Forget screaming kids and annoying fellow passengers. What really makes me feel 10 years older after a 10-hour flight is the dry cabin air, which will drain my skin and leave it in a miserable condition.
To avoid this, I’ve tried different day creams and night creams, but none of them have really done it for me. I’ve also experimented with sheet masks, which come in convenient individual packaging, but after scaring both cabin attendants and the aforementioned screaming kids with that white paper masks stuck to my face, I’ve also decided to skip that option. Besides, the sheet masks usually have too much liquid in the sheets, so you’ll end up with sheet mask stains all over the place.
Instead, I’ve found a thing that really works for me: Overnight masks/sleeping packs/sleeping masks. Call it what you want, but these facial masks which are meant to be applied before bedtime and not be rinsed off, are perfect for keeping your skin moisturized during long flights. Here are the ones I like the most, all tried and tested (and paid for) by me:
Moistfull Collagen Sleeping Pack – Etude House
The Collagen Cream from Etude House has been huge in Asia for a while, and the sleeping pack is a truly amazing product. The mask is gel-like, so it’s quickly absorbed, and your skin feels thoroughly moisturized for hours and hours.
Raspberry Roots Sleeping Mask – The Face Shop
A very light mask that is absorbed almost immediately and leaves you with a dewy, fresh-faced look. If you’re going on a long flight, you might need more than one application, so bring it along. The bottle contains 100ml, so you can have it in your hand luggage.
Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask – Origins
An old favorite of mine. It isn’t absorbed as well as the Collagen Sleeping Pack, and it feels more like a very heavy night cream, but the avocado and apricot oil makes sure your skin doesn’t wake up thirsty.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
Don’t forget the lips! The lip sleeping mask from Laneige has quickly turned into a modern beauty classic. It supposedly melts away dry skin while you’re sleeping so you wake up with smooth, silky soft lips. It’s a bit sticky, but that’s only a good thing as it makes the mask double as a lip gloss.