Jetting off on holiday this summer and want to avoid that ‘blergh’ feeling on the plane?
Looking your best on a flight and whilst you traipse around the airport can be a challenge, but having the right in-flight beauty bag can help, A LOT!
Make the most of your carry on essentials with these top in-flight beauty bag picks to make your flight as pleasant and comfortable as possible, and have you stepping into your holiday the right way:
“The air on a plane has less humidity for various technical reasons; it’s at about 10 or 20 percent as opposed to the normal 40 percent you’re used to,” explains Chris Pardee, manager of Health Intelligence at iJet International, a travel risk management company. So what does this mean for your skin? Having dehydrated skin is one sure-fire way to show up enlarged paws, blemishes and dark circles – all the things we definitely want to avoid!
Go for a cream moisturiser rather than a refreshing spray in your in-flight beauty bag. Although a spray might feel nice (and by all means use this as well for a nice little pick-me-up) because the air on a plane is so dry as a result of the pressurisation, any kind of liquid put into the air will just be absorbed by the surroundings immediately, before it gets anywhere near your face to be able to reap the benefits.
Spend your money wisely, and opt for a rich, hydrating moisturising or soothing balm to apply liberally to your skin whenever you feel you need it. It may seem weird, but be sure to get up around your nostrils with it too, to save this area drying out.
If you’re going on a long haul flight, your hair is probably going to end up looking a bit limp and flat by the time you arrive at your destination. If you want to be beach or party ready as soon as you arrive, keep your hair looking clean and volumised with an excellent quality dry shampoo.
Of course, you can’t bring aerosols in your hand luggage, so be aware of that when you’re choosing your products for your in-flight beauty bag. Tabitha James Kraan Dry Shampoo (available for both light and dark hair) comes in a handy, travel-sized pump for direct and easy application. It works wonders on absorbing any excess oil, gives great root lift and smells absolutely incredible too!
Your lips will of course get just as dehydrated as the rest of your skin, so be sure to pack an excellent quality lip balm. Avoid your usual high-street brands such as vaseline, as this is petroleum based and will actually end up drying your lips out more. Instead, go for something rich in vitamins and oils for that perfect pout.
To make your lips even softer, prep yourself the night before by gently brushing your lips with a clean, soft-bristled toothbrush to remove any dry skin and to leave the surface smooth and ready to take in as much moisture as possible.
If you want to add a bit of colour to your lips as well as hydrating, try Clarins – Lipstick – Instant Smooth Crystal Balm, which comes in a gorgeous range of sheer summery colours and contains soothing, moisturising ingredients that plumps and accentuates lip contours – the perfect addition to your in-flight beauty bag!
Cleansing Face Wipes
Washing your face in a plane toilet is not a great experience, unless you have the joy of being in business or first class! Avoid the queues and trying not to cover yourself in water by coming prepared with pre-moistened towelettes.
Choose your favourite brand, but don’t bother with anything that claims to do multiple jobs in one. It’s better to get a face wipe that cleanses brilliantly and without irritation than trying to combine various tasks.
Make sure you look radiant when you step off the plane, despite early starts and minimal sleep. It’s best to keep your makeup light and simple to avoid hassle and also so as not to upset your skin (that will be extra sensitive after a drying flight).
Go for a luminous BB cream or tinted moisturiser to cover up any imperfections but still leave you looking natural. The 100% Pure makeup range is an ideal choice for arriving at a hot destination if you want to avoid pore clogging and spots cropping up instantly, as it has a completely natural ingredients list, with an aloe vera base, for extra hydration, and fruit pigments to keep your skin nourished.