The Top 8 Ways to Refresh Your Skin After a Long Flight

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Published: November 30, 2023

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Your skin has a lot to deal with on a plane, which is why it’s common for people to land with skin that looks significantly duller and drier than when they boarded. The main issue is the lack of moisture in recycled cabin air – it saps away at the skin’s own moisture reserves, leaving it dehydrated. It doesn’t help that this air is breathed in as well, dehydrating the body and skin from the inside too.

Add to this the stress of flying, the sugary or salty snacks that you consume at the airport, and the gin and tonic that the stewardess has offered you, and it’s hardly surprising that the complexion turns lackluster in such a short space of time.

Adequately prepping your skin pre-flight will help you to keep your complexion in good shape. However, if you weren’t able to find enough time to do that, don’t despair. Read on as Avinichi talks you through the best ways to refresh skin after a long flight.

1) Cleanse Your Skin Once You Land

mousse cleanser

Your skin comes into contact with so many germs, chemicals, and other impurities while you’re at the airport and on a plane. This can quickly take a toll. Not only will this lead your skin to look dull and grimy, but all of those impurities will cause free radical damage, meaning accelerated skin aging and other problems.

So, to refresh skin after a flight, the very first thing that you should do is give your skin a cleanse. Ideally, do this as soon as possible after landing, even if this means a quick visit to the airport restroom. 

Of course, don’t use the provided hand soap on your face. The ingredients that those soaps contain are far too harsh for delicate facial skin. They’ll cause irritation and sensitivities rather than doing any good.

Instead, find yourself a gentle moisturizing cleanser, such as the Avinichi Noni Mousse Cleanser. It’s packed with moisturizing ingredients, from argan and moringa seed oils to aloe vera, lavender, and chamomile extracts. Being a sulfate-free formula, it won’t strip away at your already fragile skin, and the fact that these bottles are 60ml in size means that you’ll be allowed to take one on board with you for easy access when you land!

2) Refresh Skin By Exfoliating

Noni Polishing Peel

The way in which cabin air dries out the skin can cause the outermost layer of skin cells to turn rough and flaky. This is, of course, not a great look. Nobody wants to arrive at their destination with skin that’s so dry that it’s starting to peel off!

If you’re looking for a way to refresh skin to get rid of all of those flakes, exfoliation is what you need to be doing. However, don’t be too hasty in using an overly potent acid or super-abrasive scrub. Don’t forget that your skin barrier will be feeling quite vulnerable after a flight due to the dry air disrupting your skin’s protective layer. You’ll need to be gentle with your exfoliation efforts to prevent unknowingly causing harm to your complexion.

Avinichi’s Noni Polishing Peel strikes the perfect middle ground when it comes to an exfoliator that’s thorough yet gentle. It contains both chemical and physical exfoliants, in the form of mandelic acid and bamboo powder. On their own, these exfoliants are very gentle, a little too so. However, when combined, they form a fantastic partnership that will refresh skin by removing flaky and dead skin cells to reveal a brighter and healthier glow.

3) Rehydrate Your Skin

Hydrating Multifruit C-Serum

Even a short flight can dehydrate the skin, so the effects of a long flight can be really detrimental. Everyone’s skin reacts differently to dehydration. For some, their skin will turn dry and flaky whereas others experience a sudden increase in sebum production, meaning oiliness and acne breakouts. Either way, both are signs that your skin is dehydrated and requires a moisture boost ASAP!

Fortunately, there are plenty of options out there when it comes to rehydrating your skin. Our recommendation would be to go with a hydrating serum. These lightweight formulas are able to dive deeper into the skin than a thick cream. As a result, they’ll enable those deeper skin cells to feel hydrated too, giving your complexion more bounce and radiance.

The Avinichi Hydrating Multifruit C-Serum would be a great choice. This is a multi-tasking product that not only focuses on hydrating the skin, but also provides it with some of the most powerful antioxidants around. Immediately after using this serum, your skin will look softer and more luminescent, while long-term use will soon have you sporting a smoother and firmer complexion. Again, this serum comes in a small bottle (40ml), making it convenient to travel with!

4) Support Your Skin Barrier

night repair cream

Your skin barrier plays a few key roles. It’s essential when it comes to moisture retention – it traps moisture in the skin and prevents it from evaporating. It also blocks irritants from entering the skin and triggering sensitivities.

