In-flight Beauty Essentials




By the time you read this, I will be packing up a storm and getting ready to fly out to Korea in a few days. From London to Seoul, that is a whole 11 hours to spend on a plane, which if you're a skincare junky like me, means you have 11 hours to pamper yourself and make sure the dry cabin air doesn't get the best out of your skin. 

As a matter of fact, dry skin tends to get even drier in the air, whereas oily skin will produce even more oil to compensate for the lack of moisture around. I have dry skin so keeping it hydrated throughout the flight is my number one priority. Of course, it all starts with me bringing a large bottle of water to drink throughout the flight, but that's no fun so instead, let's take a peek inside my beauty bag, shall we? I might not use everything in there, every time I fly, but it's good to come prepared, right?


THE SKINCARE


OLE HENRIKSEN CLEAN TRUTH CLEANSING CLOTH

I rarely use wipes these days, but when I do, I reach for these by Ole Henriksen. Enriched with vitamin C and jojoba seed oil, these thick and textured brightening clothes are perfect to take off any dirt or makeup residue when in a pinch. I don't tend to wear makeup on long haul flights, but I still like to use these before using anything else on my face to make sure I start off with a clean base.


CosRX ACNE PIMPLE MASTER PATCHES

I swear by these pimple patches - both on land and in the air. Not only do they draw all the "gunk" out of any blemishes you might have, they also create a physical barrier, preventing you from picking at your skin, no matter how bored you get on that flight. They're also great to use after you land shall a spot decides to pop up out of nowhere and try to ruin your holiday. 


DR JART+ WATER JET SOOTHING HYDRA SOLUTION SHEET MASK 
£3.00 per sheet / $6.00 

I'll be honest here, I rarely have the guts to put a sheet mask on a plane. I don't often fly business or first class (and by not often, I mean never,) so the idea to crack out a sheet mask so close to a complete stranger is not exactly the most appealing but I still like to make sure I have one with me, just in case. This Dr Jart+ Water Jet Soothing Hydra Solution one is my all-time favourite for days when my skin feels tight, dry and lackluster. 


NUXE CRÈME FRAÎCHE DE BEAUTÉ HYDRATING MASK

Since I often get too self-conscious to do a sheet mask on the plane, I also like to carry with me a sleeping mask. This Nuxe Crème Fraîche de Beauté hydrating mask isn't technically meant to be left on for an extended period of time, but I always do and have never had an issue with it. Once again, I really like the idea of the thick, clear mask creating a little bit of a barrier against the dry cabin air and my skin. You also only need the smallest amount, which means you can easily decant it into a small jar and save some space in your carry-on. Win!


DR JART+ DERMACLEAR MICRO WATER
£34.00 for 250ml / $32.00 for 250ml 

I always travel with some sort of cleansing water. It's great to remove any dirt or makeup, wash off a face mask or just refresh your skin right before landing. I recently picked this one up from Sephora in one of their Beauty-to-Go sets and thought it was the perfect size to pop into my little zipped lock  bag. 


LUCAS PAPAW OINTMENT

Ointments are a real beauty must-have, whether you're on a plane or not. I use mine on my lips,  my cuticles or any other dry patches of skin. I'm using the Lucas Papaw Ointment at the moment, but I also love the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream.


KIEHL'S CACTUS FLOWER & TIBETAN GINSENG HYDRATING MIST

You're probably tired of hearing me bang on about this face mist any chance I get, but the truth is, I haven't found anything better yet. Of course, there's only so much a mist can do, but I still love the whole ritual of giving my face a few spritz every now and then. The scent isn't too strong either, so it's perfect to use in confined spaces, like on a plane.


THE ORDINARY COLD-PRESSED ROSEHIP OIL

Rosehip oil is a great natural source of vitamin E and is an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant that soothes and moisturises even the driest and most sensitive skin - long story short, it is a real staple in my skincare routine and makes for a great source of hydration when flying. Depending on how my skin feels after spending a few hours on the plane, I either like to layer it underneath my usual moisturiser or just mix a few drops in that same moisturiser.


EMBRYOLISSE LAIT CRÈME CONCENTRÉ

Last but not least, I always bring with me a moisturizer. This one by Embryolisse is one of my favourites to use, whether I'm flying or not. It's incredibly rich but very quick to absorb into the skin and makes for a great base if you're going to apply makeup over the top. And don't worry about the half empty tube, there's a full size coming with me in my checked-in luggage too.


