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Friday, 28 April 2017

Skincare For Long Flights

I’m the kind of flyer who falls asleep even before the flight takes off. I once slept through a bumpy and turbulent plane ride. True story. While I get some much-needed shut-eye, I always wake up with parched skin because I’m too busy snoozing instead of keeping myself hydrated. I’m taking an 11-hour flight to India in a couple of days and knowing me, I might sleep through it, so I’m packing a few skincare bits to ensure my skin doesn’t suffer.

After Takeoff

Since 11 hours is an incredibly long time to be airborne, I’m going to try and keep myself as hydrated as I possibly can. My friend suggested I buy a bottle of coconut water once I pass through security, as it’s full of nutrients and is a healthier alternative to the sugar-laden beverages they serve on the flights.

Once the flight takes off, I’m going to sanitise my hands and remove my makeup with Klorane Wipes – possibly the only time I’ll ever use face wipes. Then I’m going to spray a hydrating mist, like the Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray, all over my face and let it sink in. While my face is still slightly wet, I’ll put on a generous layer of the Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask. This ridiculously expensive mask has revived my post-travel fatigued skin more times than I can count. It’s wonderfully rich and hydrating, without being too gloopy. Also, it goes on clear, so your seatmate won’t notice a thing. This mask always leaves my skin feeling all plumped-up and soft.

While my scalp doesn’t get greasy, the ends get very dry and raggedy, so I’m going to apply a tiny blob of the Windle & Moodie Invisible Day and Night Cream to the lengths of my hair to keep it nourished and hydrated. All this should take me no more than ten minutes, and if I’m not half-asleep by the end of it, I’ll apply some hand cream. The Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream is so so good! It’s not greasy, sinks in swiftly and has a very comforting scent.

I’ll conclude this little mid-air pamper ritual with a swipe of the Dr Hauschka Lip Balm

Four Hours In…

I’ll remove the mask and mist my face with the Avène spray before applying a thick layer of the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré. It’s lightweight, fast absorbing and works to retain water in the skin. I’m going to top it off with Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate and let it sink in over the course of the flight. Enriched with squalane and evening primrose oil, this dry oil provides a boost of moisture to depleted skin. 

Before Landing

Then, 30 minutes before descending, I’ll repeat the whole process of cleansing and misting. I don’t like applying makeup on skin that’s not properly cleansed, but I look sickly without a concealer. The Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher is very natural looking and offers a light coverage. And just before I get off the flight, I’ll dab some of the Glossier Generation G lipstick in the shade Cake onto my lips and cheeks to emerge from the airport looking all fresh and well rested.

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