Flying. I love going on holidays, especially when going to a country I haven’t been to or even better, to another continent. Another passport stamp, (when lucky) different currency, duty-free shopping and of course the destination are my motivators. What’s bugging me are the flights, that is long-haul flights. Yikes. I’ll be off to Asia end of this week and I’m super excited about everything, except the 12 hour plane ride and to cheer myself up, I created a ‘Lisa Eldrige-inspired’ mini in-flight pamper kit to keep myself busy and perked up during the flight.
I’ve never been able to sleep on long-haul flights for over 4 hours and besides that I always break out when flying, so I need all the skincare that will provide the distraction and hydration, while also combatting spots. While putting my mini kit together, I’ve separated them in 4 categories: treat, moisture, emergency and post-flight.
Once I’m up in the air and the safety belts can go off, I’ll start off my routine. First I’ll use Bioderma Créaline H2O to cleanse my face. Even though I won’t wear any make up while boarding (it’s a morning flight…), I still want a clean ‘canvas’ to work on. If possible, I’ll splash some water on my face, pat it dry with some tissues and spritz REN Tonic Moisture Mist* all over to tone my skin and add Hyaluronic Acid to lock in moisture. When done I’ll have my REN ClearCalm3 Clarifying Mask on for a good 20 minutes and rinse it off. As there is no fresh air in the cabin, I’ll try to add some ‘oxygen’ to my skin by slapping on Lancaster Skin Therapy Oxygen Flash Mask afterwards, to plump up and firm my skin. First a thin layer and after 5 minutes a thick layer which I’ll leave on for the rest of the flight. Then, I’ll pat on some REN Active 7 Radiant Eye Gel* to reduce the appearance of puffiness and cool down my eye area and repeat as necessary.
As my face is being pampered, I can’t forget my hair, which I’ll nourish with Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment for healthy locks. And not to forget to rub my arms and legs in with Aveda Stress Fix Body Lotion to calm and relax.
During the flight I’ll keep on spritzing REN Tonic Moisture Mist* whenever I feel that my skin is getting dry. It’s perfect as it’s packed with ingredients that will help to tone, moisture and refreshen the skin when in dry (in-flight/air conditioned) areas. Fig extract to refresh and tone, Chinese Ginseng to boost circulation and increase supplies of oxygen, nutrients and corn to make skin look and feel more plump and hydrated.
Approximately an hour before I land or when I’m flying over Beijing, I’ll wash off the residue of the Oxygen Flash Mask and prep my skin for the next few layers of goodness. A spritz of the Mist, then I’ll massage 2 drops of Aurelia Revitalise & Glow Serum* into my skin, which will soothe, firm and revitalize my skin. A delicate blend of Jasmine, Plumeria, Tuberose and Mandarine makes it smell utterly gorgeous and it leaves your skin looking luminous, dewy and radiant without being over the top. Once that’s sinked in, I’ll put on a thick layer of L’Occitane Creme Precieuse to seal it all in.
Having flown quite a few times long-haul, I know how my skin reacts and what I need the most. Hence I’ve packed Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream for any dry, rough patches or lips, Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream to nourish my cuticles during my trip and L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Salve to keep my hands and nails in tip top condition.
When I feel a spot popping up or when my skin is starting to feel congested, I’ll roll on SAMPAR Prodigal Pen* during the flight in the hope it’ll reduce or vanish before I land. Oral-B Toothpaste for brushing my teeth, as the standard toothpaste I get in-flight just makes me nauseous. If I’m in need of something citrusy to make me feel better or uplift my mood, I’ll rub on Le Soft Perfume in Zazou*, which is the perfect scent being zesty and sophisticated at the same time.
When it’s all going according to plan, I’ll have plumped, hydrated and toned skin, which only will need some minor touching up to look presentable. I mean… I’ll see many relatives after 3 years! So some SPF, La Roche-Posay Anthélios SPF30 AC please, a dab of Chanel Correcteur Perfection Concealer in 20 to conceal the odd blemish, pigmentation and under eye area, some Bourjois Cream Blush in 04 blended on my cheeks and Jurlique Essence of Rose Fragrance Oil Rollerball* rolled on my wrists, collar bone, neck, behind the ears and I’m ready to roll. The fragrance is 100% natural and contains of Rose Oils, Shea Butter and their own grown Rose Gallica. The scent is all I need: alluring, sophisticated and soft. As it’s oil and not alcohol based, it will actually last longer and will stand the heat and humidity.
And that’s a wrap. I probably will still add a tinted lip balm, my preference goes to any Soap & Glory Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks, but have yet to see which color. First world problems, I know. So yes, this is the beginning of my blog series that are holiday related. Be sure to check back soon, as more will be coming these few weeks!
In the image above I haven’t included cotton buds, cotton pads, tissues, Le Soft Perfume in Zazou* and some products I’ve decanted in small travel pots which are: REN ClearCalm3 Clarifying Mask, Lancaster Skin Therapy Oxygen Flash Mask, La Roche-Posay Anthélios SPF30 AC.
So, what’s your long-haul flight beauty edit and what’s your holiday destination this year?