[By Nancy Harper]
Whether it’s for leisure or for work, there’s an increased frequency of air travel over the years and there are no signs of it slowing down. Especially if one has a cross continent long haul flight ahead, it’s always a constant worry if we are looking less than stellar by the time we disembark. Pressurized recycled air is certainly not the best thing for your skin, and by the time the plane hits the runway, you may be feeling and looking the worst of it. So how can we keep our skin bright and happy while cruising at 30,000 feet above the ground? Here are our top beauty tips for the frequent flyer, to make your inflight experience an easy, breezy affair, touching down as a cover girl who’s ready to rock and rule the world!
Prep in advance
Make sure you start off fresh at the beginning of the journey. The worst mistake to commit is to have a heavy sleepless night of boozing and partying, hoping that this will lead to complete eye shut throughout the flight. If a hangover feels so awful on ground, can you imagine nursing one hundreds of miles above? Prep your skin in advance with a thorough round of exfoliation the day before or on the morning of your flight. This will get rid of accumulated dead skin cells and prime it to absorb the moisturizer you’ll need to apply on the aircraft to boost your skin to perfection.
Get your ground works done with CHAI CRYSTAL HEALING Oxygenating Facial Scrub before take-off, an exfoliator extraordinaire aimed to uncover your skin’s true inner brilliance in a jiffy., A savvy doctor-inspired, scientifically formulated skincare gem favored by those in the know, this is a dual-phasic mask+scrub combo getting twice the work done at half the time. Harnessing the cell renewal power from champagne extracts which uses active polyphenols with protective and antioxidant properties together with trace elements extracted from grapes, it magically transforms into a fine crystal scrub for effective exfoliation. Micro-ionized pearls stimulate microcirculation at the same time with a special oxygen-releasing formulation, giving complexions a much needed O2 boost before you board for air travel.
Keep it squeaky clean
It’s best to board the plane with minimal to no makeup. This is not the right time for a full dramatic look complete with contour and big lashes. But if your urban war paint is your security blanket, pare it down with just your favorite lipstick and a little bit of concealer. Make sure you take that all off and cleanse your face properly once you settle down on board. The most convenient way is to reach out for makeup wipes, but a common preservative known as “methylisothiazolinone” (MI) that’s widely used to keep bacteria at bay in pre-moistened wipes often leads to contact dermatitis; causing skin dryness, redness, itch, swelling or even blistering and acne outbreak.
“As facial wipes are often used without rinsing, whatever that’s in there gets left on your skin at full concentration, increasing exponentially the chances of developing an allergic reaction from it.” Explains Dr. Michelle Lim, medical consultant with the SW1 Clinic (formerly from The Sloane Clinic).
CHAI RESET Rejuvenating Facial Mist is a beauty essential designed to safe-guard the complexion of the frequent flyer. A multi-tasking tonic that not only brightens, hydrates, and purifies the look of your skin while maximizing the efficacy of your moisturizers and serums on board, RESET doubles up as a non-foaming facial cleanser that effectively removes light makeup before you hit the “Do Not Disturb” button to snooze. A doctor-inspired, medical grade product developed with the collaboration of plastic surgeons, RESET combines a skin-brightening booster, a potent anti-aging treatment essence and a skin-softening micellar water complex. Gentle microscopic oil molecules also known as micelles dissolve away surface impurities including light and residual makeup without stripping down skin, keeping your complexion clear and fresh from boarding to disembarkation.
Nourish with skin tonics
Facial mists may be refreshing but in reality, they won’t be of much help in the dry atmosphere during air travel. Instead, include a serum in your hand carry or overnight bag and use it generously to help lock in moisture to keep you skin nicely hydrated in the dry cabin air. You might need to do so more than once especially for longer flight time, so keep an eye on how dry your skin feels. Alternatively, feed your skin with essential oils to keep it soft and supple from flight to destination. CHAI SAPPHIRE Balancing Facial Oil is an awesome choice that comes packaged in a slick pen with a rollerball tip for convenient storage and easy application. Formulated with 100% natural and pure plant oils to thoroughly hydrate skin without clogging pores, SAPPHIRE creates a harmonious skin environment so that skin can stop producing excess oil and find the balance it needs in the pressurized air cabin. This quick-absorbing oil drives moisture, vitamins, fatty acids, and antioxidants into your skin, forming a natural barrier to lock in essential nourishment while protecting against dryness during air travel.
Hydrate from within
There’s nothing better than “sky juice” while you’re up in the skies. Avoid alcohol if possible and stick to good old plain drinking water or juice. This will keep your system well hydrated and your skin is going to thank you for this. Don’t avoid drinking water simply because you are adverse to airplane lavatories. The need to use the bathroom will give you the chance to move around the plane to help stave off fluid retention exacerbated by prolonged sitting and inactivity.By keeping your system well hydrated and your skin well-moisturized, you’ll step off the plane looking good and feeling bright.
Clock some decent shut-eye
With long-haul red-eye flights, layovers and interrupted sleep patterns, the most prevailing reason why those who can afford will pay a premium price for business class air travel is perhaps the luxury of leg space and better designed seating that’ll allow one to clock some decent shut-eye while on board. I know it’s hard for a lot of people to sleep on planes, but it’s so important for skin and overall health. Try Bed Bath and Beyond’s Bucky 40 Winks Ultralight Sleep Mask, with a special cupped design molded and contoured to fit properly, so that it doesn’t press up against your eyes while you sleep. Ensuring maximum comfort and completely blacks out any light your neighbors might shine while they wrestle with their own in-flight insomnia, plug in some white noise on your iPhone and you’ll be landing in destination Slumberland in no time.