With the right products, you can turn a long-haul trip into a pampering session and arrive at your destination feeling and looking refreshed and relaxed.
With pressurised cabins and recycled air, flying is notoriously bad for our skin. Low humidity on board is a particular issue, as this lack of moisture can make dry skin even dryer, while oilier skin types may overcompensate by producing excess sebum, leading in turn to blocked pores and breakouts. Once you factor in the dehydrating effects of that in-flight gin and tonic, you could be left with dull, sensitive skin that feels far from vacation-ready.
Fortunately, with a little preparation and a cleverly-packed carry-on, these air-travel essentials can help you to look great when you land.
Aesop Elemental Facial Barrier Cream
A rich moisturiser is vital when it comes to counteracting dry cabin air. Not only is this luxurious cream intensely hydrating, it also contains ingredients such as ginger root and copper salts to protect against harmful irritants in the environment.
Charlotte Tilbury Revolutionary Instant Facial Dry Sheet Mask
Applying a sheet mask is as close as it gets to an in-flight facial, as long as you don’t mind looking silly for 15 minutes. This one by Charlotte Tilbury is dry, so it won’t drip or leave a sticky residue on your face. The mask can be used three times, making it perfect for a two-week vacation.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick
Elizabeth Arden’s legendary Eight Hour Cream has long been a favorite among jetsetting beauty editors for its hydrating and soothing qualities. In this handy and hygienic lipstick form it will protect delicate lips from drying and chapping.
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