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10 Products you need for Traveling

Did you know that aircraft cabin humidity levels are unnaturally low, at around 5 – 10%? That’s lower than the Sahara Desert. On long-distance, high-altitude flights the humidity declines even more and frequently approaches around 1%! This is bad news for your hair and skin, which can be left feeling parched.

Ideally, you would wear no make-up and take freshly cleansed skin on the plane – just apply a rich cream or mask after boarding. But I hear Jake Gylenhall rides the subway sometimes so who knows who you might bump into on Delta Airlines?

That’s why we’ve curated 10 products that you should consider pre, post and during the flight.

  1. The Night Before
    $45.00 Buy now with Skinstore US

    The Night Before

    Just as the dry air on a flight can leech the moisture out of your skin, it can do the same to your hair. Shield it with Phyto’s Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Mask, which is infused with jojoba oil for deep-down conditioning hydration and essential oils of South African Sweet Orange extract and Angelica seeds to provide long-lasting shine and vitality.

    Expect a creamy texture and a delicate scent; your hair will be totally manageable afterwards.

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  2. In the Hours Before the Flight
    $60.00 Buy now with Skinstore US

    In the Hours Before the Flight

    The dry air on flights can often lead to poor circulation. Luckily, the facial techniques that go hand-in-hand with Eve Lom’s Iconic Cleanser are inspired by lymphatic drainage. Buff it into your skin with a warm muslin cloth to drain toxins and prep it for the low humidity.

    Probably the best cleanser in the world (Vogue‘s words not ours), this sumptuous soufflé is also great after the flight, to remove all your make-up, refine texture, exfoliate and improve skin tone.

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  3. At the Airport
    $24.00 Buy now with Skinstore US

    At the Airport

    Whether you’ve developed random patches of eczema, or you’re on the way home and need to soothe sun-burned skin, Elizabeth Arden’s legendary Eight Hour Cream (50ml) will provide the quick fix you need.

    The cult skin protectant offers significant defence against the dry air overhead on the plane for 8 hours and beyond, keeping any and all areas of your skin soft, smooth and supple.

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  4. Take-off
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    Caudalie’s Hand and Nail cream (75ml) provides lasting comfort for green thumbs, cuticles and even the calluses of bodybuilders. It’s super-moisturizing but fast-absorbing – just what your hand luggage needs.

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  5. During the Flight
    $10.00 Buy now with Skinstore US

    During the Flight

    Lift your spirits with Sundari’s melt-on-the-mouth Omega 3 and Mandarin Lip Treatment (c.12ml), which delivers instant and long-lasting nourishment. Heal chapped lips and reduce lines with the exquisite texture and delicate flavor of natural mandarin.


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  6. After a Snack
    $62.00 Buy now with Skinstore US

    After a Snack

    Koh Gen Do’s Cleansing Water cloths serve double purpose as make-up removers and handy towelettes. These soft, gentle towelettes are pre-soaked in hot spring water and infused with a beautiful blend of lavender, rosemary, and sage extracts.


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  7. After a Nap
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    After a Nap

    Soothe and refresh your tired complexion with Avène’s Thermal Spring Water (50ml) – the easy way to revive dehydrated skin. The unique composition calms, softens and restores skin’s natural balance and is suitable for all skin types.


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  8. Before Landing
    $23.00 Buy now with Skinstore US

    Before Landing

    As you approach your destination, it’s time to look presentable again. Press a pea-sized amount of REN’s Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift (15ml) around the eye area to instantly improve the eye contour and reduce dark circles or puffiness. This gel serum has been created with light-reflecting particles to firm, tight and visibly brighten fast.

    Just what you need after eight hours on board.

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  9. Stepping off the Plane
    $66.50 Buy now with Skinstore US

    Stepping off the Plane

    The entire LiftLab line is formulated with a patented protein that allows your skin to thrive in the most unforgiving climates – so it will totally help your post-flight skin.

    Flight attendants and pilots are known to use the LIFT + FIX™ Restore Serum (c.60ml) which is concentrated to calm, prevent and eliminate inflammation. This is particularly helpful if you get stressed while travelling because that leads to naturally higher levels of the cortisol hormone > weakened skin barrier function > redness, blotchiness and breakouts.

    This serum offers instant relief from all of that and can be applied over make-up as it feels more like an essence than a film.

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  10. Before Bed
    $62.00 Buy now with Skinstore US

    Before Bed

    We will always sing the praises of sheet masks, which deliver concentrated amounts of nutrients quickly but deeply into the skin.

    The Sekkisei Essence Radiance Boosting Mask is rich in vitamin C and Oriental herbal extracts that boost hydration levels and leave your skin with a luminous and translucent complexion.

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Images c/o Andrew Barber.

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