Thursday, 27 February 2014

Travel Bag - or 'How to turn a dehydrating flight into a spa session'


Last week I spent over 20 hours on an airplane. That's not much for some but it is for me. There are a few conditions that really compromise your skin - one of them is an airplane. All that recirculated air, no fresh air and everyone else's germs. Ugh.

The picture above is what I took last week, but the essence of it can be used and altered by anyone, with any skin type, on any budget.

Left to right:

The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Cleansing Wipes - for basic forehead, cheeks and chin makeup removal. I also had Ole Henriksen Truth To Go Wipes which I love, but ran out of them on the plane. Any 'won't burn your face off' wipes will suffice. Yes, wipes on the blog. Fannies, flights and festivals.

Muji travel bottle filled with The Body Shop Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover. Soak one cotton pad at a time, hold gently over the eye and swipe across, down and away. Turn the cotton over and repeat - then do the same on the other eye. Please don't rub your eyes like you're using a pencil eraser.

aesop Travel bottle filled with P50. Your usual exfoliating toner/lotion goes here. Use a saturated cotton pad and swipe it all over. I take it across the entire face, under the eyes, the eyelids and over the lips (P50 tastes grim). You aren't getting a proper cleanse here so this can help you out.

Georgia Louise Hydrating Rose Water (travel pack size) - a good spray toner/mist will be your most used product on an airplane. A normal can of Evian will just dehydrate you - it just works better as a toner/floral water etc. Any good alcohol free toner can be used and decanted in to the spray version of the Muji bottles above. Spray liberally. And frequently. Even when the people around you look annoyed. :)

Chantecaille Nano Gold Energising Eye Serum - (gold tube lying flat) God I love this product. No sugar coating - it's prohibitively expensive - so much so that I literally save it for using when I fly. You can substitute any similar roller-ball-effect cooling eye product from pretty much anyone. The joy in using something like this when you fly - for me - is the cooling effect and the hygiene. Look Ma! No hands! I reapply this whenever I can feel I need it. No stiff directions - depends on the length of the flight, your skin etc..

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum  (small size) - love love love this. Massive antioxidant boost to help protect against what is essentially a locked room of free radicals and other people's germs. Also, smells delicious (not relevant, but joyous nonetheless) and gives you a lovely glow. Nice if like me, long-haul flying leaves you looking like you've given birth. No-one, NO-ONE steps off a plane looking like a supermodel. Not even supermodels. They go straight to the toilets in the VIP section with their 'team'. Stop with the nonsense.

Darphin 8 Flower Nectar  (GWP sample size) - I love this oil but only really use it if I have an overnight flight. Whack it on, try and sleep (or get no sleep, end up watching 3 films and exit plane as above) and let it give you a layer of lovely smelling protection. Substitute any of your normal facial oils that you can decant into smaller bottles.

Chantecaille Magnolia, Jasmine and Lily Healing Emulsion (GWP sample size) - lovely, light, super-hydrating, really good for layering. Substitute any good hydrating, light lotion. You can layer this over other products, add extra layers on during the flight without it rolling...just keeps you soft and hydrated.

Aurelia Cell Revitalise Night Moisturiser (trial pack size) - pretty self explanatory. If it's a night flight/red eye: cleanse, P50, spritz, eye, serum or oil, then this. Marvellous.

Ila Day Cream for Glowing Radiance (travel pack size) - OK so my travel products clearly have a theme. Call something 'glowing radiance' and I'm in. Arriving during the day? When the seat belt signs go on for landing I do a quick spritz and apply this. You can substitute any of your daytime moisturisers and decant into travel pots. If you're landing in a hot climate remember your SPF.

Ole Henriksen Truth Creme Advanced Hydration (decanted into brown pot front right) - This is probably my current favourite for travel - really seems to keep the moisture in and doesn't 'roll' when you layer. The citrus scent is again brilliant for being up in the Gods with no air.

Carmex/Duwop LipVenom - standard lip and a slightly more 'zingy' one to wake me up when necessary!

Chantecaille Gold Energizing Eye Recovery Mask - these are new. They're nice - but to be honest, I much prefer the roller. It's amazing.




*purchases and samples - no affiliates

28 comments:

  1. Thankyou so much for posting this! I flew to New York with my uni a couple of years ago. I just wore my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser on thinking I would be safe (it ended up being on for nearly 24 hours travel time with delays etc).... my face never felt so horrible! I am definitely taking note of this post in future, and probably not going to wear any make-up on board no matter who I scare. Also whilst I am writing this, can I just say *THANKYOU* for all your wonderful posts on this blog, your advice and product recommendations have totally transformed my skin.

