A huge huge hello from Hong Kong c:
I actually starting writing this post before i left but never had time to finish it between the end of my exams and leaving for HK.
I'm not a fan of flying, I actually really really dislike it. I get a little anxious planes. I don't know what it is, I'm not afraid of it, i just always feel unsettled and as a result i feel sick and I don't have an appetite so i don't end up eating much on the flight. Then there's the fact that i can't sleep planes! It's really exhausting for me and takes me days to recover ;c
I arrived this morning and i know, you guys are probably thinking WTF are you doing blogging, go out and shop and have a fabulous time?!! Well... multiple reasons really:
a.) I am sick. I woke up on the morning of my exam with a really sore throat and runny nose and after finishing my exam, i didn't have time to rest because i was super busy running last minute errands. Eventually i lost my voice the night of my flight and by the time i got to HK, I was feeling pretty rubbish
b.) It's been raining the whole day so i don't want to go out onto the streets anyway. I'm taking advantage of this rainy day by staying in and resting so i can get better and BE OUT AND ABOUT.
c.) I'm really sleepy but i don't want to nap coz otherwise i won't be able to sleep tonight so i thought i'd blog to stay awake c:
After i finish this post, I'm going to queue a post on my travel make up bag ^^ I love blogging stress free, ah i'm such a dag :3
I don't know about you guys but my skin condition and my self esteem have a very strong correlation LOL. When my skin doesn't feel great, i don't feel great so i try my best to make my skin happy c: I know i probably sound super OCD but i guess it's because before i really understood how to look after my skin, it suffered a lot ;c
That's why I thought I would just share with you my pre/in/post-flight skincare routine. My flight to HK is 9 hours. At that level of elevation, it is so incredibly dehydrating yet for some strange reason, i feel like my skin is oily/dirty at the same time...if that makes sense. It's just all round uncomfortable ;c So, this is how i get by!
Even before my flight, i prepare for the toll that flying does to the skin. The night before my flight, i always always use an overnight hydrating mask, just so my skin is at maximum hydration. My favorites are the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask or the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack. The day of my flight, I take a hot shower and moisturize with a body lotion (i know you should do this everyday but I'm lazy when it comes to moisturizing the rest of my body). If i have time, after my shower, i chuck on a sheet mask for 15 minutes or so. Then i go on to prepare everything else for the flight and I usually only do my brows and concealer.
So after my plane takes off and i've settled in, I start by cleansing my face with my Bioderma Crealine H20. This is great because it's gentle, hydrating and you don't need to rinse it off after (when I'm at home, I always cleanse properly after removing my make up with this but since i didn't have much make up to begin with and I'm on a plane, this is much more convenient).
Then I pat Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream all over my face. I actually used to use the oil-free gel cream from Kiehls (review here) but lately with Melbourne's harsh winters, my skin has been a lot dryer than usual so i made the switch. Then, I pop on Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye Cream. This is my night eye cream and richer than my day eye cream so it's perfect for flights.
Afterwards, I proceed as i normally would and use my Origins Super Spot Remover on any current blemishes and my Kiehl's Dark Spot Corrector (the one i have is the sample size) on any acne scars. Throughout the flight, i make sure that i keep my lips and hands moisturized. Chapsticks and stuff do nothing for me at that altitude so i always take my best performing lip balm. I found this Natralus PawPaw Ointment sample in my sample box and i've loving it - I don't like Lucas Papaw Ointment so i didn't think i'd like this. My current favorite hand cream is from Swisse, it smells delightful and feels really soft ^^
When they turn down the aircraft lights, it's rest/snooze time. Since i can't sleep on flights this doesn't really make a difference for me but this is normally a few of hours into the flight. Around this time I put on an overnight hydrating mask and leave it on for the remainder of the flight. I have a bunch of samples of the actual night mask i use (Laneige Water Sleeping Pack) so i always take a packet with me on long flights. When i run out, i'll probably pack a little tub to take with me on board :3
So now i sit back and relax for the rest of the flight - I watch movies, flip through my magazine, nom, read, whatever and i make sure that i drink plenty of water throughout the flight.
Before we descend, I take out my Bioderma Crealine H20 again and i remove all the product i have on my face. Then i simply moisturize with my Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream again, follow up with my Origins Ginzing Eye Cream and do my brows and concealer.
1.) I get really excited about ground toilets after having to go on plane toilets with flushes that sound like I'm going to get flushed out of the plane and
2.) I like to check what i look like in a big mirror just to make sure i don't look super trashed even if i feel that way - usually the case after any flight for me. So I freshen up with my Caudalie Beauty Elixir on the face and a little bit of perfume ^^
When i get to the place I'm staying, in this case, our apartment in HK, the first thing i do is take a nice shower and EXFOLIATE with my Cure Aqua Gel (review here). At this point, my skin is thanking me c:
I feel like this sounds like much harder work than it actually is, my in-flight skin routine takes me 5-10 minutes tops and i take my time massaging in my moisturizer and eye creams. Since I'm normally watching a movie while doing it anyway, I don't see it as a chore or anything. But then and again, i don't really see skincare as a chore. I really enjoy it and it feels so rewarding when i can see the effects ^^
Do you guys have a skincare routine when you have long flights? Do you guys think i'm crazy? Because i think i sound crazy but i promise I'm not :3 LOL