I love spending foreign currency. So until my neighborhood Albertsons start accepting Euros and Yen, I am going to have to take this hobby overseas. I travel on average, 3 to 5 international trips a year. Work and pleasure. I generally take flights that are 10~15 hours long. Needless to say, these long haul flights are a killer on my skin. Over the years, I have perfected my inflight beauty routine so that now when I step off the plane, I am not embarrassed to show my face. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I am nowhere near celebrity camera ready. That would involve way more effort that I care for. No, what I mean is, when I get off the plane, if my travel companion happened to want to take a selfie right away to document their first time on foreign soil, I don’t need to duck the camera like I am one of America’s most wanted, instead I can just smile and pose like a human being, admittedly with dark sunglasses on, but still small steps.
So I want to share some of the products that I bring with me onboard and also the things I do prior to boarding.
In flight travel pouch
First and foremost, have a designated travel pouch. This Prada’s only job is to be my inflight travel pouch. The perfect size to hold everything I need, no excess unused space and a light color so that it is easy to find in my carry on. This pouch is always kept ready to go.
I keep sample size of skincare products that I normally use in this pouch. Not too much, just enough for 1 or 2 round trips. Not everything, just the basics. These are the things I feel I require on the flight.
- Travel size toothbrush and toothpaste. Because nothing is more gross than airplane breath.
- Eye cream. Dark circles and puffiness is going to happen, but this is my way of minimizing the damage. And it helps me look less tired. A win win.
- Which brings me to the eye drops. The plane air is super drying. If I catch any sleep, when I wake up, my eyes are always dry. And I watch a movie, by the end of the movie, my eyes are super dry. I use these eye drops so often that I don’t even keep them in the pouch during the flight. I keep them handy, either in my pocket or if the seat have a small compartment.
- Blistex (chapstick, lip balm, lip cream, etc). Whatever you normally use, keep those lips moisturized! No point in taking care of the skin and than showing up with chapped lips.
- Face wash. I feel like the recycled air on the planes is dirty after a while. So I like to wash my face once or twice on the flight. Also it helps to refresh me somewhat and make me less groggy and tired. I always wash before we land so that I am completely refreshed when I step off the plane. I sneak in a little facial massage during the wash to get the blood circulating.
- Moisturizer is super important. I use a heavy duty one before I board and I always reapply after I wash my face. This helps me keep the breakouts to a minimum and also refreshes me.
- In between all the face washing and reapplying of eye cream and moisturizer, I also use a facial mist. I spray the mist whenever I feel like it. I helps give my moisturizer and extra boost. Not completely necessary if the cream is heavy duty, but sometimes I am using a little bit more of a light weight item so the mist helps.
Sleeping Pack Mask & Face wipes
In the early years I would bring a sheet mask on to the plane and basically give myself a mini facial. After I realize I was scaring my fellow passenger with the white sheet on my face, I started using sleeping masks. If you haven’t heard of these before, they are great. Like a moisturizer, they go on clear and absorb into your skin, but keeps a slight film on your face to lock in moisture.You can’t really see the mask on your face, but you will the difference. In theory they are like a super heavy duty moisturizer. I don’t use these masks if I do a couple rounds of washing and reapplying of my skincare, but if I am taking a red eye and think I can sleep through the flight, I would apply these over my moisturizer and wash off before I land. I also keep some face wipes handy, just in case I can’t get to the restroom.
Eye mask, ear plugs, and hair tie. Pretty self explanatory. Plane hair is not a pretty sight. I didn’t used to have problems sleeping on the plane, but as I get older, my sleep got more sensitive so I found the eye mask helps so much and keeps me from waiting up every time someone walked past me on the plane.
Finally the last items to use before I get off the plane. Usually within the last hour before landing, I would go wash my face and reapply my skincare. Than CC cream with SPF to help even out my skin. I bring an eyelash curler, mascara, and lip & cheek stick. Although these are a simple version of my normal makeup routine, it is enough to make me look presentable after a long flight.
If I am taking a redeye and is at home before the flight, I like to apply a moisturizing mask before my normal skincare and than use a slightly heavier moisturizer. This is normally enough to get me through most of the flight and I just do my face wash and makeup at the end before we land.
Not pictured are hand cream and CC cream with SPF.
I also bring on hand cream as the plane air totally dries out my hands and cuticles.
I use a CC cream with SPF, so that I protected from sun, but don’t have to worry about blending or contouring, etc etc.
These are just things that I learned over the years. Some from personal experience, but many from fellow bloggers, travel articles, and even chatty flight attendants. I am always on the lookout from tips and tricks from other people. And I love sharing my tips with anyone that asks. I just feel like travelers have to lookout for one another in this day and age.