Ask Jean: Airplane Essentials?
Dear Jean, What are the very best clean airplane beauty products, as far as you’re concerned? — Cecelia T.
There are two—well, three, main issues on the plane. The most important is that you’re way up in the sky with much, much less atmosphere between you and the sun; the level of UV you’re exposed to through those tiny windows is pretty major. So SPF is the crucial item, above anything else. I pack John Masters’ brilliant, portable tube of SPF 30, always, and I apply it over-enthusiastically: Sun damage from an inadvertent extra hour on the beach is a bummer, but at least you enjoy your hour on the beach. Sun damage from hideous air travel is just—an epic bummer.
John Masters Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30goop, $32
A portable tube of the bestselling SPF 30—creamy, luxe, and super effective: Better at preventing wrinkles than any anti-aging cream. Brilliant for face, but don’t forget your hands—especially after you wash them.
Once sun-protected, think moisturizer. Go thick, rich, and super-intense on an airplane: The ultimate is the goop by Juice Beauty night cream, which should be used day and night if your situation is at all dry, and constantly while on a plane. How dry is it on a plane? Crack open the roll you might be served if you’re lucky enough to make it to business class, and let it sit out for three minutes: It desiccates. The goop night cream will keep your skin super-hydrated, elastic, and plump with moisture—you’ll walk off the plane looking well rested and glowy.
goop by Juice Beauty Replenishing Night Creamgoop, $140
The Replenishing Night Cream is a luxurious, highly active night cream that works to plump, brighten, and firm skin overnight. The nourishing formula visibly improves skin texture, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and increases luminosity for a noticeable, healthy glow. Sandalwood nut oil helps to increase elasticity, while linseed extract and hyaluronic acid hydrate, lift and firm. The Replenishing Night Cream is formulated with USDA certified organic ingredients and contains approximately 79% total organic content.
Pay attention to your lips for the same reason: I love the citrusy, ultra-moisturizing Balm No 1 from Olio e Osso. It too, I apply constantly, to avoid the fate of the business-class roll.
Olio E Osso No. 1 – Clear Balmgoop, $28
Supremely moisturizing, this cushy, citrusy balm conditions lips like nothing else—and it’s an amazing fix for split ends, flyaways, brows, and even beards, plus cuticles and dry spots of any sort. The stick fits the shape of your lips perfectly, so it feels especially fantastic going on.
The third serious issue: germs. The airplane bathroom, the tray tables, your questionable fellow humans on the plane—I am a five-second-rule, dirt-loving, grime-tolerating non-germaphobe, but an airplane turns me into Howard Hughes. The brilliant, individually-packaged, essential-oil-infused wipes from Ursa Major kill every germ and moisturize, so while I bring them to the bathroom with me (use it after washing your hands to open the door), I also use it to refresh my skin, remove makeup, etc. I follow it immediately with the goop night cream.
Ursa Major Essential Face Wipesgoop, $24
The company’s miracle 4-1 Face Tonic formula is infused into each individually-wrapped bamboo-cloth face wipe—use as a pH-balancing cleanser, gentle-but-powerful exfoliant, potent skin-healer, and firming hydrator, for all skin types. The wipes smell subtly of orange, fir, and lavender—refreshing after the gym, beautiful for taking off makeup, life-changing for the breakout-prone.
Flying is torture. Bringing delightful, indulgent, non-toxic items to massage over myself, and walking out looking better than when I walked in, somehow makes me feel like I’m sticking it to The Man—the one who makes the seats tiny, the class-based-onboarding system miserable, the air stale, the bags to check $25, the food to not exist, the flight attendants to be weary and exasperated, and the gate agents inflexible.