Catching a crazy long flight can be stressful; I mean, no-one loves the idea of spending 8 to 10 hours in a confined space! Besides testing your sanity long-haul flights can also wreak havoc on your skin and leave you feeling bloated, tired and just plain gross when you step off the flight. I traveled all the way to New Zealand in December last year and thought I would share my very favourite in-flight beauty spoils with you. Here are 5 beauty products that saved me on my long-haul flights and long layovers!

1. A Smitten

For lazy girls, Smittens are the best invention since face wipes! They’re also perfect for travelling as they cut down the amount of product you have to take. Smittens can be used all on their own (without face wash!) to effectively remove make-up and cleanse the skin. Simple add hot water, cleanse your face and remove make-up at the same and time and you’re ready to go! When you’re done, wash your Smitten with soapy water in the sink, pop it back into its handy zip-lock travel bag and that’s it!

Smittens are available from Beauty-Worx online store at R100 each. Click here to buy one now!

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2. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant

This miracle product is a must-have when travelling! The legendary skincare classic helps to soothe, calm and relieve chapped, cracked, dry skin. I use this product on face, lips and hands (in fact it can be used anywhere your skin needs a lift!). The cream helps soothe roughness, redness and minor skin irritations and during a flight I am constantly slathering it on my lips and other parts of my face that are prone to drying out and redness. If you always suffer with dry lips while flying then this stuff will sort you out in a matter of minutes.

 Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant is available from Edgars and Red Square stores at R210. Click here to buy this item online now!

3. Africology Sleep Gel

Famous for its appearance on the pillows in the world’s best 5-star hotels and resorts, the Africology Sleep Gel is an absolute must-have for travelers who struggle to sleep on the plane or who suffer from jet-lag. This stuff is the perfect bedtime companion and can be used to induce a state of relaxation before bed time. All you need to do is massage your temples with this lavender-infused gel and get ready for the sandman to pay you a visit. I massaged my temples with the product before I wanted to nap on the plane and would close my eyes and drift off into dream world in no time. It’s also a great companion for nervous flyers.

The Africology Sleep Gel is available from Africology stores as well as through the Africology online store. The product is available in 5ml sachets (perfect for travelling) at R13 each or in a larger 50ml tube at R140. Click here to buy this product now.

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4. Body Shop Hand Sanitizer

If there’s one must-have product you need on a plane, it’s hand sanitizer! You’ll need it after and before meals to cleanse your hands and any other time you feel a little bit icky. Of course, the best bit about using hand cleansing gel is that you don’t need any water to get squeaky clean hands. I love the Body Shop’s Absinthe Hand Purifying Hand Gel it smells great and leaves hands feeling super fresh.

Body Shop’s Absinthe Hand Purifying Hand Gel is available from Body Shop stores as well as through the Body Shop online store at R50. Click here to buy this product now.

5. DMK Herb and Mineral Mist

Nothing gives my skin a pick-me-up like DMK’s Herb and Mineral Mist! When I’m feeling dry during a flight I simply spritz some on and let my skin enjoy the soothing and cooling action of the misting spray. A rich source of vitamins, minerals and trace elements formulated from a unique blend of hand-soaked herbs this misting spray is just what the doctor ordered when your skin is feeling dehydrated and lack luster.

DMK Herb and Mineral Mist is available from DMK  stockists around South Africa. Click here to find a DMK stockist now.