How To Prevent the Airplane 'Ick'


| LAST UPDATE 06/19/2022

By Peral Simons
Flight Skincare, Travel Hacks
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The skies are finally open again, and the world's most beautiful countries and landmarks are again at our fingertips. While we're incredibly excited about the thought of whipping out our suitcases and heading to the airport, we can't help but remember that feeling of 'ickiness' that overwhelms us as we step off the plane. Whether from the recycled air on the plane or the naked feet of the stranger sitting behind you, it's hard to leave the aircraft feeling fresh and ready for the day ahead. The tips and tricks should have you feeling so good that you might even skip the usually obligatory shower upon arrival and maximize your sun-tanning hours on the beach!

First and foremost, it's called beauty sleep for a reason. We know it is easier said than done but ensuring you get some sleep during the flight will help you feel energized and refreshed. On top of all this, fewer hours with your eyes open will guarantee less exposure to the airplane sightings that will make you feel gross! Make sure to pack a sleep mask in your hand luggage, as airplane lighting is not always the most favorable for a good night's sleep.

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Vitamin supplements can be a great trick to avoid the effects of the stress and germs commonly involved with flying. Taking antiviral mushrooms before a flight will help to prepare your body and immune system for any bacteria ahead. Additionally, adaptogens will help you feel calm and ready to take on any airport/aircraft event that may arise.

Just because you're 31,000 feet into the air doesn't mean you can give your usual skincare routine a miss. In fact, nowhere is it more critical than on the plane, where we often leave feeling dehydrated and dirty. Apply a cleanser after take-off to remove any leftover makeup, and then apply a hydrating serum. At the end of the flight, spray deodorant and use biodegradable wipes to refresh your face. To avoid the puffiness resulting from the cabin pressure, throw a Gua Sha or facial roller in your hand luggage and get rolling throughout the flight. This will help with circulation and lymphatic drainage. The tools may raise some questions at airport security - but we'd say they're totally worth it...

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