Travel hack for the healthy skin during long flights
This is going to be a somewhat unusual post for me since I’m not a beauty blogger. But, hey girl, I just couldn't not to share this miracle moisturizer I use. It’s practically a life saver when on the go and on the daily basis + it’s 100% natural + you can do it Yourself.
During the last 3 months, I spent altogether about a week and a half on the buses, trains, boats, at the airports... you name it. From which about 30 hours on the plane. Insane! 😃 And my skin really started to feel it… It became dull, spotty and felt dry (even though I used day and night cream). So I started to search for some solutions on how to bring it back to life.
First, let’s break down what happens to your skin during the flight.
Typically, the skin feels comfortable when humidity is between 40 to 70 percent. On the plane though - it’s 20 percent, like in a desert. So what happens is that our skin tries to counteract the super dry air by producing more oil. That can result in nasty breakouts and blemishes. Also, the higher the attitude, the less blood flows to the skin, which can result in its dullness.
So moisturizing - is the key during long flights. But, you need to be smart about it and don’t just use water mist. It may feel nice and refreshing for a couple of minutes, but it’ll dry your skin even more.
Here comes the magic! :)
Obsessed with lavender essential oil 😍 I bought one in Kuala Lumpur after reading about all its positive effects for the skin and nerve system)) Also, in combination with Aloe vera gel and coconut water - it's a super effective moisturizer for the face, especially useful during the long flight. I've made a mist moisturizer in travel size spray bottle, which is AMAZING- it moisturizes the skin, gives it a healthy glow and color + it smells INCREDIBLE. With it, it's even possible to look not like a zombie after a long flight 😄 • • • #digitally_wild #lavender #watercolor #watercolorsketch #travelhacks #travel #travelersnotebook #travelersnote #travelerscompany #travelersfactory #travelersnotebookinserts #lavenderoil #watercolorart #watercolor_gallery #watercolor_daily #watercolor_painting #watercolorblog #plannergoodies #plannerobsessed #stickerjunkie #plannergirl #artjournal #creativejournal
Moisturizer ingredients break down
I’ve researched natural ingredients that are really beneficial for the skin.
Aloe vera Gel:
- It acts as moisturizer
Aloe moisturizes the skin without giving it a greasy feel.
- It treats sunburn
Aloe Vera helps with sunburn through its powerful healing activity at the epithelial level of the skin, a layer of cells that cover the body. It acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish its moisture. Because of its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties, the skin heals quicker.
- It treats acne
Aloe vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Giberellin in aloe vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells. It allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring.
- It fights aging
As we age, everyone begins to worry about the appearance of fine lines and the loss of elasticity in their skin. Aloe leaves contain a plethora of antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin's natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated.
- It lessens the visibility of stretch marks
The skin is like one big piece of elastic that’ll expand and contract as needed to accommodate growth. But if the skin stretches too far, too fast (due to pregnancy, rapid weight gain or loss) the elasticity of the skin can be damaged. That’s what leaves those unsightly stretch marks. These marks appear due to minor tears in the layers of the skin caused by sudden and excessive stretching. Aloe vera gel can help hide these stretch marks by healing these wounds.
To name a few. 😃
- Moisturize Your Skin
You are going to want 100% coconut water on this. Any additives will not only cause your skin to feel sticky, but can also cause a negative skin reaction.
- Treat Minor Skin Irritations
Coconut water and coconut oil have antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties. You can apply coconut water directly to your skin, or rinse the affected area. The natural toner reduces the appearance of pores and naturally moisturizes your skin. It also helps in regulating the pH of the skin and keeps it well hydrated without excess oil.
- Keeps Acne At Bay
Again, the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of coconut water make it exceptional for acne sufferers.
- Fights Aging
It goes without saying that a hydrated body is a much healthier body. Hydrating with coconut water allows you to ingest multiple beneficial vitamins and nutrients such as: vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin K, zinc, iodine, selenium, manganese, and more. These ingredients will nourish you from the inside out, again boosting your overall health!
Lavender essential oil:
- Have an immediate calming effect
Lavender is best known for its calming effect. That’s why you’ll frequently see it in massage oils and the like. Not only does it smell good, but there is a scientific reason behind why it helps us to relax. Studies have found that the scent of lavender increases alpha waves in the part of the brain that’s responsible for relaxation. There has also been research involving the inhalation of the essential oil that has shown it can reduce both stress and anxiety. Perfect during those turbulence moments 😃
- Skin detox
Lavender potent antioxidants help to prevent and counteract the negative effects of pollutants that skin exposed to.
- Treat acne
While you might think that putting an oil on your face would worsen acne, plant oils like lavender won’t clog your pores and the natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties can offer an ideal solution. Essential oils like lavender have the power to kill bacteria on the skin naturally, as well as to protect it from irritation and stress. Lavender also helps to balance hormone levels while offering many other benefits that promote better skin health.
- Improves blood circulation
Lavender essential oil can be used on the skin to improve blood circulation. Blood circulation is an important part of your body’s overall health. An increase in blood circulation benefits the heart as well as the muscles and arteries throughout the body, improving oxygen-rich blood flow to all the extremities.
So as you can see, those ingredients are awesome by themselves. Combined together - is a health bomb for your face 😃
Fill 10-20% of the bottle with Aloe vera gel 100%. But make sure it’s just the aloe gel, without any additives. I used this one:
For coconut water is best to use real Young coconut if you have those in your country. If not, buy it in a package, but make sure it’s 100% coconut water. Fill the bottle almost to the end.
Add 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil.
I have it in Roll-On, which is absolutely amazing for applying on the red spots or breakouts.
Other things to note
Spray on the face after cleansing. On the go, I use Bioderma micellar water to clean the face and then I apply this moisturizer. On the long flights, apply it every 60-90 minutes.
I also use it daily instead of my day cream: every morning and before going to bed.
NB! Make sure you don’t have an allergy or weird reaction to the lavender oil. Before applying on the face, use it on your arm or under the ear (where the skin is sensitive). If no redness and itching occur - you are good to go.
Store in the refrigerator and use within 10 days, just to be on the safe side. 😃
On the 6th day, the bottle of 75 ml is more than halfway down. So it’s absolutely possible to use it within 10 days and then make a new batch 😃
P.S. Don’t forget to drink a ton of water when on the plane and apply a sunscreen!
Hope you’ll find this article useful. And I’m sure your skin will be so grateful for this treatment, mine certainly does.
Talk to you soon,