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Skincare Sunday: In-flight beauty tips

Brigitte Bardot in a Boeing during a flight between New York and Los Angeles. December, 1965. Photography Patrice Habans/Paris Match via Getty Images

Air travel can leave skin dull and very dry, but with a little know-how, you can arrive at your destination looking fresh and glowing. NEWBY HANDS shares her in-flight beauty plan


Cleanse thoroughly

These individually wrapped sheets from Cleanse by Lauren Napier are ideal to use while traveling. Take off your makeup immediately after boarding, and then clean your skin again before landing (cabin air isn’t the most hygienic).

  • Cleanse by Lauren Napier
    Facial Cleansing Wipes x 15
  • Estée Lauder
    Advanced Night Repair Ampoules, 60 capsules
  • Elizabeth Arden
    Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum (90 capsules)

Layer your skincare

With around 20 percent humidity in the cabin air – compared to the usual balmy 40-60 percent on the ground – flying is like being in the desert. But just loading up on hydrating hyaluronic acid (HA) serums isn’t the answer, because in ultra-arid air, the HA will actually pull moisture from your skin to put into the air. The answer is in layering. First, apply a good HA serum – I love saturating my skin with Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum – then finish with a generous layer of cream to ‘seal’ in the moisture. Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme (available in an in-flight-friendly smaller size) is rich but not greasy and scented with calming lavender.

Use a mask

Sheet masks are acceptable in-cabin wear these days. Even better, used over your freshly applied skincare, it ensures as much product as possible gets into the skin. For travel and on vacation, I love this smart set of five great masks from 111Skin – it covers all you need for in-flight, jet-lagged, post-beach and pre-dinner skin.

  • 111Skin
    Multi Masking Planner
  • Charlotte Tilbury
    Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask
  • Joanna Vargas
    Bright Eye Firming Mask, 5 x 4g
  • Estée Lauder
    Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask

Fight fluid retention

If your Jimmy Choo pumps don’t slip on quite so easily after landing, try spritzing legs and feet both pre- and in-flight with Susanne Kaufmann Leg & Vein Cooling Spray. It’s brilliant at fighting in-flight puffiness.

  • Susanne Kaufmann
    Leg and Vein Cooling Spray, 75ml
  • Nurse Jamie
    Beauty Bear™ Age Defy Pillow
  • Aromatherapy Associates
    Deep Relax Roller Ball, 10ml
  • The Nue Co.
    Reboot Travel Set

Keep a clear head

Dab a little de Mamiel Altitude Oil under your nose to stop that heady feeling, and to help fight the colds and bugs that circulate in cabin air. And, finally, an eye mask is an absolute essential; Slip’s silk ‘Incredible Woman’ version is cozy and comfortable.

  • de Mamiel
    Altitude Oil, 10ml
  • Rodin
    Luxury Face Oil Lavender Absolute, 15ml
  • Aromatherapy Associates
    Support Breathe Essence, 10ml

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