Flying isn’t exactly my favourite part of travelling. Being in economy class is far from fun and we all know that flying can leave your skin a little worse for wear, no matter where you sit on the plane. The recycled air, sleep deprivation, dehydration and changes in pressure all play a role, so here are a few handy tips to make the trip a little less taxing. Each and every one is practical and easy to do because unless you are in first class or a private jet where you can do as you please and look like a weirdo no-one wants to be caught dead sitting next to a stranger doing a full-face mask, or worse yet a sheet mask.  

Preparation is key. If you’re flying economy or anything that doesn’t have a flatbed I highly recommend you invest in a good neck travel pillow. I like the Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Pillow, for its great support and compact roll down. Secondly, ensure all products you intend to take onto the plane are travel sized and less than 100ml – that includes gels, lotions and all. I always prepack these items into a clear zip lock bag to save needing to go hunting for them when I go through security. I usually pack into my carry on my travel pillow, eye mask, hair brush, face wipes, moisturising products, lip balm, hand cream, tooth brush, tooth paste, deodorant and any makeup I want to apply for when I arrive at my destination.

Get yourself settled and enjoy the climb to altitude. Once the seatbelt sign is turned off hit the bathroom and remove all of your makeup with a cleansing towelette, I like the Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes. Some airlines will also bring around steaming hot towels, which can also be used as a secondary touch. Now that the skin is cleansed time to start moisturising. I layer Darphin Hydraskin Intensive Moisturising Serum and then the Mecca Cosmetica Hydrating Moisturiser. For my lips, I use Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm. Throughout the flight, I mist myself with Model Co Replenishing Facial Rose Mist for a little top up of hydration. Depending on your own skin repeat when you feel necessary, I usually re-moisturise my face every 3-4 hours. Don’t forget to give the rest of your body some love, apply a body lotion to your hands, arms and legs every 3-4 hours too.

Hydration is key. Either take a large water bottle (bought in the airport after security checks) on your flight or make friends with the air hostesses to keep the water top ups coming your way. You should be drinking about a litre of water for every four hours you are flying. I avoid the temptations of alcohol and caffeine too, as they will just dehydrate you. Book yourself an aisle seat and use your extra visits to the bathroom as a good time to stretch your legs and keep the blood flowing – deep vein thrombosis doesn’t look fun!

Personally, I have great difficulty getting a good sleep while in the air. Once I have exhausted a movie or two and the cabin lights go down I do like to attempt to close my eyes and have a little nap. Depending on how my skin is feeling before I shut my eyes I like to layer on some more moisturiser and pop on my sleeping sidekick, my Slip Silk Eye Mask. If your plane is a little rowdy try plugging into a soft chill out Spotify playlist on low volume to help drown it all away.

As the plane begins to descend, freshen up with some light makeup. Start with a cleansing towelette, apply a tinted moisturiser – I love the Nars Velvet Matt Skin Tint and finish with a light dusting of powder. For eyes, I like to keep it really simple with a dash of mascara and my Nivea lip balm on my lips. Once you get out of the airport pop on a large pair of sunglasses and you are good to go, looking relatively fresh and put together.