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:
Nip + Fab Lip Balm:
Pai Echium Eye Cream:
Murad Sensitive Serum:
Avene Soothing Serum:

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  1. April 30, 2012 / 6:25 am

    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!

    • Ruth
      April 30, 2012 / 11:38 am

      Not a problemo Upa! xxx

  2. Gillian
    April 30, 2012 / 7:29 am

    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. FR
    April 30, 2012 / 7:56 am

    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.

    • Ruth
      April 30, 2012 / 11:35 am

      @FR yep, they are hazardous places, beauty-wise! x

  4. Caroline
    April 30, 2012 / 8:15 am

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

    • Ruth
      April 30, 2012 / 11:34 am

      @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. Camille
    April 30, 2012 / 9:03 am

    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 !

    • Ruth
      April 30, 2012 / 11:32 am

      @Camille yes, it gives an almost porcelain sheen! x

  6. Mim
    April 30, 2012 / 9:17 am

    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.

    • Ruth
      April 30, 2012 / 11:32 am

      @Mim haha! I toyed with the idea of a paper mask…. You’re a braver girl than me! x

  7. April 30, 2012 / 11:53 am

    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.

    • Ruth
      April 30, 2012 / 11:58 am

      @Upa no, I think that leg swelling is just one of those things, unfortunately! x

    • NeenaJ
      April 30, 2012 / 4:12 pm

      Compression stockings, which you can buy at the drug store, are brilliant for leg swelling on long flights. They are meant to prevent blot clots from forming. Really, everyone should wear these when flying long-distance.

      • Ruth
        April 30, 2012 / 8:22 pm

        Thanks Neena! x

        • April 30, 2012 / 9:58 pm

          Thanks, Neena! But awfully restricting when sitting for so long!

  8. Edina
    April 30, 2012 / 12:38 pm

    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.

    • Ruth
      April 30, 2012 / 8:49 pm

      @Edina yes I know, It should come with an option for hire-purchase! x

  9. Valentina
    April 30, 2012 / 1:32 pm

    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!!

    • Ruth
      April 30, 2012 / 8:47 pm

      @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. Nura
    April 30, 2012 / 2:08 pm

    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

  11. Kristina
    April 30, 2012 / 4:32 pm

    Not particularly relevant to this post but I just came across a Strivectin sale on! I might stock up on the eye cream.

  12. mona
    April 30, 2012 / 4:45 pm

    Ruuuth can you please show us all the products you got from the US? I like most of the stuff you do videos on, but unfortunately it’s only available in UK/Europe I’d love to see what you discovered in the US!

  13. NancyH
    April 30, 2012 / 5:25 pm

    How did you managed to bring all of those liquids on a plane??

    After your post I’ll never be able to touch plane water D:



    • Ruth
      April 30, 2012 / 8:22 pm

      NancyH they are all under 100ml! I had loads more I didn’t show.. x

  14. UrielxXxEllen
    April 30, 2012 / 7:36 pm

    I LOVE this video. I don’t fly regularly and I haven’t been lucky enough to fly long-haul yet but whenever I do fly, I always end up with the most horrible, dry and spotty skin.

    Would you recommend doing this whole routine on a short flight? I’m from London but live in Ireland so that is my most frequent flight. It’s only about 40 minutes? Or my other frequent journey is Ireland to the Czech Republic (bf’s family live there) which is about 2 hours?

    And one last thing, do you put make-up on when you get off the plane? You have lovely skin and might not need to but my skin isn’t quite there yet, I need quite good coverage.


    • Ruth
      April 30, 2012 / 8:21 pm

      I probably wouldn’t bother short-haul, anything over 4 hours then YES! x

      • UrielxXxEllen
        May 2, 2012 / 2:33 pm

        I wish there was like a mini version for short haul flights as my skin does actually go insane after a flight :(

        • Ruth
          May 2, 2012 / 7:31 pm

          I’ll add that to my ideas list! x

  15. Lise
    April 30, 2012 / 8:04 pm

    With regard to swollen feet/legs, I use DVT pop socks. The ones I have are about 1000 denier and very American tan, so not attractive, but they really do stop my feet from swelling. Really enjoy your blog, Ruth!

