Flight mode: the beauty buys you’ll look to for the long haul

Discover the skin saviours and make-up bag essentials you wouldn’t dream of departing without, wherever your next adventure takes you.

With our sights set firmly on broader horizons this season, it’s time to explore the world of beauty anew. From downsized iterations of in-flight favourites and formulas that support travel-weary skin to make-up that will pep you up before landing and fragrances designed to transport and inspire, these are the jet-set essentials.

Settle into your seat, switch your phone to flight mode and anticipate the adventures to come: this beauty routine is ready for take-off. 

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In-flight essentials

While we might have missed jetting off on adventures, we certainly haven’t missed the havoc that flying wreaks on our skin. The lack of humidity in aeroplane cabins and altitudes of 30,000 feet can lead to seriously dry skin, increased oil production, and even dullness. 

Wondering how to disembark fresh-faced and ready to explore? Remove make-up before boarding, be generous with hydration (that includes drinking plenty of water, too), and don’t forget your SPF. Pay special attention to your eyes, nose, lips, and cuticles (or any areas that suffer from dryness at the best of times), opting for soothing balms, such as Weleda‘s Skin Food collection, to protect your skin’s barrier in transit. Discover our range of travel-sized beauty essentials before your next trip.

DERMALOGICA

Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque

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SISLEY

Velvet Sleeping Mask With Saffron Flowers

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LA MER

The Lip Balm

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LA PRAIRIE

Cellular Hand Cream

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Beauty on arrival

 Bring back the glamour of travel with a few golden additions to your make-up bag. Look to skincare-inspired foundation, concealer, and blush for the ultimate touch-ups before touching down. Burberry’s Ultimate Glow Fluid Foundation lists hyaluronic acid and viola extracts among its ingredients for a guaranteed glow. 


There’s no denying the power a swipe of blacker-than-black mascara and a punchy red pout has over jet lag. Put some pep in your step once you’re back on solid ground with your favourite shade from Dior’s new-look Rouge Dior Lipstick collection.

BURBERRY

Ultimate Glow Fluid Foundation

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LANCÔME

Lash Idole Volumising Mascara

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GUCCI

Poudre De Beauté Mat Naturel Face Powder

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DIOR

Rouge Dior Lipstick

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Skin saviours

Even the most robust in-flight routine (we’ll say it, there’s no shame in popping on a sheet mask somewhere over the oceans) might not be enough to counteract the effects of flying. And if you’re an anxious traveller, your body might also show signs of increased cortisol (the stress hormone) through breakouts or inflammation. Make a home-away-from-home facial your first priority when you get to your final destination. 

Start with a deep cleanse and gentle exfoliation to rid your skin of any impurities and begin to rebalance oil levels. Follow up with your favourite serums, moisturiser, and even a hydration-boosting mask to combat any residual dryness. If you’ve traded time zones and found yourself in a different hemisphere, consider the season on arrival and tailor your daily routine accordingly throughout your trip. Not sure what to pack? Try our Skincare Finder.

La Prairie

Beauty devotees have long touted the powers of La Prairie Skin Caviar Liquid Lift. With a recently revised formula that offers even more potency, this serum uses extracts of caviar from sturgeon raised in spring water in the Swiss Alps (the brand’s home base). Seemingly defying the effects of gravity, it promises enhanced firmness and smoother skin with continuous use. A must-pack for any travel-weary complexion.

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Sisley

Sisley Black Rose Beautifying Emulsion envelops the skin, offering much-needed hydration and restoring radiance to post-flight faces. Described as silky as an oil but light as water, this non-greasy formula is the ultimate antidote to dehydration and stress.

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SK-II

Building on the Japanese brand’s iconic PITERATM formula, SK-II Genoptics Spot Essence tackles age, sun and dark spots. A targeted treatment, just one drop each day reveals a clear and bright complexion. The lightweight milky texture absorbs quickly and layers well with creams or lotions to seal in hydration.

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Guerlain

Guerlain Abeille Royale Double R Renew & Repair Serum is somewhat of a miracle worker. A soft-peel formula, it promotes the renewal cycle of the epidermis without irritation, resulting in smoother texture and more refined contours. It draws on the powers of exclusive active ingredients, including Royal Jelly and Black Bee Honey from the Island of Ouessant.

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Scents of escape

Fragrance has the power to transport us. From particular notes that whisk our minds away to far-flung locales to scents that remind us of holidays past, choosing a perfume is a deeply evocative journey. Perhaps Serge Luten’s floral-forward La fille de Berlin EDP (‘the girl from Berlin’) strikes a chord, or maybe Aerin’s sleek packaging and global elements are perfect for lovers of New York. Experience the magical world of Tom Ford‘s Private Rose Garden with three newly-minted fragrances: Rose D’Amalfi EDP, Rose De Chine EDP and Rose Di Russi EDP.

Why stop at perfumes for the self. Let enchanting home fragrances from Glasshouse fill your living space with a sense of adventure, too. We’re dreaming of sunsets in Capri thanks to the Australian brand’s latest launch.

Need more inspo? Indulge your senses with our collection of Niche Fragrances.