It is possible to step off a flight looking glowing and glossy? If pictures of the rich and famous snapped at the airport are anything to go by, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’ – so what are they doing that we’re not?
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that the dry air, intense UV rays and change in pressure on a plane are a recipe for a beauty disaster – and that’s before you even consider the liquid limits that strip you of access to half of your regular routine.
This is why when it comes to packing your carry-on, it’s important to choose carefully. Some stars prioritise killing germs – Gwyneth Paltrow, for instance, carries active silver to spray her seat with before take-off. Others have a hero product up their sleeve – like supermodel Jourdan Dunn’s silk pillowcase, and Cate Blanchett’s go-to face mask – to keep them looking fresh.
However, whether you’re in the air for a couple of hours or in it for the long-haul, their clever tricks mean that you can make it to passport control in style.
The product: Hand sanitiser
‘I’m no germophobe, but when I get on a plane I always use some quick hand wipes or a travel sanitizer spray to wipe it all down: that includes the little TV, the service tray, and all the buttons around your seat,’ the now-Duchess of Sussex wrote on her former lifestyle blog, The Tig. ‘Sure, the person next to you may give you a side eye, but at the end of the flight, you’ll be the one whistling dixie with nary a sniffle.’
The product: Serum
During a previous interview with Into the Gloss, Victoria revealed: ‘When I’m traveling, I make sure to take off my makeup, cleanse my face, and then cover myself in the Sarah Chapman Stem Cell Collagen Activator Duo. The serum comes in these little vials with the dropper separately. Once you’re ready to use it, you break the seal and shake it to activate. I make sure to put it on my neck and around my eyes as well.’
The product: A silk pillowcase
‘When I’m travelling it’s all about comfort,’ Jordan admitted to Harper’s Bazaar. ‘I’ll travel with a silk pillowcase, cashmere socks, loose sweatpants and a T-shirt.’ Sleeping on silk keeps your hair smooth and minimises the appearance fine lines on your skin – an essential if you’re flying long-haul and know you’ll be snoozing for several hours.
The product: Face mask
‘I mask on the plane, but I wait until the lights go off. Although sometimes I’m so desperate I can’t wait, so I’ll put an eye mask on and the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask,’ Cate explained of her in-flight routine to Allure. ‘Until recently, I was decanting the Facial Treatment Essence into a spray bottle, but now they’ve come out with [the Mid-Day Essence], so I’ll take that on the plane with me.’
The product: Eye patches
‘When I’m travelling I make spa trips for facials and I always stay hydrated,’ Paris told The Telegraph. ‘The eye patches by Patchology are great for when you travel. I wear them under my eyes when I’m doing my make-up and putting on my lashes.’
The product: Lip balm
‘I always have rosewater spray with me when I travel. And La Mer [face cream], because it’s thicker and I get so dry on a plane,’ said Victoria’s Secret model Behati to Popsugar when asked for her travel beauty product essentials. ‘I usually use Burt’s Bees for my lips. Very simple, basic stuff, but important things.’
The product: Facial mist
‘I avoid alcohol and try to get lots of sleep,’ Miranda detailed to Vogue. ‘A silk eye mask and cashmere wrap are travel essentials, as are my Kora Organics Balancing Rose Mist and Vitamin Enhanced Lip Balm.’
The product: Hand wash
‘Planes can be dirty and this is a good-smelling, all-natural hand sanitizer,’ Gwyneth said of Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash on her website Goop – and that’s not all. ‘They say that active silver keeps germs at bay so I spray this [Higher Nature’s High Stability Active Silver] in the air around me when I sit down. It’s worth the few odd looks.’
The product: Hand cream
As you might imagine, travelling Kardashian style doesn’t come cheap. ‘I love bringing mini products anyway. La Mer has the best travel-size products,’ Kim raved to W Magazine. ‘When I travel, I bring a little bag filled with their hand cream, serum and moisturizer and fully hydrate on the plane.’