Getting to travel for work is fabulous, but after a long flight I don’t always look or feel fabulous. Sometimes I hop off the plane only to realize my energy is still strapped in to seat 2A. Long flights can zap the hydration from your skin quicker than you can snag a flight attendant and order a glass of Pellegrino. Not to mention the lack of leg room and the added stress of traveling with kiddos.
However, since my schedule demands travel, I have learned how to make flying as painless as possible. Check out my list of go-to reinforcements to keep skin from drying out while flying.
I keep Vichy Pureté Thermale Mineral Water on hand in case I feel the need to wash my face before or after the plane ride. I also throw a pack of Simple Exfoliating Facial Wipes in my carry on. Not only are they gentle on your skin, but they exfoliate at the same time.
I have a minor (okay major) obsession with oils, and one of my favorites is the Chill Pill Essential Oil Blend. It rolls on skin so your fingers don’t get sticky, and it helps me de-stress when security lines haven’t gone as smoothly as I would have liked. I like to dab it on my temples and wrists.
Another oil obsession of mine is the all’Olio di Argan Pure Oil. I picked this up in Florence, and I cannot get enough. I put it on my face and neck to combat the aging affects of air travel. I alternate between this and Glossier Super Bounce Serum, which I apply to my face to visibly plump up my skin without any stickiness.
I’ll also pack Vichy Liftactiv Supreme Day Cream and the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Cream depending on my departure time. Both products are paraben free, and help to replenish and restore firmness to skin after encountering stale airplane air.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Awakening Eye Balm is another essential, especially when I’m headed straight to a shoot. Nobody wants to be photographed looking like a zombie, and this helps to hydrate my eyes so I don’t look like I belong in MJ’s Thriller music video.
Finally, I’ve always got a tube of Aquaphor Lip Repair to combat airplane dryness and protect my lips. It’s another paraben free product, and I can use it on London too.
And who would I be if I didn’t throw all of my product goodies into a fun, graphic pouch? This one says, “Brooklyn, I Love You.” Cheeky. And true.
I hope my essentials list helps you decide which products to snag pre-flight so you can arrive at your destination looking and feeling even better than you did at the gate!