Top Beauty Products For Long Flights

If you travel a lot, you’ll know the toll that flying can take on your skin.

You may have your holiday beauty essentials sorted, but if you’re going long haul it’s time to invest in your inflight beauty regime too.

For nervous flyers, following your normal makeup routine can be a good idea, and if that means full warpaint so you feel you can face whatever’s coming, then we salute you.

For everyone else, we reckon getting on the plane as au natural as possible is the best option, and then you can start your hydrating, moisturizing, and refreshing regime as soon as you get on board.

We’ve scouted out the best products to quench thirsty skin, de-puff tired eyes, and hopefully make you feel (and look) like you’ve just walked out of a pamper session (not a 7-hour flight in coach) when you reach your destination.

1. Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, which means that it preserves moisture, making it the perfect product for long-haul flights.

It can attract up to 1,000 times its weight in water, so apply before your moisturizer to keep skin hydrated and healthy and lock the moisture in.

There’s lots of stuff on the market containing HA, but we love the vegan, cruelty-free hydrating serum from The Ordinary.

At just £5.90 a pop, it’s super affordable too.

2. Moisturizer

After applying Hyaluronic Acid, it’s time to smother on the moisturizer to let it get to work.

This LÄHDE Intense Hydration 24H Moisturizer from Finnish brand Lumene is just the trick.

Hydrating Nordic birch sap combines with pure Arctic spring water, leaving skin feeling beautifully fresh.

All ingredients are sourced from Finland, so you can experience a touch of Arctic magic wherever you’re heading.

Reapply generously throughout the flight.

3. Eye Mask

If you keep nodding off and waking up again with an awkward head jerk, puffy eyes are almost guaranteed.

Give your peepers a refresh with the help of this lovely Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Mask.

They’re priced at £47.50 for 6, so you can keep some for the way back too.

If you’re feeling ultra organized, pop them in the fridge before you go to amp up the energizing factor.

4. Hand Cream

It’s not just your face that gets dried out on flights, hand and nails can feel the effects too.

Counter this with some lovely hand cream — Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream has our vote for silkiness, luxuriousness and general fabulousness.


When it’s nearly time to land, you might feel the temptation to slap on some makeup to get your holiday started in style.

While it’s up to you, we recommend giving your skin a little longer to rest and recuperate from the flight.

As a compromise, give this Blur Primer from YSL a go.

It glides on easily, feels super refreshing, and will smooth out any unevenness you might be worried about and gives your skin a little sparkle along the way.

Make your way through the airport like a star in these shades:

Chloe CE665S

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