Although holidays are great fun, travelling is not. Long flights wreak havoc on my body clock, digestive system and skin.
Despite popular belief, you don’t need to worry too much about ‘dirty’ air sweeping through the cabin as it is filtered to remove a minimum of 99% of pathogens. The issue is dry air that sucks the moisture from your face like a Dementor.
Skin friendly humidity is 40-70% but aeroplane cabin humidity is just 20%.This results in dehydrated, red, flaky skin. Or in my case peeling; I kid you not, if I don’t moisture post flight I will peel like a snake. Don’t forget about lips and eyes too. I slather on lip balm like it’s going out of fashion and apply eye drops when I feel my eyes getting dry.
Then there’s the high risk of breaking out in angry red spots (something my skin loves to do). Partly due to dehydrated skin compensating by producing enough oil to power a city, partly due to the stress of travel.
Long haul flights go on and on and on. What better way to pass the time than turning the flight into spa time?
First things first. A little tidy up. Yes, economy seats are unbelievably tiny but that doesn’t mean they aren’t full of germs. I like to wipe down the surfaces, like the tray, with an antibacterial wipe. Honestly if I could I would bring an anti bacteria spray and comfy clean seat cover.
Once the plane is airborne and I’ve organised my bag, I begin with a cleanse. Normally I don’t use face wipes but it’s not as if I can go wash my face in the bathroom with my sonic brush (I mean people may think I am doing something very different). So I remove the surface grime with a wipe before cleansing a little deeper with a toner and finishing with a hydrating mist (I decanted a hydrating toner into a spray bottle).
At this point my mum and sister are rolling their eyes and making fun of me but I continue because a) I don’t care what they think b) I know my skin is a pain in the arse that needs extra tlc c) It passes time and I enjoy it.
My favourite part: masking. I was tempted to use a sheet mask but I wasn’t brave enough. Well that and my mum threatened to abandon me. Instead I used Sukin’s hydrating mask which is a like a thick cream that dries matte and thankfully clear so no children have to be scared. I also like to dab some lavender on my wrists because i’m addicted to the smell of it; it’s bliss.
After watching a film or two, taking a nap (ha, I wish) or eating all my flight snacks, I remove the mask by repeating step 2. Then it’s time to moisturise some more. For my skin, I find a simple oil most hydrating, something like pure argan or Pai’s BioRegenerate rosehip oil.
Spray whenever the urge takes me. Drink all the waters. Avoid plane food. Get up and move about to increase blood flow to my face and entire body. Probably pee 1000 times. Try and sleep, relax or take the time to note down things I need/want to do.
About an hour before landing I like to freshen up with a cleanse/mist, face cream, deodorant etc. If any obvious redness or spots have emerged then I cover the little bastards with concealer, then i’ll brush my unruly eyebrows, apply lip balm and stuff everything back into my hand luggage.
Once i’m at my final destination i’ll thoroughly wash my face, clean my teeth, shower, drown myself in moisturiser and apply a hydrating sheet mask then a nourishing oil.
Well that ‘s the plan but usually I arrive, suss out the surrounds (locate the pool and food) then check out the local area, before sorting my skin out and washing my germ ridden body. Or if i’m as tired as I was when I went to New Zealand, I go to ‘just drop off my bags’ and fall fast asleep face down, fully dressed on the bed whilst everyone else goes out to eat.
During the holiday i’ll obviously be frequently applying spf 50 to my pale English skin which means double cleansing in the evenings.
I like to only take minis when I travel and I’ve been hording samples of organic face oils for months. It’s has been so hard not to tear them open and try them all. If there is one thing I love as much as food and fitness, it’s skincare.
Once or twice during the week i’ll apply a hydrating face mask to soothe my sun/chlorine/salt sore skin. And I always pack a little spot treatment so those bastards can’t ruin my holiday.
Safe travels x