Holiday time offers us all some lifelong memories in far-flung destinations and we all want to look our best in our holiday snaps. But changes in the climate can take its toll on the skin, which becomes dehydrated and dull during long-haul flights and due to modifications in our diet.
Dr Mohammed Asif Qureshi, who works as a dermatologist at Kaya Skin Clinic, takes us on a journey to explore a few simple and sensible steps to make sure great skin is part of the package during your trip. Here are his four tips on how to stay radiant abroad.
Avoid wearing heavy make-up on your flight at all costs. Stay off foundation or powders and your skin will feel less clogged up. Doing so also helps reduce the dehydration that occurs in the cabin.
Hydrate your Skin
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Your hands and feet will become more and more dry throughout the flight as your skin gets very dehydrated. Try to also drink plenty of liquid, especially water, but avoid coffee and tea (which have a diuretic effect), unless you compensate with even more water. Don’t worry if you have to keep getting up to go to the lavatory – the exercise can only be a good thing.
Bring your own
It’s extremely important to carry products that suit your skin. As far as possible, carry your own shower gel, shampoo and skin care products that you use as part of your everyday routine. And, of course, don’t forget to pack your all-important sunblock to avoid those harmful UV rays, even on the flight!
Get your shades on
A nice pair of sunglasses is integral to your kit. Not only are sunnies an attractive accessory but they also help prevent squinting in the sun that causes fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
Kaya Skin Clinic has six branches in Abu Dhabi. Visit www.kayaskinclinic.com.