With pressurised cabins and recycled air, flying is notoriously bad for our skin. Low humidity on board is a particular issue, as this lack of moisture can make dry skin even dryer, while oilier skin types may overcompensate by producing excess sebum leading in turn to blocked pores and breakouts.
Once you factor in the dehydrating effects of that in-flight gin and tonic, you could be left with dull, sensitive skin that feels far from vacation-ready.
Fortunately, with a little preparation and a cleverly-packed carry-on, these air-travel essentials can help you to look great when you land.
Aesop B & C Facial Balancing Gel
Perfect for those of us who reside in humid climates most of the time, Aesop's B & C Facial Balancing Gel in intensely anti-oxidating and gently but sustainably hydrating to the skin. In other words, this is a Vitaman B and C balancing moisturiser that is suitable for oily skin, as well as other skin types. aesop.com/th
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Providing much more than a simple spritz of moisture, Caudalie's Beauty Elixir promises to boost radiance and tone the skin while also reducing the appearance of pores. It can also be used to set makeup. sephora.co.th/brands/caudalie
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Facial Dry Sheet Mask
Applying a sheet mask is as close as it gets to an in-flight facial, as long as you don't mind looking silly for 15 minutes. This one by Charlotte Tilbury is ‘dry', so it won't drip or leave a sticky residue on your face. The mask can be used three times, making it perfect for a two-week vacation.
RMS Beauty The Ultimate Make Up Remover Wipe
It's always best to avoid wearing make-up when travelling, particularly if you're on a long-haul flight. Remove any traces of it and soothe your skin with these easy-to-pack cleansing wipes by RMS Beauty. Eco-friendly and enriched with coconut oil, these single-use cleansers are gentle and moisturising for even sensitive skin. rmsbeauty.com
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick
Elizabeth Arden's legendary Eight Hour Cream has long been a favorite among jetsetting beauty editors for its hydrating and soothing qualities. In this handy—and hygienic—lipstick form it will protect delicate lips from drying and chapping. elizabetharden.com
Lancôme Nutrix Royal Mains
As unpleasant as it is to think about, airplanes are covered in bacteria and grime. On top of that, they are extremely drying. Between washing your hands, Lancôme's Intense Nourishing And Repairing Hand Cream helps to hydrate and nourish skin with a protective layer of Royal Jelly nutrients, natural oils and bee wax. lancome.co.th
Peter Thomas Roth 24k Gold Hydra-Gel Eye Patches
Like the sheet mask, this one might attract some stares from fellow passengers, but you'll have the last laugh when you alight from the plane looking like you've had a great night's sleep. Infused with 24K gold, these cooling hydra-gel patches firm your under-eye and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Caffeine helps to de-puff eye bags, and a hint of lavender helps to calm you down amidst the stress of travelling. sephora.co.th/brands/peter-thomas-roth
Additional reporting: Chloe Pek and Mika Apichatsakol