You’ve probably seen it on a recent flight: a fellow passenger wiping their face or applying a sheet mask right there in their window seat, all to avoid the dreaded post-flight puffy face. And you’ve probably wondered if you should be doing the same to protect your skin, but according to skin care expert Renée Rouleau, it’s just not that effective.
“I’m personally not a fan of pulling out sheet masks and wipes and sprays,” Rouleau says. “I don’t mess with any of that.” So what does the celebrity aesthetician suggest to look your best after a flight? Not doing treatments in the air at all. She tells her famous clients, which include Sofia Vergara, that planes just aren’t that sterile and points out “the water in the sink on the plane is disgusting.” So she advises waiting to deal with post-flight dryness back at home or in the hotel instead of applying products with germ-coated fingers.
Dermatologist Dr. Loretta Ciraldo agrees lotions aren’t the best skin savior during flights. She suggests people cover up more to protect the entire body from dryness and says, “We’ve got to be a little less face-obsessed and think of it as a whole picture.”
When you fly this holiday season, here’s what experts advise you do to protect your skin.
- Before you board - Apply a heavy-duty moisturizer to seal in hydration and keep germs out. The idea is to create a barrier to protect skin from that dry cabin air and don’t forget to put it on your hands and neck, too.
- Don’t skip the sunscreen - If you’re flying during the day, you’ll need UV protection because those rays are stronger at high altitude.
- Once you land - You’ll want to exfoliate to get rid of the dehydrated surface cells. A cooling gel mask “feels good and delivers water” post-flight. And don’t forget to moisturize.
Source: New York Post