My husband and I recently had the opportunity to serve with a GlobalX team on a mission trip to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Although I was a road warrior in my past professional life, the longest in flight experience to date was 11 hours compared to the upcoming two leg journey that would exceed 20 hours of flight time.
If you have met me or read many of my blog posts, you know the importance that I place on a daily skin care regimen that begins with proper cleansing. As I prepared for the trip I realized that I would need to tweak my night time skin care routine to accommodate amenities on the plane. (This may sound a bit over the top to you, however, this borderline OCD routine has blessed me with skin that looks much younger than my 48 years!)
It was without question that I would use my favorite facial cleanser, Omorovicza’s Thermal Cleansing Balm. However, I usually use OCB as a pre-cleansing method so I would need to be creative about the emulsification and removal steps in my process.
After researching “the best” facial wipes and micellar waters, I settled on Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes and Bioderma Sensibio H20. After trying the process at home upon arrival of my new products, I wasn’t sold on the process but packed the products in my carry-on, hoping for the best.
Once we were an hour or so into our connecting flight in the final leg of our trip, I pulled out my carry on and gathered my travel skin care arsenal. Per my usual routine, I began my makeup removal process with Omorovicza’s TCB. (to read details about this process see my article here:
The next step in my normal routine is to wet my fingers with warm water and emulsify the balm to break down the barrier between oil and water. Not wanting to monopolize the on board bathroom, I pulled out a Yes to Cucumbers facial wipe and began the final process of my cleansing routine. After a thorough wipe down, I applied two pumps of Bioderma Sensibio H20 to a cotton round and made a second sweep over my face and neck to be sure I had removed all residue of makeup and cleansing balm from the skin.
I have to say, I felt quite glamorous doing this process as we flew across the International Dateline. Armed with the knowledge that the dry air onboard could wreak havoc on my skin, I decided to take my “in flight pampering session” to the next level.
Sheet masks have become rather popular and although I have several of them in my sample bin, I rarely use them due to the recommended 20-30 minute wear time. At first I was hesitant and felt a bit weird about wearing the sheet mask on the plane. A quick glance in the direction of the seats nearest me revealed that passengers in my visual range were either deeply engrossed in an in-flight movie or sound asleep. Following suit, I selected a “chick flick”, donned my headphones and applied the sheet mask before settling in for a bit of girl time with Julianne Moore and the cast of “Still Alice”.
The trip has come and gone but I am happy to report that I would highly recommend both the Yes to Cucumbers wipes as well as the Bioderma Sensibio H20. I regularly use micellar waters from brands like Caudalie, Ren and Avene to remove makeup from client faces prior to a makeup application. Bioderma’s performance in removing dirt, oil and makeup from the skin without leaving a sticky residue far exceeds any other micellar water on the market. While I don’t think this is a replacement for proper cleansing with water and a pre-cleanser, I would definitely feel comfortable using it on the occasion when I am in a hurry or too tired for my full night time routine.
Please feel free to share your thoughts on this post: Have you tried micellar water and if so, what is your opinion? How would you pass the time on an extended flight? Would you also feel a bit shy about wearing beauty masks or eye pads?
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