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  2. A fab list with some beautiful products in. As a full time student, I'm not sure whether I'll be taking any long haul flights, but even on a possible trip to Denmark over the summer, I will check out this list for options to take with me.
    Laura x | Life and Lipstick

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  3. God, I really want to try the P50! Can/should I use it if I'm already using the Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid once a day, in the evenings? Or is that too much exfoliation...?

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  4. So glad I have found your blog I battle constantly with my skin and reading your posts have made me realise I have to try that bit harder to sort out its problems. Going on a long haul flight in July so I will be noting these products. Thank you.

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  5. this is a great post ! thanks for sharing !
    Simply Sutter

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  6. I've recently been loving the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil, have you tried it? It smells the same as the serum and my skin has been loving it.

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  7. Every girl should have a perfect kit for long flight. My skin is very dry so it tends to get super dehydrated in a heartbeat. When I land, not only do I look like the air as been sucked from my face but it gets really irritated and red. A real treat for fair skin! Will write down a couple of these products. Thank you!

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  8. It's funny, I always read about dehydrated skin on flights but I gave the opposite problem. I break out in spots as soon as they hand me my boarding pass : ( I got back from the States on Sunday and my face still looks like the Himalayas.

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  9. Thank you so much for writing about this!! It's so hard to keep my face looking like a disaster zone during flights. I went to Australia last year and I felt soooo dehydrated, I actually acquired wrinkles under my eyes and I was only 27! On top of that my skin felt dirty, it felt dry and tight but when I touched my face it seemed greasy and yes, I broke out...ugh. Bare in mind I did attempt to use some skincare...Advanced Night Repair and Clinique face spray and other bits. My skin didn't recover for a week. Spots and wrinkles. Nice.

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  10. I do something similar on flights and I have gotten the odd look from fellow passengers but who cares? :P At least I don't look like a dried up prune when we land ;)

    alex @ http://pinkelephantbloggin.com/

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  11. Caroline can I send you a pic of my skin would u be able to advise me on what the bloody pie I should do !!!! Im sooo fed up helpppp meeeeeeeeee :'''''( xxz

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    1. Have you read through Caroline's cheat sheets? There is some fantabulopus advice in those and I think Caroline recently updated her routine cheat sheet, also read through the comments and see what other people are chatting about, it really helps! :-)

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    2. Aaww thanks louise jeez!! Ive just ordered paulas choice skin recovery cleanser. Lets see what it's like. X Thanks for replying much appreciated x

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  13. I'm usually more concerned with my makeup looking good than my skin, but considering I try and travel to Europe a couple of times a year, I really need to work on this. Thank you so much for the tips!

    Shani x
    She Dreams in Perfect French

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  14. Where where the washbags from that you posted on the instagrm pic about doing this post? They looked like a lovely croc effect. Thanks

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  15. ty for this post, i fly to asia in two weeks so this is really helpful! x

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  16. Such a fantastic post - as always written with a pen and paper by my side! I'm about to head off to India and so wanted a good list of skincare for the plane - now to put together a list of what I'll need when I get there - going to be hot and humid!

    Kat x
    londonkat.com

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  17. I've been eyeing up some of Ole Henrikson serums! I use a lot of public transport and I always carry a facial mist, they're great if you happen to be sat near a smelly person ;-)

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  18. Great! This one should be up there with the cheat sheets.

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  19. Love anything Body Shop. http://tinyurl.com/pd6anyu See!

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  20. Great post!! Very useful!!

    http://allthatfascination.blogspot.it/

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  21. thanks for sharing it with us! :)

    cheer, michelle
    http://livedreammagic.blogspot.com/

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  22. As always, funny and entertaining. I tought I was the only one to look like a zombie after a flight (even the short one) but now I know I'm not alone.

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  23. Hi Caroline, do you still take between 3,000 and 10,000 mg in fish oil supplements per day? What amount would you recommend for acne sufferers?

    Many thanks from an avid reader :)

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  24. Thanks for the very informative post... And I would have loved to see the face of the person(s) sitting next to you on those flights! Seriously annoyed (who cares?) or jealous you brought along such lovely things ;)

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  25. Hi Caroline, I am a Brazilian fan :o) I always wonder what cleanser you take when you travel for just a few days as most of your cleansers you use (I think) needs to be used with muslin/cloth. What is a practical cleaner for a quick trip? Thanks and I am looking forward to seeing you in March.

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  26. saving this for may, definitely need a decent flight bag for when I go to the US of A

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