Guide to Taking Care of Your Skin In-Flight

Your bags are packed and you’re counting down the days until your long-awaited summer holiday. You’ve got all your beauty essentials ready for while you’re away (plenty of suncream, aftersun, protective hair care, tinted moisturiser…the works) but what about when you’re travelling? Whether you’re on a two-hour flight to Europe or your destination is more long-haul, your best holiday beauty starts when you travel. Early flight times, lack of sleep and air conditioning on planes can all have negative effects on your skin, so ensure you combat this by looking after it properly. To help, we’ve enlisted the expertise of natural skin care brand Jurlique to give you our top tips on the best in-flight skincare.  

Remove your makeup

As much as we all want to look our best when travelling, wearing makeup on planes can have drying effects on your skin. As soon as you’re in the air, use a cleanser such as Jurlique’s Nourishing Cleansing Oil to remove all makeup and any impurities, while giving your skin a bit of TLC at the same time (make sure you decant it into a travel-sized bottle first).


After you cleanse, spritz a mist across your face to get your skin ready for your serum. Face mists are super-hydrating and refreshing – we like to keep one to hand to top up our moisture levels during the flight and to refresh once we land.

Use a serum 

Serums are made up of potent formulas are a must for hydrating the skin, especially on flights when you need an extra boost. Apply a couple of drops to the face after you’ve used your mist, and before moisturising.

Apply a rich moisturising cream 

To lock in moisture and protect the skin, use a rich, nourishing cream (Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Cream is one of the best travel moisturisers). With recycled cabin air and little oxygen on the plane, add a drop of Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Oil to your moisturiser for extra nourishment and to protect your skin from environmental aggressors – it helps to revitalise the complexion, too. 

Drink lots of water 

As tempting as it is to take advantage of that free wine, alcohol can have dehydrating effects on your skin (wasting all your carefully-applied skincare products). Up your moisture levels and stay hydrated from the inside by drinking plenty of water during your flight.

Get some sleep 

Our skin is one of the first places we show signs of lack of sleep. Complexion can become dull and dark circles under the eyes can become prominent when we haven’t had a proper rest. But let’s face it, an undisturbed sleep easier said than done on a flight, so pack an eye mask and ear plugs to block out any light and noise.

Continue moisturising 

It’s not just your face that needs to be moisturised when travelling, your hands and lips are susceptible to drying out too.

Pack a hand cream and lip balm in your hand luggage and apply regularly during your flight to hydrate and nourish your skin.

Wassana Lampech

Wassana Lampech is a medical technology graduate and a freelance writer. She has been writing since her college days, and has been a freelance writer for the past 4 years. You can follow her on Twitter here: @wassmam