Unless we’re Victoria Beckham or Beyoncé, most of us get off a plane looking a little worse for wear.
Eyes are bloodshot, skin looks extra-shiny and hair is limp and flat. However, packing a few key beauty products will help this situation.
Start your travel skincare routine with clean hands. Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash kills bacteria without stripping your hands of moisture and, at 50ml, is well within the Transport Security Administration (TSA) liquid limits. If you’re wearing makeup, make sure you remove all of it.
The Bioderma Hydrabio H2O Micelle Solution now comes in a travel-friendly 100ml. This moisturising cleanser will wipe away all traces of makeup – even waterproof mascara and long wear lipstick.
From here on you want to concentrate on maintaining the moisture levels in your skin. Cabin air is notoriously dry, tricking your skin into thinking it needs to compensate by producing excess sebum. Maintain optimal levels of hydration with a sheet mask. Or slather on a gel mask like the Skin Inc Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask instead. Infused with Okinawa deepsea water, soy bean extract and hyaluronic acid, it will prevent your skin from feeling dry and stretched.
Seal in this moisture with a couple of drops of oil. Oil is occlusive, so it prevents the evaporation of moisture from your skin, keeping it moist and balanced. Trust me, even oily skin types need this step.
The SK-II Facial Treatment Oil is ideal for a flight. Its lightweight combination of Pitera – a patented liquid that’s rich in nutrients – and six potent oils is intensely hydrating and nourishing, without leaving your skin shiny. If you’re travelling during the day, you absolutely have to use sunscreen.
UV radiation at high altitude is double that found at ground level, so protect your skin with a broad spectrum sunscreen like Dr Sylvia’s Oil Free Sun Protection SPF 30 before you apply the oil.
Don’t forget your eyes and lips. The skin around your eyes and on your lips is really thin and delicate. A soft, rich and emollient product like First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Intensive Lip Balm will repair and prevent further chapping.
Keep the eye area moist and supple with Crabtree & Evelyn Damask Rose Restoring Eye Cream, a blend of French damask rose, rose of Jericho, hollyhock and hyaluronic acid.
Finally, comb a protective, lightweight cream like theL’Oréal Elseve Extraordinary Oil La Crème through your hair and put it up in a top-knot for the rest of your flight. Once you land, make like a celebrity: throw on your sunglasses, let your hair down and walk out looking lovely.
You can buy empty travel-sized bottles from Muji and Daiso and decant all your favourite products into them, so you don’t have to worry about them getting confiscated. It lightens your load, too!
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