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Even the most diligent sunscreen wearers slip up when it comes to the following sun damage hotspots – here are the oft-forgotten areas you need to know about.

We won’t mention a certain celebrity’s shared scant sunscreen routine last year but it’s fair to say that the majority of us know that we need to apply SPF more liberally than we would, say, a highlighter. 

Vastly improved sun safety education means that most of us are clued up on the fundamentals of sun protection, but it’s the ‘gaps’ in both our awareness and our application that can leave us particularly vulnerable to sun damage and premature ageing. 

SPF blind spots to have on your radar

Dermatologist and brand founder Dr. Dennis Gross states that skin specialists are seeing “an epidemic of skin cancers forming around the hairline”, while founder of Ultrasun Abi Cleeve highlights that “the thin skin on our scalp, combined with the fact that few of us consider our scalp and hairline when it comes to sun protection, makes this area especially prone to skin cancer.” There’s a very literal cosmetic fallout too – Abi emphasises that “UV damage is a significant trigger of hair loss”, with thinner hair then exposing more areas of the scalp to the sun rays in a vicious circle scenario. 

Other neglected areas include the hands, which Abi emphasises are also often the first place we see UV-induced pigmentation and sun damage, the tips of your ears (and behind them – top knot fans take note), as well as the back of your knees and the lips. She stresses that if you are lying face down in the sun then the soles of the feet also need a layer of SPF, as do any areas of the body where clothing is likely to rub. Waistlines, bikini tops and sandals are especially common culprits.

The Fix: Founder of 35 Thousand Misty Reich is a big fan of EltaMD’s UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF46 which she says is untinted, non greasy, and light in texture. 

Overexposure in the eye area

Another area where SPF quite literally gets overlooked is around the eyes, with The Skin Cancer Foundation reporting that cancer on the eyelid accounts for up to 10% of all skin cancer cases. 

The Fix: 

35 Thousand’s All-In Day Serum is formulated to protect the skin right up to the delicate eye area. With broad-spectrum SPF 30, it not only protects against harmful sun rays but blue light from screens too. Remember when applying to blend into the hairline. The sheer tint also means that any pigmentation, uneven skin tone or unwanted shadows get a lift too. 

Sun damage prevention with All-In Day Serum
35 Thousand All-In Day Serum

Optical specialist Dr. Andy Hepworth explains that it’s not just the delicate skin around your eyes that needs protecting either:

“Shockingly, research shows that 30% of us are completely unaware of the damage that UV rays can do to our eyes. Overexposure to UV light can lead to premature ageing and serious eye health issues such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Excessive UV exposure has also been linked to corneal sunburn, retinal tissue damage, eye strain and headaches.”

If that’s not reason enough to make you reach for a pair of sunnies, we’re not sure what is, but Dr. Hepworth has a few pointers in the eyewear department:

“For optimum eye health, you should be wearing sunglasses all year round. Only buy glasses with UV protection, which will be indicated on the label or shown on the product description. The minimum should ideally be UV 400 protection, which blocks nearly 100% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, with both UVA and UVB protection.”

Scratched lenses will compromise your defences according to Dr. Hepworth and it’s worth noting that style is as important as substance:

“Larger frames or those that wrap around the eye will generally provide better protection – even from the sides.”

The fix: 

Make Audrey Hepburn your eye-con in the sunglasses department (a wide-brimmed Breakfast at Tiffany’s hat won’t go amiss either) and opt for a high factor broad-spectrum SPF that fits in with your lifestyle and adapts to those easy-to-miss bits. 

Scars, tattoos and sun damage…

Finally, Abi also advises taking extra care if you have scarring or tattoos, as scars are especially susceptible to sun damage while tattoos absorb more UV radiation than the skin around them – the darker the tattoo, the more UV rays it will absorb. 

Formulated by top skincare scientists, 35 Thousand’s All In Day Serum is much like a superhero for scar areas, as well as tattoo removal sites. The ultimate skincare multitasker, it provides sun protection, deep hydration but the sheer tint (with no white cast), will help even the skin with no tell-tale marks.

35 Thousand All-In Day Serum with SPF 30 has a sheer tint
The unsuspecting sun traps

You got the memo about not baking yourself in baby oil in the midday sun, but the places, spaces and situations where we’re a sitting duck for sun damage aren’t always obvious. 

At home

For starters, research conducted by suncare brand Soltan reveals that 60% of sunburn happens at home rather than abroad or on holiday and, depending on where you live in the world, the height of summer doesn’t always hold the primetime slot for sun damage according to Abi.

For example, she says, “In the UK, the high strong UV light in the Northern Hemisphere in February and March catch many of us unawares and can be very damaging – skin is suddenly quite literally jolted into the light after winter and we often don’t give sun protection a second thought at this time.”

