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Published December 1, 2022

Whether you’re taking a cross-country flight or jetting off on a business trip abroad, your skin can take a beating in the air. From intense UV rays to dehydration and even turbulence, there are many factors that can wreak havoc on your complexion. But don’t worry! With the right preparation, you can arrive at your destination with glowing, radiant skin. Let’s dive into what happens to your skin on a flight and how you can take care of it before, during, and after. 


Before you board the plane, it’s important to give your skin an extra dose of hydration. Applying an ultra-hydrating face mask like MESO-MASK the night before will help ensure that your skin is thoroughly moisturized before take off. If you have time in the morning as well, apply a lightweight moisturizer and sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher (no matter what season it is!). These two simple steps will go a long way towards protecting your skin from the harsh environment inside and outside of the plane. 


The humidity level on planes is very low, at around 10% compared to 60% on the ground. Once onboard, be sure to apply lip balm oil like the ultra-nourishing NUTRI-FILLER LIPS throughout the flight and drink plenty of water—at least 8 ounces for every hour that you’re in the air. To combat dryness and irritation from recycled air, transfer NCEF-ESSENCE into a travel-size spray bottle and spritz yourself every few hours. This will restore some moisture back into your skin and keep it looking fresh when you land! 

During a flight, UV rays are two times more intense! If you’re in the window seat, make sure you apply sunscreen like EltaMD throughout the flight. 

If possible, try to avoid makeup altogether during flights—especially foundations or powders which can clog pores and cause breakouts—and opt instead for sheet masks like HYDRA-FILLER MASK that return moisture to the skin. This super-moisturizing sheet mask is soaked in a hyaluronic acid formula to concentrate the power of a serum in a mask for moisturized and visibly plumped skin in 15 minutes.


As soon as you get off the plane be sure to wash your face immediately using lukewarm water and gentle cleanser like our FOAM CLEANSER followed by an ultra-hydrating toner. Once dried completely with a soft towel, apply a hyaluronic acid-rich serum such as our HYDRA-HYAL SERUM followed by moisturizer and then sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. This routine helps restore lost moisture while protecting against environmental aggressors like sunburns due to high altitude exposure during flights! Additionally, if possible try not to wear makeup for at least 24 hours after landing so that your pores can breathe naturally again!  


It’s no secret that flying takes its toll on our skin - but thankfully it doesn’t have to mean sacrificing healthy looking skin upon arrival at our destination! By following these simple steps before, during and after each flight we can ensure that our complexions stay hydrated and protected no matter where we travel - allowing us all to enjoy beautiful glowing skin when we step off the plane!