Updated: Dec 2, 2019
Fun fact: I used to work as a flight attendant years ago in Singapore, it was the best few years of my life travelling the world with my best girl friends.
Back then, however, I could never quite figure out why I would breakout particularly on my upper lip & lower chin after a long flight (especially over winter).
I realised now that travelling frequently into different time zones can mess up our biological clock, sleep patterns, digestion and hormones - thus leading to a higher probability of skin problems.
The main causes of travel acne:
1: Dry cabin air
The stale cabin air causes skin to go into an overdrive, producing more oil in order to rehydrate, and unfortunately causing clogged pores and breakouts.
2: Salty aircraft food
Do you know that we are unable to taste sweetness or saltiness while in an airplane due to low humidity, pressure and high altitude? Thus, most foods catered onboard tend to be saltier and sweeter to compensate for our lack of taste inflight. Keep this in mind whenever you travel, it would be best to either just pack your own snacks or skip meals altogether.
Travelling tends to change your biological clock and btw, have you ever noticed that your periods would be irregular especially whilst on a holiday? These changes in time zone & the overall stress of a trip can sometimes cause our hormones to go haywire, causing... you guessed it right: breakouts.
Here’s what you can do to prevent spots naturally if you are travelling this holiday season:
(tried and tested by an ex -flight attendant with problem-prone skin)
1. Level up your hydration at least up to a week before the trip. It sounds so simple but most of us aren’t drinking enough water, so drink up ladies. No, coffee does not count as water.
2. Support your system with nourishing herbal teas - try stress & anti inflammatory blends containing spearmint (helps hormonal acne, slows down oil production), astralagus (stress relieving, aids in wound healing, manages stress) , reishi (anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, regulates hormones), dandelion (immune enhancing properties, supports liver functions, aids digestion, reduces hormonal acne), chamomile tea (relaxing, great for irritated, red complexion). All these are safe, natural blends that are mostly safe to use & has proven to help improve skin health. However, if you have an existing condition or if you are on medication, remember to check in with your doctor .
Support your system with nourishing herbal teas - try stress & anti inflammatory blends containing spearmint (helps hormonal acne, slows down oil production), astralagus (stress relieving, aids in wound healing, manages stress) , reishi (anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, regulates hormones), dandelion (immune enhancing properties, aids digestion), chamomile tea (relaxing, great for irritated, red complexion).
3. Reduce inflammation: supplement with Evening Primrose Oil & zinc.
4. Include anti-inflammatory spices such as turmeric into your meals and/or drinks.
5. Lightly exfoliate your skin 2 -3 days before the flight.