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Here’s What Happens to The Skin on A Flight and How to Prevent It

Here’s What Happens to The Skin on A Flight and How to Prevent It 

There’s no better feeling than knowing you’re about to jump on a plane (the rush when shopping for new skincare comes in at a close second). You can finally put your feet up and turn on OOO after weeks of holiday prep from itineraries to bikini waxes, but one thing almost all of us forget to add to our checklist is a travel skincare routine. And yes, it’s totally different from the one you have when you’re not at 30,000 feet.

 Air travel puts a lot of stress on our skin from drying it out to swelling it up (we’ll get to that in a sec), but a travel-friendly skincare routine can save your skin from going chaotic in the cabin. You’ve probably seen that girl whip out what seems like her entire bathroom cabinet onboard and thought she was so extra, but it’s actually just the fundamentals of flying. So, as promised, here’s exactly what happens to your skin whilstairborne and how to avoid it.

The Humidity in The Air Significantly Drops

When we fly, the humidity in the cabin drops to roughly 20% (eek!), meaning our skin is almost guaranteed to become dry after travelling as it’s stripped of moisture. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a long-haul flight either. Just an hour or two exposed to low humidity air is enough to cause dry, dehydrated skin by the time you arrive, so it’s important to prioritise moisture in your travel skincare routine.

Rose Face Oil - £45.00

 Super-soothing and packed with hydration, our Rose Face Oil featuring pure rose absolute extract, bisabolol, and marshmallow root will calm any irritation during your flight and prevent moisture loss. With Rose Face Oil as part of your cabin crew, dry, dehydrated skin won’t be crossing the border with you.

Sleep Hand & Body Lotion 200ML - £18.00

One of our best travel skincare tips is to apply Tutti London Sleep Hand and Body Lotion before you head to the airport to create a long-lasting barrier between your skin and the low humidity air to stop moisture from escaping. This makes it ideal for long-haul flights when you’re asleep and can’t feel your skin becoming dry and dehydrated.  

But our favourite part? It also features pure essential lavender oil, so when there’s a crying baby, someone who insists on using the reading light (which might as well be a strobe light), or you just weren’t made to sleep upright, you’ll fall asleep easier and wake up feeling refreshed. Like you slept on a horizontal bed type of fresh.

UV Rays Are More Harmful Above Clouds

If your flight is at any time during the day, we highly recommend including an SPF 50 sunscreen in your travel skincare routine as you’re so much closer to the sun where UV rays can do more harm to the skin. Because of this, it’s also a good idea to load up on antioxidants to neutralise free radical damage.

Rose Face Wash - £18.00

Tutti London Rose Face Wash will help to protect your skin from sun damage whether you’re in the air or on the ground. Featuring rose and neroli waters loaded with antioxidants, you’ll want to use it pre- and post-air travel to continue to defend your skin against free radicals as you spend more time in the sun on holiday.

Considering that almost 50% of the air on an airplane is recycled, run, don’t walk to the hotel bathroom to wash your face after check-in. Papaya extract will clear your pores from bacteria, oil, and sweat, while cucumber extract hydrates and revitalises the skin.  

Facial Swelling Can Occur in High Altitude

The high altitude can disrupt your lymphatic system and cause it to slow down, making it harder to distribute fluids throughout the body and build up in one area. To avoid puffiness, a facial roller is a skincare tool you won’t want to board an airplane without. Lightly rolling fluid away from your face and towards the lymph nodes will help to speed up the process and prevent facial swelling.

Face Roller - £24.00

If you’re prone to puffiness and convinced you go up a shoe size every time you step off a plane, our Face Roller is essential to take care of your face whilst travelling. Made from a beautiful emerald green stone that comes with a luxurious drawstring bag, you’ll feel like you’re in first class even if you aren’t.

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