Your Guide to In-Flight Skincare

We all dream of going abroad on a relaxing trip and arriving back home feeling refreshed with that healthy post-holiday glow. However, it’s easy to forget how the environment on-board a flight can leave our skin feeling dry, looking dull and prone to breakouts – not ideal for those holiday photos! Follow the tips below to see how you can take proper care of your skin whilst flying to your dream destination and ensuring that you step off the plane looking great!

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Taking good care of your skin whilst you are flying starts before you even get on the plane by removing any makeup you might be wearing. The thought of going out and travelling to a different country without any makeup on might feel a little bit outside of some people’s comfort zone, but your skin will definitely thank you for it.

The environment on-board a flight is known to be very dry, especially when compared to the humidity levels we are used to in Malta, and this can wreak havoc on our skin. Dry patches, clogged pores and acne breakouts are just some of the issues that we might have to deal with when cruising at 35,000 feet, and this is made even worse when wearing makeup products such as foundation and powder. By sacrificing your makeup for just a few hours, you can enjoy great skin in the days to come!


Make sure your face is clean before taking off to minimise the risk of clogged pores from any dirt and excess oils, and keep a hydrating face mist handy to prevent your skin from getting dehydrated. You can also get face mists that contain essential oils that can help keep you calm whilst flying, or you can even make your own. Since flying can be extremely dehydrating on the skin, apply a rich moisturiser at the beginning of the flight. If you’re on a long haul flight, re-apply the moisturiser to your skin after a few hours to help combat any dryness. If your skin is not properly moisturised, it can become greasy as your skin tries to compensate for the dry cabin air surrounding it. Whilst taking care of the skin on your face is very important, it’s easy to forget about the other areas of your face and body. Skip the matte liquid lipstick, and instead apply a nourishing lip balm or lip tint to your lips throughout the flight. It’s also a good idea to carry a hand cream with you on-board your flight to moisturise your hands, as well as a hand sanitizer – especially if you will be applying any products to your face.


Drink plenty of water before you take off, and keep a bottle of water with you whilst flying to keep your body – and therefore your skin – well hydrated throughout the flight. Skip the coffee and alcoholic beverages, which can cause dehydration, and opt for even more water or a herbal tea instead. Nervous flyer? Ask for some chamomile tea on-board to keep your stress levels down and your hydration levels up!


Once you’ve landed, treat your skin to the care it deserves with an exfoliator as well as a deep cleansing and moisturising face mask. Keep up the skincare routine you normally follow at home whilst you’re away by decanting some of the products that you use into small travel containers.

Finally, don’t forget to pack an SPF product to protect your face after you’ve landed, especially if you will be spending a lot of time outdoors exploring a new place. That way, you can enjoy your holiday looking fresh-faced and capture the perfect holiday photos!


© 2018 – VIDA Magazine – Rachel Spiteri