With these in-flight beauty essentials, you’ll arrive at your destination looking calm, collected and perfectly polished…

From tasteless pre-packaged food to dealing with screaming children and other people’s body odour, a long-haul flight is far from glamorous, but there’s still no excuse to arrive on the other side looking like you’ve just been rescued from a ten-year stint on a desert island. With these in-flight beauty essentials, you’ll arrive at your destination looking calm, collected and perfectly polished…


Cabin air wreaks dehydration havoc on both hands and face. Keep skin nourished and refreshed with these must-have products:

Boost Moisture

1. A hard-working lip balm

SPLURGE: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm (R 210; Red Square).
Why we love it: Softening shea butter and smoothing honey extract leave lips in tip-top condition.

SAVE: Lip-Ice Tinted Gloss in Sweet Mint (R 19.99; Dis-Chem).
Why we love it: The minty scent and flavour is uplifting and refreshing.

2. A nourishing hand cream

SPLURGE: Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve (R 295; Edgars).
Why we love it: Avocado and sesame oils treat severe dryness in no time.

SAVE: Vaseline Healthy Hand & Nail Conditioning Hand Lotion (R 16.99; Dis-Chem).
Why we love it: Keratin and Vitamin E soften skin, smooth cuticles and strengthen nails.

3. A hydrating face mist

SPLURGE: Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray (R 320; Clinique counters)
Why we love it: Active aloe hydrates and restores balance.

SAVE: Vichy Eau Thermale Thermal Spa Water (R 120; Dis-Chem)
Why we love it: Contains fifteen minerals to nourish and soothe tired, dry skin.


Minimal sleep and being cooped up without any leg room is going to leave you looking frazzled, so fight stiff muscles, dark circles and eye-area puffiness with these beauty essentials…

Fight Exhaustion

1. A reviving leg cream/spray

SPLURGE: L’Occitane Frisson Verbena Cooling Body Gel (R 370; L’Occitane stores).
Why we love it: Delicately scented and enriched with invigorating organic verbena.

SAVE: LCN Divine Dragon Fruit Prickling Ice Spray (From R 200; selected salons).
Why we love it: The cooling foam is conveniently packaged in an aerosol canister.

2. An energising eye cream

SPLURGE: Clarins Eye Revive Beauty Flash (R 415; Clarins counters).
Why we love it: The revitalizing gel formula reduces puffiness with refreshing white tea extract and firming young wheat Proteins.

SAVE: Nivea Q10 Plus Energy Eye Roll-On (R 149.95; Dis-Chem).
Why we love it: The cooling massage roller tip busts under-eye bags like nobody’s business.

3. A camouflaging concealer

SPLURGE: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes (R 365; Woolworths).
Why we love it: Treats dark circles and fine lines while it conceals.

SAVE: Garnier BB Cream Eye Roll-On (R 74.95; Clicks).
Why we love it: Mineral pigments disguise dark circles while the massage roller tip targets signs of fatigue.

NOTE: Follow these two golden rules to avoid having your beauty goodies confiscated:
- All liquids in hand luggage must be in containers of 100ml or less.
- All liquids in hand luggage must be presented in a clear, quart-sized Ziplock bag or transparent toiletry bag.

BB Beauties, what are your no-fail travel beauty trips? Let us know below…

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