Wondering why your face looks as jet-lagged as you feel after a long plane ride? The first culprit is humidity. While the ideal relative humidity for preventing dry skin is 60 percent, an airplane hovers around 20 percent. Making a bad situation worse, skin often tries to combat super-dry air through increased oil production, leading to an oily T-zone and, potentially, acne.
Secondly, regardless of the actual cruising altitude, commercial aircrafts are typically pressurized to around 7,000 feet—the equivalent of standing on top of a mountain. This results in decreased blood flow to your skin, causing it to appear dull. Don’t give up your glow without a fight. Before you board your next flight, pick up these three must-haves at Sephora.
Fight puffiness, dark circles, and crow’s-feet with the Tarte Pack Your Bags undereye patches ($22 for four sets) that soothe and hydrate with jellified algae and coconut oil.
Celebs and makeup artists love Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir ($18 for 1 fl. oz.) for its grape extracts and clarifying ingredients that bring radiance to dull skin.
The hyaluronic acid and minerals in Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask ($20) lock in moisture, while a blend of raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, and blueberry extracts adds an aromatic component.