    • May 2, 2012 / 8:09 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! I’ll try them!

  16. trixie
    April 30, 2012 / 8:25 pm

    i do fly a lot cause my whole family is in the air business and moisturising and drinking water is very important you are right! :) also especially in long flights its really good to give a little walk if possible for circulation but this could also work for the face! there are some nice face massage techniques and small exercises that make your face just so much brighter and its even good for preventing wrinkles aaand oily skin and acne cause it reduces stress and inflammation! i only remember one excerise which was smiling as wide as you possibly can and pressing your palms against your cheeks for 10 seconds, breath/ relax.. and repeat 3 times! hope it helps! nice article i love flying :P xx

  17. Chloe Elizabeth
    April 30, 2012 / 8:45 pm

    Interesting vid, only if for the different scenery I guess! Did you really say “the cat jumping on me from behind”, or did I just not hear that right?! Also noticed you’ve got Tropical Shiatsu’s are they any good? I’m based in london but love the states so please share any goodie purchases! xx

    • Ruth
      April 30, 2012 / 8:46 pm

      @Chloe they were for Mr AMR but he loves them! The cat was in my office when I recorded the voiceover x

  18. Chloe Elizabeth
    April 30, 2012 / 8:54 pm

    Haha! That made me laugh – why I was thinking the cat was on the plane I don’t know!! Also wondered what you think of the Murad sensitive serum and if its any good for redness, not that you seem to have any x

    • UrielxXxEllen
      May 7, 2012 / 6:55 pm

      I know this is only a temporary solution but if you’re based in the UK or Ireland, Boots have a really cheap range called 17 which sells a green concealer stick. I just put it on top of primer, under foundation and it gets rid of any redness in the skin. Use it lightly! It’s great for spots too, makes it much easier to conceal them if they’re not red.

  19. odile
    April 30, 2012 / 9:32 pm

    Ruth hi, first of all i just love your blog. You’re so naturally nice and fun that it’s a pleasure to watch your videos. And so informative! I have a question for you regarding Omorovicza. Do you know whether the skin enhancer is suitable for sensitive faces as it has fragrance in it, I’m a bit confused. And it has oil I think- apricot oil. I use it and I love it, it makes my problematic (dermatitis and pre-rosacea, acne prone and oily/dry at the same time!) skin look wonderful and it gives me a great tan. I have the same coloring with you, same skin and hair color, and so I bought it on your advice and it’s a wonderful product. It doesn’t look like it conceals when you first put it on but after a while, I get an even skin tone with a matte glow (does it make sense?) But I do get scared, I hope it doesn’t flare up my dermatitis in the long run as I use it nearly every day for sun protection.
    Also, what do you suggest for sun protection apart from that one? I want one that doesn’t give me the white cakey effect and one that doesn’t shine like crazy on the t-zone but also one that doesn’t dry up my face and emhasize the flakes (a la La Roche anthelios fluide). I was hoping to get Skinceuticals fusion spf 50 one but strangely I don’t have that particular one where I live. So, any other suggestions? Thanks!

    • Ruth
      May 2, 2012 / 9:39 pm

      Hi Odile.
      I think the only way to find out about the Omorovicza is to see what happens – so far so good! I find all of the products very soothing, despite them having quite strong smell. They are really well formulated so hopefully there won’t be a problem!
      RE: SPF, how about Avene? Have you tried? I also love the Institut Esthederm range but I wonder how your skin would get on with it…. x

  20. lucy
    May 1, 2012 / 3:12 am

    hi ruth, pleaseeeeeeeeeeee can you do a video on eye creams, i have absolutely no idea where to start with them! i get so confused as to which ones you can use day/night!! ahh! thanks so much x x x

  21. elly
    May 1, 2012 / 10:49 am

    Hi Ruth

    Have you tried Jo malone’s Green tea and honey eye cream?
    If so what did you think?
    elly x

    • Ruth
      May 1, 2012 / 11:22 am

      @Elly I haven’t! I’d love to though! x

      • elly
        May 1, 2012 / 1:23 pm

        Looking for one that treats dark circles and was previously using the Sarah Chapman one but wasn’t impressed.

