Camilla Knowles, skin positivity champion, health coach and author of the book, The Beauty of Eczema, has shared her top tips to looking after your skin this summer, and whenever travelling long distances, to make sure your skin and body remain in the best possible health.
Humidity and moisture levels are significantly reduced while on a plane so to keep your body in its natural state, it’s important to drink water every hour, protecting skin from drying out. Sometimes adding extra electrolyte drops to your water bottle can give you further hydration. After a long flight, relieve any stress by soaking in a salt bath. Immersing your body in water can replenish it straight away so moisture gets directly into your pores. Moisturising head to toe after the bath is an important part of the beauty regime too.
Eat before your flight or trip and consider prepping your own food box for a long-haul journey. Certain foods, especially those that are processed, can be harmful for your body. Those with eczema or other skin conditions will know that consuming nutrients and vitamins is very important to protect your skin from break-outs.
An important restorative process, in which our bodies rest and repair. For eczema sufferers, stress is one of the key causes behind flare-ups and so sleep is essential to keep stress at bay. When travelling a far distance which could interrupt your normal sleep patterns, take a sleep mask and ear plugs so you are able to get some shut-eye on route. Try using affirmations, meditation and evening gratitude journaling to allow you to drift off naturally and peacefully.
- Move your body
Move before and after flying to help keep your blood flowing. A yoga flow exercise is perfect to get the blood flowing before and after you have been sitting still for a long while. Having a yoga or pilates app on your phone will help you access great exercises as and when you need it the most. You can also improve circulation while on-board a long flight by making small circular movements with your ankles, wrist and neck.
Make up a small pamper package. Lavender oil provides a calming aromatherapy experience, while a mini cleanser, moisturiser and hydration eye gel can nourish your skin whilst you fly.