On the move

In addition to taking a ‘four seasons’ approach to SPF, we’d be wise to apply ourselves to all-over sun protection even when we’re not out and about. If you’re regularly at the wheel, bear in mind that The Skin Cancer Foundation found that skin cancers were most likely to occur on the left side of the body in the US, which corresponds to where UV rays hit when you’re in the driving seat (in the UK this would be the right-hand side). 


If you’re WFH or lucky enough to have your desk set in a sunny spot in the office, it’s also worth considering that while windows generally block harmful UVB rays, they can ‘leak’ UVA rays according to the American Cancer Society, making you more prone to sun-induced pigmentation, wrinkles and some forms of skin cancer. The older the windows, the more likely that they’ll invite UVA into your indoor space. What’s more, if you regularly bag the window seat on a plane you’ll need to apply sunscreen pre-take-off too as UV radiation increases the closer you are to the ozone layer. The same rules apply if your destination (or hometown) is situated at a high altitude and you’ll also want to double down your efforts if you’re skiing as snow reflects UV radiation. Even if you feel chilly, your risk of sun damage is quite literally sky-high. Unfortunately, you’re not shielded at sea level either, as both water and sand bounce UV rays right back at you.

The fix:

35 Thousand’s All In Day Serum to the rescue once again! This light, easily absorbed tinted serum will protect skin against the sun’s harmful rays but will also cushion skin against the drying effects of the less oxygenated, lower humidity atmosphere. Be extra vigilant when applying it to your ‘window facing’ side, whether you’re driving, working, commuting or jet setting. 

If you enjoyed reading this then you will love our article about facial oils.

We tend to hold very strong opinions about facial oils. Some of us use them passionately, virtually bathing in them morning and night, whilst others (often those with acne-prone skin) refuse to touch them with a 10-foot pole. Perhaps the greatest myth about facial oils is that they all clog the skin and lead to breakouts. Whilst this may be true for some, it isn’t true for all. On the contrary, the right oil can not only help calm the skin and reduce inflammation and flare-ups but they are packed with a swathe of other anti-ageing and ‘wow what have you done to your skin’ benefits too.

Why does our skin need oil?

Our skin lipid barrier is our defence mechanism against bacteria and viruses and is crucial for both protecting against damage and boosting moisture retention. If it’s not nourished, skin can become dry and brittle. More surprisingly, without sufficient oil balance, skin will compensate by producing more sebum resulting in breakouts and blemishes.

As with nutrition, exercise and alcohol consumption, balance is key. 

So which facial oils should I be looking for?

The oil you chose is everything. You need to seek out a non-comedogenic oil. Translation: a facial oil that won’t clog pores and therefore won’t lead to unwanted skin eruptions. Oils to avoid are ones that suffocate the skin – these are more commonly the synthetic ones often derived from the petrochemical industry such as paraffin, mineral oil, liquid petroleum and baby oil to name a few. 

At 35 Thousand we use oils that encourage skin to function optimally. We only use natural oils within our formulations which are easily recognized by the skin, won’t glue your pores, enable normal cellular turnover, and allow skin to breathe and help to keep it balanced and happy. These are our favourites.

Magic Marula 

If there was an Oscars of the skincare world, Marula oil would get a standing ovation. Present in our Clever Cleansing Balm, the Refresh & Revive Mist and the Really Radiant Cream this natural wonder oil can beautify your skin today but also help defend it against the onslaught of tomorrow.  With intense hydration boosting effects it also works as an occlusive layer, reducing any moisture loss and therefore leaving your skin immediately and noticeably plumper and more radiant than before. 

Marula’s spectacular portfolio of skin benefits doesn’t end there – it is also high in antioxidant vitamins C and E which help to defend against ageing free radicals. Claire Bristow, Director of Product Development at 35 Thousand says “Perhaps the best thing about marula oils is its’ fatty acid profile which is very similar to the oils naturally found in skin which makes it highly bioavailable.” Plus Marula has been proven to inhibit enzymes that break down the elastins within the skin, meaning it constantly works to ward off the development of fine lines.

35 Thousand products that contain facial oils
Clever Cleansing Balm, Refresh & Revive Mist & Really Radiant Cream by 35 Thousand
Clever Camellia Oil

We are also big fans of Camellia oil which we have used in our Clever Cleansing Balm and Really Radiant Cream. Like all of our ingredients, Camellia oil is also a queen of multitasking. 