You might have noticed that I'm not taking any of my beloved hyaluronic acid serums with me. Why? Hyaluronic acid is great to draw moisture into the skin and a real staple in my usual skincare routine but it is not so great to use in drier environments, like a plane for example. Instead of drawing the moisture in, it can actually do the exact opposite, so try and keep this in mind if you're traveling soon.




THE LITTLE EXTRAS


PHILOSOPHY 'AMAZING GRACE' ROLLERBALL
£34.00 for 60ml / $20.00 

After spending such a long time in a stuffy airplane, it's always nice like to freshen up and put a little bit of perfume on. I'm personally a huge fan of Philosophy's Amazing Grace and its fresh, soft scent and wear it all year around. 


YVES SAINT LAURENT TOUCHE ÉCLAT
£25.50 / $42.00

Unless I have a busy day of exploring ahead, I don't tend to put much makeup on before landing. Now, I am pretty comfortable with my bare face, but I am - and always have been - a little bit self-concious about my dark circles so I like to use the YSL Touche Éclat to bring some light back to the area. 


SOAP & GLORY ARCHERY BROW PENCIL

Remember when I hacked away at one of my eyebrows with a pair of tweezers, a few summers ago? Well, LiBrow did help most of the hair grow back but it's still a little bit sparse so I still like to fill my brows in if I can - although this might change when I finally get my hands on Glossier's infamous Boy Brow.


AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES DEEP RELAX BALM

I'm not a nervous flyer by any means, but I do sometime struggle to fall asleep, which isn't ideal when time differences mean you can lose hours of sleep. This Aromatherapy Associates balm is, hands down, the most luxurious "sleeping-aid" I own and my favourite one of the bunch for sure. 


Not pictured : Hand sanitizer, Caudalie hand cream and my trusty Lilash, which decided to play hide and seek while I took these pictures. 


What are your in-flight beauty essentials?

- Elodie x
  1. Fab piece and I love how you have included the prices on each one! Always makes it handy :) there is defo a few goodies on here that I shall be getting this pay day! I think I shall have to get my hands on the amazing grave rollerball! That will be perfect for my handbag.

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    1. You should! Although it's a bit hard to get hold off in Europe. x

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  2. Sadly I don't travel often on an airplane, and when I do it's usually a 2-3h flight so I never felt the need to bring a skincare bag with me. Hand cream and a lip balm are a must though. But I did want to recommend a skincare favourite of mine - Caudalie's moisturising mask. It is white so applying it on a plane is not the best option (Hello Casper the friendly ghost). I leave it on for hours and when I take it off it makes my skin incredibly soft and applying makeup afterwards is a dream. If you get round to it try it. Enjoy your stay in Seoul ��

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    1. Caudalie is definitely one of my favourite skincare brands and this sounds right up my street! I will definitely give this a go when I'm back in France - that is if I'm not drowning under a ton of Korean skincare already! Ha!

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  3. Gosh last time i was on the plane and I put on a face mask, someone told me to take it off as they didn't like the smell! So i hasn't traveled by plane since. But I can't see any reason why looking after their skin is problem, Anyway that is off-topic and you have lots of lovely selection. Enjoy your trip. xx

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    1. Thanks - I will! I always make sure not to pack anything too scented just to stay on the safe side but a face mask couldn't have been that bad! Sorry you experienced that! x

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  4. We're flying long haul in a couple of weeks so will definitely try out a few of these to help my skin along on the flight.

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    1. You should! I just got off my flight and my skin is looking better than when I left so it works! x

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  5. The Kiel's face most sounds perfect for holidays! Have an amazing trip!

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    1. Thanks - I will! And it really is the most refreshing and moisturizing mist I've tried in a long, long time! x

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  6. I love soap and glory and that brow pencil is fab isn't it? One of my favorites. These all look great!

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    1. It's so, so good! I haven't used any other brow product in years now! x

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  7. I have to admit I tend to change the type of products for travel depending on the climate. So it was good to learn about other products that are beneficial in a drier climate such as an airplane.

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    1. So do I, but my inflight skincare is always pretty much the same. Although I can't wait to give the LaNeige Water Sleeping Mask a go now I'm in Korea!

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  8. I wouldn't know where to start with in flight items, so this sounds like a really good round up to me. I would need something to try and hydrate my skin I think.

