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Skincare expert reveals how to avoid 'flight face' when flying

Rhiannon Ingle

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Skincare expert reveals how to avoid 'flight face' when flying

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With January nearly over and summer that one bit closer - I'm sure many of us are buzzing to hop on a plane and whizz off to a beautiful oasis.

However, as if airports and the whole flying ordeal wasn't stressful enough, jet-setters also have the annoyance of dealing with the dreaded 'flight face' onboard.

So, to help remedy the situation, one skincare expert has shared exactly how you should take care of your skin before, during, and after a flight.

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Skincare guru and founder of SXCGLO, Farnaz Khan, has given us the down-low on the ultimate guide to achieving flawless, radiant skin while soaring through the skies.

Whether you're heading to a short and sweet city break or on the way to the sun-soaked shores further afield - Farnaz has broken it down into three simple steps; the pre-flight prep, in-flight skincare and touchdown treatment.

Pre-flight prep

The expert explains that the key to having fab skin after your flight starts before you've even stepped foot on a plane.

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It starts before you even step onto the plane. Credit: Getty stock photo
It starts before you even step onto the plane. Credit: Getty stock photo

She recommends slathering on a moisturising face mask packed with hyaluronic acid the night before your flight to help create a protective barrier against the cabin's drying air.

A couple of days prior to your departure, you should gently exfoliate your skin to get rid of dead cells as it will help create a fresh canvas for an in-flight skincare.

Be sure to opt for a gentle exfoliator to avoid any irritation.

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Next up is the holy grail - vitamin C serum.

Simply apply one to two drops to your face after cleansing and before moisturising and this will help tackle free radicals and maintain your skin's glow.

The skincare guru recommends slathering on a nourishing moisturiser to lock in moisture during the flight. Credit: Jamie Grill / Getty Images
The skincare guru recommends slathering on a nourishing moisturiser to lock in moisture during the flight. Credit: Jamie Grill / Getty Images

In-flight skincare

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So, you've gone through security, enjoyed a glass of vino at the terminal, raided duty free and found your seat.

Once you're all settled, use a cleansing wipe to remove any traces of makeup with Farnaz recommending you opt for a gentle, hydrating wipe to avoid stripping your skin’s natural oils.

Next up is facial mist.

Having a travel-sized facial mist handy for regular spritzes throughout the flight so be sure to pick one up with ingredients like rose water or aloe vera to instantly refresh and hydrate your skin in the air.

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And, to really lock in that extra layer of moisture, Farnaz suggests whacking on a nourishing moisturiser with added antioxidants to combat the dry cabin air.

Be sure to massage it in using upward strokes to help stimulate circulation in your face as it will help achieve that coveted lit-from-within glow.

Be sure to pop on some lip balm to help prevent chapping and cracking. Credit: Olga Chetvergova / Getty Images
Be sure to pop on some lip balm to help prevent chapping and cracking. Credit: Olga Chetvergova / Getty Images

And, just like in any skincare routine, don't forget about the eye area!

Apply an eye cream to keep puffiness and dark circles at bay, as the skincare guru says it will leave you looking bright-eyed and ready to land feeling fresh and awake.

Just like eye care, your lips shouldn't be forgotten either.

On the plane, coat your lips with a rich hydrating lip balm to help prevent chapping and cracking so you can touch down with the perfect pout.

A calming serum will help soothe any redness or inflammation caused by the flight. Credit: Catherine Falls Commercial / Getty Images
A calming serum will help soothe any redness or inflammation caused by the flight. Credit: Catherine Falls Commercial / Getty Images

Touchdown treatment

OK - so you've just landed and you're finally back on solid ground.

After you've felt the warmth blast of a new climate, survived the chaos of picking up your bags and figured out a taxi to your accommodation - Farnaz suggests indulging in a hydrating face mask to rejuvenate your skin.

Next is all about recovery with the expert recommending you treat your skin to a calming serum with ingredients like chamomile and aloe vera to soothe any redness or inflammation caused by the flight.

And, lastly, don’t forget to stay hydrated inside and out.

Sip on water infused with lemon, cucumber, or mint to help flush out toxins and keep your skin radiant.

So, there you have it!

Topics: Skincare, Beauty, Health, Travel, Life

Rhiannon Ingle
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