Eight steps to ensure you look fresh-faced when you reach your destination….
We all know flying can really dry out your skin – especially on a long haul flight. Spending hours in recycled air at 30,000 feet, crossing time zones, and lack of sleep will all contribute to dehydrated skin. Added to that, any moisture you already have in your skin will evaporate quickly causing your face to not only feel dry, but look dull and parched too. Don’t worry though, these eight steps will ensure you look fresh-faced and glowing when you finally reach your destination.
Step One: Remove Makeup
Wearing makeup will only dry your skin out further, so once on board use wipes to take it off. At the moment I’m loving Bioderma Micelle Solution wipes, from Ines Beauty, $28. If you’re not a fan of wipes try their Bioderma Makeup Removing Micelle Solution, $25.
Step Two: Mist
Spritz your face with a mist to give it an hydration hit. Try Avène Thermal Water, 50ml, $9.17. Just make sure it’s under 100ml and complies with airline measurements. This one is particularly good for anyone with sensitive skin as it’s known for it’s soothing properties.
Step Three: Use a Lip Balm
Just like your skin, your lips will be drying out at a rapid pace too. Make sure you apply some lip balm, often. Try, Go-To’s (Pinky-Nudey) Lips!, $17 (AUS), which has a mix of a several nourishing oils like evening primrose, apricot kernel, jojoba, calendula, pomegranate seed and sweet almond oil.
Step Four: Apply a Facemask
Despite what you may think, these days it’s totally appropriate to do a sheet face mask onboard a flight. But if you’re still weary, and afraid you’ll scare your fellow passengers, then perhaps wait till they turn the lights down low. Look for a hydrating mask that will instantly replenish dehydrated skin. Try Mecca Cosmetica Lit From Within Sheet Mask Brightening Hydrogel Sheet Mask, $17, which uses white flower brightening complex and vitamin C to make your skin radiant. Simply rip open, slap on your skin and leave for 15 minutes (or longer!)…
Step Five: Sleep
We all know the secret to good skin is sleep, so make sure you get a bit of shut-eye while on board. To make this part easy I’d highly recommend the Slip Silk Sleep Mask, $65. I’ve never been a sleep mask fan but this one isn’t irritating and feels as though you don’t have anything on your face at all.
Step Six: Apply a Face Oil
Once you’ve had a snooze it’s time to re-hydrate your skin again. I find a face oil so much more hydrating than a moisturiser, but a heavy-duty moisturiser will work too. At the moment I’m loving Sunday Riley’s Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil, $143, for a lust-worthy glow. Formulated with a cocktail of cold-pressed, fast absorbing oils as well as antioxidants, essential amino acids and vitamin C, it should leave your skin looking radiant and plumped.
Step Seven: Repeat
Whenever your skin is feeling a little dry, repeat steps two, three and four.
Step Eight: Re-do Your Makeup
This is an optional. If you’re heading straight to the hotel – I think, why bother? But if you’ve got to get off the plane and meet people then sometimes you need a little makeup pick-me-up. Of course, your usual makeup regime will work. But if you want to make your skin look even more glowing add a little highlighter in all the right places. Try Hourglass Ambient Light in Ethereal Light, $72, for what they say is like an Instagram filter for your skin. Apply to the tops of your cheek bones, brow bones (right under your eyebrows), bridge of your nose, and just above your lips in the cupid’s bow area, ensuring the light hits all the right places.
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