How to Prepare Your Skin for a Red Eye Flight

Skincare routine for a red eye flightLet me start by saying that preparing your skin for a flight is one thing, and preparing it for a red eye flight is another thing. The combination of lack of sleep, lack of hydration, and lack of clean air pretty much guarantees crappy skin upon landing. I’ve been there for enough times to realize a special set of skincare routine needs to be in place to minimize the damage. So here I am, sharing my go-to prep routine before getting on the plane.

Starting off with a deep cleansing, which is always the first and arguably the most important step of my routine. I like to go in with my trusty Clarisonic in deep pore cleanser brush, squeeze in a pea size of Omorovicza cleansing foam (this and the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser are the only two foam cleansers I will use),  spend a minute to go through my entire face and remove all the dust and dirt that has accumulated over the week. I say this is likely the most important step of the routine, because I can see a world of difference when I skipped the deep cleansing step –  whatever products I applied afterwards just don’t seem to sink in as well and work at their best.

Followed by the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. I’m fully committed to this one and will never stray away now, it just makes everything better. Can I say it’s like the magic primer for skincare? I pull 3-4 drops into the palm, then pat it into the skin instead of using the cotton pad as suggested – it’s too expensive to be soaked up by the cotton pad.

Skincare routine for long haul flightNext, a good, solid moisturizing eye cream. Forget about anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, eye lifting and all sorts for a red eye flight, hydration comes in first priority. My favorite hydrating eye cream is the AmorePacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating eye cream (reviewed here), it’s lightweight and packs a bunch of hydration. Kiehl’s creamy avocado eye treatment is another good one, locks in the hydration and more budget friendly.

After eye cream, I mix in my beloved Vintner’s Daughter Botanic Active Serum with the MV Organic Rose Plus Booster, doing a bit of facial oil cocktail, and slather it onto my face and neck generously, really message every drop of it into the skin. Finally, I will apply the Omorovicza Rejuvenating night cream, which is a very powerful night cream by itself, on top to seal in the serum. After it’s all done, I will feel a bit oily and a bit heavy. But trust me, once you get on the plane, your skin will thank you! All that extra and overdone moisture is soaked by your skin like it’s the oasis in The Sahara Desert.

Oh don’t forget about your lips either, a thick moisturizing and conditioning lip balm will be your best friend on the plane. I take the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask with me to all trips, and they never fail to deliver!

Some people like to do facial masks on the plane, which honestly, I just cannot be bothered. In such a confined space, if I have to wash off my face, apply a sheet mask, remove it 20 minutes later, and follow by a whole skincare shebang during a red eye flight, I would go crazy. And did I mention your hands will touch all sorts of germs while on the plane? So I rather spend more time to get myself all all prepared and oiled up before onboarding. This way, when the plane lands, my skin is still in good condition, and all I need to do is dabbing on some cushion foundation that comes with spf 50+++, looking all freshed up.

Do you have any special routine to go through when taking flight, especially red eye flight?