Question: I'm going on a long-haul flight next month and whenever I fly my skin becomes dull and dry. How can I stop this? - Christina, Belfast.
In-flight dehydration is the worst! But fear not, there are lots of ways to over come it. This may sound obvious but drinking water is the best thing you can do. The increase in altitude and exposure to low moisture levels really contribute to dehydration, so it is advised that you drink at least 8oz (227ml) of water per hour to make up for what is lost. While we are on the subject of drinking, alcohol consumption is a big no no (shit,right?!) Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it draws water from the body causing dehydration. Because of this, alcohol magnifies any pre-existing skin irregularities, such as fine lines and wrinkles. Coffee, soft drinks and chocolate are also diuretics so avoid these too!
It is also important to remember that what goes onto the skin can be as important as what goes into the body, so before the flight use a good hydrating serum - like the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum - and an ultra moisturising cream - like the Zelens Z Matrix Energy & Moisture Infusion. I would then follow this with my ultimate in-flight beauty product; the Antipodes Saviour Skin Balm. Before taking off, I slather a good amount of this balm over my face and it works like a dream, helping to lock in moisture and keep my skin problem free. I step off the plane looking as fresh as I did when I got on! To guarantee absolutely no dehydration issues, I finally recommend applying a hydrating face mask the evening following the flight and keeping it on until the morning.
I hope this helps! Have a safe flight!