Are you planning on going overseas this summer? Maybe a tropical getaway, or perhaps you’re dreaming of a white Christmas? While the destination might be heavenly, the long-haul flight can be hellish – and I don’t just mean the screaming child three seats over. Being stuck in an airplane cabin can wreak havoc on your skin! After returning from Hawaii myself recently, I’m going to share the skincare travel essentials that had me arriving fresh-faced and hydrated after 10 hours in cattle class. And they’re all under 100ml, so they’re safe for your carry-on.
Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Calming Mist*
If you can only take one product with you on a flight, make it a mist! I spritzed this constantly, and it kept me hydrated and relaxed, while ensuring my skin didn’t freak out with all the environmental changes. The anti-inflammatory properties of calendula kept my sensitive skin in check, combating dryness and bloating, while the inclusion of cucumber tricked me into feeling like I was relaxing into a facial. Packed with powerful botanicals to soothe, restore and uplift, I also like to use it in conjunction with a little mindfulness meditation.
RosehipPLUS Rosehip Oil Roll-On*
t’s no secret that I’m obsessed with rosehip oil, and this little roll-on is next level! Think of it as a secret weapon for flights – with cabin pressure and air conditioning fighting to dry you out, this will give you a boost of antioxidants and essential fatty acids exactly where you need it. It soothes and plumps, delivering moisture deep into the skin’s layers. Puffy eyes be gone!
This natural balm is made from only four ingredients: olive oil, coconut oil, Australian beeswax and honey. And while it has many uses, the main reason I take it on flights is to swab around my nostrils. Really! We’ve all known someone – or been that someone – who’s picked up a nasty virus after flying, right? This is because airplanes are incredibly drying, and if you aren’t keeping your nasal passages moist, they can become cracked and dry, providing the ideal breeding ground for infection. Ugh! So use this on your nose, lips, heels, insect bites… absolutely anywhere! Even though I’ve put it on my list of skincare travel essentials, it’s seriously a life essential.
Thankyou Antibacterial Lemon Lime Hand Sanitiser
Let’s not beat around the bush here. Airplanes are chock full of germs! And there’s something inherently gross about those tiny airplane bathrooms. So throw this hand sanitiser in your bag, and use whenever you’re starting to feel a bit germy. It’s quickly absorbed, hydrating, kills 99.9% of germs, and the scent will have you craving vodka lime soda’s in no time. As a bonus, while looking after yourself, you’re also helping get hygiene and sanitation services to people in need through Thankyou’s fundraising programs. Win win!
Milk & Co Beauty Wipes
Sometimes, no matter how hard you’ve tried, your skin still feels clogged and gross. Or you’re in the final hour of your flight and want to look alive for your welcoming party. This is where wipes come in, and I love the double-sided dual action of these ones from Milk & Co. The micro beads on the exfoliating side clear away the grime, while the reverse side cleanses and refreshes. Take your skin back to base and prepare for landing!
Nude by Nature Intense Moisturiser*
This deeply hydrating moisturiser is the perfect before and after product. Use it as part of your skincare routine before you fly, as it protects the skin from free radicals for up to 24 hours. Then use it again when you’re departing the plane, replenishing any moisture your skin may have lost at 35,000 feet. With a variety of ingredients ranging from hyaluronic acid to jojoba oil to lilly pilly extract, this will protect and nourish while working against the visible signs of ageing. And while it’s definitely a cream, it has a light gel-like consistency, so it’s not too heavy. It does have a strong scent though – which I’m struggling to describe, I want to say purple but I know that doesn’t make sense! Sort of a blackcurrant/cherry/plum fragrance? I quite like it, but it’s far from subtle, so make sure you’re not sensitive to the smell before you decide to apply it in an enclosed space!
Outside of my skincare travel essentials, I also make sure to pack my own headphones (how is it possible that the airplane freebies are always dodgy?!), a few magazines (I’m a sucker for the 3 for $10 they seem to have at every Aussie airport), and my trusty Kobo. I’m the sort of person who can’t go anywhere without a book, and on holidays you need plenty, as you never know what mood you’ll be in!
Share your skincare travel essentials in the comments!