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Airplane Air & Your Skin


Don’t you wonder what you’re breathing in when you’re on an airplane? The changes in altitude, the dry air and whatever germs your neighbor might be carrying can have a direct impact on your comfort and your health. There are a few things that I’ve learned over the years to minimize the effects on your skin:

- Wear minimal makeup while in the air (especially foundation)
- Use a water mist and spray it on your face before departure and midway through the flight
- If you wear contact lenses, bring (and use) wetting solution.
- Use lip balm early and often. Some lipsticks contain aloe, which can keep your lips moist. If you use a lipstick that does not contain aloe, apply lip balm on top of your lipstick.
- Drink plenty of water (I can’t stress this enough). The longer the flight, the more important it is to replenish the moisture you will lose. Regardless of what class of service you are in, you can’t be sure you will get the amount of water your body needs. It’s important to bring enough water on board with you (bought after going through security); try to drink a minimum of 8 ounces of water an hour.
- Apply a light moisturizer if your face feels dry during the flight (a heavier one may be needed during winter months).
- Apply an undereye cream. Flight attendants use this trick all the time. Many carry it in their pockets and whenever they remember, they put it on their face (over their makeup).  If that’s what the veterans recommend, then that’s good enough for me.

See you on the road!

Kathy Ameche

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