We’ve all been there: Looking at ourselves in an airport bathroom mirror after a flight and thinking, “WHAT happened to my face?”
I literally look like a different person when I land. My eyes are swollen shut, my skin is so dry it’s practically flaking off (full disclosure, sometimes it actually does flake off, which may be TMI but IT’S TRUE) and I’ve sprouted 1-5 new pimples that I could have sworn weren’t there before take off.
Because I’m not one of those people who’s ballsy enough to rock a sheet mask from her middle seat (though I respect the hell out of Chrissy Teigen for her willingness to do it) I’m always looking for ways to treat my skin that don’t require undergoing a 10-step regiment from the disgusting airplane bathroom. And as it turns out, there are certain things you can do before you even get on the plane to make sure your skin stays #lit from within when you land.
After all, who isn’t looking for an inside-out glow without having to get pregnant?
By integrating certain foods into your diet, you can help lock moisture into your skin without having to layer on products mid-flight. Here are five snacks to bring with you when you fly that will not only help you avoid the economy class “chicken” (ew.), but will also keep your skin looking gorgeous when you land.
This is the one thing you can literally always find in an airport (though it’s always depressing when your only option for healthy food comes from a Hudson News kiosk). Yogurt includes probiotics and prebiotics, natural detoxifiers which help build healthy gut and skin microflora that destroy harmful bacteria and toxins before they reach and irritate your skin.
Not only will peeling an orange give you something to do for 2 minutes of a flight (… though also may make your seat mates really hate you) but it has a lot of Vitamin C on it and won’t require you to find an under-3 ounce bottle of some fancy anti-aging serum. “Studies have shown Vitamin C can help to reduce TEWL (transepidermal water loss), in addition to its great antioxidant and collagen-building benefits,” says Dr. Paula Simpson, co-founder of ZSS skincare. You can also find Vitamin C in other fruits and veggies like strawberries and kale, or you can go liquid fresh squeezed OJ. In addition to helping your skin, it’s great for your immune system, so you won’t have to worry as much about the kid next to you sneezing all over your laptop.
Hear me out: It may feel really weird tossing an entire avocado into your carry on, but it’s actually a really great healthy snack that’s easy to eat and won’t give you any issues at security. Plus, it basically comes in its own cute little bowl. Avos are full of Vitamin E, which according to Dr. Simpson works with Vitamin C as a fat-soluble antioxident. It’s also an essential component of skin cell walls that helps retain lipids, which keeps the cells plump and makes your skin look extra smooth and dewy. Trust me — stepping off of the plane with “dewy” skin is 100% worth all of the weird looks you’ll get for scooping and avocado in your middle seat.
I know “a serving of nuts” is included in literally every healthy snack roundup ever, but it really is for goot reason. They have Omega-6 and Omega-3 essential fatty acids, and these healthy oils can naturally bring back radiance to your skin. In fact, Dr. Simpson suggests integrating at least one rich source of omega-3 rich foods into your diet every day. I personally despise walnuts, so feel it’s necessary to note that you can also get these sam nutrients from olive oil, chia seeds, avocados and salmon. Just maybe don’t bring salmon on the plane, unless you’re flying Southwest and want to guaruntee and entire row to yourself.
Antioxidants are super important for skin health (… especially if you don’t want to get wrinkles, which I personally don’t) and are found in all of your basic dark green leafy vegetables, like kale and spinach. “Zeaxanthin” is a particularly important source of antioxidants that’s found in these veggies, and is also found in your skin.