When you’re flying from New Zealand to Europe, you have to pack well to stay halfway sane – and avoid looking like a prune upon landing. Drying cabin air leaves most of us shrivelled and parched after a few hours. So how do you arrive at your destination feeling and looking (somewhat!) fresh? With careful planning and a few goodies in your carry-on. These are my top flight essentials for beautiful skin.
Remember… You’ll want to make sure they’re 100ml or less and all fit in a zip-top bag.
Eye drops are a must due to the dry air on the plane, which is horribly irritating to the eyes, so I always travel with eye drops and use a little every few hours.
Avene Mineral Spray soothes sensitive, hypersensitive, allergic and irritated skin and is ideal for travel as it is refreshing and hydrating. I simply don’t fly without it. Just mist it on when you feel like you need hydrating. You can buy a mini travel size which was perfectly acceptable on all the flights I have been on.
Aspect Hydrating Mask is one of my fave products. I often use it as a daily moisturiser and even sleep in it if my skin is dehydrated. It includes Hyaluronic Acid, Shea Butter, Olive oil and Grape Seed Extract to revitalise dry, parched skin. For flying, I decant into a small tub for carry-on and use it as a moisturiser and mask on the plane. It’s gorgeous as a hand cream too.
Suvana Paw Paw Ointment is all natural – unlike Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment which is mostly petroleum jelly. No thanks. This one is simply lovely and ideal for nourishing and conditioning chapped or dry skin anywhere on the body. It also makes a great eye cream, lip balm and thick hand salve.
Go To Face Hero Oil is Aussie Beauty Editor Zoe Foster’s baby. It’s an utterly divine blend of 10 skin loving oils (Almond oil, Jojoba oil, Macadamia Oil, Brazil Nut Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Buriti Oil, Arnica Oil, Rosehip Oil, Calendula Oil, Kiwi Fruit Seed Oil) and if that isn’t enticing enough to make you want to bathe in it, it is delicately scented with natural orange blossom and rose gardenia. Stunning. And how cute is the packaging? A few drops of this facial oil warmed in the palm of the hand and then pressed onto clean skin works wonders to nourish, moisturise and deliver an instant glow.
Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes are a godsend for beauty emergencies. They cleanse gently, but effectively and are fragrance free so they don’t irritate sensitive types and wipes are always super handy to have on the plane.
Clinicians Nasal Spray helps to keep the nasal passages hydrated and also helps to trap bacteria from the air in the nose so it can be blown out rather than you landing at your holiday destination with a nasty airborne virus. This is the first time I have flown long distance without getting sick, so I think it works!
Prana+ Sanitiser Spray is an aromatherapy sanitiser that neutralises harmful bacteria and can be used as a treatment for miner skin cuts, scrapes, rashes, burns, irritation from shaving, sunburn, dry itchy skin. I spritz it on my face to cleanse and purify, as well as on my hands before eating. I carried it everywhere in Paris with me as well because the French aren’t exactly as stringent with hand soap and running water as I expect.
Becca Beach Tint is ah-mazing. It goes everywhere with me on my travels. It’s a tiny tube that packs a serious punch when it comes to colour and just a matchstick head amount delivers enough colour for both cheeks and then dab a little on your lips for a saucy flush. I also took this with me on holiday to Bali and it is seriously sweatproof.
Empty Water Bottle is a must-have on a plane. You can refill it once you’re through customs and get the flight attendants to top it up during the flight. Bobble bottles are good as they contain a filter that helps clean out any impurities in your water.
Other things to consider: Diazepam (if, like me you’re prone to panic attacks in confined spaces), Melatonin (get some from your GP and take it before sleeping on the plane to help reduce jet lag), aspirin (to thin the blood and help reduce the risk of clots), Digestive Enzymes (help to reduce the blocking effects of stodgy plane food), sleeping pill (knock yourself out!), ear plugs, eye mask, tissues, chewing gum/mints. Last but not least, the kindle. After a long consideration I bought a Kindle specifically for this flight and it absolutely, hands down was the best purchase I have ever made. A full charge the night before the flight lasted me for 8 weeks and I read for 9 hours straight on one flight. Brilliant.
What are your flight essentials?