Did you know? May is Skin Cancer Awareness and Prevention Month. When we travel, especially on an airplane, our skin is more susceptible to sun exposure than when we are on the ground. Simply put, when we fly, our skin goes awry. But with a few little steps, you can arrive at your destination with a complexion that is healthy and radiant.
On the Plane
Join the mile high skincare club! It’s important to understand what’s happening with our skin at 35,000 feet above sea level. We are exposed to UV rays and are closer to the Sun – especially if we are in the window seat! The windows on a plane aren’t capable of filtering out these UV rays; always choose an aisle seat if possible.
Flying above the clouds, much of the atmospheric protection we get on the ground is gone. For protection on the plane, consider wearing sunglasses and a hat, and definitely use an SPF moisturizing cream. Always drink as much water as you can.
And ladies, dare I say it? Try to avoid wearing makeup on the plane. Unless it’s a foundation or powders with SPF! Instead, make sure you put a thick layer of your favorite face cream with the SPF, of course!
Protective Nutrition for Our Skin
A beauty routine and nutrition are key; before, during, and after travel. Our skin ages constantly; after all, we get older every day, right? The #1 factor of aging is radiation from the sun, so using a good sunscreen every day is just as important as anything else in our skincare routine.
The external factor here is free radicals from the air from such things as smoking and pollution, which also contribute to helping us age. Ultraviolet A (UVA) has a longer wavelength as is associated with skin aging. Ultraviolet B (UVB) has a shorter wavelength and is associated with skin burn. Finding a good moisturizer that doubles as an SPF cream is always a great idea.
In the food department, what we put in our bodies also helps us internally to bring out the best in our skin on the outside. Foods rich in Vitamin C and beta carotene (carrots, spinach, and sweet potatoes, for example) are staples that should be in your diet. If this is not possible when traveling, always take along a Vitamin C supplement. They come in many forms; tablets, capsules, and powder to sprinkle in your water.
Also, CoQ10 vitamins is another supplement that helps your skin. It has been shown to reduce sun damage and increase antioxidant protection. It may also help decrease the risk of skin cancer.
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Travel safe up in the air! Your skin will thank you.