Sure, travelling to another country can be exciting, relaxing, and all that other fun stuff. What is NOT fun is the long, longggg flights where you’ll essentially be strapped down in an uncomfortable, hard seat as you slowly feel your precious skin deteriorating hour by longgg hour.
Very often, we even return home to breakouts, dry skin, and cracked lips. It’s as though the universe doesn’t want us to be happy!
Thankfully, these can all be avoided if you have armed yourself with travel skincare essentials. Yes, they may not always be the regular products that you use, but they are what you need – both in-flight, and post-flight – to guard yourselves against the dreaded post-flight irritated, dehydrated skin.
1. Remember to use a sunscreen
Just because you’re cooped up in an enclosed space doesn’t mean that you don’t need to protect yourself from harmful UV rays! In fact, the contrary is true: you’re exposed to even more UV rays when you’re on the plane, so all the more reason we need to protect ourselves from them!
Try: SOFINA Whitening Moisturising UV Cut Emulsion, which not only protects you from harmful UVA and UVB sunrays, but it also helps in preventing your skin from drying out because of its moisturising properties, fades out dark spots, and brightens the skin tone so you’ll be leaving the plane ride looking refreshed and a-glowin’.
Available in SOFINA counters at ISETAN Scotts.
2. Acne prone? Use a spot solution for fast healing!
For the acne-prone gals and guys out there – we’ve got you! Flight conditions, as we all know, is immensely bad for us as the high altitude majorly dehydrates our skin. What happens, then, is that your skin overcompensates, and produces more oil.
…Which is bad news if you’re prone to acne! What you want to do is to protect your pimples from these dehydrating conditions so that they can properly heal, of course.
Try: medicube Red Spot Solution Needle Patch, a small translucent, barely-noticeable film you can put over your pimples which infuses tea tree leaf for a faster recovery, and a host of other ingredients that calms, soothes, and moisturises the skin.
Available at Guardian stores island-wide, including Bedok Mall, Jurong Point, North Point, Parkway Parade, Serangoon NEX, Takashimaya S.C., North Point, and Vivo City, and retails for SGD13.
3. Apply a mask!
As mentioned earlier, high altitude equals to dehydrated, dull-looking skin. So to rectify that, simply use your favourite mask. Scared of the stares you’ll get in-flight?
Just tell yourself you’ll be the one with glowing, moisturised skin at the end of the flight while they get to suffer with dehydrated, flaky skin just because they wanted to save face. Who’s laughing now?
Try: Innisfree It’s real squeeze mask, which each has a mask that provides for different skin conditions from brightening, to acne prone, to moisturising.
Available at all Innisfree outlets, all Innisfree counters at the airport as well as Lazada. It retails at SGD2 per mask, and SGD25.55 for a set of 10.
4. Lip balm to keep your lips healthy
A must-have for a flight – after all, nobody likes leaving the plane only to find your favourite lippies apply coarse and uneven on the lips!
Try: Burt’s Beeswax Lip Balm, a cult favourite, and for a good reason, often cited by beauty junkies as a holy grail lip balm that instantly heals cracking, flaky lips to healthy, moisturised lips. It comes in seven different exciting flavours, for those who can’t stand the thought of simply using a flavourless lip balm!
Available at Sephora. It retails at SGD10 per stick.
5. Get a good night’s sleep
Wanna know a rather well-hidden, cost-free secret to good skin? Lots of sleep. Do yourself a favour and get yourself an eye mask, or one of those neck-support pillows, for a good night’s sleep, uncomfortable it may be – you’ll thank yourself in the morning, when it’s time to get off the plane.
Eye masks and neck-support pillows can be bought at Daiso, Miniso, and nearly almost anywhere you can think of.
6. Cleansing wipes
Oh yes. Another absolute must-have essential to carry on a long-haul flight. Because who really wants to wash their face with the plane lavatory’s tap. (Who knows how clean the water is, anyway?) Besides, even if it is super clean, given how little water the tap produces per press, not exactly the ideal place for washing your face.
Try: Cleanse by Lauren Napier, which is individually packaged to prevent the wipes from drying out (bonus!), and infused with calming, soothing properties like aloe, chamomile and cucumber for happy and radiant-looking skin.
Available at net-a-porter and retails for SGD27.25 for 15 individually packaged facial wipes.
7. Wipe away all that grime and nasty dead skin cells
Skin gunky, dull, and imbalanced after a long flight of not being able to properly cleanse your face?
Try: Mamonde Flower Toner Series, all of which are geared towards hydrating the skin, controlling sebum production, and removing dead skin cells to reveal brighter, revitalised skin.
Bonus: The Chamomile Pure Toner geared for sensitive skin is also fragrance-free and hypoallergenic!
The Mamonde Flower Toner Series (excluding the Rose Water Toner, which is already in stores) will be available from August at the Mamonde Boutique at Basement One, Takashimaya S.C. and all Mamonde counters, as well as Lazada. It retails at SGD25 each.
8. Use a facial mist for refreshed looking skin
To keep your face looking fresh and hydrated throughout the day – especially if you’re going in the winter – is so, so important if you don’t want dry and dull-looking skin – even for the oilier folks.
Try: Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and RoseWater, another cult favourite raved about by many, who absolutely swear by this spray for that tell-tale, enviable glow-from-within.
P.S. Can also be used on your hair to keep hair looking luscious and shiny!
Available only in Sephora and retails for SGD17.
9. Relax after a long flight with aromatherapy oils
Hey, caring for your physical and emotional well-being is important too! Feeling stressed or sickly after a long flight? We’ve got your back.
Try: CANVAS Aromatherapy’s Natural Healing, which aims at evoking uplifting feelings of clarity and relaxation, as well as in alleviating anxiety, stress, and even coughs. Use these in your oil burner, bathtub, or on your skin and say goodbye to your problems!
P.S. CANVAS has an ongoing GSS 30% off sitewide sale now! Check it out at their website.
Available at Maiko Pte Ltd at China Square Central and online stores. It retails from SGD54.40 – SGD56.40 for the smallest size.