While flying is a luxury (and it’s easy to spend the whole flight excited for your holiday) it’s also extremely tough on the skin. You don’t want to arrive with dried out skin and a puffy face thanks to the moisture-sucking air conditioning present on all planes. It can feel dry, irritated, and tight.
This doesn’t mean you need a whole suitcase full of products, either. Just a cleverly packed wash bag to keep you hydrated on your flight.
So what are the top six products you should pack with you? These are ours.
Not only does this feel fresh and cooling on the skin, it’s also great for freshening up before landing. Since planes suck all the moisture out of the skin, spritzing throughout your flight is the perfect way to keep moisture levels up. The Alpha-H Daily Essential Vitamin Mist is an antioxidant rich formula that helps protect the skin from the blue screen you’re likely staring at during the journey, too.
An essential. Alongside drinking lots of water to hydrate from the inside out, lip balm stops moisture leaving the fragile lip area. The Mario Badescu Lip Balm is ultra nourishing and leaves the lips soft and supple.
Don’t forget your hands! You want to keep them well moisturised too – and the cheap plane soap will be adding to the dehydration. The Oskia Renaissance Hand Cream is luxurious to apply, smells great (always important on flights to soothe your senses too), and is packed full of vitamins, minerals and omegas to gently remove dead skin cells as it deeply moisturises the skin.
Using a thick cream to create a barrier between your skin and the air conditioning on a flight is vital. The Embryolisse Cicalisse SOS Restorative Cream does this while also helping to accelerate the skin’s restoration process. Plus, it can be applied to face, body and lips so it’s the ultimate multi-tasker to have in your bag. Massaging it into the skin will also help with blood flow to keep any puffiness at bay.
Serums are perhaps the most effective way to hydrate the skin, as they can be absorbed all the way into the deeper layers. Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the skin, but when the skin is dehydrated this means the levels of it are down. So using a hyaluronic acid serum is the perfect way to make sure your skin stays plump and soft. The Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cloud Serum creates an invisible veil that attracts up to 1000 times its weight in water which means glowing, dewy and plump skin. Plus the small bottle won’t take up all the room in your bag.
The eye area has thinner, more fragile skin that needs a little extra TLC – especially when up in the air. Packing an eye gel mask is a great way to keep your eyes hydrated and de-puffed for landing. The Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Mask feels immediately cooling and helps the eye area look bright and alert. And they’re made of bio-cellulose which means they won’t be falling off your face if you’re sat up.