Who doesn’t love stepping on a plane, knowing that adventure awaits? Your skin, that’s who. The problem with air travel is that recirculated, dehumidified cabin air combined with stress, poor sleep and awful airplane food has the potential to wreak havoc on your skin. While we can’t do much about the stresses of air travel, our long haul flight beauty essentials mean you won’t have to worry about your skin when you touch down.
Ideally, you should start a few days before you fly. Focus on a hydrating moisturiser to make sure your skin is fully hydrated before you board, and ready to cope with the parched cabin air. We love our Vitamin E moisturisers, boosted with hyaluronic acid, and the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil for skin that feels recharged with moisture and looks rested.
Before you leave for the airport, we recommend cleansing your skin and moisturising, but leave it make-up free so your pores are clear and free to breathe. If you’re a make-up lover, you can always apply it just before you land. Dry skin will love our rich and nourishing Oils of Life™ Intensely Revitalising Cleansing Oil-in-Gel.
Keep a little make-up bag in your hand luggage filled with long haul flight beauty essentials. Face Mists are brilliant for a quick, refreshing spritz of hydration, and for dry skin that feels tight or uncomfortable mid-flight, pack your favourite moisturiser. Don’t forget lip balm – lips can really suffer on airplanes.
Never sleep well on planes? It’s really important to try and grab a few hours, particularly on long haul flights, so show up ready to nap. Pick up a neck pillow in the airport, wear your loosest, comfiest clothes and ask for a blanket. Ear plugs and a sleep mask will help block out noise and light to help you feel sleepy.
If your skin needs a lot of help, the best face mask for long haul flights is something soothing and moisturising – avoid clay or anything that could feel drying. Our Vitamin E Sink In Moisture Sleeping Mask and Drops of Youth™ Bouncy Sleeping Mask are brilliant because they don’t need to be washed off – simply leave on for an extra nourishing, mess-free treatment. Make sure you transfer a few applications into a travel-friendly bottle.
Recirculated plane air isn't just bad for your skin – it can be really dehydrating on your body. Even if you're off on holiday, stick to water and drink lots of it. Avoid airplane snacks full of salt and sugar and pack some nuts, seeds and dried fruit to nibble on. This will give you some slow release energy without spiking your blood sugar and dehydrating you further.
If you want to step off the plane looking impossibly fresh and flawless, keep a few clever make-up products ready for when you land. Our Instaglow CC Cream is lightweight, glowy and moisturising, with SPF 20. Grab a Lip Juicer for a pop of hydrating colour, and our bestselling Shimmer Waves multi-purpose palette is your blush, contour, shadow and highlight in one, so you can use as much (or as little) as you want.
These llittle bottles are easy to pack for a
refreshing spritz of hydration.
Apply and don't wash off - have a nap and
wake up with intesnsely hydrated skin
Seriously nourishing lip care for very dry
lips. Apply throughout your flight.
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