Our trip to Scotland is less than two weeks away! Insert super happy dance here along with the realization of how much I have to do to get the blog ready for me to be gone for nearly a month (I always like to build in a buffer). I’m scheming how many coats and cute boots I can fit in my suitcase, but I’m also thinking about the ten hour flight from LAX to London and then the shorter flight to follow. As if the drying effects of airplane air weren’t harsh enough on your body and skin, somehow we all forget to drink enough water, so here are all my tips on drinking enough water on planes to the best clear face mask, and a COMPLETE ROUTINE if you want the ultimate in hydrated skin so you don’t look or feel deathly upon arrival!
How to Stay Hydrated While Flying
One of the most common complaints about flying, on 1-hour flights and flights around the world is that you don’t always feel right during the flight and even after arrival. Upset and irregular tummy situations aren’t uncommon after flying and there are 2 reasons for this! The first, you sit A LOT when you’re traveling. As much as you can, move around. This means walking around in the airports and stretching your legs to go back to the bathroom more often than normal. And don’t be afraid to do some easy stretches while you’re standing too! I’m always shocked at how easily people just park themselves for hours on end!
Second, you HAVE TO DRINK WATER. The problem is, flying these days isn’t conducive to hydration – no liquids and water cups and water bottles on the plane big enough for ants. Or at least that’s what it feels like to me! First, I always bring my reusable water bottle on trips (take it through security empty and fill it up in the terminal). You can always just spend a couple dollars and get the GIGANTIC water bottle in the airport too. Once you are on the plane, don’t be afraid to ask for water upon water upon water to refill your reusable or airport-bought bottle. Beyond that, you still have to do a some work. Each long-haul flight is a little different. I’ve been on some where they set up a little stations of drinks and snacks once they’ve dimmed the lights. You can fill up here! Last year, the KLM flight had a water fountain-esque option near my seat. The water wasn’t super delicious, but my need to stay hydrated was far more important. Now, if you’re finicky about your water and only like Fiji or Smartwater or whatever fancypants water it is that suits your taste, then you need to just stock up on a few gigantic bottles at the airport!
In Flight Beauty Routine
Because I’m still new to this fancy skin care world, I asked my skincare BFF, Sarah, a month or so ago if she had recommendations for moisturizing products for the long flight. She quickly did a happy dance, told me this is what she lived for, and grabbed her pen and paper to get me all the details – 6 products total! I’ve since tried the whole lineup. I don’t think you need all the products, but there are a few MUST-HAVES for long flights and just life in general because they work so wonderfully at moisturizing your skin.
Sarah’s suggested in flight beauty routine includes these products (applied in this order). Stars indicate her MUST-HAVES:
1.Daily Resurfacer Pad | These little guys are a funny, wonderful item. They come individually packed. You place the little pad over your finger and rub in circular motions all over your clean face and neck.
2. Skin Hydrating Masque | The clear face mask you need.
4. Skin Hydrating Booster | A “tall glass of water for your skin,” this booster is super hydrating.
5. Intensive Moisture Balance | A gentle moisturizer.
6. Barrier Repair** | Apply after your moisturizer by rubbing between fingers and patting into skin. This locks in the moisture.
If you’re thinking this all sounds like a lot of work, it actually isn’t as crazy as it sounds or looks! I did a trail run (the first of a few) a week or two ago to test it out and also to make sure that clear face mask was indeed clear (more below). It was a random decision one morning to do the whole routine, but it ended being the absolute best day to test it out because the dry winds started blowing in by lunchtime. My skin felt wonderfully hydrated after the routine, but then the wind started blowing on my walks. My lips and throat were feeling parched, but my skin continued to be radiant and feel wonderfully moist to the touch all day long!!
UPDATE: I tried Sarah’s entire regimen (minus the resurfacing pads) on our 10 hour flight to London last week. I wondered how the mask would feel on my face for longer than 20 minutes. I worried it would dry or cake, but actually, it was perfect. I left the mask on for a little over 3 hours, wiping my face clean beforehand with a face wipe and wiping the mask off with another one. About two hours before arrival, I applied the mist, booster with moisturizer, and barrier repair. My skin felt and looked so hydrated. I had a couple very small breakouts and one bigger spot that threatened to become an issue, but both issues quickly dissipated – never to return! The mask and moisturizing treatment will certainly be on my must-travel list from now on!
Best Clear Face Mask
So, a few weeks ago I started watching a few travel blogger videos on YouTube. All of them mentioned packing face masks for the plane ride because that’s the latest beauty trend (apparently). The thing that was shocking to me is that they were sheets masks, so other people would obviously be able to see you had them on. One blogger even mentioned that she’d look crazy to everyone, but she didn’t care. WELL, PARTY PEOPLE! I care. I’m not about to put a sheet mask on during a plane ride. No. Thank. YOU! Anyway, I love the idea of a moisture-intensive routine, but I needed a clear face mask. It’s all or nothing for me. So, when I got this skin hydrating masque, I had to try it in the safety of my own home before I took it on the plane! And you all. It smells light and lovely – hints of cucumber – and it is a CLEAR FACE MASK. You rub it on and it disappears (see photo #3)!
The next question. How long should you wear the face mask? Wear it at least 20 minutes, but Sarah said you could put it on just before you sleep on the plane and then wipe it off when you wake up before applying moisturizer.
What do you mean, wipe it off? Since airplane bathrooms are also made for ants and since the water in there isn’t potable, you’ll want to use face wipes to clean your face before and after the mask. Any face wipe you like will do. I’ve done the travel pack of Neutrogena wipes you can grab from Target and I’ve taken a few wipes from a bigger pack and stuck them in a baggie for the trip! Easy peasy!
My In Flight Beauty Routine
So, now that I’ve used these products a few times, I have some thoughts. One, if you want to do a masque, then the Skin Hydrating Masque is perfect. I’ll absolutely be doing it in-flight (both ways). While the tube is less than 3.4oz and can go on the plane with you, I’d recommend a little container to put the masque in on the plane. I love the sample containers I get from Nordstrom when I try out their makeup (see photo below), but you can also buy this 3-pack of mini sealed jars on Amazon – that’s probably a better bet!
Next, I LOVE the resurfacer pads for my at-home use, but I don’t think it’s essential for in flight beauty routines.
Finally, the antioxidant hydramist helps with redness and supposedly can be sprayed over makeup – I have yet to remember to test this out! If that’s true, however, – and I promise to find out soon – then that’s AMAZING!! The two things I absolutely can’t get over though are the skin hydrating booster (you can mix it in with your normal moisturizer) and the barrier repair. The first moisturizes the s#*t of our your skin and the second locks that moisture in.
Wham. Bam! Thank you, Ma’am!
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Thank you to dermalogica for these products. This review is not paid and all opinions are my own!