Air travel isn’t glamorous — especially for your skin. The altitude sucks the moisture right out and leaves you looking dry and depleted. But there’s a way to combat “plane face” and leave your exhausting long-haul flight looking younger than when you boarded the plane. Seriously. Here’s our three-step guide with TSA-sized approved product recommendations.
1. Post-Boarding: Start your anti-aging flight routine right when you settle in. Begin by wiping down with an inexpensive face cloth. Neutrogena makes a travel-sized wipe that fits nicely into your custom beauty pouch that should be placed in the seat-front pocket for easy access. Once your face is squeaky clean, it’s time for an in-air peel. The HydroPeptide 5x Power Peel comes in small packets and swipes on for an instant resurfacing of the skin. Next, you’ll want to apply a moisture barrier with a serum. We love ilike Organic Q10 Serum — packed with antioxidants and vitamins to hydrate, soften, and plump the skin. Major bonus: This serum does double duty to be used on dry cuticles and unruly hair. Finally, seal this in with moisture. Dab on an eye cream, like Amarte’s Eyeconic Eye Cream, that delivers the maximum amount of retinol (3.8 percent), plus Argan oil and Ginko nut extract for hydration. Grown Alchemist Age-Repair Moisturizer: White Tea & Phyto-Peptide comes in a sleek tube and is packed with free radical-fighting antioxidants to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Consider this step your base-coat; let it soak in and do its magic.
2. At “Bedtime”: If you’re anything like us, we prefer to unwind on long-haul flights with mediocre dinner service, perhaps a glass of wine, and a movie before dozing off to a crowded slumber. Before you slip on those eyeshades, apply an overnight sleep mask. We recommend Glow Recipe Brightening Want Night Sleep Cream Pack — a super-moisturizing, anti-aging mask made with fermented Argan and Bergamont oil that can be easily wiped off upon waking. Amarte Overnight Express Therapy is a sleeping mask that delivers intense hydration, brightness, and firmness — and no need to ever wipe it off.
3. Upon Waking: Rise and shine. It’s time to re-wipe your face (to remove the face mask and product build-up that’s not soaked into the skin). A generous spritz of Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist gives you a wake-up call with a dose of light hydration and heavenly scent of fresh roses. While your skin is damp with the mist, apply SPF. It’s daylight and La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX contains elements that replace your daily serum, along with broad spectrum SPF 50 to protect against those bright lights streaming through your airplane window. Welcome to your destination — and a younger-looking you.