4 Surprising Skin Care Mistake to Avoid During Travel


Traveling can be a fantastic experience. You see new things, meet new people, and have experiences that you will cherish for the rest of your life. But traveling can also be very stressful. Getting there in time for your plane can be difficult, going through security can be a total hassle, and traveling can also be extremely hard on your skin. We’ve all heard stories of people who have terrible skin reactions when they travel or maybe you have experienced skin problems yourself when you travel.

What is the biggest travel skin care mistake?

The worst thing that you can do to your skin while traveling is using any type of drying or overly clarifying product while on a plane. This may cause your skin to flake off, go really dry in certain patches, or your skin could break out in small red bumps. But why does your skin have this reaction? Keep reading to find out what happens to your skin during a flight.

The things that happen to your skin during a flight:

  • Your skin has a higher risk for damage: Air travel comes with an increased exposure to radiation. Not only do you get a dose when pass through security and go through a scanner, you also get more while 30,000 feet up. This can increase the free radicals attacking your skin, which means you need more protection against the possible aging effects.
  • You may experience increased hormonal damage: Airline travel usually comes with its share of stress, which can increase the amount of stress hormones your body releases. A hormonal imbalance may result in redness, inflammation, and acne.
  • Your skin dries out: The air on planes is full of pressure, dry and it recycled through the flight. This type of air will draw the moisture right out of your skin. It doesn’t matter if you getter on the plane with ultra-hydrated skin, if you don’t enact measures to combat the effects of this harsh air, you will leave the plane with thirsty and dull. You will end up making your first appearance at your destination with dehydrated skin. Dry skin is also deepens and exaggerates the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Your eyes may become puffy: during flights you can’t really move around that much and this immobility can cause fluid retention in your body. That fluid your body retains may pool in the feet and ankles, or it may pool around your eyes, leaving you with dark under eye circles and puffy lids.
  • There is a bacteria overload on planes: You will be exposed to a higher amount of bacteria when you get onto a plane. Each surface that your hands touch, such as: plane tray, your seat, or magazines or newspapers, may transfer bacteria to your hands, and onto your skin if you touch your face. This increases risk of blemishes from the bacteria that you have been exposed to.

How to Avoid these Skin Care Mistake During Travel?

Skin Care Mistake During Travel
  • Don’t forget to moisturize continuously: One of the biggest issues that many people have when they board a plane is that their skin dries out dramatically. As we have previously disused the recycled air on the plane lacks moisture and pulls moisture from your skin. The biggest way to keep this from happening is to moisturize before you board the plane, while you are on the flight and directly after you exit the plane. Just make sure that you use antibacterial wipes or gel on your hands before you touch your skin and apply moisturizer.
  • Put on a protective serum without fail: Before you get on the plane apply a serum underneath your moisture that will help protect your skin from the radiation that you will be exposed to on the plane and when you go through security. Look for serums that have ingredients like vitamin E, vitamin C, and other botanicals. These ingredients will provide a protective barrier for the skin by combating these threats with antioxidants. The more antioxidants that you can fortify your skin with the better.
  • Avoid touching your face: As we discussed in an earlier section of this article you will be exposed to a massive amount of bacteria. Airports are full of people who are each carrying and leaving bacteria on everything that they touch and you could be picking it up. When you put your boarding pass down on tables, when you sit down in the terminal and touch seats, and when you touch anything on the plane you are picking up more bacteria. The best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands every now and then and to avoid touching your face as much as you can.
  • Don’t use any drying products: You should avoid any masks, cleansers, treatments, and toners that are drying or overly clarifying. Your skin will be parched and extremely dry after your flight.

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Hopefully you have learned a few things about what to do and what not to do on a flight. The next time you fly just follow these simple tips. You will arrive with fresh beautiful skin.


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