Head in the clouds

For beauty junkies the world over the prospect of flying somewhere exotic can often fill them with dread. And that’s not just because of the germ-ridden, recycled air they are faced with once on board. With inflight liquid restrictions of 100ml, it’s a testing time for any beauty regime, particularly when flying long-haul. With some careful thought, however, the long-hours confined in a plane can be put to good use, so you can disembark looking fresh and well-rested. I’ve hunted down some of the best hard-working products to use when flying – and which are all under 100ml. While I am not suggesting you take all of these, a few suited to your needs should see you sitting pretty while flying through the clouds.

Cleanse and tone

Aircraft cabins have an extremely dehydrating effect on the skin. So the first thing to do, once settled on board, is to cleanse the face to get rid of any toxins and make-up and allow the skin to breathe. It’s a good idea to have another face-wash just before landing, so you feel fresh for arrivals.

Facial wipes are one of the most practical and versatile methods. Recently launched Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes are biodegradable and contain aloe vera and green tea to gently exfoliate, detoxify and rejuvenate all in one go.

If you prefer a deeper cleanse, then Caudalie’s Cleansing Water is extremely refreshing.  Its non-irritating formula is safe for the most sensitive skins.

Dr Nick Lowe’s Hydrating Foaming Cleanser is one of four 20ml products you’ll find in the Dr Nick Lowe Anti-Age Starter Kit. All can be used on board (Day Cream, Night Cream and Dermabrasion Peel) and they come in a chic, shiny white vanity case, but the cleanser is one of the most gentle around and is fantastic to re-energise you before landing.

Beyond Organic Skincare’s Uplifting Toner is suitable for dry and irritated complexions. It is anti-bacterial and antiseptic – so perfect to combat any inflight nasties – and can be used as a freshener throughout the journey.

Talking of which, a hydrating spritz is a great way to combat the drying effects of air travel and perks you up just before landing (not to mention a great cooler if you are heading to a beach). Living Nature’s Hydrating Mist  is packed with plant extracts sourced from New Zealand and the refreshing spray soothes and calms weary skin, keeping it supple.

Caudalie’s Grape Water, meanwhile, is not only affordable but contains 100% organic grape to refresh and drench the skin with moisture.


Hydrating skin during a flight is key – there’s the air-conditioned atmosphere, humidity and recycled air to counteract. Apply often and more than you would on the ground.

Soap & Glory’s Feel Good Factor feels light to the touch and contains the antioxidant vitamins C & E. It leaves the face feeling silky smooth and also has a SPF25 so you don’t  have to pack a second moisturiser with sunscreen for your trip.

Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief  is like a drink for your skin. The cream/gel plumps up cells and gets rid of flaky patches and tightness. It can even be used over make-up for those who don’t want to go ‘bare’.

Queen Skin Cream comes in a handy tiny 10g pot and is a great multi-tasker. Originally launched in 1927, it was named ‘skin food’ and used for all types of complaints. Slather it on as a moisturiser, or use as a lip balm, on patches of eczema and even as a nappy cream.


To avoid arriving at your destination looking haggard and weary, invest in a good eye product and keep the bags at bay.

Vichy’s Antiox Anti-Fatigue Ice Effect Stick  has a cooling effect to help decongest the eye contour area. It is paraben and fragrance free and uses the trademark Vichy Thermal Spa Water to instantly refresh.

Naked Skin Soothing Eye Gel has cucumber and camomile to help reduce puffiness and dark circles.

If you are on a long-haul flight and sleep with an eye-mask, slip under two Payot’s Design Lift Patch Yeux. The eye patches get hard at work while you snooze, restoring elasticity and reducing dark circles.


Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is a great multi-tasker and intensive moisturiser. It’s perfect for lips, elbows and anywhere that needs a boost of intense help and relieves chapped and cracked areas.

Carmex Lip Pot is a classic with its healing and protecting qualities. I particularly like the cute cherry pot.

For those who want to indulge, you can’t beat Creme de La Mer The Lip Balm. It is a luxurious cocktail of ingredients that heal dry lips and keeps them super smooth.


Make sure you keep hands hydrated, too. Aveeno’s Hand Cream contains finely-milled oatmeal and absorbs quickly. It acts like a glove for the hands by keeping them moisturised for 24 hours, even through hand washing.


While you won’t be slathering on body-creams while en route to your destinations, it could be hand to have a little aide to combat any dry or itchy spots. A great solution is to buy a travel pack of products that can be used inflight and at your destination.

Bliss’s Lemon and Sage Body Butter is a 30ml tube, from Bliss Sinkside six-pack of travel products. It is super intensive and great for dry skin on legs, feet and elbows.

While Dirty Work’s Get Set Go! Mini Luxuries contains body wash, body scrub and body lotion, each 100ml.

Mrs White’s Legs in the Air is a concentrated solution of natural ingredients – such as peppermint oil, lavender, cocoa butter – to target legs and feet while travelling. It is said to air circulation, act against muscle ache and keep feet fresh and odour free.

Cult product, new to the UK from Australia is Black Chicken Remedies Love Your Body Oil. It is made with 12 therapeutic oils and is suitable for both men and women. Its many uses include helping ease away cellulite and stretch marks, encouraging lymphatic drainage and leaving the body with a soft sheen. Its uplifting and wholesome aroma, from the 12 therapeutic oils it contains, is a wonderful pep-you-up while travelling.

For a genius way to smell fragrant while in the air, 4711 Cool Stick has a fresh and light scent and can be rolled on the pulse points so you smell sweet all the way to the arrivals hall.

Rescue remedies

Finally packing a little ‘mother’s helper’ while travelling may help to make your journey stress-freel.  Aromatherapy Associates Support Breathe Essence is one such aide. Dap a few drops to a tissue and inhale deeply. The anti-bacterial essential oils minimise the effect of airborne bugs and help keep a clear head.

Living Nature Manuka Honey Rescue Gel  contains antimicrobial Manuka oil which treats all sorts of mishaps such as bites, cuts, rashes and flare-ups.

Maintain those looks, girls. Eepecially when flying!

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