I’m currently packing to go to Los Angeles next week, so I thought I would share with you the items that are going in my in-flight beauty bag. The air conditioning on planes is so drying on the skin, so the key to everything here is hydration.
First of all, I like to apply all my skincare with a mirror, so I can see that I’m covering all the right areas and to observe any instant results – especially with sheet masks. For travelling, you don’t get much better than this light-up LED Compact Mirror (£19.99 from Pebble Grey). It’s great for putting makeup on before landing (when you’re not allowed the overhead lights on) too.
I love the very low cost Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Masks (99p from Boots). They are great sheet masks to take on-board a flight as they will flood your skin with Hyaluronic Acid to re-hydrate it. It also has Pomegranate extract in it to add radiance to the skin. Pop one of these on half an hour before you land and you’ll have plump, glowing, healthy-looking skin. I also like to wear hydrating under-eye masks
I like to use a really thick and calming moisturiser on long-haul flights and First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream (£19.25 from Beauty Bay) is designed for intensely dry skin; making it perfect for having on-board. It gives a great boost of hydration, locks in moisture and calms irritation via Shea Butter, Eucalyptus Oil and Ceramides.
Good quality facial cleansing wipes are also a must-have in-flight essential to freshen up. The Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths (£10 from Fabled) feel really refreshing. They remove makeup well if you went on-board wearing it and they will get rid of all the grime that sticks to your skin on planes if you use them throughout your journey.
Don’t forget about your lips too. These will really dry out on a long-haul flight if you don’t hydrate them. The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm (£20 from Feel Unique) is incredibly hydrating and healing. It is a bit greasy, so on flights and at night is the ideal time to use it. You’ll see that it will really make a difference.
Finally, I like to have a facial mist on hand for when I’m feeling tired or ill. The Emma Hardie Plump & Glow Hydrating Mist (£35 from Emma Hardie) is a light, refreshing, sharp citrus-scented mist. It’s packed with moisture-boosting Hyaluronic Acid; has Wild Watermint to cool and tone your skin and it soothes with Aloe Vera. It’s my secret weapon when travelling anywhere on any mode of transport.
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