How to rehydrate your skin after a long-haul flight


It is no secret that flying can be pretty hard on your body and with the air on board having less moisture than the Sahara desert it is no wonder that we often find ourselves disembarking with dull, grey, dehydrated skin.

For those that know me, or are regular readers of this blog you will know that I am a bit of a skincare fanatic, and when I first started working as cabin crew I quickly noticed the effect that regular long haul flights were having on my skin. After months of trial and error I have found a method that works for me when it comes to rehydrating my skin after a long flight.

Drink up

I know you have heard it all before, but drinking water really is the best way to rehydrate your skin. Our bodies are very clever, when we are dehydrated they steal water from our skin to help our vital organs function and the only way to prevent our skin getting dehydrated is to replace that lost water.

If I have been on a long haul flight I will get two 1.5 litre bottles of water and aim to drink both of them in a day. If I am struggling to get all that water down I add some fruit to make it taste a little bit more interesting, whether it is just a few slices of lemon or cucumber and mint if I am feeling fancy (or have just managed to go to the supermarket that day).


As the Queen of skincare Caroline Hirons says “dehydration means more build-up/shedding” so basically we need to exfoliate to take away all that extra dead skin that has accumulated during the flight. Exfoliating also helps prepare our skin for whatever serums, oils or moisturisers we are planning to use next so they can sink in and work their magic.

After a flight I use Pixie Glow Tonic, which contains acid that gently exfoliates and removes dead skin. This product has had a lot of hype around it, but I have to say that since I started using it a few months ago I have seen a noticeable difference in my skin, although I do only use it 3 or 4 times a week.

Oils and Serums

If I have been on a long haul flight and my skin is feeling really dry I will use an oil and a serum (I told you I was a skincare fanatic). Now before I say anything else I will explain that dehydrated skin is not the same as dry skin. Dehydrated skin is a lack of water, whereas dry skin is a lack of oil. So if you have oily skin, which is dehydrated you will probably want to steer clear of any oils and just use a serum. The reason that I use both is because I have normal skin and I just like to use oils because I find them very moisturising and they make my skin feel plump and lovely.

The oil that I am using at the moment is an argan oil that a friend brought me back from Casablanca, but argan oil is very easy to get hold of and I find it to be very moisturising. The serum that I am using at the moment is the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, which has a wet texture and feels very hydrating on the skin.

Moisturiser and Masks

The reason that I have called this section moisturiser and masks is that if I have just come off a long haul flight I will do my skincare routine as above and then I like to skip my regular moisturiser and use a sleeping mask with a sheet mask on top and then leave that on while I go to sleep. This may seem a bit of an overkill, which is why just using your regular moisturiser or a moisturising mask is completely fine. I just find that if I apply my serum, my argan oil, a sleeping mask and a sheet mask I will wake up in the morning and my skin will be hydrated, plump and glowing.

The sleeping mask that I am currently using is the Seaweeds Moisturizing Pack from The Face Shop, which is a wet moisturiser making it great for dehydrated skin. I also like the Clinique moisture surge cream, which is a moisturiser that can double up as a face mask. I stock up on sheet masks whenever I go to Asia as they are so cheap and they come in so many varieties. I really like that ones from The Face Shop, but you can pick them up in most beauty shops or chemists.

So there you have it, my tried and tested method for rehydrating my skin after long haul flights. If you have any skincare tips for dealing with dehydration let me know in the comments below. Otherwise follow me on Instagram or Twitter for my day to day travel updates from across the globe.


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