Air travel can really affect skin. From the stresses of packing, arriving on time and getting through security to flying at 30,000ft in a compressed air chamber, our bodies – not naturally equipped to deal with this environment – has a bit of a rough time. From altitude sickness to water retention, decompression sickness to hypoxia are all indicators that are bodies were never meant to fly.
However, flying is now a part of life, and there are solutions to many of the problems we encounter. Take dehydrated skin for example.
The dry cabin air is the first thing that the skin comes into contact with and is the biggest stripper of moisture.
Skin is normally used to air which has 40 to 70 per cent humidity. However, most aeroplane cabins have around 20 per cent humidity – less than half the amount that we’re used to and this is a serious problem to skin. This drop in humidity instigates a drop in hydration level in the skin which can result in dry and flaky – and sometimes reddish – skin.
According to Allure magazine, you might be at cruising altitude, but commercial aircraft tend to be pressurized between 6,000 to 8,000 feet, which is the equivalent to what you might feel if you were standing on top of a mountain. The higher the altitude, the less blood flow to the skin, which may make for a dull appearance.
So what can you apply to help aircabin skin? Ella Bache Hydra Repulp’ Creme-Masque Hyaluronic Hydratante — Hyaluronic Moisturising Cream-Mask is the remedy for skin that suffers from dehydration. This action skin-repair balm targets the most dehydrated zones of the face and body.
After your journey, apply this cream in a thick layer on a specific area or like a mask over the whole face. Let your skin drink up this active balm for 10 mins to allow it to penetrate without rinsing.