When it comes to air travel, there are a few little tips and tricks that make all the difference in keeping your skin looking half decent and you comfortable, especially when flying long haul. Being a cold creature I basically turn hypothermic within about an hour of taking off. Having learned the hard way, I now always pack thick bed socks and my favorite chunky jumper in my hand luggage. I’m a big fan of oversized scarves (H&M do some great ones right now) that can double up as a soft blanket on flights too.
When it comes to In-flight beauty, I’m not quite at the stage of rocking up to the airport bare-faced and ready to go, but I have learned to keep it to the basic beauty essentials and bring some really nourishing moisture-rich bits along for the ride. I’ve dry skin on a good day, and as my fellow dry-skinned lovelies will understand, flying does no favours for our skin type.
I’ll generally try to avoid silicone primers, heavy foundations and strong lip colours when flying long haul. Instead going for lighter BB creams and tinted nourishing lip balms. My skin definitely needs room to breathe or I’ll pay the price with a fabulous holiday breakout on arrival.
Earlier this week I done a mammoth long-haul slog from Mexico to Philadelphia onto our Emerald Isle, relying on these beauty superstars to keep my skin hydrated along the way:
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Ellie Goulding for MAC Lip Crayon, €21.00 | A lip colour that combines the sheen of a gloss with the precision of a lip pencil and in my favourite pinky nude shade, so perfect when you’re practically bare faced. Lovely moisturising formula too so perfect for flying.
Yogandha Roller Oil in Grapefruit and Bergamot, €19.95, Harvey Nichols | An uplifting aromatherapy fix in a handy handbag sized roller-ball. I love applying this to pulse points, the fragrance is gorgeously refreshing without being overly citrus or sharp.
L’Occitane Precious BB Cream, €35.00 | Lovely, light coverage with a gorgeously nourishing consistency. Like my own skin, but that bit better!
Clinique Moisture Surge Melting Mask, €33.50 | I always apply this the evening before and after a long-haul flight for some seriously restorative moisturising love. Not one for everyday use but it’s just the ticket for dried out, lacklustre skin.
L’Occitane Precious Mist Immortelle, €17.50 | The most gorgeous hydrating mist to refresh you when you’ve been sitting in the one spot for ten hours! Yes a little pricier than your Evian mist, but with floral water, soothing alpha-bisabolol and plumping hyaluronic acid its worth it.
Urban Decay High Definition Loose Powder €30.00, Debenhams | I picked this up at Debenhams pre-honeymoon to take care of my shiny t-zone issues and I love it. So fine and silky, there’s a lovely luminescent finish that prevents that powdery caked look.
L’Occitane Hand Creme €16.50 | This scent, Arlesienne, is limited edition and no longer available, however I just cant get enough of all the L’Occitane hand creams. They’re so nourishing and absorb in seconds. The perfect handbag size for travel too.
Have you any travel beauty favourites you can’t live without?