The more I travel, the more I seem to pare down my in-flight beauty kit. At one stage, I was lugging all manner of things in a huge carry-on bag, but recently, I’ve started to realise that I wasn’t actually using half the products. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that last week, I travelled to Florida on Norwegian’s Dreamliner, which gives you a bit of added help in the in-flight beauty department by reducing the effects of jet lag with lots of lovely fresh air and adjusting cabin pressure to optimum levels. There’s also smart mood lighting, which is very relaxing, and 65% larger windows, but still, flying is very dehydrating, and it helps to whip off all your makeup and treat your skin to some extra moisture while you’ve got the chance to sit back and relax. I thought I’d tell you about my in-flight beauty heroes – the ones that made the cut and still travel with me every time.
I know it seems a bit bonkers to wear make up to the airport and then take it off, but if you’re used to wearing make up every day, you can feel a bit ‘naked’ without it. Especially when, as I often do, you’re meeting people for the first time just before you fly, I find you need a bit of a confidence booster.
I tend to at least wear a bit of primer and foundation and some waterproof mascara (currently loving Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Splashes, which doesn’t smudge and isn’t too globby),which stays put even when I cleanse my face (or cry at the in-flight movie).
For cleansing, you can’t beat the convenience of a wipe. I know wipes aren’t good for your skin on a daily basis, but as soon as I get settled in my seat, I like to take off all my make up (if I haven’t managed to get to La Mer and get the lovely ladies there to do it for me and give me one of their fab pre-flight hydrating treatments). I’m really fond of the Yes To range for wipes – they’re cheap, great quality, not tested on animals, and have 95% natural ingredients (1/3 off at Boots at the moment, too). Each different variety does a different thing, so the cucumber is soothing (my fave), the grapefruit is brightening, etc. They’re wet enough not to drag and pull at the skin and lots of them come in little travel packs too (I’ve seen the Yes to Blueberries and Yes to Carrots in the small packs).
If, like me, you’re a fan of the hydrating face spray, I’ve heard good things about Kiehl’s new, hydrating Cactus Flower Mist (£18.99) – I might have to pick one up next time I’m at the airport.
Next up, I apply a really good moisturiser. I tend to take whatever I’ve got a sample size of, but you can decant your favourite into a little pot too, if that suits you better. Nuxe do this fab little The Essentials travel size set, which has a 15ml Rêve de Miel hand cream (hand cream is another essential – I love the little L’Occitane 30ml ones, too), a deliciously scented shower oil, a 15ml cleansing gel, a 15ml Creme Prodigieuse Anti-fatigue face cream, and the cutest teeny tiny bottle of their lovely dry oil Huile Prodigieuse, which is fab for patting into the skin for an extra boost of moisture before your chosen cream. All for £13.50. Bargainous.
ESPA give nice samples with full sized products too (if I remember rightly, you get to pick four with every order). I got a gorgeous little glass sample bottle of ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerum, with a purchase recently.
If you’re going to sleep in an eye mask (or just don’t care if you look like a bit of a tit) I firmly recommend Skyn Iceland hydro-cool firming eye gels. You can buy them at M&S and although they’re not cheap at £16 for 4 packs, they’re absolutely brilliant for cooling and de-puffing around the eye. I love them.
Just before I land, I pop to the bathroom, clean my teeth (current obsession: these Humble Brush bamboo toothbrushes, which are eco friendly and socially responsible – and cute!), give my face (and body!) another quick wipe, apply fresh deodorant and some tinted moisturiser . I know I’m always banging on about SPF, but I’m so in love with the Ultrasun SPF 30 Tinted Face Sun Cream – it’s not at all greasy, goes on so smoothly, disappears really quickly into the skin and gives a lovely glow with no shine. I love the Ultrasun lip balm too.
All of this gets bunged into a clear make-up bag. Mine is Ted Baker (I hate putting stuff in a clear freezer bag). I’m adding this one just because I’m a little bit in love with it (ooh and also because Topshop has up to 30% off seasonal offers at the moment, so worth a look), but I’m not sure you’d actually get away with it through security as it’s not strictly clear clear. But loooook:
My final tip is to take a decent water bottle with you. I’ve now given up trying to remember to buy a big bottle of water, so I just pack an empty sports bottle (I guess it’s more eco-friendly too). The Bobble sports bottle is great as it also contains a changeable filter, meaning you can fill it up at a tap or water fountain after security and you won’t get that horrible chlorine taste either.
What about you? Any in-flight tips?