Until supersonic space travel becomes a reality, we will all have to endure those long haul, sometimes red-eye, uncomfortable flights when leaving the country. Sitting around in heavily air-conditioned airport lounges, a quick McDonalds run before boarding, even rubbing your eyes wearily when you can’t find your baggage is probably what is causing your problem skin.
Next time you are preparing to take to the skies, why not take to the skies in style with the BloomMe preparation guide? It’s time to feel a million dollars after a million miles in a tin can:
The Day Before
The countdown begins!
The day before flying, try to get a little exercise and give your skin a good fighting chance by booking in a facial. The more moisturising the better! If you want to save your money for your holiday or trip home, check out our favourite facials for under $500.
At home prep:
It’s time to pack! This little goodie bag will be your skin’s life line on that long haul flight.
You will need:
- Your cute little airplane bag – not a bag shaped like an airplane (although if you have one, that’s amazing! Send BloomMe a photo!). Make sure any product you put in are within safety restrictions of under 100ml.
- Face oil/moisturiser
- BB cream or CC cream (if you only have tinted moisturiser, that’s fine too)
- Lip balm
- Eye drops
- Chewing gum (stinky plane breath, ew)
- A big empty 1l water bottle (cheap as chips from 7/11 or Circle K). Make sure it’s empty though, consider drinking it on the Airport Express.
If you’re taking a day flight: be sure to pack some sunscreen. UV rays will still effect you through the windows of the plane. To read more about sun damage, head to our guide to sun-care.
If you’re taking a night flight: consider packing a nighttime facial mask to keep fresh when sleeping.
Airport prep (after security)
Time to hydrate!
Remember that empty 1L bottle? You can’t bring a bottle of water through security, but you can bring an empty one. Time to fill it up from one of the many drinking fountains and begin hydrating. Aim to finish at least half of the bottle before you get on the plane.
Another airport sneaky sneaky is visiting the makeup stands and slathering yourself in moisturisers and other miracle balms.
On the plane
You’re on board, and if you’re lucky, someone missed their flight so you have a whole row to yourself. Avoid having the air-conditioning blowing directly into your face as it will dry your skin. Why not pack a simple sheet mask to wear when everyone’s either sleeping or binge watching last season’s Game of Thrones.
Time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey!
30 minutes until landing: time for action
Granted you’re not flying into a typhoon and the seatbelt sign is off, now is your time to scuttle to the bathroom with your plane bag!
Splash your face with water and gently pat it dry with a towel (avoid rubbing the water off, it will hurt your precious skin). Massage in the face oil and face cream using your fingertips in small, circular motions, and then gently apply BB or CC cream.
Apply some concealer under your eyes and over any other nasties. Make sure not to apply concealer to the corners of your mouth or your smile lines. It can cake and make you look 100 years older and the last thing you want is to be wheelchair-ed out of the airport (although it is very relaxing). Throw on some hydrating lip balm, and if needed, eye drops to give some life back to your peepers.
Lastly, some deodorant. People want to be happy to greet you at the airport, not cower away at your stink.
Now, you’re all finished! That didn’t take long did it? Now it’s time to mince your way out of the bathrooms, off the plane, and onto success looking dashing.
Landed back in Hong Kong?
You made it! Now it’s time to treat yourself for all that hard work. Book in a massage and let the masseuse knead away all that mile-high stress.
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Until supersonic space travel becomes a reality, we will all have to endure those long haul, sometimes red-eye, uncomfortable flights when leaving the country. Sitting around in heavily air-conditioned airport lounges, a quick McDonalds run before boarding, even rubbing your eyes wearily when you can’t find your baggage is probably what is causing your problem…