Traveling to a new place is always an exciting experience, especially when the destination is far away. However, despite the excitement, traveling to far away destination comes with a little downside: the dreaded long haul flight, am I right? I bet nobody likes the idea of trapped inside a metal cylinder for >6 hours straight. Not only because it’s boring, but we basically have to sit through the entire journey, inhaling recycled air that could dehydrate our skin. No wonder we look like a zombie upon arrival. And worse, it could also do harm to your skin even a while after the journey. Something I learned the hard way.

After my first long haul flight (6 hours from Bali to Dubai plus 9 hours from Dubai to Birmingham) I noticed that my skin was not as excited to travel such a long journey as I was. It dehydrated so bad and started to break out the following days after I arrived in Birmingham. It could also be due to the transition to colder and drier air in England sure, but improper preparation before and during the flight also played a part. So, on my way back to Indonesia for holiday, I make sure pay a little more attention to my skin. Here’s my trick to staying fresh during long haul flight.

Before the flight

About 2-3 days prior departure, aura_thumb_image_preview_function_rgb_72dpi_297x404px_2014__22268-1415363370-1280-1280I made sure I prep my skin well by packing on extra hydration. My skincare regime 3 days prior departure consisted nothing but hydrating products. Hydration is the key!

Putting on masks also helps on packing up hydration, so spare 10-15 minutes for face masks. My trusted mask for the job is the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask because it has hydrating formulation as well as reducing blemishes which could get worse during long haul flight.

In addition, drink enough water to help your skin hydrate from within.

During the flight

On a long haul flight I do not usually wear makeups because I would not wear makeup to bed, why would I wear it on the dreaded long haul flight?! It could clog the skin and cause break out even in normal condition, I bet it could do a lot worse when our skin is severely dehydrated due to compressed air. So, I always board the plane sans makeups.

And again, hydration is the key! Below are the products that I always take with me in my cabin baggage to hydrate my skin during the flight.

Long Haul Flight Skincare Routine

  1. Makeup Cleansing Wipes: not pictured because I ran out of it when I took the picture. But basically, any makeup remover will do. I choose the wipes because it’s more travel-friendly so I could use my liquid allowance for something else (like concealer!). The reason I always bring this despite me being bare-faced is to remove remaining dirt that I may pick up before boarding the plane to make sure that my face is completely clean before applying the other products.
  2. Mineral Water Facial Spray: After I cleanse my face using the facial wipes, I usually spray a generous amount of mineral water facial spray to add moisture. I also spray it after several hours or when I think I need more hydration. My favorite brand is actually Avene but I can only get my hand on Evian at that time so that will do.
  3. Hydrating Toner: I am using The Body Shop Hydrating Toner which I put into a tiny travel-sized bottle to make it easier. Any hydrating toner would do, some people would suggest the Caudalie Beauty Elixir but I just brought along what I have, so yeah.
  4. Lip Balm: This is essential because my lips are very dry and need lip balm to rescue it. My personal favorite is this Vaseline Sugar Coated lip balm because it’s really moisturizing and last for hours. So, bring along your own favorite lip balm to avoid arriving with chapped lips.
  5. Moisturizer: I don’t think I need to stress the importance of this one. This Kiehl’s Facial Cream is my ultimate favorite. It does the job on moisturizing my skin and keeping the hydration of my skin for hours. Definitely an ideal travel companion. Especially because it has travel size package so you don’t have to compromise hygiene by transferring it into another travel-size tube.
  6. Hand Cream: Ever since I lived in England my hands get really dry and it’s getting worse during long haul flight. So I always have any hand cream in my cabin bag.
  7. Eye Cream: Last but not least, obviously. To minimize the darkness under my eyes, which could get worse after long haul flight, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream is my savior.

I will usually repeat this process during a longer flight (> 7 hours) to retain the hydration. For flight less than 7 hours I would just occasionally spray the facial mist every so often.

Some would think I must be crazy for putting on this much product on a flight (I apply it while sitting on my seat, not in the bathroom) but hey, I will have the last laugh because, upon landing, I’ll land with fresh and supple skin. Just swallow your pride and put on those hydrating products, you won’t be sorry.

I hope this tips would be helpful as I wish I had known this before my first long haul flight, but better late than never, no? You only have one face so treat it well. Happy holiday!