In-Flight Hacks Of The Beauty A-List

From CHARLOTTE TILBURY’s long-haul hack and ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY’s in-flight fasting tip to JOANNA CZECH’s clean-skin routine and TINA CRAIG’s go-to compression socks, NEWBY HANDS gets the A-list lowdown on looking good and feeling fresh at 35,000ft – and long after…

Pritika Swarup

Pritika Swarup, model and skincare entrepreneur

I’ve trained myself to sleep when I fly

I’m so good at it now that I can even be asleep before take-off; last time I flew to India, I slept for 16 hours straight. I’ll use a little aloe vera gel on my face and under my eyes to moisturize – I have an aloe plant at home, and I take off a leaf and put the gel on my skin before leaving for the airport, too.

Sarah Chapman, skincare expert

I avoid salty food and alcohol for 24 hours…

…before a flight and drink a lot of water, which makes such a difference. When I arrive, I get straight into the time zone and use showers to rev up and baths to relax – Aromatherapy Associates’ Revive and Deep Relax oils are great, and the Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil completely knocks me out.

Sarah Chapman
Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury, makeup artist and entrepreneur

I take arnica every couple of hours…

…for three days before I fly. It really makes a difference to that in-flight stomach-bloat, and it helps me to sleep. I don’t drink alcohol on a plane, but I have tons of water. If it’s a long-haul flight, I use my Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask, which defends my skin from the drying air con and leaves it feeling baby-soft, followed by my Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask. If it’s a short-haul flight, I just use the Dry Sheet Mask on its own – no mess, no fuss, I just whip it on and massage my face over it.

Babba Rivera, haircare entrepreneur

I always travel with a face mask

I love the Verso Deep Hydration Mask when I’m traveling. Plus, a cryo facial is so good for jet lag – when I fly to New York, I go to Next Health for the full cryo treatment.

Babba Rivera
Camila Coelho

Camila Coelho, founder of Elaluz

Face masks are an in-flight non-negotiable…

…to restore all the lost moisture. Summer Fridays’ Jet Lag Mask is my go-to before I put makeup back on, and I make a conscious effort to drink more water and take vitamins, which also helps. I try to avoid taking naps during a flight, too, so I can adjust my body clock to local time.

Joanna Czech, skincare expert

I drink tons of water on the plane

You lose up to 30 percent of the skin’s moisture after a four-hour flight. My husband always makes fun of me, as I start stockpiling water as soon as we get to the airport. My skin routine is simple: I never get on a plane with makeup on, and the first thing I do after cleansing and toning is mix a few drops of my Joanna Czech The Soothing Serum with The C+ Serum, as I have stage-one rosacea and this calms any irritation. Finally, I use a thick layer of The Balm along with my favorite lip balm to hydrate and seal all the ingredients in.

Joanna Czech
Tina Craig

Tina Craig, beauty entrepreneur

I never fly without my Japanese compression socks

I buy them by the dozen whenever I’m in Tokyo, as they are super-lightweight and comfortable and minimize swelling while I’m flying. I also diligently drink between six and eight ounces of water each hour for the first eight hours on a long flight – the perfect amount for sustained hydration. And I never get on a flight without my U Beauty The Super Hydrator and The Barrier Bioactive Treatment – they’re my must-haves for landing with glowing skin, so I always slather on a generous amount.

Miranda Kerr, model and organic-skincare entrepreneur

I always take my own food with me…

…and I constantly drink water. As soon as I can, I clean my face really well and use my Kora Organics Turmeric Brightening and Exfoliating Mask as a scrub, so my skin is extra-clean. Then I’ll massage in my Noni Glow Face Oil and, if it’s long-haul, I also apply Noni Glow Sleeping Mask. Then, before landing, I rinse it all off and put my usual face on.

Miranda Kerr
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, model and founder of Rose Inc

I just drink water and sleep

I used to have an elaborate in-flight routine, but now I get on, drink lots of water and fall asleep. Plane food makes me feel sluggish and puffy, so I use that fasting time to sleep instead. When I arrive, I do a thorough exfoliation – the Café Noir Body Exfoliant from African Botanics is amazing – dry body-brush, and have a hot shower with all that masking and basking.

Tata Harper, skincare expert

My in-flight secret weapon is eye balm

My Tata Harper Boosted Contouring Eye Balm, to be precise. I apply a thick layer as soon as I get to my seat, so that I look fresh when I arrive at my destination.

Tata Harper
Angela Caglia

Angela Caglia, aesthetician and entrepreneur

I wear no makeup, but lots of moisturizer

I’ve perfected my travel regimen: I travel without makeup and apply a thick layer of my Angela Caglia Soufflé Moisturizer when I get to the airport, and then again mid-flight. Then I use my rose-quartz Crystal Goddess Face Mask over the top – people always come over to ask me about it [because] they want one, too!