A celebrity facialist on her ultimate in-flight beauty kit


A celebrity facialist on her ultimate in-flight beauty kit

The skincare savers you need to take on your next long haul flight.

By Tara Lamont Djite  August 14th, 2018

Long-haul flying can leave your skin feeling dehydrated and congested. That’s why it’s essential to pamper yourself mid-flight to retain a glowing, radiant complexion. We spoke to celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas, expert to stars such as Michelle Williams, Naomi Watts, and Karlie Kloss, for her ultimate in-flight packing list, and some tips on how your hourly routine should run.

So, if you’re looking for plane-perfect beauty products that actually work, you’ll want to pack these items in your hand luggage right away.

Make chamomile tea your best friend

If you have issues with puffy eyes, a face cream won't help, but rather than packing another product, bring a few chamomile tea bags. Make tea, and use the cold tea bags to de-puff the under eye area quickly. 

Aesop Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque, $55 at Adore Beauty


Pack a rejuvinating serum

Travelers generally get dehydrated, starting on the airplane. I encourage my clients to take my Rejuvenating Serum on board. Using it mid-flight will rehydrate the skin with skin softening olive oil, rose hips oil and neroli oil for increasing circulation. The jojoba oil in it will ensure that your pores won't be clogged once you arrive at your destination.

Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating Serum, $121 at Net-a-Porter


Spritz rosewater throughout the flight

I have clients pack rosewater toner in a spray bottle. Rosewater is incredibly hydrating, so if you spray it directly on your face, it gets moisture into the skin immediately.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Rosewater, $9 at MECCA


Re-hydrate with a sheet mask

I also pack a hydrating sheet mask. It great for mid-flight and just off the plane. Tatcha makes a nice one. If you are too shy to do full face then the SK-II eye masks are great for keeping the eye area moist and de-puffed.

Mimi Luzon 24K Pure Gold Treatment, $410, at Net-A-Porter


Exfoliate upon arrival

When you arrive at your destination, exfoliate to get dead skin cells off the skin. It helps you to look refreshed for a business meeting or to go out. My Exfoliating Mask contains lactic acid and volcanic ash to draw out impurities, dirt and oil from your pores, as well as galactoarabinan, which is derived from the larch tree and causes mega cell turnover and skin lightening.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads, $35 at Priceline


Time out your trip

Two hours in, your skin is already feeling dry. If you can, go wash your face. It will make the treatment feel cleaner and more like a facial. If you cannot, layering these steps over what you boarded the flight with isn't bad as long as you aren't wearing makeup. After washing (use a Vitamin C Face Wash) I follow with the rose water spray. I use Eminence Organics, but any brand will do as long as it's organic. The rose will keep your circulation healthy on the skin and will also hydrate skin. It won't make anyone break out, even those with oily skin.

I follow that with my sheet mask. I rest with it on my face for about 15 minutes and follow that with an oil based serum like my Rejuvenating Serum. An oil will help keep moisture in the skin longer. On a flight to LA I do this once, but I re-spritz my skin twice more before I land. If you are too embarrassed to do this mid-flight, then just keep doing the rosewater spray and oil step until landing, every two hours. Once you land you can do the whole ritual.

Sunday Riley C.E.O Vitamin C Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil, $62 at Net-a-Porter


From: ELLE Australia