Guest Post: Your Essential Beauty Regime for a Long-Haul Flight

If you’ve got a holiday planned you’re probably thinking about the usual pre-holiday prep: exfoliation, hair treatments, fake tan and that dreaded bikini wax. But I think there’s one beauty regime often neglected by travellers – and that’s looking after your skin on a long-haul flight.

For me there’s nothing worse when you step off a plane after 10 hours than looking in the mirror and seeing a tired, greasy face peering back at you. What is it about flying that makes you look so awful?

To ensure you feel fresh and radiant after a long journey, follow my simple in-flight beauty regime.



For a start, make sure you drink lots of water – remember once you’ve gone through airport security you can buy drinks in duty free. Purchase a large bottle of water and drink it throughout your flight to stay hydrated.

Step 1: Tie your hair up

Hair will often look flat, greasy and lifeless after a long-haul flight. Prevent this from happening by tying it up into a ponytail to keep it away from your face and then back combing it slightly around the roots before you get off to give it a bit of volume.

Step 2: Clean your skin

If you’ve been wearing make-up prior to your flight, the first thing you should do is take it off – there’s really no need to have any on while you’re sitting on an aeroplane as it’ll just clog your skin!

Step 3: Start hydrating

Facemasks are an excellent way of delivering maximum moisture to skin that’s feeling parched due to airplane air conditioning. Instead of applying a facemask in a thick layer as you usually would, apply a thin layer first, like regular moisturiser, and work it into your skin for extra hydration. After 5 minutes, apply a second layer. Leave this on while you sleep and wipe off before you land.

Step 4: Open those eyes

Tired eyes are a sure sign of a long-haul flight so make sure you apply eye cream to keep them hydrated. There’s no reason why you can’t do this a few times during the flight.

Step 5: Long haul beauty essential

My favourite product to take on a long haul flight has got to be Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. 


Smooth this onto your lips and hands, and even apply a thin layer to your face before you have a nap for intense hydration and skin repair.

Step 6: Clean up time

Before you land, make sure you thoroughly wipe off all the products you’ve let hydrate and sink into your skin during the flight. Use cotton pads dampened with water from the aeroplane toilet, or cleanser if you have room to bring any on to the flight.

Step 7: The final stage

Apply a thin layer of your usual moisturiser and then use a tinted moisturiser to even out your skin tone before you face the world. 


A cream blusher that doubles up as lipstick will add a touch of colour. Toothpaste and a toothbrush is also essential for a quick clean in the airport toilets!

Remember, you can only take liquids of up to 100ml on a plane, so check the sizes of your bottles or decant them into special aeroplane-sized bottles. Alternatively, look out for free samples from make-up counters.

Disclaimer: This post was contributed by Olivia Golding (hello!). I've been into fashion/beauty writing ever since I realised I could mash up two of my passions. I'm always eager to dish out advice and so being given the opportunity to guest blog is perfect (thank you Aya). I take inspiration from many a places, though one I must include is They've become a one-stop shop for me, and I sincerely hope you guys think the same. Thanks for reading, and I hope you found it helpful! 


  1. Thanks for sharing this Aya. travels are coming my way this ber-months. definitely helpful. Oh, *waves to* Olivia Golding, great post dear. :)


  2. Thanks for sharing!When I go on travel I actually don't do my makeup.. bb cream lang :)

  3. this is also applicable for long bus rides. I used to travel for 12 hours from my hometown to the city where I study back in college and I always look awful afterwards! I have to skip drinking lots of water though.

  4. Wow, 12 hours?? Haha yeah, I can imagine how many pit stops you'd need if you keep drinking and drinking.

  5. That Eight Hour Cream!!! Everyone's raving and me and my parched skin want to try it out :(


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