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Model Skincare Routine: The Night Flight

Perhaps this one is a little obvious; but you’d be surprised how many people don’t cleanse and then moisturise when they fly long-haul. It’s probably more important to do a proper cleanse when flying than at any other time, because you need to moisturise well and you don’t want to be moisturising over a load of grime and makeup!

Flying fairly frequently long-haul (and more frequently short-haul), I have these little routines that I get into when I’m settling down for the sleepy part. I rarely get any actual sleep, even if I’m lucky enough to be in a nice big seat or bed, but I still treat my skin as though it’s night time. I’m sure it helps a bit with jet lag too, psychologically. It’s relaxing and soothing and a nice little ritual to make you feel homely and safe. Which is important when you’re on the go and your body clock is all over the place!

Models are usually absolute pros when it comes to in-flight beauty; more often than not, they have to get straight off a flight and do a shoot, so looking after the old face is a bit of a necessity. I’d like to say “steer clear of the alcohol” like every in-flight magazine tells you, but I reckon that’s just the airlines being cheap with the wine!


Seriously, it probably is best to stay away from the triple vodka and sodas, but if you’re like me, you’ll find that long-haul flights are one of the only times you can truly relax without feeling guilty, like you should be doing something useful. A couple of glasses of wine and guilt-free movie-watching is the pinnacle of luxury for me! (Just make sure you drink one of those 500ml bottles of water for every glass of wine. And an extra for good luck.)

Back to beauty. You’ll see some rather fabulous little Omorovicza minis in this video – they saved my skin when I was away! I don’t usually take Omorovicza abroad because the packaging is so luxe and heavy, so I am ever indebted to the Omorovicza trial kit with it’s plastic-packagied beauties!

I used wipes in this video because they were the most convenient thing. I’m not vastly enamoured with wipes; there are about 101 better ways to cleanse, but they are pretty handy when you’re on the move. I really like these ones from Klorane and there are a few others that I get on with, but in general I try to steer clear. So much better to have a proper, deep cleanse – but then I’m sort of dubious about the on-board water, too. Where’s that been? Where does it go? How many urethras has it passed through before you wash your face with it?


It’s another voice-over vid I’m afraid – I couldn’t sit there jabbering away to myself, not with Gary Newman over in the next seat. Or so I was informed. It all goes down in Air New Zealand Premium Economy, I tell you! On the way out to L.A. I was in Business class and I won’t even start to reveal the things that happen on those flat beds!


Product info and links are below the video pane – any questions, leave them in the comments! Do you fly regularly? Have any little routines or habits, beauty-wise?

Omorovicza Travel Kit: http://tinyurl.com/c3lk2ck
Nip + Fab Lip Balm: http://tidd.ly/520c6127
Pai Echium Eye Cream: http://tidd.ly/9c2e8abf
Murad Sensitive Serum: http://tidd.ly/404289e9
Avene Soothing Serum: http://tidd.ly/d055047e


  1. Skincare on a flight? Not obvious at all! I thought I was doing well just spritzing my face with water last time I flew from Pittsbugh, USA to Townsville, Australia, well over 24 hours of flight with four plane changes each way! Think of how many products could have been tested! (As you would say, Joke!) Will be doing much skincare on subsequent flights anywhere. (No Joke!) Thanks yet again!

  2. Very impressive Ruth! I’m a longhaul stewardess and struggle to keep my skin hydrated… Also wearing lots of make up doesn’t help!

  3. Thanks, this is great. I recently flew out to the US on a relatively long haul (mainly due to layovers) but my cleansing didn’t go well. The plane water really worried me so didn’t touch it and only cleansed my face on landing…also the plane was visibly dirty (I won’t mention the airline) which was pretty nasty. My skin suffered, despite using antibacterial stuff on my hands etc etc) and after 3 days I had more than a few spots. A lovely treat to take with me around Universal Studios.

  4. Hey Ruth!
    which tinted moisturizer vom LM do you use: golden radiance or natural.what do you prefer?

    • @Caroline I wear golden in the winter, natural in the summer. Or the other way around.. Whichever is darker in the summer!! I also have Warm Radiance but it’s too dark for me. x

  5. Nice video ! Your seat looked quite comfy ! :)

    And thank you for showing some of the omorovicza travel kit !

    I have received the complexion perfector and i quite like it ! it’s almost invisibe, juste gives a very “clean” aspect to the skin !

    Have a nice day !

  6. Great vid! I like to take one of those paper face treatment masks on board as well. I have fallen asleep with one on and I am sure was laughed at by the air crew…but oh well, my skin felt great in the end. Also hand and foot cream….the thicker the better. Thanks again for the posts Ruth.

  7. How thick am I? Very. Hand cream and foot cream. Never thought to do this.

    Any ideas for swollen legs/feet? I sprayed my legs w/ a temporary tan once and by the time I got to Oz there were huge cracks in the tan on my legs, from the swelling. I sort of felt like a zebra! The flight attendants and I had a great laugh…it was sooo weird. But walking around doesn’t help the bloating/swelling.

  8. Hi Ruth! Very nice video! This might sound weird but I do something similar when we are going on a long car journey (think 12-15 hours in the car…) I clean my face and moisturize, otherwise my face feels terribly dry. Also just trying out some Omorovicza products, they are lovely. I like the complexion enhancer – shame it is sooo expensive.

  9. Tks Ruth, I always have problem with my sensitive skin especially on long flights. I’ve never used a Serum… I guess I am going to try it after watching your video! Which one is the best, which one would you recommend for sensitive skin?The Murad one is the top?? Many tks!!

    • @Valentina hmmm, ye-e-e-e-s. I think the Murad is somewhat more soothing, but it is expensive in comparison. Not that that bothers me, but I know it does others! x

  10. Which eye cream is your fav? I’m 27 and just started using eye cream but not sure which brand is the best..thanks! Xx

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