Extensive traveling can take a considerable toll on the body, especially the skin. Air travel can be particularly rough on the skin. The reasons may surprise you, despite how obvious some of them are. The good news is that there are some pretty simple things that you can do to improve the health of your skin while flying. Here are a few of them.
One obvious issue that can wreak havoc on your skin—and one that you probably haven’t thought about, despite its obviousness—is the window seat. The window seat is the most coveted by those who travel frequently. It also happens to expose you to a LOT of UV rays. It’s really pretty simple. You’re above the clouds, closer to the sun, and exposed to much more intense light. The results can lead to a multitude of skin issues, including premature aging and skin cancer.
The easiest solution for avoiding these harmful UV rays, of course, is to simply not sit in the window seat. If you don’t want to give up the view of the terrain as you approach for landings, you can always wear sunscreen. There are plenty of facial moisturizers on the market that also contain sunscreen so you could kill two birds with one stone by using them while flying—staying hydrated and protecting your skin.
If you don’t mind getting a few funny looks from the other passengers, you might even try a facial mask while you are flying. It’s just one more tool in the quest to maximize how much moisture you can retain.
Hydration is vital to keeping your skin healthy while traveling. Using creams that are high in vitamin C and E, as well as antioxidants will replenish your dry skin and help to lock in moisture. Most importantly, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water while flying. The health benefits of drinking plenty of water on a flight go beyond simple skin health.
Finally, try to get up and walk around a bit during your flight. That may not be new advice, as experts have long said it’s good for your health to get up and stretch. But walking around will also increase your blood circulation, which tends to suffer at high altitudes, and healthy circulation will have a direct impact on the condition of your skin.