Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Essential Beauty Items for Holiday Flights

The season for holiday travel is upon us once again as families travel across the country to visit family and friends. Long-haul flights can wreak havoc on your skin, especially with the added stress of never-ending lines and possible flight delays, not to mention the arid air circulating in the plane. Here are a few luxurious beauty items you may want to include in your carry-on luggage during your next trip. These items will keep your skin looking healthy and dewy throughout the flight.



Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution

Bioderma has developed a wonderful product that removes any pore-clogging dirt and makeup without you needing to wash them off with water. If you’re looking for an effortless way to clean your face without having to get up from your seat, this is the perfect product for you. It’s gentle enough for sensitive skin yet strong enough to remove all the dirt and makeup from your face, leaving your skin refreshingly clean.

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L’Occitane Angelica Instant Hydration Mask

The air inside the plane dries out the skin no matter your skin type is. Infuse moisture back into your face with this three-minute hydration mask. This rinse-free gel mask has organic angelica essential oil and angelica water, keeping your skin fresh and dewy throughout your flight.

Clarins Eye Contour Balm

The skin around your eyes is the thinnest part of your face and thus is prone to drying and wrinkling. Care for your eye area with this eye balm that is formulated to reduce the puffiness around your eyes. This beauty product also provides anti-aging benefits.

Bare Escentuals Purely Nourishing Cream or Clinique Moisture Surge

If you’re looking for added skin hydration, especially for overnight flights, consider applying either of these moisturizers. Both these products moisturize without leaving the skin feeling greasy. They provide a great barrier against the dry air and grant you soft, supple skin.

Jack Black Intense Lip Therapy Lip Balm

Care for your lips with this lip balm from Jack Black. Made with shea butter, avocado oil, vitamin E, and green tea extracts, it hydrates and heals cracked lips without leaving an uncomfortable or sticky residue.


In-flight Makeup

Appearing attractively revitalized during embarkation from a long-haul flight is a great mood booster. So freshen up with this effortless makeup look right in your seat.

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Spruce up limp, airplane hair with a few spritzes of dry shampoo by Oscar Blandi. It soaks up excess oil in your scalp and gives your hair added volume.

Create a flawless complexion with concealer by Clé de Peau Beauté and Almost Makeup Powder by Clinique. These two products work beautifully together to give your face a flawless finish without looking too cakey and overdone. The powder foundation is also a lot more convenient to apply while seated in the plane, as compared to liquid or cream foundations.

Once you’ve created a flawless canvass, bring color back to your face by highlighting your cheekbones with Diorskin Shimmer Star by Dior. For a tinge of blush, sweep some Sugarbomb blush by Benefit on the apple of your cheeks.

Accent your eyes by filling in your eyebrows with Diorshow Brow Styler Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil by Dior, applying Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Cream Eyeshadow in Emerveillé on your eyelids, and topping it all off with a few coats of Faux Cils Shocking Mascara by Yves Saint Laurent on your lashes. This combination brightens your eyes, giving you a well-rested, wide-awake look.

Finish your look with a few layers of High Shimmer Lipgloss in Pink Sequin by Bobbi Brown. This pink rose gloss with gold pearl shimmers slides smoothly without any stickiness, giving your lips a wonderful, attractive luster. 


Incorporate these products into your in-flight routine and get off the plane looking fresh, rejuvenated, and ready for the season’s parties. Just remember to decant liquid and cream products into smaller containers, or purchase them in travel-sized bottles, to minimize delay in airport security.

Note: The TSA has a strict 3-1-1 rule with liquid items (containers must be 3.4 ounces or less; liquids have to be stored in a 1 quart/liter zip-top bag; and only one zip-top bag per person placed in the screening bin). Please refer to their website for more information.

About the Author
Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.

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