Beauty How To: Get Jet-Set Gorgeous

Sunscreen should be the only thing on our minds when we pack up our travel beauty bag and head somewhere exotic. Unfortunately, stepping off of a long-haul flight with your skin in tip-top condition is easier said than done and more often than not, we disembark with a parched, unhappy complexion. Because the circulation system of an aircraft must take in breathable air from outside of the plane, flying can wreak havoc on even the healthiest of skin Hayley Gardiner, national training and education manager for Estée Lauder New Zealand explains. “The air outside of a plane at 36,000 feet tends to be extremely dry with a humidity of only 10 to 20 per cent,” she explains. “Compared to 40 to 70 per cent humidity that most people are used to, it tends to reduce the moisture within the body.”

Ready for Takeoff

A well-prepared in-flight beauty regimen is only part of the solution says Gardiner and there’s a lot you can do to minimise the impact flying will have on your skin before you even leave the ground. Keeping on top of your usual skincare routine, both day and night is essential but Gardiner says it’s a good opportunity to think about your skin health from the inside out and says a well-rounded diet is important in the lead up to a flight. “Load up with water-retaining vegetables and fruit to plump up the skin from the inside out,” she suggests. Drinking plenty of water, eating whole foods, reducing your salt intake and getting eight hours of sleep should all be top of your pre-holiday beauty prep checklist. A handful of raw nuts each day will also help to boost the healthy oils in your skin Gardiner says.

Applying a hydrating face mask a day prior to flying and travelling make-up free will help your skin retain moisture during the flight says Gardiner. “Boarding a plane with a clean, fresh face loaded with hydrating products is best,” she explains. But if the thought travelling bare-faced doesn’t appeal, try switching out your go-to make-up for something a little lighter. “Try BB creams, brightening concealer, cream blush, water-soluble mascara and a tinted lip gloss.” Whatever you do, Gardiner says avoid drying powders at all costs.

Up in the Air

Once you’re on the way, staying well-hydrated throughout the flight is not only good for your general well-being but is great for your skin too. “Drink plenty of water, not just when you’re thirsty and a hydrating face mist is also helpful,” suggests Gardiner. Slathering on an in-flight hydrating face mask is no longer a luxury afforded to those travelling in business class as there is a plethora of individual and sheet masks that are perfect for travel. “These make for easy disposal with no messy face and hands to clean up. Surrounding passengers will be envious of you,” says Gardiner. Once you’re on the ground with well-cared-for, healthy skin, it’s important to keep drinking plenty of water says Gardiner. “When you arrive at your destination, refresh skin by cleansing it and applying your hydrating skincare regime including ANR. Don’t forget the sunscreen no matter what season you are in.”


Allbirds’ Sweetest Sole Yet

The San Francisco-based Kiwi footwear company is at it again. This time creating ‘SweetFoam’ – a new green material made from sugarcane.

They’ve always been dedicated to creating more environmentally sustainable footwear options, becoming famous for their Wool Runner, which is made from New Zealand superfine merino wool, but this time it seems Allbirds have upped the ante.

SweetFoam™ – a proprietary sole material made with the world’s first green-EVA, derived from renewable sugarcane, is revolutionary in terms of sustainability and innovation. Most shoe soles are made from plastic foam called EVA which is highly prevalent in casual footwear and incredibly polluting. So the fact that Allbirds has come up with an alternative is pretty huge news.

The material will initially be available in Sugar Zeffers, a new take on the Kiwi jandal, and will then be rolled out across the entire Allbirds product portfolio. The brand is making their renewable green EVA technology available to other companies – the first step at bringing systemic change to the footwear industry.

Retailing for $60, Sugar Zeffers are available online at

Along with this exciting new launch, Allbirds is thrilled to announce Academy Award-winning actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio as a new investor. Click here to find out more about the exciting new partnership.

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