Low humidity levels, air pressure, overzealous air-con and an impressive attempt to eat the plane’s entire supply of salted crisps and nuts pre-take-off can all contribute to your skin looking and feeling less than its best after flying. Luckily, with a few essentials stowed away in your travel kit you can replenish, rehydrate and revive your complexion, so that you arrive at your destination feeling comfortable and looking glowing…
Once you’ve checked out the film selection and are ready to settle down in front of your movie of choice, this is the perfect opportunity to treat your skin to a sheet mask, which can deliver a refreshing dose of moisture in as little as ten minutes. Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis 3D Moisture Infusion Mask is soaked with hyaluronic acid and rose water to help soothe and hydrate parched skin, and the ultra-thin packet will slip easily into your Space NK Travel Bag. Particularly effective on long-haul flights, a face mist spritzed on every hour helps to prevent that uncomfortable tight feeling caused by dehydration; we love Herbivore’s Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist, which is infused with coconut water, aloe vera and hibiscus flower to help reduce redness and inflammation.
Two areas that are particularly sensitive to dryness include the eyes and lips. The skin surrounding your eyes is up to 40% thinner than that on the rest of your face, which is why it benefits from a rich vitamin-infused cream like Drunk Elephant’s C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, which comes in a handy 15ml size. As your lips don’t have any sebaceous glands they’re prone to flaking, so keeping a nourishing balm like Sisley’s Nutritive Lip Balm that’s infused with shea butter and sunflower oil with you up in the air will keep lips feeling soft.
Just like your skin, hair also suffers at the hands of powerful air-con and lack of washing facilities, especially if you’re travelling long-haul. One of our favourite in-flight haircare hacks is applying a leave-in conditioner or oil and braiding hair as you settle into your seat. You only need a small amount worked through the mid-lengths and ends to prevent fluff and frizz. Braiding, or popping your hair in a ballerina bun, also prevents knotting should you nod off mid-movie. Two of our favourites include Ouai’s Leave in Conditioner which is enriched with a blend of strengthening amino acids and helps to detangle, and Living Proof’s No Frizz Nourishing Oil, which quickly absorbs into hair and helps to protect from frizz.
If you’re heading straight off the plane into the office or have a busy day of sight-seeing ahead of you, a couple of makeup multi-taskers applied at the end of your flight can quickly pep up your complexion. To prevent dark under eye circles revealing just how many time zones you’ve crossed, pat on Becca’s Under Eye Brightening Corrector – it’s packed with light-reflecting pigments to help disguise shadows. Follow with a tinted moisturiser like Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser to unify an uneven tone and instantly add a natural glow.
To add a flush to cheeks and lips, RMS Lip2Cheek has a tinted balm-like texture that melts on contact with the skin for a hint of warmth. Finish with a slick of mascara like Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Mascara for a more wide-awake look so you can step off the plane looking refreshed and feeling ready-to-go, whatever your destination.