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Long-Haul In-Flight Beauty

As a regular long-haul or red-eye flyer, I’ve learned that if I don’t look after my skin in-flight, there is no recovering once I land. So over the years I’ve developed an in-flight beauty routine that has saved my dehydrated, problematic skin. Besides, a little in-flight pampering helps this sometimes nervous flyer calm down and settle in.

I should preface this all by saying this might sound like a lot but everything can be done in about 5-10min. It doesn’t require a lot of space and you really can do this discreetly in your seat or in the plane’s washroom. Just make sure if you’re using the lavatory, you don’t judge yourself under that lighting! And if you’re a man and think this is just for ladies, think again. Cabin air is the most dehydrating around so at the very minimum, consider cleansing your face with a wipe and putting on moisturizer. And regardless of your routine, drink lots of water in-flight.

I arrive to the airport, go through security, and board the plane with makeup on, which, for me, consists of a mineral powder base, eye shadow, mascara, blush and gloss (see some of my favourites here). It’s all pretty natural and light so in-flight removal with the following steps is pretty easy. If you wear more makeup, you might need to adjust this routine.

I keep everything in a small clear toiletry bag for easy access. That way I’m not rummaging through everything looking for things which doesn’t draw attention to me that I’m giving myself an in-flight spa treatment. The process begins after take-off and when the light has come on to move about the cabin.

Long-Haul In-Flight Beauty Tips:

  1. I take a little Rose Jasmine Argan oil from ActivAroma and put that on the ends of my hair and then I twirl my hair into a bun for the entire flight. When I let it out upon landing, I have soft curls!
  2. EO Body line is amazing; I use the liquid hand soap at home, and the bath bubbles Their lavender wipes are always in my purse and they’re perfect for travel. They smell lovely and aren’t drying. I use one to take the oil off my hands and clean down the seat.
  3. I take out one of the Shiseido Facial Cotton Pads and pour a little Bioderma Créaline H2O on top. I give it a pretty good soak. Then I split the pad into two and put one pad over each eye. I let it sit for a minute and then remove the eye makeup. I then go over my face and remove my face makeup.  Need something easier? The Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths work wonderfully removing most makeup and won’t dehydrate your skin the way a lot of wipes can.
  4. I then spritz my face with a toner. I use Dr. Alkaitis toner if my skin has a breakout or any issues. Otherwise, it’s Tatcha’s Luminous Dewy Skin Mist.
  5. I like a really thick eye cream so it’s either Keihls Avocado or Tata Harper Restorative Eye Cream.
  6. For moisture, I’ll either use a good serum and moisturiser or a sleeping mask. Moisture is key to long-haul flights so if you do only one step, moisturise! The Korres Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial acts as both a facial and a moisturiser. Because it’s clear it’s undetectable that you’re wearing a mask. For moisture, I love the Luna Sleeping Night Oil because it has retinol but is very hydrating. Or Tata Harper’s Replenishing Nutrient Complex. Both keep skin very hydrated for long periods of time.
  7. For lips, I put on a nice layer of Fresh Sugar lip treatment.
  8. If it’s a red-eye or I need to get some sleep, I swear by Tata Harper’s Night Aroma oil. I use this at home and it has a very soothing, spa-like scent that really helps to calm me to sleep.
  9. Throughout the flight I’ll use more of the Fresh Lip treatment and I also drink a massive amounts of water – something I’m terrible at on land! All this keeps my skin really fresh and hydrated.
  10. If you need to wear makeup during the flight, I really recommend Everyday Minerals. It won’t clog your pores, it looks really natural, and it won’t dry out your skin. And it won’t work against all that you’re doing with the moisturizers.
  11. When I land, I just put a little water on clean Shiseido Facial Cotton Pads wipe my face, spritz some more, put on some moisturiser, then my makeup and I’m good to go!

This might seem like a lot of steps but the whole routine takes me about 5-10minutes. The results are so worth it when I land on the other side!

For a list of products I use, visit my “In-Flight Beauty Products” on Pinterest.

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