Don’t let dehydrated skin and lips, and a dry throat and nose ruin your flight. By taking some minor measures, you can easily deal with these inconveniences or even eliminate them.
We know flying comes with certain inconveniences, but we can deal with them. Skin dehydration is one of them. The skin is the body's largest organ, and it serves as an important barrier for the protection of the inner system. Sudden drops in temperature, especially in winter, can cause skin dehydration. The air circulation during flights dries your skin by affecting the level of moisture and water in your body. However, there are simple and easy ways to prevent skin dehydration when you’re in the air.
We all know that flights cause skin dehydration because the level of moisture inside the cabin drops while flying. It’s somewhere between 30 and 65% at home and decreases to 20% or maybe lower on board. Therefore, low cabin moisture mostly manifests itself as dehydrated skin and lips, and dry throat and nasal passages. To protect yourself from the effects of low moisture, you can carry a moisturizing lotion and apply it often while flying.
There are many factors affecting skin dehydration. The most common is being forced to breathe in and out of your mouth due to nasal congestion which, in turn, results in dry mouth. Salivary glands interfere to moisturize the mouth and lips. The repeated moisturizing and dehydration lead to dry lips which may result in symptoms such as chafed or hardened skin, skin sensitivity, bleeding, and lesions. The lack of moisture inside the cabin can cause nasal discomfort or even nose bleeds for some passengers. Make sure to pack your nasal spray to prevent nasal dehydration while flying. However, you can overcome this problem with natural solutions as well. Inhaling the steam of hot beverages such as herbal teas and drinking plenty of water (5-10 cups) before and during flights can moisturize the nose and reduce the risk of congestion. Menthol-flavored candy or gum can also provide a sense of relaxation through shrinking nasal passages.
Drinking lots of water may be the most important way to prevent skin dehydration. Scientific research has shown that it quickly slows down skin dehydration, especially on long flights. To prevent dehydration, start drinking water before boarding the plane and continue doing so during the flight. However, keep in mind that not all liquids are a good idea. Caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea, or coke can lead to skin dehydration so try to avoid them. Have a nice flight!