Your holiday will be better for having these babies in it.
While I have to regretfully admit that the vast majority of my job is hugely unglamorous (read: sitting hunched over my laptop when everyone’s left the office to bash out a breaking news story while eating a can of Pringles for dinner), editor life does come with a few perks, and getting to travel the world is definitely one of them.
And with regular travel comes the age-old search for beauty products that’ll stave off that inevitable oily-haired zombie look when I step off the plane. Thankfully, being an editor means I have my pick of the latest and greatest products when I’m flight prepping (hello, perk #2) and it’s fair to say if you can think of it, I’ve given it at shot at some point. So when I stumble onto something great, I know it’s extra special, because it has to stack up against a rather hefty list of competitors.
Here’s what made the cut into my on board beauty bag during my last flight…
1. Hydralyte Effervescent Electrolyte Tablets, $16.84
Dehydration is not your friend in the air, and with a steady supply of free booze on hand and the dry climate inside the cabin, it’s incredibly easy to depart your plane looking puffier than the Michelin Man. So to combat this conundrum, I pop a couple of Hydralyte Electrolyte tabs into my cup of water every few hours. It delivers fast, steady hydration and is the only brand of electrolyte tablets I’ve found to be actually palatable.
2. Murine Plus For Dry Eyes, $9.09
If there’s a surefire way to ruin that first vacay selfie, it’s with a set of dried-out red eyes that look like they belong on a horror film set. I’m rarely able to sleep on planes, so tired red eyes are a given for me, especially when combined with the drying air on the plane. These drops are, in short, a Godsend. I just pop a couple in each eye about 30 minutes before touching down and I emerge looking bright eyed and bushy tailed. At less than $10, they’re worth every penny.
3. Grown Alchemist Travel Kit, $69.00
This kit delivers serious bang for your buck, packing in seven mini-sized boutique travel products that take you from the plane to the hotel room, including a heavenly scented ultra-nourishing shampoo and conditioner for bringing life back to my oily plane hair, handbag sized lip balm, hand and face moisturizer – which I slather on as soon as I’m in the air to ward off the complexion-drying effects of the plane AC (and are actually rich enough that you don’t need to constantly reapply) – and my all-time fave; Grown Alchemist’s Bergamot and Rose-Bud Gel Cleanser, which makes me feel like I’m riding first class when I lather it on in the bathroom to freshen up mid-flight. And it doesn’t hurt that they all look stunning in their chic minimalistic packaging in my handbag.
4. TONYMOLY Fresh Aqua Cooling Eyes Stick, $8.48
They don’t refer to this stuff as a makeup artist’s secret for nothing. This magical balm, which comes in an easy to apply stick, stays cool all the time (it seriously is magic), so is heaven on tired, puffy plane eyes. I swipe it on my under-eye bags mid-flight, then again before landing and it gently refreshes and de-puffs the area, giving my eyes a lifted, far less hagged look. I never travel without it.
5. Goomee The Markless Hair Loop, $7.50
There’s nothing worse than boarding a plane with a banging blow-dry, only to emerge hours later looking like you’re Bridget Jones in that scene where she gets out of the convertible with Hugh Grant looking like a rat took camp in her mane. But tying your hair back to keep it from turning into a frizzy mess only leaves a giant elastic kink in your hair, so what’s a girl to do? Thankfully, the geniuses at Goomee have come up with a solution to this catch 22. Goomee elastics have a smooth, spring-like design that makes hair band kinks impossible, by dispersing the pressure differently to a standard elastic. The result? You can literally wear one for a 12-hour flight and take it out before stepping off and be totally kink free. Yep, these are the best thing to happen to travel hair, ever.
6. Avene Thermal Spring Water, $8.18
Any time I feel cranky, gross or like I’m slowly turning into a dried-out prune on a flight, I spritz this stuff on. It’s instantly refreshing, moisturizing, and helps make hellishly long trips a whole lot more bearable. Plus, it makes you feel decidedly fresher when you’ve gone 24 hours without a shower.
7. Sukin Purifying Facial Masque, $24.99
For the ultimate feelgood treatment during a flight, I can’t go past Sukin’s Purifying Facial Masque. Not only is this baby deeply nourishing after enduring hours of plane air con, it’s also great at detoxifying your skin from all the gunk that gets trapped in your pores when you’re stuck in a confined space for a prolonged period. And one of the biggest star factors about this product for me is the fact it’s completely paraben, fragrance and cruelty-free, so it’s good for your skin and your conscience. I never step off a plane without slathering this on first, and it never fails to make me feel like a million bucks when I do.
Comment: Have you used any of these products? What did you think of them?