Travelling isn’t just tiring, it can actually wreak havoc on your entire body. I’ve had to fly a lot for work, and after a few too many arrivals involving greasy bangs, cracked lips and a chin full of newly cropped zits, I decided enough was enough.
Everyone has their little travel tricks, but these five products are my absolute go-tos, whether I’m hopping on a two-hour commuter or a long-haul red eye.
Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Condition
OK, so a lot of women probably reach for the dry shampoo when they’re worried about greasy hair, but I recently discovered dry conditioner and can’t get enough of it.
The reason you get greasy hair on a plane is because the air is super-dry, making your pores work extra-hard to produce oil to keep things properly moisturized. Spraying your roots with an absorbing product like dry shampoo is going to make this even worse and will likely just make your head itchy.
I’ve started spraying my ends and the mid-section of my hair with dry conditioner mid-flight. I particularly like this Pureology one because it has a super-fresh smell -- which we could all use after sitting around in recycled air -- and it gives your hair back that just-washed bouncy feeling. Oh, and you can also get it in a handy 1.3-ounce format that is small enough to fit in with your liquid carry-ons.
The Body Shop Foundation Dragon Fruit Lip Butter
Like the rest of your skin, your lips get hit extra-hard once the cabin doors have closed and they start pumping that compressed air through the plane. I’m not a fan of really waxy lip balms and I find medicated stuff tends to burn, so I usually reach for lip butters.
This Dragon Fruit lip butter from The Body Shop is one of my faves because, duh, it smells and tastes like dragon fruit, but I also like the fact that The Body Shop also gives the profits from the sale of this little pot towards charities like Dress For Success, Pollination Canada and Polar Bears International. It’s always great when a good product serves a good purpose.
Layer this on as much as you can throughout your flight and I promise your lips will be as plump as Angelina’s by the time you land. OK, maybe not that plump, but they’ll definitely feel (and smell) great.
Systane Ultra Lubricant Eye Drops
Don’t forget about your poor eyes in this crazy-dry environment. Typically, I try and get a little shuteye as soon as I get on the plane, even for short flights. Keeping your eyes closed helps keep them lubricated and who doesn’t need a little cat nap every now and then?
Post-nap, I put a drop of this stuff in each eye. There are tons of eye drops to choose from when you go to the drugstore, but this one has been recommended to me by every eye doctor I’ve ever been to see. Seriously, they go on about how great this stuff is. I’ve also noticed it’s usually the only brand available for sale in magazine shops at the airport, so that must mean something.
If you’re on a longer flight, you may want to put another drop in each eye after two or three hours just to keep things nice and moist.
Sephora Charcoal Blotting Papers
I mentioned how the dry air causes your pores to create more oil, giving you greasy hair. This goes double for your face. To be honest, the best thing to do is wash your face mid-flight -- especially if it’s a red eye -- but for those of us who cringe at the thought of being spotted on the plane bare-faced, oil blotting papers are the next best thing.
I like these bamboo charcoal papers from Sephora. Bamboo charcoal is not only a great absorber but it also has antibacterial properties that will help suck up any toxins from the plane that may have landed on your face. Best part: these won’t mess up your make up, so you can blot away as much as you want without fear of smudging your foundation.
Try to only use these near the end of your flight, otherwise you might dry out your skin, forcing it to create even more oil.
Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream
This cult Parisian brand is a personal favourite whether I’m jumping on a plane or just sitting around my house. Guys, it smells so good! Like a just-peeled grapefruit, this cream screams summer and just makes me smile. It’s also a really great moisturizer because, if I haven’t already mentioned it a million times, planes are DRY!
Like the lip butter, slather this on as much as you’d like throughout your flight. It contains great things like antioxidant grape polyphenols and avocado and shea butters, so it will make you hands and nails feel and look great. Your seatmate will also love you for adding a burst of freshness to the otherwise stale plane smell, and you won’t have to worry about having sandpaper hands when you land. Win-win.
What are your must-have beauty products for traveling by plane?