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.
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.
Providing much more than a simple spritz of moisture, Caudalie's Beauty Elixir promises to boost radiance and tone the skin while also reducing the appearance of pores. It can also be used to set makeup.
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.
It's always best to avoid wearing make-up when travelling, particularly if you're on a long-haul flight. Remove any traces of it and soothe your skin with these easy-to-pack cleansing wipes. Eco-friendly and enriched with coconut oil, it is gentle and moisturising for even sensitive skin.
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.
As unpleasant as it is to think about, airplanes are covered in bacteria and grime. On top of that, they are extremely drying. Between washing your hands, Lancôme's Intense Nourishing And Repairing Hand Cream helps to hydrate and nourish skin with a protective layer of Royal Jelly nutrients, natural oils and bee wax.
Like the sheet mask, this one might attract some stares from fellow passengers, but you'll have the last laugh when you alight from the plane looking like you've had a great night's sleep. Infused with 24K gold, these cooling hydra-gel patches firm your under-eye and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Caffeine helps to de-puff eye bags, and a hint of lavender helps to calm you down amidst the stress of travelling.
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Additional reporting: Chloe Pek