Boarding a plane soon? You’ve probably noticed that flying leaves your skin more dry than usual and can cause breakouts. That’s because recirculated air in plane cabins creates an environment that pulls moisture out wherever it can, including your skin. So whether you’re planning a getaway to hit the slopes, jet-setting internationally, or flying a few states over to spend the holidays with family, your skin is going to feel it.
Especially during these dry winter months, traveling takes its toll—but not all moisture is lost! Here are a few easy things you can do before and after a flight to keep your complexion healthy, hydrated, and radiant through your holiday travels.
1. Before You Board
Apply Radiance Serum to deliver hydration to the deepest layers of the skin and seal it in. This will help keep your moisture levels up throughout the flight and decrease water-loss in the low-humidity cabin. If you’re going to wear makeup, opt for creams and liquids over powders. Our Cream Blush is made with hydrating jojoba esters and carnauba wax and is an excellent way to give your cheeks a rosy glow that will last the whole journey without dehydrating your skin.
2. Debunking the Mist Myth
Given that plane cabins are actively zapping moisture from your skin, it seems obvious that the occasional spritz of hydrating mist would help, right? PUT THE MIST DOWN. Turns out, those hydrating benefits won’t have a chance to settle in. Save that spritz for after the flight. Our Nourishing Rosewater Mist, made with organic, delicately scented rose essence, is TSA-approved for travel.
3. Back at the Hotel
After flying, it’s important to replenish lost moisture. Cleansing Balm is our go-to. It melts into skin, cleansing while removing makeup, and, when worn as an overnight mask, delivers an intensely nourishing dose of hydration. Our Face Oils are also great options. They are the simplest way to instantly moisturize your skin with a blend of pure plant oils. Depending on your skin type and concerns, choose between Hydrating Face Oil (best for dry or mature skin), Soothing Face Oil (ideal for irritated skin) or Balancing Face Oil (perfect for oily and combination skin).
Let’s pause for a moment to point out that flying is not a dry-skin-only dilemma. It affects oily skin, too. When oily skin feels threatened by dehydration, it increases oil production. If surface dead skin cells aren’t removed post-flight, the buildup can trap that oil and bacteria, increasing your chance of a breakout a day or two after the flight. Whether your skin is dry or oily, it’s a good idea to exfoliate those dead cells away. Try the Nourishing Cream Exfoliator, which uses non-abrasive jojoba beads, not plastic, to slough off dry skin.
4. During Your Trip
Throughout your visit, it’s crucial to keep up your full-body skin care routine and maintain your skin’s moisture levels before getting back on a plane. The Jet-Set from the Holiday Collection is perfect—and everything in it is sized to go. We’re also big fans of the Nourishing Eye Cream and Lip Conditioners to deliver an instant moisture boost to those more delicate skin areas.
Drink lots of water. It’s not just your skin that’s drying out every time you fly. Quench that thirst!