Unless you own a Private Jet (#goals!), I’m sure you can relate to stepping off a long-haul flight and feeling like absolute crap. And it’s not all due to lack of sleep or your inability to resist the 7am champers the day before (holidays, right?!?). In fact, it simply comes down to low humidity and low oxygen! Humidity levels on aeroplanes are usually less than 20%. Even in the dry heat of Tamworth, humidity generally only gets as low as 50%. Low humidity strips the skin of oil, essential for our skin’s barrier functions, which can lead to a myriad of skin complications. On top of that, oxygen levels within the cabin are around 5% lower than the air we breathe on solid ground. This impacts circulation which leads to a reduction in blood to our skin cells, resulting in poor supply of essential vitamins and minerals.

So, what can we do to prevent beginning our long-awaited holiday looking dry and washed out??

Give some forward thought to boosting the health of your skin BEFORE the flight. I recommend a resurfacing treatment 3-4 weeks prior to take-off.

At the 3-weeks-to-go mark I had a Vampire Facial with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). This not only removed any dead cells from the surface of my skin, it boosted collagen production leaving my skin extra hydrated!

I also made sure I religiously used my Hyla 3D (by Jan Marini Skin Research) to boost the levels of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in my cells. Hyla 3D is one of the only topical HA products on the market proven to penetrate the epidermis. HA is hydrophilic, which means it draws water to the area – again ensuring super hydrated skin.

Lastly, my prep included making sure my skin was on point from the inside-out. I start every morning with a dose of The Beauty Chef’s Antioxidant and Hydration – to ensure I’m hydrated and protected at a cellular level.

I’m going to share something shameful. I live in hope of being “discovered” and becoming the world’s most famous cosmetic injector with a reality show (Keeping up with KGA?). So understandably, given I’m off to LA, I would prefer to step off the plane looking completely glam with perfect hair and a perfectly contoured face. Realistically however, applying make-up before a 15-hour flight will NOT make me look glamourous, in fact it’s about the worst thing I could do for my skin. If you must wear make-up, apply it just before landing (if you can contend with the horrible lighting in those tiny bathrooms!).

Personally however, I always opt to fly sans make-up, allowing me to apply multiple layers of goodness to my skin during the flight. Which brings me to carry-on essentials…

“Must haves” for mid-flight application include an antioxidant serum and a thicker moisturiser to help replenish the lost oil. As always, I recommend a high quality, medical-grade product. Something that works at a cellular level (hint: nothing from the Chemist will do this), but if you have a medical-grade brand you love, use it.

However, my personal preference (and what will absolutely be in my carry-on) is the Jan Marini Age Intervention Peptide Extreme. I will be lathering this on my skin several times throughout the flight because it contains an awesome blend of peptides, antioxidants and hydrators.

Finally, and I know I harp on about this all the time, but you really do NEED to wear sunscreen everyday – EVEN on the plane. At high altitudes, the UV index is much higher than on the ground, and while most aircraft have windows that block the bulk of the UV radiation, you are still at risk. Choose a lightweight one (no need for Zinc) and for those extra long-haul flights, reapply at some point throughout the trip.

Drink water, minimise alcohol, and try to get some sleep (easier said than done depending where you’re seated I know!). And enjoy your holiday!!


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