How to De-Puff After a Longhaul Flight

How To De-Puff After A Longhaul Flight, Image by Moeez Ali, styled by Daisy Shayler-Webb
How To De-Puff After A Longhaul Flight, Image by Moeez Ali, styled by Daisy Shayler-Webb | © Coutesy of Clinique
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Fashion Editor13 April 2018

With tips from industry experts, at-home remedies and a few hand luggage essentials, consider this your go-to checklist for how to prep your skin ahead of a longhaul flight and how to de-puff after.

There are so many things to remember when prepping for a longhaul flight that sometimes, how we feel and what we look like at the end of it just might not seem like a priority pre-boarding. However, our skin can often be a giveaway even days after landing so it’s worth taking a little time to prep and maintain a routine during transit.


We all know that the heightened levels of air conditioning on aeroplanes means that skin can dry out seemingly in an instant, and if you’re travelling for a number of hours, hydration is key to maintaining a ‘glow’ (be it pre or post trip). Clinique’s Moisture Surge 72 hours hydrating cream does exactly what the name suggests, leaving skin plump and dewy for significantly longer than your flight time.

Clinique Education Expert, Marie Hudson says; ‘The gel-cream texture sinks into your skin whilst skin-loving humectants like Hyaluronic Acid hold moisture in throughout the flight. You can apply this cream over make-up and you’ll continue to feel the benefits even after washing your face.’

Moisture Surge 72 hours hydrating cream, Clinique, £46 | © Courtesy of Clinique


Aveda’s Botantical Kinetics™ Toning Mist is designed to be used first thing in the morning but it’s also perfectly suited to a mid-flight refresh as it’s infused with peppermint and rosewater which work to both dissolve excess oil and hydrate the skin. The perfect hand luggage addition, be sure to slot it into your on-board beauty bag.

Botanical Kinetics Toning Mist, Aveda, £18 | © Courtesy of Aveda

Origins proves that cucumber really does have eye-cooling benefits with its No Puffery Cooling Roll-On For Puffy Eyes. Infused with the ingredient to ease any built up tension around the temple and eye area and designed to work with or without make-up, it’s the kind of product you might wonder why you hadn’t been using all along. Apply once mid-flight and once upon landing to see the benefits.

No Puffery Cooling Roll-On For Puffy Eyes, Origins, £25 | © Coutesy of Origins


Potentially a lot easier to do if you’re on the flight back home than if you’re heading outbound, Nataliya Robinson, founder of Quantum Botanika skincare, suggests placing two teaspoons in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before applying one pump of her Quantum Botanika Hydrating Gel under each eye and massaging it into the skin using the spoons. Just one of her ‘kitchen cupboard remedies’ designed to remove puffiness, it requires minimal effort and returns maximum results.

Quantum Botanika Hydrating Gel , Nataliya Robinson, £65 | © Courtesy of Nataliya Robinson

If you’re looking for something with long-term effects, then Nataliya recommends a natural yogurt face mask. Every night, apply three thin layers of natural yogurt to your face (allowing each layer to dry completely between applications) for 10 weeks. Leave the final layer of yogurt on your skin for 10-20 minutes and then remove it with warm water. She says; ‘Due to the hydrating effects of this natural product, yoghurt stops dryness and is fantastic for those suffering from redness, itchiness, puffiness or flaking and peeling.’