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This is your ultimate in-flight skincare routine

We’ve rounded up the in-flight beauty essentials that will have you feeling your best – even at 30,000 feet.

Yes, you can get off a plane and look positively glowing. While the combination of cabin pressure, recycled air and low humidity is to blame for dullness and dehydration, you can prepare and take a few simple skincare steps which will help even the most experienced of jet-setters feel refreshed, whatever the time zone.


Start by double cleansing: for the uninitiated, that’s cleansing twice, first with an oil then with a water-based product. This step is essential and removes any dead skin cells, make-up, sunscreen, sweat, oil and pollution that might be lingering on the skin’s surface. It ensures you start with a clean slate and also helps any products you apply to be more easily absorbed and effective: a beauty win-win. We recommend using Clarins’ Make-Up Remover Trio Set which comes with a cleansing milk, a toner and an instant eye make-up remover for stubborn, no-budge mascara.


For that plumped, glowy, I’ve-had-eight-hours-of-sleep skin on touchdown, moisturising while you’re in the air is key – you need to lock hydration into the skin during the flight. For deep moisture, go for a serum like Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair which is packed full of nourishing antioxidants that tackle dryness, dullness and dehydration in just one hit. Follow with a hydrating sheet mask like SKII Facial Treatment Mask, or to avoid scaring the cabin crew, opt for a wash-off cream mask such as Eve Lom’s nourishing Rescue Mask which soothes puffy skin in only 20 minutes. And while sleep may not be a guarantee on an overnight flight, rested eyes can be. Don’t run the risk of puffiness under the eyes; instead, make sure you use the nifty Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks to help soothe the delicate eye area while you watch your next blockbuster.


If the very thought of stepping into the arrival terminal minus your make-up terrifies you, you’re not alone: now is the chance to touch up before hitting the tarmac. A little goes a long way, here, and you don’t want to undo all that skin prep, so switch your foundation for a BB cream such as Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream for a lighter finish. Then, swipe on a little brow gel like 24-hour Brow Setter Clear Brow Gel and some Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Bronzed for that extra boost. Suffering from flat hair? Dry shampoo is your in-flight saviour and Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo is a favourite. And for extra skin dewiness on landing, freshen up with a spritz of the deeply hydrating La Mer The Mist, a facial spray which gives skin and make-up an extra hit of radiance.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex

Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex

The new supercharged treatment—now with 10X Concentrated Repair Technology—helps repair the visible impact of lack of sleep, UV, pollution, even blue light.

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