Flights: Never make this big mistake when travelling by plane – or risk later problems

Flights mark the start of a holiday for many people and it’s easy to put normal routine behind you. However, there are several important ways travellers should make sure they look after themselves. Cabins on commercial airliners are kept at a humidity level of 20 per cent, Teletext research has shown. This is five per cent lower than the relative humidity of the Sahara desert, potentially leading to dehydration-related health issues such as headaches and sore throats.

Nazan Schnapp, founder of Nazan Schnapp Skincare, has explained keys tips to preventing dehydration and make sure you look your best on arrival.

“Avoid booze and drink lots of water,” Schnapp told

“We hear it all the time, but this really is the best skincare tip in the book.

“Our skin is the largest organ of our body and is made up of 64 per cent water, so you need to keep your skin hydrated during your flight to ensure you are looking and feeling refreshed and hydrated.”

Schnapp added: “Prolonged exposure onboard planes can lead to intense dehydration so it’s vital to take care of your skin pre, during and post flight.

“Start by cleansing the face before you travel and apply a rich moisturiser.

“Dehydrated skin prematurely ages us, makes us look tired, puffy, shiny and enhances the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

“Keeping the skin continuously hydrated will build up its elasticity and resiliency and gives us healthier, youthful, glowing skin.”

Schnapp has further beauty advice when it came to make-up and travelling by plane.

“Don’t wear a full face of makeup on your flight,” she told “Ideally, it’s best not to wear any so that during the flight you can let your skin breathe – just keep it plump and hydrated with a nourishing face oil.

“Air in planes is very dry and can make skin super stressed.”

It’s also advisable to use refreshing face mist during your flight, the beauty expert said.

“Look out for ingredients in your mist like calming rose, antioxidants and vitamin C. Ingredients like these, found in my mist, will help hydrate, soothe and refresh any hot, sticky and sensitive skin,” Schnapp explained.

If passengers become too dehydrated the risk of health problems during and after the flight increase.

The Aerospace Medical Association advises passengers to drink at least one cup (250ml) of water per hour while flying.

Meghan Markle has even written about the importance of hydrating on a flight. “Hydrate like you’re dying of thirst – because even if you’re not, for your body – the thirst is real,” the Duchess of Sussex wrote on her now-defunct blog The Tig. 


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