Bella Hadid beauty secrets: How the model scores fabulous skin after a long flight


Bella Hadid beauty secrets: How the model scores fabulous skin after a long flight

Say goodbye to dryness and dullness

By George Driver  June 15th, 2018

You’d expect Bella Hadid beauty secrets to be complex and expensive, but the supermodel and TAG Heuer ambassador likes to keep things simple. And jetsetting from a yacht in Monaco for the Grand Prix to New York to walk in Alexander Wang’s debut Collection 1 show with fellow supermodel Kaia Gerber — just your average week as one of the world’s most influential models — requires a doctorate in in-flight fabulousness. 

Luckily for us, she’s willing to share her best skincare tips. 

“I’m going to be on a plane about twelve times in the next two weeks for work, so I always take my entire skincare routine in my carry on,” says Bella.

“I’ll start with a hyaluronic acid serum, then do a sheet mask, then apply my night cream. While that’s on, I’ll make my seat into a bed, order a glass of red wine and put a movie on. I watched Molly’s Game the other day but I fell asleep with 45 minutes to go so I haven’t seen the end. When I wake up, I’ll use a cold towel and re-apply my serum and face cream all over again.”

Just three products and some beauty sleep… sounds easy enough? 

How to keep your skin fresh after a long-haul flight, according to flight attendants 


They know SPF matters even more up there

Just look what happened when poor Icarus flew too close to the sun. Because commercial aircraft hover at around 45,000 feet, where cloud cover is sparse—not that that's an excuse, even when you're on the ground—rays can have an even more damaging effect on skin cells. So slather on the sunblock and consider keeping your window shade down.


They don't play when it comes to hydration

So maybe they don't *really* hate us for asking for a top-off every 30 seconds? nervous laughter In the Coveteur's survey of Korean flight attendants—probably the most skin-vigilant of the lot—100 percent of respondents said they drank litres of water and constantly applied moisturizer, while some took the extra precaution of face mists and sleeping with a humidifier.


They pay attention to the order of things

As part of a balanced, recycled-air-considering skincare routine, serums and creams and oils matter, as does how you layer them. Serum, applied first, delivers a shot of nutrients. Next, load up on an ultra-rich moisturizer that can be reapplied (with clean hands) throughout the trip. (You can also massage in one final layer right before landing, tissuing off the extra for a dewy look.) An oil goes on last to slow everything from evaporating into dry air.


And the texture of their make-up products

But while they prefer their dry shampoo Mojave-like, it's the opposite story with their foundation and blush. Why? 1) Well, you've spent all that time trying to keep your face from going the way of so much desiccated coconut, even turning down a soporific glass of wine because alcohol is even more dehydrating at high altitude. 2) Space is a commodity, and removing and replacing anything from the overhead bin is kind of a bother, so you want something you can blend with (again, washed) hands, over brushes. Therefore, creamy textures, preferably packaged in easy-to-pack/handle sticks.


They're very picky about their dry shampoo

Hold the aerosols, please (not just because the security finds them sus). One flight attendant swears by Lush's No Drought Dry Shampoo, because "it comes in a powder form, so no need to worry about the liquid restrictions." Plus, no shine-adding ingredients—the stuff that makes some spray formulas wet or sticky—equals nothing to interfere with the soaking up of grease. (There always seems to be a whole McDonald's-meal's worth in there after a long-haul flight, doesn't there?)