In Flight Essentials

Recently I jetted off to Shanghai to perform some concerts that were be broadcast on Chinese radio and television. I think we can all agree that long distance flights are an experience that nobody enjoys: leg and back cramps, airplane food, exhaustion and of course, air conditioning that dries out our skin. Even if I didn’t have to be made up and ready to go the day I land, I’d still want to make sure my skin doesn’t get too dehydrated. By no means am I a skincare expert, but over the years I’ve picked up some tips and tricks that have really helped my skin.

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The first thing I do when I get to my seat is take off all my makeup – there’s nothing worse than the feeling of day old foundation on your skin and for this, I like to use a micellar water infused cleansing wipe. Next, I bring out the oh so sexy sheet mask and leave that on for around half an hour. Note: people will likely give you odd looks but who cares when you step off the plane with glowing skin? On shorter flights (less than 8 hours) I’ll use something slightly less conspicuous such as the Origins Drink Up Intensive mask or the Lancome Hydra Intense mask. After I remove the mask, I pat the excess product away and apply a night moisturiser.

My lips are constantly dry due to my love affair with matte lipsticks and liquid lipsticks. I used to be a die hard fan of the Lucas Paw Paw ointment but a makeup artist told me that products that are vaseline based don’t actually help heal the lips and will in fact dry them out even more over time because the slippery feeling isn’t really the product sinking in. Since then, I’ve tried lip balms from various brands and some of my favourites have included the Dior Creme de Rose (absolutely divine, except for the price), Nuxe Reve de Miel and my current Philosophy Kiss Me Goodnight. These all leave my lips feeling soothed and hydrated, even after 8 hours of sleep, so I apply religiously throughout the flight.

Finally, I use a night eye cream  – this one by Kiehls is great – and gently tap it in to the skin around my eyes before trying to get some shut eye. And of course, I’ll always drink plenty of water.

What are your long haul flight survival tips?