If you're one of the many career women who do a lot of traveling for work, then you're probably all too familiar with "airplane skin"—that tight, dry, flaky feeling you get after hours of flying the high skies.
The culprits? Changes in altitude and the dry environment—planes are pressurized and the low humidity, which can dip down to as low as 1%, zaps moisture from your skin. But that doesn't mean you should stop getting on a plane and collecting frequent flier miles.
Here are some tips to keep your skin healthy and radiant even after red-eye flights:
1. Prep your skin
Prevention of "airplane skin" starts even before you check in your luggage. According toDoctorozi News, giving your skin a moisture boost the night before a flight by washing your face with a cleanser made for dry skin, using lukewarm water to open up the pores. Then slather on a non-comedogenic moisturizer, which doesn't clog the pores.
2. Mineral is the way to go
When it comes to makeup, go mineral-based or organic so it doesn't clog your pores. Unless you're a flight attendant, keep the makeup to a minimum. You won't need to show your face until after you land anyway.
3. Slather on the moisture
By all means, buy those cute little travel-sized lotion packs. Apply moisturizer halfway through long-haul flights—and not just on your face—but slather on the lotion on your neck, arms, and hands as well.
Don't forget to apply lip balm on your lips. Cracked lips not only look bad, but they hurt a lot, too.
4. Mist your face
Keep your face literally hydrated with misting sprays. Many companies have launched misting sprays with built-in moisturizers that come in handy 3-ounce bottles—perfect for slipping into your carry-on purse.
If you're on a tight budget, filling a small atomizer spray with mineral water will also do.
5. Drink up every hour
Coffee or tea? How about some H2O instead?
Water is the best way to keep your skin radiant during a flight. Unfortunately, people who fly often avoid drinking too much water to avoid having to run to the bathroom every hour. But the fact is, in such dry conditions, there's a big chance you'll get dehydrated if you don't chug.
It's recommended that you drink eight ounces of water for every hour in the air. Avoid caffeine and alcohol since both can cause even more dehydration.
6. Do a mask
It may sound kooky, but try a sheet mask for long-haul flights. There are many clear ones available now which can be peeled off after as little as 15 minutes. It's not messy, it's instant, and you'll have glowing, radiant skin come touchdown