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In-Flight Skin Care

In-Flight Skin Care
March 18, 2014 5 minute read

Week one of my four-week euro trip has just come to an end, but the traveling and flights have only just begun. Planes. Are. The. Worst. They have the most horrendous environment for your skin – moisture sucking, chemical laden, and impossibly stale air. Add to that the hundreds of germs floating around and you’re just asking for trouble. I have a tried and true system for keeping my face fresh on long hauls, so I’ve decided to share my tricks for saving my face from the woes that await it. All products within the TSA approved liquid limits, of course.

My Routine

1) I always board a flight with a makeup free face. Airports are the perfect place to go au natural, everyone looks terrible when they fly so no one will pay any attention to your naked visage. If you need a little security blanket layer of concealer just bring makeup removing/cleansing wipes that you don’t need to rinse off – once you’re in your seat you can take a couple swipes and start with a clean face. The Ponds wipes I discuss here are perfect for in flight cleansing.

2) After my rinse-free cleanse I apply the best kept secret cult favourite, P50 Lotion, $57. I transfer a generous amount to a cotton pad and onto my forehead, nose, chin and cheeks it goes. This tingling toner has been around for ages and is a legend amongst beauty addicts. It’s an incredibly effective skin balancing exfoliator. But it smells funny, really funny (I have grown used to it – my husband not so much though). So I use it once every couple of days to maintain its effects, and I use it frequently around busy travel periods. I get sent some daggers from neighbors when I open my travel-sized bottle and the smell wafts out. Hey, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Its active ingredients include onion extract (weeeiirrddd, I know), lactic acid, salicylic acid, burdock extract, plankton and phenol. Now, phenol isn’t exactly a coveted ingredient by naturalists – but it has antibacterial properties and oh my goodness my skin is noticeably different (amazing different) when I use the phenol version of Biologique Rechere’s P50 Lotion. Get this people, get it. It’s tough to find but I order it online to NYC from Toska Spa or directly from Paris when I travel.

3) Next I spray a mineral water onto my face. I always pack a travel size Avene Thermal Spring Water, $9 in my carry-on bag. Sometimes I’ll do a mineral water and a hydrating toner, like Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir, $18, it depends on the day. Caudalie is one of my favourite brands, and this product is no exception with its ability to “smooth away fine lines, tighten pores and give the complexion an instant boost of radiance.”

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4) Then I apply a serum. I like to use Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, $79. This serum will correct existing dark spots and prevent the appearance of new ones (just be sure to always use a daily sunscreen!) by being 62x more effective than vitamin C and 4x more effective than kojic acid. I love this silky serum for its anti-oxidant and anti-ageing stimulating collagen and elastin producing ingredients.

5) Apply a hydrating face lotion. For me this is always CeraVe’s PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion, $12 (check out my post on moisturizing for more details on this amazing product).

6) After a good lotion, I like to apply an eye cream. When I apply an eye cream, I avoid putting the facial lotion on my eye area (so the intensive ingredients can be properly absorbed). My favourite and ridiculously expensive eye cream is in La Prairie’s Anti-Aging Eye and Lip Perfection a Porter, $150. I don’t know what I would do without it. To start, it comes in the chicest little white pouch that makes this baby easy to throw in your purse and transport around. It immediately adds a luminous shine to your eyes, already minimizing any darkness by reflecting light. This reduces the appearance of any fine lines or wrinkles, and more than that the bidens pilosa (vegetal extract) ingredient provides retinol-like benefits which will help to restore firmness and elasticity over time. It also has hydrators, like my fave hyaluronic acid, anti-oxidants, vitamins C and E! It was love at first sight. If, however, you’re looking for a less bank draining option, I’m really loving CeraVe’s new Eye Repair Cream, $14. It’s brand spanking new (which is why I can’t find a link to it on their website yet) and it has all of the amazing ingredients that I love their whole line for. It claims to reduce dark circles (I think they mean by moisturizing the skin through the use of hyaluronic acid), and it definitely softens the appearance of fine lines. It also has a wonderfully unique complex of botanical and marine extracts.

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Special note for all those flight attendants out there:
Your job is tough, because you can’t exactly go completely makeup free. So I suggest using natural cream makeup that won’t aggravate or dry out your skin. RMS is a great, all natural, organic line for this. Start with a fresh face. Use an oil removing blotting paper before you apply your makeup. Then just dab a little “Un” Cover-Up to under eye circles and redness, a little Lip2Cheek colour on your cheeks and lips, and a little Living Luminizer for some glow. This makeup won’t clog your pores and is ultra hydrating – since this isn’t a makeup post I’ll give this brand some more love later on. Available online or at New London Pharmacy in NYC. Then you can follow with periodically blotting excess oil off your face when it gets dehydrated, followed by spritzing often with a good mineral water or hydrating mist.

If you abide by a proper facial cleansing routine, drink at least 2 L of water per 6 hour flight, and moisturize your body and hands regularly you will definitely emerge from your plane with the dewy glow and flawless skin you boarded with. 


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