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Is Your Skin 'Jet-Lagged'?

​While jet-lag when travelling long-haul is renowned for making you tired and slightly disorientated, you may not have considered the effect it could have on your skin.

How does your skin become 'jet-lagged'?

Re-circulated air

Flying is the perfect storm for causing skin problems. We sit in cabins with high pressure re-circulated air that is very low in humidity, which causes skin dryness. The oxygen circulation to our skin is also reduced and levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, are high, which reduces the skin barrier function. This can result in skin inflammation, redness and breakouts. Not to mention, the UV exposure [through glass] to our skin increases significantly at 30,000 feet.

Lack of sleep

If you're travelling to a different time-zone, chances are that you will miss out on some sleep when adjusting to the new time. As you sleep, your body's cells regenerate, especially at skin level, so missing out on this quality rest can also affect the skin. Moisture levels can be decreased and pH levels may be lowered, which is why your skin looks less youthful and has less of a glow when sleep deprived.

How to prevent it : before the flight


Preparation is everything. Skin really suffers when it is dehydrated so pre-treat it with plenty of soothing moisturizer and make sure you are hydrated. If you normally use a skin lotion, maybe substitute a richer cream at night or an anti-oxidant serum.


Change your diet

A few days before flying, increase your antioxidant fruit and vegetable intake and focus on hydration. Green tea is an excellent antioxidant, so substitute it in for your morning latte.



Gentle skin exfoliation, paired with regular moisturizing, in the days leading to the flight will help to settle skin, increase hydration and optimize the skin barrier function- vital for reducing skin dryness and inflammation.


Book in for a facial

If you have time, treat yourself to a facial before you go. Absolute Hydration facial at Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort is ideal for dehydrated skin. With the advanced hydrating serum and moisturizing plumping mask all the tightening sensations disappear, and the skin regains its capital hydration.

How to prevent it : during the flight

Avoid alcohol

On the flight, try to avoid the temptation of too many celebratory cocktails; stick to water and juice if you can.


Embrace bare skin

Try not to wear make-up and apply a hydrating serum for the duration of the flight instead.


Boost moisture levels

There's not much that you can do about missing out on some sleep but, if you're flying overnight, try and make yourself comfortable enough to fall asleep. Or, if you're not too embarrassed, apply a hydrating face mask while in-flight.

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Is Your Skin 'Jet-Lagged'?

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