I'm a bit of an expert when it comes to packing an inflight bag. Whether I'm jetting off to prep the England Women's Football Team, on location for a magazine shoot or going on holiday, I always have a handful of tried-and-trusted go-to essentials at the ready to ensure I arrive at my destination looking and feeling good! Here are a few of my favourite travel companions and inflight beauty tips.
From my experience as a make-up artist and facialist, it's always important to do a bit of pre-flight prep. I make sure my skin is at its most hydrated, and if I have time, book in for a pre-travel facial (a DIY at home facial is the perfect alternative) two or three days before traveling.
I'm always on the hunt for multifunction products to pack for a flight and for travel. Top of my list? No surprise, it's Tri-Balm! I created my first multi-tasking balm with travel in mind, which is why Tri-Balm does three jobs in one – cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising. It keeps my beauty kit down to a minimum when I'm on the go and when there's only room in your hand luggage for a few things. It's also a brilliant leave-on mask that you can keep on during the flight to ensure your skin is hydrated to the max. Tri-Balm has become such a favourite with so many travelers and it's now available on board Easy Jet and Thomas Cook Airlines and will soon be on board Norwegian Airlines. Another of my favourite multi-taskers is Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lavender Mint Conditioner, £15.50, a blend of moisture-rich conditioners, calming lavender, mint and tea tree extracts which you can use to moisturise your hands and body and to condition your hair. Decant into a travel-sized bottle for inflight moisturising.
Spritz and Go!
A good facial spritz is essential to keep skin hydrated while you're in the air. It's also a great refresher to perk you up as you travel. Decant your favourite facial mist into a travel-sized misting bottle (100 ml is the maximum size that you can carry in your hand luggage). Muji have a huge range of refillable bottles that are perfect for travel including Muji Clear Spray Bottle, £4.50. You can make your own refreshing and hydrating spray using mineral water and a few drops of rose, lavender or mandarin essential oil with a few drops of Vitamin E oil. Burst a capsule of Vitamin E and add it to your spritz to keep skin moisturised.
I don't leave home without a lip balm, and it's a must-have for flying where the cabin air is super-dehydrating. A quick-fix tip for buffing away any dry skin is to mix a bit of balm with your exfoliator and to massage it in, then wipe away for super-smooth lips. You can also dry brush your lips with a soft toothbrush, then apply plenty of balm to moisturise. Invest in an eco-friendly toothbrush, such as the Humble Toothbrush, £3.99, which you can also use to tame your eyebrows.
I like to travel bare-faced, apply a hydrating mask for the duration, and then to apply make-up at the end of the flight before I disembark. If you want a hint of make-up, then a BB cream is quick and easy. Pixi Beauty Balm, £22, which is the perfect combination of light coverage and skincare benefits with hydrating hyaluronic acid and soothing chamomile. Or mix a few drops of your usual moisturiser with your foundation to create a sheer finish for a fresh, polished look.
Nothing makes you look fresher after a long flight than a touch of blush. I'm a huge fan of cream blush as you can also use it as a lip stain. My all-time favourite is Stila's Cult Convertible Colour, £18, which comes in 5 skin-enhancing shades. Dab it on to the apples of your cheeks for a fresh flush and then pat onto lips with a bit of balm for a gorgeous lip-tint. For a quick lash and brow transformation, clear brow and lash gels are perfect. E.L.F. Clear Brow & Lash Gel, £3, is a clever double-ended lash and brow enhancer adds a glossy shine and will tame unruly brows too.
Wherever you're jetting off to, Bon Voyage!
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You can also buy direct on your Easy Jet, Thomas Cook & selected Norwegian Airlines flights, or in the B.A. Lounge.