I flew approximately 120k miles last year and while that’s far from the type of mileage road warriors chalk up, it’s enough to get me really acquainted with my skincare needs to tide me through a long haul flight.
Here are my pet peeves with flying and dry cabin air:
- Flaking skin
- Dry hands
- Chapped lips
- Sore feet
I almost never wear foundation on the plane especially not on overnight flights. I make sure I board the plane with freshly cleansed skin, toner, followed by a layering of face oil and moisturizer on top.
Here’s what I’ve used on my last long haul flight:
Cleanse (1. Pai Camellia and Rose Cleanser) -> Toner (2. Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist)-> Face Oil (3. Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil) -> Moisturizer (4. Tammy Fender Antioxidant Creme) -> Physical Sunscreen (5. Burnout SPF 30+ Kids Physical Sunscreen)
I skip the physical sunscreen if it is a night flight. I also mist periodically with the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist when no one’s looking at the risk of looking like a diva (!)
In two words, Moo Goo. I slather my hands and feet in Moo Goo moisturizer, strangely named “6. Skin Milk Udder Cream“. I swear it’s not what you think it is. It’s creamy, and provides long lasting moisture. The unfortunate thing is that it doesn’t come in a travel sized container and I’m too lazy to transfer it to a smaller container so I end up slathering it before the flight and relying on any good old hand cream I can find. More on this brand soon. The brand has slowly won me over with its natural ingredients as well as the fact that it just plain works!
For chapped lips, I’ve found that good old lip balm is insufficient. What I do before every flight is to make sure I exfoliate my lips well before applying lip care products. No sense in applying lip balm to flaky lips. I’ve recently discovered 7. Yuli Cellular Lip Conditioner. It’s a clear botanical serum housed in a pinky sized roller ball. I apply this over my lips and let it absorb for minutes before applying my lip balm on top of it. I’ve tried it on its own and I’ve found that while the lip conditioner moisturizes my lips, the lip balm is essential in forming a layer of protection between my lips and the absurdly dry cabin air. I’m currently using 8. Stewart and Claire lipbalm in Mint that I picked up at Follain.
This might be unique to me alone, but hours of pounding the pavement while travelling always leaves me with aching soles. If I’m flying on an Asian airline, they almost always hand out slippers to wear on the plane. Otherwise, I have to pad about in my socks and nothing is scarier to me than using the bathroom with just the socks to protect my bare feet. When I’m flying, I always bring with me a pair of clean fluffy socks to change into.
Although I still don’t love flying, I’ve found that the above items make flying a more pleasant experience and I’ve been able to get off a 6 hour flight from the East Coast to the West Coast and head straight to work without scaring small children and animals with my bedraggled self.
Happy travels everyone!