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How to Turn an Airplane into a Spa

Recently, one of our assistant buyers—Natalia Valle, a self-proclaimed beauty junkie—took a trip to Australia. The flight to Sydney from Seattle is more than 18 hours long, which left her contemplating how best to use her air time. Luxuriating in skin care treatments seemed as good a way as any.

Bobbi Brown Extra eye repair cream

We asked Natalia to recommend some of her favorite products and tell us when and how to use them in flight to get that vacation glow before ever stepping off the plane. Here are her tips and picks for bringing beauty onboard.

Just after takeoff:

La Mer the Mist spray, Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisturizer, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Balm, philosophy purity facial cleansing cloths

La Mer the Mist: “This La Mer facial spray is the perfect pick-me-up throughout your flight. To add or seal moisture to the skin, just spritz the face.” Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisturizer: “This daily cream smells great, hydrates well and can be used on all skin types. It’s even light enough to be worn under makeup.” Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Nourishing Lip Balm: “Everyone knows how terribly dry lips can get on long flights. This is the definitive moisture lock in the easiest, cleanest application.” philosophy purity made simple one-step facial cleansing cloths: “Not only do these smell light (which I’m sure other passengers appreciate), but they get the job done. Don’t worry about raccoon eyes after naps or the post-flight blemish with these soft and effective cloths.”


Dermovia Rejuvenating Collagen Facial Mask, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Ampoules, Amorepacific All Day Balancing Serum, Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream

Dermovia Lace Your Face Rejuvenating Collagen Compression Facial Mask: “This is something you might need to explain to the person next to you. I like to bring an extra one for my neighbor since, on an overnight flight, this person can be an ally or an enemy. This provides an instant burst of hydration and is incredibly relaxing, so I like to use it right before sleep.” Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules: “The little capsules can fit anywhere and are a great cure for stressed skin. Once the serum is massaged in, apply your moisturizer again, put on your eye mask and headphones, and prepare to doze.” AMOREPACIFIC All Day Balancing Care Serum: “Serums are the real muscle behind moisturizing your skin. AMOREPACIFIC is a South Korean favorite for its amazing products like this one that zaps fine lines and improves elasticity.” Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream: “The skin below our eyes doesn’t self-hydrate well and when you fly, recycled air and high pressure isn’t helping that problem. This incredibly creamy and fast-absorbing eye cream helps.”

Before landing:

patchology FlashPatch Lip and Eye Gels, Bobbi Brown Retouching Wand, AMOREPACIFIC Renewal Mist, AMOREPACIFIC Age Correcting Foundation

patchology FlashPatch Lip and Eye Gels: “These only need to be applied for five minutes. It’s a nice perk-up for the skin and for you after a long flight.” AMOREPACIFIC Age Correcting Foundation: “This easy-to-apply foundation offers air cushion technology, similar to a sponge. It’s light enough to wear if you’re headed straight to the hotel or buildable enough for hitting the town after.” Bobbi Brown Retouching Wand: “Just as it sounds and the easiest application I’ve ever experienced with full coverage. This stays in my purse all year around. This is the concealer of dreams.” AMOREPACIFIC Time Response Skin Renewal Mist: “This is a bit heavier than the La Mer spray but it is perfect to lock in makeup without drying your skin out. Keep all the moisture that you have worked so hard to maintain over the last 18 hours with this spray.”