This Editor's Secret to Glowing Skin After a Long-Haul Flight Is a Game-Changer
I've been on a couple of long-haul flights recently, and after years of travel, I think I finally, finally, have my long-haul skincare routine nailed.
It wasn't long ago that I would step onto a plane at Heathrow and step off the flight many hours, films and naps later with a spot or two that had joined me at some point along the ride. My skin would feel tight, look shiny and be sporting the aforementioned blemishes. When you're on a flight for a long time, the air conditioning system wreaks havoc with your skin, dehydrating it like a kale crisp.
We now know that dehydration and spots are like best pals at a party—rowdy and annoying, they love each other, but everyone else ain't so keen. So the key to in-flight skincare is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I have been known to fall asleep on a plane wearing under-eye masks and a lip mask under a sheet mask with a sleep mask perched precariously on top. I don't care what I look like, as I can't see myself—I'm sleeping.
If the thought of wearing a sheet mask in public fills you with terror, never fear, as there are other tricks I have up my sleeve. Below you'll find all the products I now cram into that little clear plastic bag and my carry-on bag and how I use each to keep dehydration and spots at bay.
Colbert MD Illumino Anti-Aging Brightening Mask ($160)
I know these are pricey, but when you break it down, they work out at £17 per mask, and boy, are they worth it. The bio-cellulose mask is seriously hydrating, and it wards of dehydration like no other. Skin will look and feel seriously plump and dewy after use. I'm hooked on these.
Origins Drink Up Intensive ($37)
Not down with whipping a sheet mask out whilst sat amongst strangers? I get that. This 100ml tube just scraps by security, which is good news because as the name suggests, it's like a long refreshing drink for your skin. Japanese seaweed helps repair the skin's barrier to prevent dehydration. I always travel with cleansed skin, and then I just head to the toilet, massage this into my skin (it will just look slightly shiny—no one will notice) and then go for a nap. You can just tissue off any excess next time you visit the loo.
Kiehl's Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist ($39)
First of all this mist smells incredible—sort of floral and herbal—thanks to the lavender and rosemary. It keeps skin seriously hydrated. I travel with two mists in case I lose one, and sometimes I just fancy spritzing this, as it smells so good. If you're sat next to a stranger, then head to the toilet to mist your skin—it's good for your circulation to move around on a flight, and this is as good as an excuse as any.
BareMinerals Bare Pro 16-Hr Full Coverage Concealer ($35)
If you're conscious of any skin imperfections, then you can always apply a little concealer before you leave the plane. I love this one from BareMinerals, as the bullet makes targeting small areas a doddle and it blends really easily.
Now, this may seem like a lot of products and steps, but you can totally pick and choose the ones you think will work for you. And remember, if you're on a 10-plus hour flight, there are only so many movies you can watch or books you can read. This will help pass the time and ensure your skin looks fresh as a daisy when you arrive at your destination.