It is no secret that traveling by plane can wreak havoc on one’s skin: extremely drying air, direct sunlight (yes, the rays do reach you through the windows), not to mention change of time zones, uncertainty concerning what exactly touched your pillow before you placed your face upon it and overall stress. I like to think I’ve mastered the art of packing my in-flight essentials. This is what I like to have within reaching distance while on a plane – even if I don’t use all of these every flight. I should probably mention that I have dry skin prone to redness and irritation. Keep in mind that everybody’s different and what suits my skin might not be right for you.
Hand cream: I have two of these, just in case. One is an everyday kind of cream, lightweight and fast absorbing. It comes in a handy sachet, so I don’t have to carry another big package around. And if I decide to go crazy with moisturizing, I can slather on a thick protective cream.
Facial mask: This requires a bit of confidence, but a long flight is perfect for a little DIY SPA. Remember all those times you looked horrendous after a flight? Maybe it’s time to change your airplane routine and utilize a comforting mask – this way you would actually look better post-flight. Chances are, nobody would even notice. Mine is a moisturizing, soothing and redness reducing mask.
Nail polish: The one I’m wearing right now – in case it chips.
Hand sanitizer: I can not imagine a place where you don’t need it, and you should double your sanitizing efforts during a flight.
Face wipes: Remember what I said about sanitizing? Well, don’t forget to cleanse your face as well. If you have been wearing makeup, take it off. Trust me, it will clog your pores and suck off moisture. I read somewhere that even Victoria Beckham takes off her make up (and enjoys a nice facial) during a flight, so you can survive it too.
Brow pencil + spoolie. Speaking of no-makeup days, filling in my brows just a bit makes me feel a lot more put together. I’m sure it’s the same with most girls who aren’t Cara Delevigne or Lily Collins.