The 2 Skincare Products That Save My Skin During / After Long Haul Flights

When it comes to long haul flight skincare, we all know it’s about hydration. But how do you hydrate your skin when the flight attendants are rationing your water, and there’s 4,572022 different moisturisers in the market?

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You listen to me. Now, I’m not some big shot frequent flyer who leaves a suitcase packed all year. But I have done a bit of flying and most importantly, have tried a lot of beauty shit. I’ve whittled my on-board products to these two – one for during the flight, one for the night after landing. And I swear it’s a match made in heaven.

1. Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque, $66.50

Yes, it’s expensive but a little goes a long way, and outside of flying you’ll be using this baby once a week, max. I unintentionally took this on a long haul flight recently – basically I had a mini sample size and figured it was an easy one to pack on board.

It turned out to be the best goddamn face thing I’ve ever used during a flight – my skin was PERFECT after, not dry and tight and gross-feeling. I know it’s a mask, but the consistency is a thick gel-like moisturiser that doesn’t 100% soak in. You won’t look greasy, but you’ll feel it’s still on there, you know?

The best method is to apply it when you first get on, then re-apply any time you wake up out of your drooling stupor.

2. Rationale Catalyst Serum

Rationale Catalyst Serum, $160

YES this serum is $160 but also YES I have actually paid in my own money for it, so I’m not bullshitting you about how good it is. I loaned it to a friend on a recent trip, and she couldn’t stop going on about how it cleared up her flight-obtained dry skin patches and made her all glowy again.

This is basically what it does – clear out the gunk like blackheads, blocked pores and dead skin cells so you look all fresh and dewy once more. It can do this each week for you (I use it weekly), or after a flight, but one thing is for sure is one night’s sleep with this baby on and you’re waking up to smoother, clearer skin.

3. If You Can’t Afford These Though…

Neutrogena Hydrogel Mask, $5.99

I’ve got some suggestions. This Neutrogena mask is epic for hydrating skin, if you can be That Guy who sits on a plane with a face mask on. If not, go to the toot and put it on for a few minutes, then rub the leftovers in and layer a basic moisturiser on top (I like The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors for a cheapie).

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Cleansing Pads, $34.99

For an alternative exfoliator, these pads are a cheapie ride-or-die for me. You might need a few nights to get your skin refreshed, but they work well and they’re super gentle (there are even more gentle ones if your skin is really reactive, too).

So there you go – long haul flight skincare = sorted.