We recently held a poll on Instagram to find out whether you would like to see an in-flight or post flight skincare routine. Considering that there’s a plethora of information about the former, we weren’t surprised to see that you wanted to know how to take care of your skin when you’ve safely landed! Since our Founder has travelled to 8 countries in 6 months, we figured that she’s the right one to dole out advice.
Travelling to different places is definitely one of the most exciting things about my job, but the toll it takes on my skin is certainly not glamorous. I always have a tiny kit of essentials to prep my skin mid-air, but the real work happens once I land. Ahead is my post-flight skincare routine and all the products I use to ensure that my skin stays balanced.
Step One: Double Cleanse
Although this technically qualifies as 2 steps, the aim is the same – getting all those airport germs off my face! The first cleanse is usually with a cleansing oil or balm. Currently, I’ve been enjoying a sample of Boscia’s Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel. Since my skin has been a little reactive lately, I’ve been using a cleansing milk as the second cleanse. Avène’s Gentle Milk Cleanser soothes my skin and gets rid of any residue – in just a few swipes. Although the instructions state that there’s no need to rinse it off, I always wash the product off so that there’s no barrier for the next few steps.
Step Two: Mask
What kind of beauty addict would I be if I didn’t carry a mask around? After a flight (particularly if it’s a long one), my skin tends to get congested. Biore’s Self Heating One Minute Masks are saviours at this point, as they work super fast on those pesky zits. Plus, since each packet is intended to be used only once, the entire process stays hygienic.
Step Three: Treat
Here comes my ride-or-die product – Biologique Recherche P50 Lotion. Packed with lactic acid, salicylic acid and niacinamide, a few drops of this baby keeps my skin sane. Not only does it significantly reduce the size of any pimples, but also gently exfoliates away the dry patches and dullness.
Step Four: Moisturise
This step is probably the most important one in my entire routine. Rather than opting for my usual Clinique moisturiser, I reach for a slightly heavier formula to counteract the drying effects of flying. Nivea’s Aqua Sensation feels delightfully cool on application and gives me a softer complexion overnight. I’ve even taken to massaging it on to my neck, décolletage and elbows.
Step Five: Protect
Considering that a large amount of my time is spent testing out lipsticks (hey, it's a part of the job!), my lips are always dry. Long haul flights exacerbate this issue and make my pout flaky and cracked. Lucas' Papaw Ointment is the only balm that has worked to remedy this problem.
Do you have a skincare routine you follow after a flight? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!