiser
  • Lip care product with SPF
  • Sunscreen
  • Exfoliator
  • Appropriate skin serum
  • Face mask


  1. Body Care skin care products
  • Body moisturising lotion or cream
  • Exfoliator
  • Sunscreen spray or body mist
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Hand cream


Tip – Use small containers to carry your skin care products or carry travel-sized products so that everything may fit into your hand bag.



Prepare your skin by using a mild exfoliator gently a day before your flight to remove dead cells.

Maintain a basic three step regimen before, during and after your flight – You must maintain a basic three step regimen even while travelling. You may pair down your skincare steps to the absolute essentials while travelling. As a minimum, a three step application of cleanser, moisturiser and sunscreen is adequate skincare when travelling.

Use a skin serum – Apply a skin serum under a moisturiser or sunscreen to deliver moisture deep within the layers of the skin while providing an occlusive seal to help the skin retain its moisture.

Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen – When you are in an airplane, you are very prone to UV damage. Therefore, it is a must to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 on the face, neck and all exposed parts appropriately, and it should be re-applied as required.




Follow good UV Protection – Use an appropriate broad spectrum sunscreen and keep re-applying it appropriately at regular intervals.

Drink plenty of water – It is beneficial to keep your body hydrated while flying.

Clean your make up – If you are on a long flight, make sure to remove your makeup appropriately before sleeping. Follow up with a hydrating and nourishing moisturiser and eye contour skin care product and lip care product.

Mask dryness – To reduce dryness, apply a moisturising mask just before boarding and leave it on the skin for the duration of the flight, if possible.

Get creamy – Keep a hydrating hand cream and lip balm with a high SPF in your hand bag and use it whenever required.




Use a mild facial scrub On arriving at your destination (hotel, home or other), clean your face and use a mild facial scrub to remove the dry skin cells caused by flying.

Use a hydrating mask post-flight – After exfoliating with a mild facial scrub, it is important to use an appropriate hydrating mask. Leave the mask on for a few minutes, rinse well and apply an appropriate moisturiser.


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