Departure: 7:50 pm EDT
Arrival: 8:40 am GMT
Flight Duration: 7 hours and 18 minutes
Overnight flights are the worst. If you’re like me, you barely get any shut eye and your skin’s a hot mess (as in dry, blotchy and dehydrated) by the time you arrive at your destination. On a recent flight to Paris, I packed some skincare essentials to help me through the night and kept a log of all the things I put on my face. Here’s how it went down.
8 pm: Remove makeup
Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Solution, Shiseido Facial Cotton Pads
More often then not, I’ll have at least some makeup on when I arrive at the airport. This time, it’s BB cream that I’ve haphazardly applied before rushing out the door. The first step after I board the plane and settle into my seat is to remove all my makeup. I always travel with Bioderma micellar water with me and use it with cotton pads (shoutout to Shiseido’s Facial Cotton Pads, which are the best cotton pads ever, FYI). I place a couple in a Ziploc bag and slip them in with my in-flight toiletries.
8:15 pm: Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
Darphin 8-Flower Nectar, Biotherm Aquasource Everplump Plumping Smoothing Moisturizing Treatment, Shiseido Ibuki Face Mist, L’Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream
The makeup’s off. Time to moisturize. I start with a couple of drops of Darphin’s face oil, which is great to travel with. It’s my go-to oil packed with oils from eight flowers and smells like a luxe spa distilled into a little yellow bottle. I apply any leftover product on my cuticles. Then, I apply Biotherm’s Aquasource moisturizer. The lightweight moisturizer replenishes any moisture the plane’s zapped from your skin. I spritz Shiseido’s new Ibuki face mist and finally, slather on L’Occitane’s rich hand cream, which silkily envelops my dry hands.
10 pm: Apply a face mask before sleeping
Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask
The last step before I attempt to drift off (or watch the film I’ll never admit to having seen) is a face mask. Although I do love a good sheet mask, I opt for something that’s less likely to scare my seat mate. I’m a huge fan of Clinique’s Moisture Surge line. Because the mask comes in a 100 ml tube, I decant the amount I’m going to use in a little cream pot. The light pink creamy gel formula melts on your skin and is pretty much invisible to the eye.
6:30 am: Freshen up
Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Solution, Shiseido Facial Cotton Pads, Biotherm Aquasource Everplump Plumping Smoothing Moisturizing Treatment
I’m up, a little disoriented, and thoroughly lacking in sleep. I head to the washroom and do a second cleanse with micellar water and a cotton pad (you’d be surprised at the gunk that manages to land on your face during the flight). Then, I freshen up with moisturizer (Biotherm).
7 am: Brighten up
Look Beauty Eye Repair Spa Dark Circle Reducer
Since I barely sleep a wink, I call in reinforcement: eye patches. At the very least, I can pretend I caught some Zzzs. I am, however, happy that overall, my skin looks pretty glow-y thanks to the mask.
8 am: Prep face before landing
Vichy Normaderm BB Clear Cream
The plane is about to begin its descent. I’m too tired to attempt to put on any makeup but I want to look presentable. I apply the Vichy BB cream to cover up any redness and unevenness. Thank you, Vichy. I settle back into my seat and fasten up. It’s been a long flight but my skin is thankful.
Product tally: 8
Post check-in, ready to head out.