How Skin Behaves 40,000 Feet Above the Ground

By lacey / 18 December 2023

How Skin Behaves 40,000 Feet Above the Ground

Skin on a plane!

With holiday season on the horizon, there’s a good chance you’ll be doing some traveling this winter. Just remember: when you’re away from home, so is your skin. Going from one location to another can be stressful enough for the skin, what about the in-between period while you’re on a plane? 40,000 feet in the air, your skin is in for a whirlwind.

The Desert in the Sky

The best terrestrial environment that a plane can be compared to is a desert. This may come as a surprise, but it makes sense when you think about it — the air is nearly completely void of moisture. This causes your skin to quickly become dried out, leaving it feeling dry and looking dull. Without adequate moisture in the air for skin to latch onto, the moisture in your skin evaporates at a quicker rate. When traveling by plane, your skin will encounter a completely different environment from what it’s used to, which can throw it for a loop and leave you with dry, dull skin. Fortunately, proper skincare can prevent the negative effects of air travel on skin.

No. 1 Travel Essential to Prevent Dehydrated Skin

In addition to drinking plenty of water and consuming water-rich food, your skin depends on skincare to receive proper hydration, especially when elevated. Reaching extreme altitudes while traveling by air can quickly dehydrate the skin and contribute to dryness, premature aging, and sensitivity. This is where climate smart skincare comes in. Formulated for specific climate conditions, Pour Moi’s Day Creams deliver proper hydration and nourishment for the climate that skin faces. When you’re in an airplane, the Desert Day Cream is your most loved travel companion, accounting for air that is devoid of moisture.

Planes Harbor Bacteria and Irritants

Skin on a plane becomes exposed to a slew of bacteria and other irritants. Bacteria that would normally be quickly repelled by your healthy lipid barrier can now potentially damage your skin because it has been weakened by the lack of moisture and increased inflammation due to stress on skin. The climate on a plane is unique because of the closed-air system that circulates the same air throughout the plane. You can potentially be exposed to bacteria from every person on the plane who brings his or her unique bacteria and irritants. Skin with a healthy lipid barrier can normally repel these irritants, but skin has been compromised by the extremely dry air and is therefore more susceptible to these irritants that can cause redness and skin irritation.

Skincare in the Air

To combat these negative effects on your skin that are caused by air travel, start taking care of your skin before you get anywhere near the plane. By keeping your skin moisturized and giving it an extra boost the night before your flight and shortly before boarding, you can keep it from getting too dried out. When you’re traveling this holiday season, so is your skin.