The holidays are here, which means I get to go home to see my family and eat some good old Indian food. However, this comes with the price of a long flight. Long flights make me feel icky. I don’t like the stale air – being crunched between two people – avoiding touching things so I don’t get sick. I especially don’t like the greasy, unclean feeling I get when I’m on a plane too long.

I’m definitely not a beauty guru, so naturally, when it comes to getting ready for the airport, I’m no Victoria Bekham. The reason is: if I put on make-up before getting on a plane, I’ll almost always get a huge pimple, which won’t go away for weeks. Something about the combination of the plane’s dry air mixed with makeup on my face does not work for me. Because of this, I generally avoid heavy make up and lotions and I stick to lighter, more natural stuff.

Here is my minimalist regimen before getting on a plane. It’s not necessarily a beauty regimen because you won’t be Kylie Jenner after following this, but more a regimen that will get you clean, moisturized, and comfortable. I chose the products below because they have quality natural ingredients. When I bought them, I took a hard look at the label to make sure they were free of harmful chemicals. <— Trust me, I double check that ish.

Before a long flight, I like taking a shower and washing my hair to get squeaky clean. In the shower, I use Zion Health Adama Clay Minerals shampoo and conditioner because it cleans my hair without leaving behind any gunk. After washing, I don’t add any leave in conditioner, anti-frizz spray, or anything. My hair will do its job and generate oils on this long flight – I don’t need any added grease. For body wash, I use either Sandra’s soap OR Dr. Brommer’s Soap. Both of these products clean and moisturize without leaving oily residue. Again, I don’t apply lotion after the shower because I find that I’ll feel greasy and uncomfortable on the plane. With my hair, I usually just tie it up in a tight bun at the top of my head and don’t touch it until I land.


After I get out of the shower, I spray my face with rose water (The VF team is huge on rose products) OR I’ll apply Witch Hazel toner (we did an article on toner… this kind has rose in it, of course!) I like this step because it gives me a moisturized feeling and smells nice.

I don’t like putting on make-up before getting on a flight, but I also don’t like looking like a total scrub. I love Burt’s Bees lip crayon, which is lightly pigmented, but very moisturizing. It gives me the pop of color I need to feel fly. Speaking of moisturizing, I am absolutely obsessed with Wild Carrot Eye Balm by Evan Healy. I have terrible pollen allergies so my eyes and face get really irritated by the plane’s circulating air. Despite being an eye balm (whatever that means), I use this stuff to moisturize my under eyes, my lips, and any dry spots on my face. It moisturizes without being heavy and feels soooo good. I’m obsessed.

Anddd that’s pretty much it. My goal for flights is: get clean, stay moisturized without feeling greasy, and don’t overdo it. What about you? Do you have any favorite minimalism products that you use before flights?

Radhika The Snobby Foodie
Senior Writer || Snob in Chief at The Snobby Foodie || ENTJ || Once went to four coffee shops in one day to find the best one…

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3 Responses

  1. SkinTightSage Mia

    Hi Radhika! Thanks for these tips. I travel often and I really felt what you feel whenever you are on a flight. I don’t put any make up whenever I’m on a flight. It makes me feel heavy and uncomfortable. These recommendations are great. I’ll be checking out more of your posts.


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