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If you've done much flying, then you know how much havoc that being in the sky can play with your skin.

The tightness and dryness that accompanies air travel is largely due to the low humidity found on most flights. Humidity is a measurement of the water vapor in the air, and on a plane, it can dip to as low as 1%. Compare this to the normal humidity found in an average home - 30% to 50% - and you can appreciate why your skin and hair feel devoid of moisture. Longer flights exaggerate the problem even more.

Although most of us feel uncomfortable during a flight, if you have dry skin, the discomfort will be more noticeable. Here are 5 tips to help you cope with the negative effects of airplane skin:

   1. Stay hydrated both before and during your flight. Drink plenty of liquids such as water and unsweetened fruit juices, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, which can cause dehydration

   2. Carry a moisturizer and slather on hands (and face) as necessary.You may want to splash some water on first and then follow with moisturizer, helping to seal in some of the moisture. Choose from our range of [Link Removed] 

   3. Don't forget your lips, which are particularly prone to dryness. Apply a lip balm as often as needed. Select one from our range of [Link Removed] 

   4. Apply eye drops if eyes are prone to dryness.

   5. Use a saline nasal gel to help keep your nose moist and make breathing easier if the dry air irritates your nostrils.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed]
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      Alizasherman wrote Mar 29, 2010
    • I just wrote about another kind of climate and skin issues (as well as other weird things that happen in very dry climates) here:

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      and also a skin care in Alaska post here:

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      Any ideas and remedies for really dry dry weather relief?

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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Mar 30, 2010
    • I live in Utah.  Our humidity is in 10-20s the most.  So I am dry here all the times.  I have ac-climate the weather... I lotion up right after bath and I carry lotion with me all the times.  

      Thank you for the notes ... it is helpful.

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