Historically, I have never embraced the notion of an "In Flight" beauty routine because I typically check my luggage and accept that I'm going to look pretty haggard when I arrive at my destination.
This past weekend I went to Toronto for 48 hours to visit my friend Siena. Since it was such a quick trip I decided to stick to bringing just a carry-on, which was great because it meant all my skincare would be with me. I was scheduled to arrive mid-afternoon and wanted to hit the ground running, so I thought I should try to look at least somewhat presentable when I got off the plane.
My flight landed at 2:30 and I was booked to get my makeup done at 4:30 by Estelle at Lac + Beauty (my fave! more on this spot in a later post) so I had four hours to get my skin ready for makeup.
I never wear makeup on the plane but if you do, I would recommend you take it off with a makeup wipe as soon as you get to your seat. I also sprayed my hands, the seat and the tray down with Jao Hand Refresher because, as we all know, planes are dirty.
I started with a Hyaluronic Sheet Mask from Magicstripes. I recently bought products from this line for the store in anticipation of the holiday season and I had never tried this particular mask before. I love Hyaluronic Acid for its moisturizing properties but I also love it because it can help to soothe inflammation, which is something to consider when you're spending 4+ hours inside a metal tube filled with recirculated air and germs, suspended thirty-six thousand feet above the ground. If anything is going to make you feel puffy, dry, and inflamed, it is probably an airplane. This mask was so, so nice. After leaving it on for 20 minutes, my skin felt bouncy and supple. Sheet masks often make me break out and I was spot-free all weekend.
I followed up with the new Magicstripes eye gels. I love the KNC Star Eye Gels as well, but I hadn't tried these ones yet so I thought I would give them a go. These instantly calmed and brightened my puffy under eyes. I paired them with a KNC lip mask to combat my perma-chapped lips.
Much to the horror of the men sitting next to me, I wore these masks for around 40 minutes or, about the time it took me to listen to a podcast and take a bunch of selfies. After removing them, I applied some Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum, Dr. Barbara Sturm Eye Cream, a layer of the Summer Fridays Jetlag Mask, Glossier Balm Dot Com on my lips, and plenty of hand cream.
Overall, I'd say that I looked less shitty when I touched down at Pearson Airport than I would have if I hadn't spent almost a quarter of my flight applying various potions to my face in public. Next time I travel, if I have somewhere to be as soon as I get off the plane, I will definitely repeat this little ritual. At the very least, it's a great way to kill some time.