Far from just the dreaded jet lag, flights can really take their toll on our skin, too. Air con, lack of sleep and plane food all combine to leave skin feeling dull, dehydrated and lacklustre, but it’s not unavoidable. Follow our guide and arrive fresh-faced by taking these simple steps.
The night before
If you’ve got a seriously early wake-up call, eat something that will keep you fuller for longer, such as a meal including whole-grain pasta, brown rice or sweet potato. These slow-release carbohydrates are low on the glycaemic index, so will keep blood sugar stable and, in turn, help you sleep more soundly through the night, and (hopefully) awake to a glowing complexion. Come morning, you’ll also feel less hungry, so you won’t be tempted to grab the first unhealthy thing you see once you arrive at the airport.
If you can find time in the packing flurry, it’s also a great opportunity to do a full skincare routine, really focusing on hydrating and plumping the skin. Double cleanse with our award-winning Super Balm cleanser and a flannel (our founder, Chrissie, and countless skincare experts swear by double cleansing every night) and then massage our Night Oil and Eye Revive products into the skin, before intensively moisturising your face to wake to a dewier complexion.
Before you board
Many of us suffer from pre-flight nerves, so it’s a good idea to invest in our Spa Pulse Point Gift Set. Small enough to keep in your carry-on, apply Spa Relax to your temples and wrists before you board, to calm your mind with soothing notes of peppermint, lavender and clary sage. Turbulence? No problem – reapply as often as required. Then, when you touch down, re-energise with the Spa Restore pulse point, which will reinvigorate the senses with eucalyptus, geranium and neroli.
If you’ve worn make-up to the airport, remove it fully before you get on the plane. Ideally, going totally make-up free is the best plan of action, so your pores don’t become clogged during the flight (the recycled air in air conditioning can wreak havoc). Take five minutes to wash away the day and leave skin bare – ready for an in-flight skincare routine.
During the flight
Experts say you should aim to drink about half a litre of water per hour while you’re in the air, as travelling at such high altitudes causes dehydration, which also shows in your skin. It’s also advisable to avoid coffee (yes, even if your flight leaves at 4am), salt and alcohol, which will all heighten the effects. So that’s a no to the drinks trolley, we’re afraid…
If you really can’t do without a caffeine boost, try green tea, instead of coffee, which won’t dehydrate you like coffee does.
Always carry a travel-size moisturiser with you to reapply throughout the flight. Our Advanced Skincare Essentials Kit, with flight-friendly products of 30ml or less, is perfect for an extra intensive hit of hydration, too. Supercharge the power of the Advanced Hydration moisturiser by putting a preliminary layer of Super Serum beneath it before you apply, to really quench skin’s thirst. Keep reapplying it throughout your flight, whenever skin starts to feel tight or dry.
And don’t forget your hands. Apply nourishing Hand Elixir liberally to keep them baby-soft until touchdown (and remember to use an antibacterial hand gel, too).
Store them all in our perfectly-sized plastic cosmetics case, and pack a toothbrush and any other essentials (such as a lip balm) separately in our slimmer Travel Brush Case (also great in your suitcase for keeping your make-up brushes hygienically stored).
An air of luxury…
Flying Club World with British Airways this Summer? You’ll find a little bit of The White Company on board, to help you drift off among the clouds. Meticulously crafted just for you, our luxuriously soft pillow (encased in a pure-cotton pillowcase), wonderfully cosy duvet, gorgeous satin-trimmed blanket and plush mattress topper, are all designed to make you feel as if you’re floating on the clouds.
What’s more, our amenities bag includes three luxury products from our soothing Spa Collection, specifically selected to help counteract the effects of long-haul travel.