Monday, 8 June 2015
What to do when you're bored on a 15hr flight? A full skin-care routine cause why not.Yesterday I boarded a 15-hour long flight from London Heathrow to Malaysia, my hometown for the summer. Oh boy was it stressful. But this time I got on prepared!
This was my checklist before the flight:
1. Get earplugs and eye mask.
2. Get a book.
3. Try to take on board as little as possible.
4. Warm clothes so that I won't have to bring a spare jacket/sweater.
5. Do the above.
6. Do it!
8. Doooo eeeeettttt yaaaaaas.
Okay, I have a rant. Some swear by ear plugs. They don't do sh** for me. I can still hear the crying baby and the roaring engines. And mind you, I'm sitting in economy, not fancy shmancy business class. #EndRant
Anyways, my skin gets wack every time I fly, probably due to the fact that cabin air is recycled, thus unclean. Also, the humidity inside the cabin is largely lower than the required amount for the skin to function healthily.
What I found out was that even my oily-combination skin type can become dry. Thus, the main thing in mind while packing my in-flight skincare stuff is hydration + effectiveness (antioxidants).
From left to right:
1. Simple cleansing facial wipes: Wet wipes to clean off the small amount of make-up that I wear to the airport (had a major zit on my cheek so had to cover it haha)
2. Cotton pads + buds
3. Hand sanitizer: Very important. You never know what has touched the thing or places that you are touching. For example, the trays in the plane. Eeep.
4. Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist (travel-size 30ml): By the end of the flight, only a quarter is left of this. I spritz this for hydration constantly or whenever I feel tightening around my eye area or any area of my skin. Also, the scent is very relaxing, helps me "attempt" to sleep even though I'm the few that find it hard to sleep in planes. UH da stress.
5. Random Hair Clip-thingy: To clip up my kinda long side fringe to get it out of my face.
6. Lancome Tonique Douceur (50ml): Used before the hydration mist on a cotton pad to wipe off any makeup residue or dust/dirt.
7. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye serum (4ml), Advanced Night Repair Serum: For the super dried out eye area and basically, everywhere.
8. Clinique Repairwear uplifting firming cream (15ml): I basically slather this on in a thick layer. Love the fact that this is in a tube as well.
9. Random Etude House under eye mask that I do not know where I found it. Used this when the plane first took off.
10. Olay 7-in-1 anti-ageing total effects mask: This surprisingly works just as well as the SK2 mask but even slightly better. Been using this for months and it's amazing! I used this before landing.
11. "Elizabeth is Missing" by Emma Healy.
1. Dior Forever Powder Compact Foundation SPF25: for touchups before landing so that I don't look like a zombie. Rock the zombie look haha!
2. Paula's Choice Moisture Renewal Oil Booster in a small vial.
3. Vial of Jo Malone: Wood sage and Sea Salt cologne. Cause, it's 15hrs.
I did my skincare routine twice, after departing and before landing. Undereye mask after departing, Olay mask before landing, both after applying creams and potions.
If you have noticed, most of the products I bring on board are deluxe-sample sized. I dislike sample sachets, although I have tons of them, especially on board. *deep breaths* Not only is it hard to peel open the sachet with moist hands (from the products), it sometimes also is a waste unless you finish all the product in the sachet, which is seldom -and you can't reseal it either = waste.
Oh and the most important thing on flights: HYDRATION. By that I mean water. It might be tempting to have alcoholic beverages (and in some flights, it's free so it's suuuper tempting) so that you could 'fall asleep' or 'relax' but don't. This is because alcoholic beverages dehydrates your whole body (yes including your skin). Dehydration causes restlessness, which I had experienced before in the past. Let me tell you, it's not fun.
The dehydrating effects from alcoholic drinks are also 4x while flying due to cabin pressure and other complicating words I forgot (read it online).
So, drink loots of water. Fruit juices included. Buy a bottle of water before flying (after the bag scanning frustration of course). Also, from experience, I find those "water sprays" such as those from Avene just dries out the skin even more. I find that the water that is "sprayed" on top of the skin just evaporates, especially in the dry cabin air which makes your skin drier. I know, the logic right?
Use a mist that has antioxidants and good stuffs in it. Your skin will thank you when you land. Also, use it constantly haha, like every 15-20minutes or something.
Overall, I don't know how I ended up falling asleep on the plane. Thank you window seat. 15 hour flights? Let me tell you my thoughts from one flight in a past (prob a year ago) that I have experienced: killmenowkillmenowkillmenowkillmenow oh yay mealtime killmenow (I had 2 mothers and their child sitting in front of me *rolls eyes)*). Also, from experience, wear comfy clothing (duh).
Another rant: Women who wear high-heels to an airplane.
Like girl puh-lease. It's not a fashion show and you're not Victoria Beckham. I just don't understand... plus most high heels are not comfy and borderline painful to walk in. Like why..?
If god forbid a plane crashes and your heels pierce through the lift raft, I'll give you a big fat "thank-you" by pushing you down to the deep deep sea first. Or you'll be the life raft while you piggy-back me while attempting to swim.