Between the dry cabin air, sodium-rich food and questionable hygiene standards, we can all agree that air travel is rough on our skin, our bodies and any attempt at looking or feeling halfway decent.
But with hours to do little else except watch movies and try, in vain, to sleep, flights can be the perfect time to indulge in some spa-style pampering. All of the products you see on these pages are TSA-approved (that’s 100 ml/3.4 ounces or less for liquids, in case you’ve forgotten) and so convenient that you can use them without even leaving your seat.
If you follow any celebrities or supermodels on social media, you’ve probably read about or even seen selfies of them applying a sheet mask right after take-off. 111Skin’s version is a great option when flying, thanks to its gel-like structure and super-fine fibres that help lock moisture into the skin. It’s designed for use before a big event or after a holiday, so be sure to bring one for the departing flight and one for the trip home.
If you’re worried about scaring fellow passengers with a full face mask, you can always opt for Laneige’s new Cica Sleeping Mask. The yeast-enriched formula can help skin withstand external irritation, something that’s practically guaranteed with plane travel.
Finally, when it comes to freshening up mid-flight or before landing, be sure to pack some moisturiser, fragrance, lip balm and hand cream. After all, just because you stepped off a 16-hour flight doesn’t mean you have to look like you did.
Tested in extreme conditions not unlikea commercial airline flight, the Anti Blemish Bio Cellulose Facial Mask soothes, purifies and rebalances the skin.
With its alcohol-freesafflower-seed-oil base and convenient roller-ball applicator, Le Labo’s liquid balms are our choice forfragrance on the go.
Rich enough to withstand arid cabin conditions and infused with botanical extracts, the Moisture Cream is a pleasant treat mid-flight or at your final destination.
Rose of No Man’s Land Hand Cream combines much-needed hydration and a unique rose and pink pepper scent. And it’s only 30 ml.
Who doesn’t want to smell and feel minty fresh after a long flight? The new Sugar Mint Rush Freshening Lip Treatment releases a cooling sensation when lips are pressed together.
The Stimulskin Plus Multi-Corrective Divine Eye Cream comes with two massage tools so you can enjoy your very own facial at 35,000 feet.
The Selfie Shield dry oil primer will ensure you’re, well, selfie-ready while providing SPF 38 protection from any UV rays streaming through the window.
Weary travellers are in for a treat with this set of four hair- and bodycare staples in refreshing botanical scents. Also available are Departure and Jet Set kits.
The K-Beauty brand has added to its popular overnight- treatment line with Cica Sleeping Mask, featuring a forest- derived yeast that’s proven to restore and strengthen the skin barrier.