Is flying bad for your skin?

The Great British summer may be officially over (boo!), but many of us are still due to jet off on last minute getaways in search of that elusive tan to take us into Autumn.

While sun-kissed, glowing skin may be a winner, dry and dull aeroplane skin most certainly is not!

But what exactly does happen to our skin when we fly?

The contained, re-circulated and repeatedly filtered air within an aeroplane is incredibly dry, with only 10%-20% humidity (compared to an average of 80% humidity in the UK).

As we breathe this air our bodies become dehydrated from the inside out, and moisture is drawn out of the skin, leaving it tight and lacklustre.

This extreme and rapid dehydration is a nightmare for all skin types, but in allergy sufferers already prone to dryness it can lead to excessively itchy, cracked or flakey skin.

To avoid skin jetlag, follow my top five tips and tricks:

1. Drink like a fish – water that is! It’s essential to replace our body’s lost moisture with plenty of water. Not only will this ease the effects on the skin, but it will also boost and protect our immune system, which is weakened by the dry cabin conditions.

2. Don’t drink like a fish! Though the odd tipple may help us through the monotony of a 12 hr flight, dehydrating drinks such as alcohol, tea and coffee are best avoided from take-off to landing.

3. Water your skin. Pai’s new BioAffinity Toners are perfect for refreshing the complexion mid-flight, and at 50ml can be at easy reach in your hand luggage. These unique ‘living waters’ actively hydrate, brighten and soothe the skin.

4. Think below the surface. While waters hydrate the surface, creams really drive water deep into the skin. Always keep your moisturiser handy, and slather on whenever you need a more thorough top-up.

5. Go natural. While we all like to look a little glam, an aeroplane is no place for a full face of make-up, which can look powdery as the skin dries out. Always remove make-up as soon as you board (allowing you to tone and moisturise while you’re flying), and lightly re-apply once you have disembarked.