Not having access to your normal skin care routine, stress related to traveling, and having your sleep disrupted can all have negative effects. Fortunately, there are things one can do to minimize any negative effects.
One of the most important things is to drink water through the flight so you are able to hydrate your skin from the inside. It is recommended to increase your water to an amount in ounces equal to half your weight several days before you begin your trip and continue drinking the same amount during the actual trip.
Don't forget your lips as they are so easy to forget. Long days of travel can dry your lips out as much as your skin. Plan to use some ultra hydrating products on your lips so they stay hydrated on your trip. You could use something as simple as Vaseline or similar product.
Just because you are traveling does not mean you should skip the sunscreen because it is just as important when traveling as it is at home. When you are traveling by plane, you are closer to the sun and more exposed to UV rays. A study indicated that pilots and flight attendants experience twice the amount of melanoma than regular people so it is important to use sunscreen even though you may not think you need it.
In addition, take your normal skin care products with you rather than trying to use something new. It is easy to find travel sizes for most products and those are a much better size to take with you. I purchased a set of my products in travel sizes and then refill them as needed. This way they take so much less space and it helps your products stay effective. If you transfer them into travel sized bottles, you lose some protections such as with Vitamin C serums, they need to be to be in dark bottles stored in cool dry places.
Furthermore, do not leave your products home and assume you can use the hotel. Bring your own products because hotel products often have scents and preservatives that can irritate your skin and dry it out even further. One should also be prepared to breakout due to stress, change in water, and new bacteria so bring a bit of something to treat acne.
Grab one of those sheet masks and tuck it into your carryon or have a nice hydrating skin spray handy to help rehydrate your skin. It doesn't take long and can be done at your seat so you arrive at your destination with beautiful skin that is soft and fully hydrated. Keep all of these items in mind as you travel. Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear. Have a great weekend.