by Alexandra Nicole Nuralam

The Pre-Flight Beauty Routine

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It’s no secret that flights are exhausting—you don’t have enough room for your legs, the passenger next to you has been coughing non-stop, and the child sitting behind you thinks kicking the back of your seat is the epitome of fun. Not to mention that drying, uncirculated cabin air is wreaking havoc on your carefully maintained skin, so that by the time you land, your skin is considerably less plump than it was before the 16-hour flight. If maintaining your skin is at the top of your priorities, read on for a step-by-step guide on the pre-flight beauty routine. Feel free to apply it on your next transcontinental flight.

#1: Cleanse

Start with removing any debris and impurities by cleansing your face with a creamy cleanser. Take care to choose a gentle formula that doesn’t strip your skin of moisture, like the VMV Hypoallergenics Hydra Balance Gentle Cream Cleanser (SGD30).

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VMV Hypoallergenics Hydra Balance Gentle Cream Cleanser, SGD30

#2: Apply a supercharged serum

Serums aren’t weighted down with nourishing ingredients as moisturizers do, so they penetrate your skin much quicker. Opt for a vitamin-packed serum like the Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum (SGD126), which has Vitamin C and saccharide isomerate extract to smooth your skin while reinforcing the skin’s natural moisture barrier before take-off.

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Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, SGD126

#3: Apply a topical probiotic product

Incorporate a topical probiotic treatment into your pre-flight skincare routine to calm any inflammation and keep skin hydrated and radiant, like Biossance’s Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer, the perfect combination of moisturizer and probiotic treatment to help maintain the skin barrier and lock in moisture. Pack yours in your carry-on so you can reapply every hour or so throughout the flight.

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Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer, SGD76

#4: Apply sunscreen

Many people don’t realise that UV rays can penetrate the cabin through the windows, which leaves you just as exposed to the sun’s rays as you would be outside. The lightweight Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen SPF50 (SGD35) is non-comedogenic and has broad-spectrum coverage.

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Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen SPF50, SGD35

#5: Don’t forget your lips

Keep your lips as moisturized as the rest of your face with a hydrating and nourishing lip balm. One of our favourites is the Dr Jart Ceramidin Lipair (SGD18), which has a ceramide complex to keep your lips hydrated.

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Dr Jart Ceramidin Lipair, SGD18

#6: If you must wear makeup…

Skip the heavy foundation and go for a lightly tinted moisturiser. The less makeup you can wear, the better. If you must wear wakeup, choose non-comedogenic products that won’t clog your pores. We like the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF20 (SGD77).

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF20, SGD77