With the March Holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start planning for our next travel escapade. This means it’s also time to cue the fantasies of our vacation outfits: the perfect bikini for a dip in the pool, or the glamorous pair of D’orsay heels to strut around in.

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However, we often (voluntarily) leave out one tiny detail that has got to be the ultimate bane of our travel existence: the flight. You may think that after years of travelling to different countries, you’ve demystified the process of having a good flight – but how wrong you are. Armed with a sleep mask and a weirdly shaped neck pillow, you board the plane with the unwavering belief that this will be a relaxing flight.

To your utter disappointment, you leave the plane with frazzled nerves and a complexion that screams “puberty”. You angrily question everything you’ve ever believed in, and wonder how celebrities like Victoria Beckham step off the plane looking picture-perfect.

Well, now we know that flying messes up our body – that much can be observed from our frizzy hair and acne-filled face. To prevent this unfortunate incident from occurring again, it’s essential to bring along some beauty products with us on the plane. Admittedly, with the cramped leg space and stale air, a plane might not be the most luxurious setting — but those few hours can be put to good use for some pampering. So, check out these 10 in-flight essentials from Sephora that will ensure you step off the plane with perfectly coiffed hair and radiant skin!

1. Facial Cleansing Wipes

KOH GEN DO Cleansing Water Cloth | SGD 39.00

Makeup on a plane is a huge no-no, especially if it’s a long haul flight. In the dry cabin air, makeup dehydrates the skin further and clogs its pores, which can make you prone to acne. So, after taking your seat, go ahead and remove all traces of makeup. These cleansing wipes from Koh Gen Do effectively removes all makeup (even your stubborn waterproof mascara), and is infused with herbs to revitalize your skin. These wipes are great for effective cleansing without the use of the bathroom sink and help you stay within the pesky TSA limit for liquids.

Get these nourishing wipes from Sephora at SGD 37.05, after up to 5.0% Cashback from ShopBack! Click here to start shopping!

2. Facial Moisturizer

KLARITY Lasertox Miracle White CC Lotion SPF30/PA++ | SGD 39.00

The air in the plane cabin is notorious for being extremely dehydrating —  the air humidity is at an all-time low of 10 to 20 percent. Such a dry climate actually results in your skin attempting to restore moisture by releasing oil, and there you find yourself with a face full of zits. Thus, on top of drinking plenty of water on the plane, another added precaution would be to moisturise, moisturise and moisturise. 

Also, the UV rays you are exposed to on a plane are more potent than ever, with the airplane windows being insufficiently protective against them. So, to prevent yourself from breakouts and unsightly pigmentation, use a moisturiser that protects you from the sun: the Klarity CC Lotion comes with SPF 30 that will leave you with a flawless complexion!

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3. Hand Cream

THIS WORKS Perfect Hands Intense Moisturiser 75ml | SGD 35.00

As previously explained, the humidity level in the air cabin is too low for our skin — this results in dry and flaky skin, which consequently causes wrinkles and fine lines to appear. Show your hands some TLC and lather them up with this hand cream from ThisWorks! This hand cream contains hyaluronic acid, which can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water and leaves your hands feeling as smooth as silk!

Get this hand cream from Sephora at SGD 33.25 after up to 5.0% Cashback from ShopBackClick here to start shopping!

4. Lip Balm

SUPERGOOP! AcaiFusion SPF 30 Lip Balm Sheer Butter 15ml | SGD 13.00

Save yourself from the torture of chapped lips — when your lips start peeling, it hurts. Like mad. Preparation is key when it comes to this, so slather on this AcaiFusion lip balm from SUPERGOOP! for hydrated and plump lips throughout the flight. Trust me, your boyfriend will be ecstatic that he won’t be kissing cold and chapped lips.

5. Hair Oil

PERCY & REED Best Friend Totally Intensive Treatment Oil+ 50ml | SGD 53.00

As you toggle between channels in the in-flight entertainment system, don’t forget to pamper your weave too! The air in the plane is harsh not only on our skin but also on our hair — the lack of humidity results in frizzy and tangled hair. So, go ahead and brush through those tangles with a comb and apply some hair oil for silky and luscious hair!

Get your hands on the Percy & Reed treatment oil from Sephora to rejuvenate and strengthen your hair — don’t forget to use ShopBack for up to 5.0% Cashback on your purchase!

6. Eye Mask

SK-II Signs Eye Mask 14 pieces |SGD 116.00

Before you dim down the reading light and hit the snooze button, make use of the time you’re going to spend in dream-land by putting on an eye mask. This would help to reduce puffiness and wrinkles around your eyes so that you’ll still look fresh-faced when you step off the plane. Our eyes have always been said to be the windows to our soul; so go ahead and polish those windows with these SK-II eye masks!

7. Face Mist

AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES Rose Hydrating Mist 50ml | SGD 52.00

One great way to prevent discomfort from lack of hydration is to periodically spray your face with hydrating face mist for some freshening up. The Rose Hydrating Mist is perfect for instant moisturising and also reducing travel sickness — it contains rose water distilled from Bulgarian roses, giving off a delicate rose scent which acts as a form of aromatherapy. So, calm your nerves during takeoff and landing (or even at cruising altitude) with this hydrating mist; we guarantee you’ll look radiant after spritzing it on.

8. Concealer

TARTE Maracuja Creaseless Concealer | SGD 39.00

If you’re someone who just can’t seem to fall asleep on the plane, with the occasional turbulence and cramped leg space, be sure to bring along some concealer. Dab it under your eyes and no one will notice the dark eye circles you’re sporting! The Tarte Maracuja concealer offers seamless and creamy coverage and brightens up a dull complexion. There’s simply nothing that you can not love about this concealer, so go ahead and grab it from Sephora for only $37.05 after the up to 5.0% Cashback from ShopBack!

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9. Brow Gel


Perfectly groomed brows are the hallmark of a woman with style, so don’t leave these babies out of your beauty routine! For a fresh-faced look, apply some brow gel onto your eyebrows just before landing to shape your brows into place. Benefit Cosmetics’ Gimme Brow adheres to your skin and the hair of your eyebrows, creating the illusion of fuller brows. Rock your bold eyebrows as you step off the plane with confidence!

10. Travel-sized Storage Kit


With all that being said, don’t forget to adhere to the TSA limit for liquids. If your favorite beauty products don’t come in travel sizes, simply purchase the Weekend Kit from Sephora and store your beloved moisturisers, hand creams and face mists in these travel size bottles!

With these 10 in-flight beauty essentials, you’re all set for a well-rested flight — and this time, you’ll leave looking like an international jet-setter, with flawless skin and silky hair. Turn to Sephora for all these products, and don’t forget to use ShopBack for up to 5.0% Cashback.  Bon voyage!

All product images are from sephora.sg.

All prices are accurate as of 1 March 2016.  

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