Dermatologists Weigh In on In-Flight Skincare

by Christopher Ehlers

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday June 22, 2022

Dermatologists Weigh In on In-Flight Skincare
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Thinking about hitting the skies this summer? There's probably some skincare you should think about taking along with you on the flight. Of course, the air on board is dry and terrible for our skin, but what can be done when we're only allowed small, limited quantities of liquids? HuffPost sat down with two board-certified dermatologists, who shared their go-to in-flight skincare products.

Dr. Whitney Bowe

Cleansing




For Dr. Bowe, cleansing your skin on a long flight is non-negotiable. "If I'm traveling for work and wearing makeup, I will remove my makeup using micellar water and a reusable cloth," she told HuffPost. "One of my favorite micellar waters is Bioderma Sensibio H20, because I find it is very gentle and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and soothed, not tight and dry." Whatever you do, skip the makeup wipes.

Hydration




Of course, the whole point of cleansing your face during a long flight is so that you can infuse it with moisture. Dr. Bowe recommends the Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum (which EDGE also recommends), followed by the Glossier After Baume. "It's vegan and fragrance-free, and feels rich without breaking me out," she told HuffPost. If her skin is particularly irritated or dry, she'll opt for La Roche-Posay's Cicaplast Baume B5, a product we also wholeheartedly endorse.

Sunscreen




If you're not wearing sunscreen on an airplane, you're doing it wrong. In fact, Dr. Bowe calls it "absolutely critical." "I either apply it first thing in the morning on overnight flights, or apply it every two hours during daytime flights," she told HuffPost. "I typically prefer lightweight sunscreens because I'm using layering them over a vitamin C serum or a moisturizer, but if I'm in flight I like to reach for a richer, more nourishing option that acts like a moisturizer plus sunscreen in one." Her current pick? Kinship's Self Reflect Sport SPF 60.

Dr. Papri Sarkar

Cleansing




Although makeup wipes are a divisive topic, Dr. Sarkar enjoys them for in-flight use, and she likes the ones from Clean Skin Club. "They're not irritating and have multiple sizes," she told HuffPost. "My favorite are the really large ones, but they can be bulkier for the plane. I can wipe everything off and start from scratch."

Hydration




Although she considers the climate of her destination when packing moisturizers, she likes Belif's beloved The True Cream Aqua Bomb. "It never feels heavy, and I love it under sunscreen or makeup because it doesn't pill," she told HuffPost. "I hate feeling like I have things on my face, and it's great for that." She also likes CeraVe's Healing Ointment, a rich, petroleum-based salve that can be used on hands, face, or anywhere that needs a little help.

Sunscreen




"A few studies done years ago showed that pilots and cabin crew members have much higher rates of melanoma than the average person," Sarkar told HuffPost. "The data is a little old, but it makes sense. There's a lot more UV radiation at 30,000 feet elevation than on the ground." She uses Isntree's Hyaluronic Acid Airy Sun Stick SPF 50+, and says that "there's no white cast, it's less than three ounces, it's in stick form so it never squirts or spills from increased cabin pressure, and it's easy to apply without using your hands."

Christopher Ehlers can be reached at [email protected], or on Instagram at @_ChrisEhlers.