        Which would you go for?


        • Ruth
          May 1, 2012 / 5:47 pm

          @Elly they are notoriously difficult to treat but I do find that the StriVectin helps mine. I think it’s just about improving the general skin tone, the rest is hydration, sleep and genetics! Mine are terrible before my period, too.. x

  22. Johanna
    May 2, 2012 / 9:53 am

    I am so glad you did this video!!. I fly pretty often from Romania to LA and total time for the trip is about 16-17 hours. and I hate flying long haul flights soooo much. I feel icky, dirty, bloated and just overall gross. I try washing my face in the bathroom but it doesn’t help. were you serious about the washroom water? you think its that bad? :-/

    how did you make sure your hand were clean before? i find airplanes so dirty. my next flight is july 5th through London!!! :)

    • Ruth
      May 2, 2012 / 9:06 pm

      @Johanna haha! I’m not sure about the bathroom water, I was kind of joking! xxx

  23. May 3, 2012 / 12:31 am

    I’m not familiar with this brand. I will have to check it out. love new skincare <3

  24. May 3, 2012 / 6:26 am

    I love your voice-over videos-they make me chuckle, but in a good way! I feel like i’m watching BBC’s Walk on the Wild Side…but with a model.

    • Ruth
      May 3, 2012 / 11:24 am

      @B Burns
      Hahaha!! I like that! x

  25. Joanne
    July 24, 2012 / 5:02 pm

    Hi Ruth, great blog, truly enjoy the great advice and sheer wit! I have always struggled with terribly dry lips after taking Roaccutane as a teenager. Nothing except Vaseline has really worked, and even then, I know of the potential dangers of petroleum jelly and the fact that it’s just masking the dryness rather than treating it. I’ve tried a bunch of lip balms and chapsticks, but have seemed to get an allergic reaction to all of them (incredibly dry lips, burning, peeling…and well I’ll spare you the rest). I then tried Lip+Nip fix, which, as you know only has lanolin as the ingredient. Again, got the most terrible allergic reaction, so at least now I know what it is I’m allergic to (YAY!…I think).

    Well the main point of this essay you know of any lip balms that are lanolin-free and effective at treating dryness? xx

    • Ruth
      July 24, 2012 / 8:43 pm

      Is the La Roche Posay one? See my review and click the link! x

      • Joanne
        July 25, 2012 / 8:12 pm

        Yes it is! Might have to give that one a try. Thanks!! :)

  26. J Bains
    December 14, 2012 / 8:26 pm

    Hi there,,, I had stumbled on you via You Tube and after reading your reviews [very impressed] thought I would visit your website. This i Have to say is one of the best sites whereby you are providing non bias results… I spend a fortune on products ‘thinking’ this time this must work.. RIGHT?? WRONG!!!! You cant trust the sales lady,,, I mean if the products are so so good… How come they look years older then they are???? Please please can you recommend eye products plz…. I am 38 and have just started getting fine lines around my eyes and when I smile… OMG they look worse….. I mean I love smiling… who does’t!?? :-) Thank you so much..New devotee :-)

  27. Rex
    October 31, 2013 / 2:16 pm

    Just skip the crap and use raw organic sheabutter after the face cleansing. Deep moisturizing protective and regenerating/healing. Raw sheabutter is the king of super luxury for your skin. as a serum you can use pure organic argan oil. You’ll love it.

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