As I am preparing for another long distance flight, I decided it’s time for some new travel-sized beauty products. I mean who doesn’t want to step off a plane looking fresh (slaaay!), let’s face it, though, it is quite the task. Before meeting my friends or family in baggage claim, I usually visit the nearest less-crowded
As I am preparing for another long distance flight, I decided it’s time for some new travel-sized beauty products. I mean who doesn’t want to step off a plane looking fresh (slaaay!). Let’s face it, though; it is quite the task. Before meeting my friends or family in baggage claim, I usually visit the nearest less-crowded restroom for a quick touch up. Being exposed to the dry air-conditioned air on the plane and other cabin conditions combined with flight time as little as an hour does some “damage” to our skin. So, imagine what it’s like getting off a 10-hour flight — dehydration to the max! I hope my little helpers will get the job done 😉
Kiehl’s apparently launched their “Travel-Tested Solutions” line in 2012, and I have absolutely no idea why it has taken me so long to finally discover it. Their travel essentials include the “First Class” Purifying Hand Treatment, In-Flight Refreshing Facial Mist, Eucalyptus Lip Relief and an Activated Moisturizer.
When I first started looking into these Kiehl’s products. I decided to buy Kiehl’s hand cream and lip balm. Although, I have approximately 25 lip balms and five different hand creams laying around I just couldn’t resist and bought the ones from Kiehl’s. I heard so much positive feedback regarding their “regular” products, so I just couldn’t resist, I mean, why not give it a try. The cream-gel like substance promises to deliver all day hydration even under low humidity conditions when exposed to air-conditioning and other circumstances similar to an in-flight environment.
After visiting the Kiehl’s Store in Frankfurt, this whole hunter-gatherer stone-age gene kicked in with full force, and I just had to buy the rest of the products to complete the line.
“First Class” Purifying Hand Treatment & Eucalyptus Lip Relief
The reason I fell in love with this hand treatment is that this gel-cream formula not only hydrates but protects your skin from bacteria (for a germaphobe like me, a dream come true!). I mean come on, how genius is this?!
Eucalyptus Lip Relief
A no-shine lip balm. This means you can either say good-bye or greet all your loved ones with a kiss on the cheek and not brandmark them with greasy lip balm or lip gloss, that feels like cement on their skin.
24/7 Activated Moisturizer
I love love love the scent of it! A little of this goes a looong way! Did you know that the humidity in the cabin can drop down to as little as 10% in-flight? That is actually below the humidity in deserts, isn’t that insane?
In-Flight Refreshing Facial Mist
A nice refreshing breeze, which immediately hydrates your skin, its lavender, rosemary and geranium scent allows you to forget the stale airplane air that’s surrounding you for a brief second. It has a wide range so seatmates, if the person next to you pulls out this goodie right here, be warned!
All products of the travel-tested line are infused with Lavender, Rosemary, and Geranium essential oils, the soothing scents have a regenerative effect, the vitamin-rich cactus flower allows the skin to moisturise while Tibetan Ginseng helps to provide antioxidant protection as it supports our cells “breathing”.
Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30
What a lot of people don’t know is how important SPF, it could easily be one of the most important things to pack. While flying at high altitudes, you are so much closer to the sun. I mean you (hopefully) use sun block etc. when at the pool or beach, so why not when you’re “relaxing” in your window seat at an altitude of 30,000 or 40,000 feet (9,000 or 12,000 m). You’re definitively exposed to the sun’s harmful rays, did you know that pilots actually count a higher risk of skin cancer? Most airlines these days installed sun shields in the cockpit. I’ve been looking for a facial moisturizer with SPF 30 for the longest. When I discovered LUSH‘s Million Dollar Moisturizer, I was so ready to buy, until I noticed the price, although I should have known, I mean the name says it all — a tiny 1.5 oz | 45 ml jar seriously sells for $ 60.00 | 54,95 €. That’s just insane. So instead I opted for a slightly less expensive moisturizer by Kiehl’s the Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 2.5 oz | 75 ml sells at approximately $ 21.00 | 19,00 € buy here. I for sure can’t use it daily, as I’m experiencing mild difficulties with the high concentration of SPF — unfortunately it causes my skin to break out 😦
Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil Pen
Another essential is this little pen, if you dislike hangnails as much as I do this is what you need in your life. Not specifically this brand or pen, but in general. I opted for Dr. Hauschka 1.) it’s organic 2.) it fit’s in my carry-on and a great plus is that it won’t spill!
So where do I carry all that stuff in? Well, as we all know, TSA requires us to provide a see-through bag. As I’m not a fan of carrying 15 ziplock bags with me, I opted for these practical bags from MAC. The sizes are great, they’re easy to clean, and of course TSA sees it all.
Last but not least!
I carry a small tube of vaseline with me. I know it may sound disgusting but don’t let your nasal mucosa dry out, once that happens you’re such an easy target to catch a cold or suffer a nosebleed. Same goes for your eyes, take eye drops with you!
And drink up! I just filled up approximately 5 minutes of your life, telling you how important it is to moisturize your skin and cuticles, but almost failed to mention how important it is to drink! Drink as much water before and during the flight. This not only is healthy, it also forces you to get up a couple of times and walk down towards the isle to the lavatory. These few seconds of movement help you to fight/decrease the risk of suffering thrombosis 😉
The 3-1-1 Liquid Rule
The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) implements air-travel regulations which all airlines and passengers entering the United States must follow. For liquids, gels, creams & pastes follow their 3-1-1 Liquid Rule. Which basically states that each liquid within your carry-on bag(s) must be in a bottle or container with a maximum volume of 3.4 oz. | 100 ml. You can’t carry on any larger containers, even if they are mostly empty. There are exceptions solely for medical reasons and babies — of course, these larger liquids have to be declared. However, there is no bottle volume limit for the liquids you pack in your checked baggage.
What’s inside your travel bag?