Unfortunately, after a long flight, skin barrier function declines. Studies have found that low-humidity environments severely impact the efficiency of the skin barrier, which can lead to a number of issues.

To counter this, give your skin barrier some extra TLC once you land. The best way to do this is with a rich moisturizer infused with fatty acids. These will form their own additional barrier over the surface of your skin, leaving your skin barrier feeling thicker and better supported.

You’ll find fatty acids in several Avinichi moisturizers, including the Noni Morning Glow and the Noni Night Repair Cream. Both contain shea butter, which is brimming with skin-loving essential fatty acids. Pick the formula that correlates with the time of day when you land and your skin will immediately feel revitalized.

5) Pamper With a Mask

Liquid Lift Overnight Melting Mask

Face masks are a great way to show your skin some love. They’re infused with high concentrations of active ingredients, enabling them to produce results quickly. 

Of course, after a long flight, you may not be in the mood to deal with the hassle of using a messy face mask, so find yourself a hydrating leave-on product instead, just like the Avinichi Liquid Lift Overnight Melting Mask. 

This face mask boasts a long list of superfruit extracts, each one loaded with antioxidants. It’s the perfect solution for skin that feels dry, dehydrated, and dull. It will quickly refresh skin while also leaving it feeling smoother, softer, and better protected against environmental damage.

The best part is how easy this mask is to use. Once it’s massaged into the skin, it turns into liquid droplets that your complexion will soon drink up. You don’t need to wash it off or remove it, making it ideal if you already have plenty of other things to deal with once you land.

6) De-Puff the Look of Your Eye Area

Eye Rescue Phyto-Serum

A long flight provides the perfect recipe for puffiness. Between the air pressure, the altitude, the salt-filled in-flight snacks, and being sedentary for a long period of time, the lymphatic system is soon placed under a great deal of stress, causing it to turn sluggish. This leads to water retention and swelling. This can cause puffiness across the entire face but the eye area tends to be most susceptible to this.

There are many ways in which you can reduce the look of puffiness around your eyes, with some taking longer to work than others. If you want to get the job done quickly, buy yourself a bottle of the Avinichi Eye Rescue Phyto-Serum.

This serum has a formula that’s far superior to many of the other eye serums out there. It’s packed with peptides, sodium hyaluronate, and a plethora of botanical extracts, all of which will work to soothe, smooth, and de-puff the look of your skin. Thanks to the vitamin C and licorice root extract in this formula, it will help with the appearance of dark circles and shadows too, as well as the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles!

7) Indulge in a Quick Facial Massage

Thermal Collection

We’ve talked about how you can counter the appearance of puffy eyes, but what should you do if the rest of your face is looking puffy post-flight too?

That’s where a quick facial massage can be a game-changer. It will kick-start your lymphatic system, encouraging it to work optimally once again. For best results, look up a few facial massage techniques so that you can learn how to manipulate your face in the most beneficial way.

Another option would be to carry a jade roller with you while you’re traveling. This is a great way to refresh skin while also smoothing away the look of puffiness. Use your roller regularly and you’ll also notice that your skin takes on a firmer finish in the long run. If you don’t yet have a jade roller, you’ll find one included in our Phyto Thermal Collection. This skincare set also consists of a thermal face mask, a hydrating antioxidant serum, and a moisturizing face cream. It’s the perfect post-flight treat for your skin!

8) Catch Up on Lost Sleep

Last but not least, let’s talk about sleep. If your flight is in the morning, then this probably means waking up earlier than you usually do to get to the airport on time. On the other hand, if your flight is at night, then chances are that you won’t be getting the same quality of sleep that you normally would. Either way, both will leave you sleep-deprived, which isn’t good news for your skin.

Your skin needs you to sleep in order to heal and regenerate. Even a small amount of sleep deprivation can cause your skin to look dull, drab, and tired.

Once you reach your final destination, make an effort to catch up on your beauty sleep. Even a quick power nap can really help to refresh skin. So, if possible, set aside some time for a quick snooze. You’ll wake up to skin that looks much healthier and happier!


A long flight can pose a variety of challenges for your skin, causing everything from dryness and flaking to oiliness and acne breakouts. However, if you follow the tips above once you land, you’ll be able to help your skin quickly recover from the turmoil that flying caused while restoring its natural glow!

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