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    1. Thanks! I have to say I always overpack slightly but I think it's good to have options!

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  9. I never thought about a skin routing while I fly, but that's mostly because I am afraid of flying so I prefer to take a sleeping pill and wake up at destination, after 12 hours or so. Some of your products sound really interesting though and I'd love to try them.

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    1. Haha! So many of my friends are the same so I know what you mean! x

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  10. My skin always looks dreadful after a flight so a good moisturiser is a must for me.

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    1. You should try using an oil with a high oleic acid content too - it really works wonders on dull, dry skin! x

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  11. What a great sounding selection of items my skin gets so dry on airplanes. I have to use a lip balm too as my lips get so sore from the air conditioning

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    1. Definitely! Although my lips are in such a state after today's flight. I should have put more of that Lucas Papaw Ointment on! x

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  12. This is a very interesting post! I'm about to take a 10 hour long flight soon, so I'll have to invest in some products!

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    1. Oh, where are you going? I'm glad this post could help! x

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  13. Some great tips here as i travel a lot and like to look after my skin

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    1. Sounds like we're the exact same when it comes to travel skincare then! x

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  14. Some amazing tips here - I love to travel but often forget about myself as I'm too busy focusing on the kids!! haha!

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    1. Life of a super busy mum, am I right? 😉x

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  15. Oooh so many fab products. I love the sound of the deep relax balm. Kaz

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    1. It's such a life saver if you have trouble falling asleep! It smells exactly like their deep relax oil but you don't need a bathtub to use it... Obviously! x

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  16. So many great suggestions here. The Kiehls hydrating mist is deffo the one for me :)x

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    1. It is! To be honest, I recommend it to pretty much EVERYONE! 🙈x

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  17. The pimple master patches sound ideal especially as my skin keeps breaking out. Do you know if it is cruelty free? X

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    1. Good question! I know CosRX as a brand isn't since they also have a snail mucin range, but the patches might be! x

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  18. My OH would love this! We fly to Turkey every year, and she hates being on the plane because the stress it causes her, and then gets more stressed that she can't use any of her beauty products (not that she needs them)

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    1. Oh no! Poor her! It sounds like the worst way to start a holiday so maybe she needs a deep relax balm in her carry-on beauty bag. x

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  19. Admittedly I have never given a thought to inflight products, I didnt even know it was a thing, but you make some good points given the products you use.

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    1. I just got off a flight from London to Seoul and honestly, so many girls were walking around with sheet masks on - it's definitely a thing! x

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  20. Had no idea about the reverse effects of hyaluronic acid! Great to know, as it is normally my go to. Hoping you have a great trip!

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    1. I'm glad I could be of any help! The science behind skincare is so interesting, isn't it? x

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  21. Ahh I'm so jealous that you're jetting off! This year I have flown to Bangkok twice already - and that's a whole lot of time on a plane too. The air con always dries my skin out and leaves it feeling dull so I always take a moisturiser with me... but after reading this I'll be taking a whole lot more now!

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    1. I'm so jealous you went to Bangkok twice in this year alone! x

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  22. My in-flight beauty routine is bursting at the seams, but I'm excited by some of the things in yours that are not in mine! Ooooh! xxx

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    1. Oh, what's yours like? I'm intrigued - tell me more! x

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  23. Great tips. I am traveling to Italy in a couple of weeks and this is exactly what I needed now.

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    1. Oh, exciting! Where about in Italy are you going? x

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  24. This is a great post and great products. I like the idea of having perfume and the balm to help with sleep. Would never use a mask on the plane, but I hear it's popular now. Thanks for the tip about the acid, as I wouldn't have known.

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    1. I'm still not really brave enough for a sheet mask, but most sleeping masks are clear so you should definitely give those a go! x

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  25. We love anything with Rosehip oil in. We even tried to make our own one year. Some great products here especially to promote sleep x

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    1. Thanks! Rosehip oil is just so good for dry, sensitive skin, isn't it? x

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  26. Love these! The YSL Touche Elcat is one of my essentials too - makes me look a lot more awake than I probably am after a flight! x

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  27. This is such a good post! I love Nuxe stuff but I've not tried that mask so will add it to this list. I also love Rosehip oil! x

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  28. You've picked out some fantastic products here. I love them all :)

    Louise x

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