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A Postcard from Sue

Still being so involved and hands on with my role at ESPA, it’s fair to say I do a lot of travelling for work – more than 70 flights a year in fact. If I’m visiting a client, designing a spa or speaking at an event for example, when it comes to packing, it’s vital for me to maximise on space as much as possible without compromising on skincare. So whether it’s carry-on or hold luggage, short-haul or long-haul, multitasking products are a must.

Space Savers

To save on luggage, I plan ahead what products will need to be packed away and what can be taken as carry-on– decanting where necessary.

For carry-on, consider:

  • Decant a little Resistance Body Oil so you can ward off any in-flight germs
  • Restorative Balm is great if you’re a nervous flyer or want to get some sleep
  • Tri-Active™ Advanced Instant FacialOvernight Hydration TherapyOptimal Skin ProSerum and Hydrating Floral Spafresh Spritzer will keep skin hydrated
  • Decant Optimal Body Triserum to keep your body moisturised too
  • Nourishing Lip Treatment Oil and Pink Pomelo Lip Balm will stop your lips from drying or chapping

For hold luggage:

  • Purifying Tea Tree Gel is great for relieving bites and stings, as well as clearing blemishes
  • Skin Rescue Balm is perfect for sun or windburn, as well as sensitised or dry skin
  • Hydrating Cleansing Milk is great as an after sun

Before you Fly

Pre-flight it’s incredibly important to exfoliate everything – face and body.

By prepping the skin and removing dead skin cells, you’re allowing the serums, oils and moisturisers you’ll apply later aboard your flight to be absorbed more effectively – leading to better results.

But remember, the dryer your skin, the more you should exfoliate.

On every flight I’m always sure to take flight leggings. Ideal for frequent flyers, flight leggings are better than flight socks that can constrict your legs at the knee. Reducing broken veins, capillaries and puffiness in the legs, feet and ankles, they’re great for circulation and are incredibly comfortable.

You also can’t go wrong with a Cashmere wrap, or any pyjama-esque clothing for comfort, and noise-eliminating headphones – these are a must for me when I need to get as much rest a possible.

During Flight

Recycled air with low humidity sucks moisture from the skin, so I constantly layer hydrating products. I use Optimal Skin ProSerum and Overnight Hydration Therapy to hydrate and nourish. However, you can also mix a little Tri-Active™ Advanced Instant Facial with Optimal Skin ProSerum, or Lifestage Net8 Serum mixed with ProSerum for over 50s, for a supercharged moisture boost.

I then spray Hydrating Floral Spafresh Spritzer constantly – which can also be kept in the fridge to keep cool in hotter climates.

Post Flight

… Ideally I have a de-stressing, detoxifying ESPA treatment, but if there’s not enough time I’ll take a bath using a mixture of Fitness Bath OilDetoxifying Seaweed Bath and magnesium-rich Epsom Salts. These are brilliant after a long flight or if you’re feeling a little under the weather. I also swim or use a cross trainer to boost circulation.
Most of all though, remember to drink lots of water to rehydrate your whole body.

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