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"Old blue eyes pretty much had it right when he sang the lyrics pack up, let's fly away at the end of his nostalgically famous tune Come Fly With Me. With a little help from our amazing friends at Jetstar, I have done just that. Packed my bellabox bags and headed on a jet plane to Japan, a destination that I have always longed to visit. To me Japan is the land of beauty. There is so much innovation, so much culture and intrigue. I can’t wait to share all of my finds and tell you all of its hidden beauty secrets over the coming days.
Now, before I get ahead of myself I need to focus on the flight. I was fortunate enough to head on board Jetstar’s first non-stop service from Melbourne to Tokyo (Narita) on their incredibly comfortable Airbus A330! This direct flight is the first between the two cities in five years, with the addition proving Jetstar’s commitment to providing a more convenient service for its Victorian customers.
As a regular short-haul, long-haul and red-eye flyer (I am finding that these days I am spending more time in the air than on the ground!), I find that if I don’t look after my skin in-flight, there is absolutely no recovering once I land. I am a nervous flyer too (go figure), so the bags under my eyes need a bit of extra TLC.
On the overnight 10 and a half hour long-haul Jetstar flight to Tokyo I developed an in-flight beauty regime which kept me hydrated, looking fresh and well rested, sans the dry skin and puffy eye combo once I landed.
My first piece of advice, keep every beauty product in your carry-on luggage under 100mLs or less. Travel size is best and will see you avoid crying when your $150 full sized serum is thrown into the bin. I avoid aerosols and gels too. You can take all that you need without packing restricted items and by following my simple in-flight steps!
Water. Sounds simple doesn’t it, but you would be surprised at how easy it is to forget drinking water in-flight. Hard liquor for an uneasy flyer seems so much more appealing! However, the bad news is, it is incredibly drying to your skin. Unless you want to end up looking haggard when you walk off that flight, it is essential to keep up the water and put down the alcohol.
The process… For me it begins as soon as the Captain turns off the no-seatbelt sign and we are free to move about the cabin. I always take on-board my small toiletries bag with my most favoured travel essentials.
Cleansing 101: As we nearing Winter in Australia, my skin is a little drier than normal. The winds that shoot straight off the Tasman can be a little tortuous to my skin. So I brought along the Uriage Crème Lavante Cleanser. This multipurpose cleanser not only purifies, but also moisturises the face, leaving it supple and ready for a long flight. The best part about this cleanser, apart from it being soap free (soap, your in-flight beauty no, no!), is that it can be used on the body and in your hair if need be. It is a traveller’s best friend.
Once I have cleansed and rinsed, I give my face a spritz of Indio’s Skin Tonic. The natural toner stays with me during the flight in my seat pocket. I pull it out for a refreshing zap every few hours. It is an incredibly refreshing mist, which will keep your face hydrate during the whole duration of the flight.
Next comes the moisturiser. My skin needs all it can get to prevent it from the harshness of in-flight air, so I swear by Boots Laboratories Optiva Aqua-Capture Serum. The lightweight formula takes two seconds to apply and strengthens the skin barrier overnight, improving your skins elasticity. It has been formulated to leave your face feeling comforted and calm, so you can rest easy for the remainder of the trip. This is the product that will see you stepping off the plane with that dewy “I have just come from my beautician” glow.
Lastly, I apply my Chapstick Lip Conditioner. Needing my lips to be picture perfect for all the selfies I’ll take once in Japan, it is vital they are crack free. On a more serious note, your lips are just as important as your skin and dry out much quicker, so Chapsticks Lip Conditioner works great as an overnight treatment for a red-eye flight.
This all sounds like it would take a while and have the airhostess’s knocking on the lavatory door, right? Wrong. This takes me 5 minutes max and is worth every minute.
So ladies, and gentleman - yes guys, you should follow this too - this is your guide to keeping yourself flight fab. You will be that person that everyone looks at looks and wonders, 'how do they look so good?'"
If you too want to fly off to Japan with Jetstar, their Melbourne-Tokyo services are now operating four times weekly for incredibly reasonable prices. Head to jetstar.com.au for more info - Vanessa Richards