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7 Long Haul In-Flight Skin Care Essentials

A long haul flight might be the first step to reaching your dream holiday destination, but flying can wreak havoc on your skin. If you are on a plane for more than eight hours, be prepared to disembark with a tight, dull and irritated complexion that looks as tired as you feel. Pack your carry-on with some of these key skin care essentials and keep your skin happy, no matter how long you are in the air. Ready for your in-flight skin care routine?


It doesn’t matter if you wear make-up to the airport or not, cleansing your skin during a long flight is essential. Cabin air isn’t the most hygienic and after a few hours your skin can start to feel congested and in need of refreshment. The easiest and most mess-free way to remove impurities and make-up during a flight is with a cleansing wipe, like the Hydropeptide HydroActive Cleanse Micellar Facial Cloths. Infused with gentle micellar water and moisture-balancing actives, these cloths effectively clean the skin without leaving it feeling greasy or, on the flip side, excessively dry.


At home, you would ideally follow your cleanser with a toner. This is no different on a plane. Drench your skin in a hydrating and balancing mist to help prevent dehydration (the cabin can literally suck moisture out of your skin, so the more you can add to it the better) and create a comfortable surface to apply the next lot of products. The Paula’s Choice Refreshing Moisture Mist is just the right size for your carry-on and contains antioxidants, Hyaluronic Acid and peptides to revitalise your complexion in seconds.


Using a sheet mask on a plane is de rigueur right now and, if you take a selfie when wearing one during the flight, is bound to boost your likes. But, on a more serious note, a mask can help flood your skin with much-need moisture and nutrients that are depleted during a long flight. If you want to take the trendy option, try the Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Tencel Sheet Mask. It doesn’t make you look too scary to fellow passengers, it strengthens the epidermal barrier to help prevent moisture loss (essential on a plane!) and it soothes inflammation.

If you would rather go for the traditional option, you can’t go wrong with the PRIORI Hydrofill Masque LCA fx161. It’s clear, so you can slather a thick layer over your face without looking like you’re wearing a mask, and works to firm, hydrate and protect the skin against damage. Another bonus, it doesn’t need to be rinsed off. Simply wipe away any remaining residue from the surface with a tissue after 10 minutes.


Feeling stressed is common during a flight, especially if it’s long haul and you experience some turbulence. If you know flying makes you anxious, pack a calming essential oil in your carry-on to help relieve tension and calm things down. We like the Tata Harper Aromatic Stress Treatment, a natural and non-toxic aromatherapy roll-on that contains an uplifting blend of ingredients to eliminate feelings of anxiety and stress. Inhale its scent or massage a little onto your pulse points while your mask absorbs, stick on your favourite music and try to forget you’re 30,000 feet in the air.


The humidity on a plane is around 20%, which is significantly less than the 40-60% humidity found on land, so you will need to layer your skin care to prevent dryness and tightness taking over. Once your mask has sunk in, massage a hydrating serum or oil onto the skin. We’re big fans of our Skincity Hydrating Serum Oil, a solid moisturiser that is small enough for your carry-on but nourishing enough to make your face feel plump and supple. Made with dry oils, it hydrates without making you greasy. Apply a few layers during the flight to keep skin happy.


Finally, don’t forget your lips! One of the driest parts of your face, your lips can quickly feel the effects of a long flight without some TLC. Apply a lip balm or conditioning treatment as often as you can to keep flakes at bay. Try the Murad Age Reform Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips; it contains Hyaluronic Acid and Shea Butter to condition as well as an innovative Collagen Support Complex that adds volume to lacklustre lips.

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