Firstly it has a molecular weight that is very close to the skin’s own sebum, resulting in rapid and deeper absorption, which makes it a fantastic choice for blemish-prone skin. Secondly, with over 98% long-chain fatty acids which are vital to help combat signs of ageing and dark spots, Camelia oil can also aid in the production of collagen.  Thirdly, Camelia oil has fantastic anti-inflammatory qualities combined with a very mild astringent profile, meaning that it not only helps to keep skin clear and blemish-free but it also does so without irritation. Genius.

Superstar Squalane

Squalane has become somewhat of a skincare superstar in recent years for good reason. Used in both our Clever Cleansing Balm and the Really Radiant Cream, it has steadily grown in popularity as a protective powerhouse. Claire explains why, “It can help to neutralise damage caused by UV light and it has natural antioxidant properties to help protect skin and fight pigmentation. It is also an incredible natural emollient that locks moisture into the skin despite its incredibly light texture.” Its ability to hydrate without clogging or blocking pores also makes it ideal for spot-prone complexions. Add to that the fact that it is proven to scientifically strengthen the skin barrier, without oiliness or surface residue and we think we’ve found skin primer perfection.

35 Thousand products that contain facial oils
Clever Cleansing Balm & Really Radiant Cream
Crazy for Castor Oil

No newcomer to the world of beauty, Castor oil has been used medically and cosmetically for thousands of years. Taken from castor beans, Castor oil naturally hydrates the skin without blocking pores which is why we are trialling it in some new products in development. It is also rich in ricinoleic acid, a chemical compound that has been shown in early studies to have the potential in reversing hair loss. Whilst the jury is still out on whether it can promote hair growth, it is a fantastic nourishing ingredient for glowing skin and a great conditioner for eyebrows and lashes.

If you liked reading about facial oils then you will love our ingredients page.

Read more about founder of 35 Thousand Misty Reich here

What is it? 

Chicory root is key to our unique OTG-7 complex – a key component you’ll find in our 35 Thousand skincare formulas. This natural extract helps to maintain the delicate balance of our skin flora, preserving it, protecting it and maintaining the microbiome.

The microbiome refers to the microorganisms which live on our skin. This microbial layer is our skin’s first and outermost defence against unsafe external elements such as pollution and UV exposure. The different microorganisms within the microbial layer co-exist happily, ensuring stability for our skin. However, factors like stress and diet, as well as some beauty products, can all disturb the equilibrium, resulting in disruption of the skin’s barrier and increased sensitivity. This can lead to skin conditions like acne, eczema and rosacea. 

Chicory root works by optimising the skin flora naturally by encouraging the ideal balance of microbes. As a prebiotic – a skin friendly food consumed by good microorganisms only – it discourages harmful bacteria from settling on the skin. It actively puts our microbiome on a healthier diet as it were, purifying / balancing our skin in the process, while helping the microbial layer to thrive and strengthen the skin barrier too. In effect, chicory root ensures that the good microorganisms on our skin can keep doing their day job, defending against any damaging effects to keep our skin balanced, healthy and strong. 

Why your skin will thank you for it

Aside from its prebiotic nourishment, chicory root is well also known for its high-performance conditioning properties. It has a deeply nourishing effect that leaves skin feeling silky smooth. Perfect for parched complexions, it reinforces the skin’s protective barrier, whilst reducing sensitivity, inflammation and irritation. 

Where you can find chicory root

We’ve chosen to include chicory root as one of the main actives in our OTG-7 complex which is central to all the 35 Thousand products. Combining seven carefully chosen ingredients that work in synergy, this intelligent, multitasking blend supports skin on the go, both at home and when away.

To shop the 35 Thousand skincare range click here or discover more about the OTG-7 Complex, read here

Wild indigo extract is a key ingredient in 35 Thousand’s OTG-7 Complex because studies have shown it is an essential ingredient for counteracting the damaging effects of stress on the skin. Here’s why we wouldn’t have made our products without it.

What is it? 

Extracted from the seeds of Native Indian Wild Indigo flowers, this stress-relieving and soothing botanical has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic skincare traditions.

In a nutshell, Wild Indigo has the ability to reduce the impact of cortisol on the skin. Each day, our skin and brain are in constant communication with each other to coordinate internal and external danger signs. They do this through sending electrical impulses and the release of hormones like cortisol that we now know to be detrimental to the appearance of the skin.

Stressful situations that might provoke the release of cortisol are pollution, lack of sleep and exposure to UV light. Over time, continuous production of cortisol – caused by prolonged exposure to stress – can result in damage to skin’s internal equilibrium which can lead to breakouts, redness, inflammation and visibly tired-looking skin.

Thankfully, Wild Indigo Extract helps to break down the production of cortisol in skin cells which can prevent disruptive influences on the skin and stimulate a healthier looking complexion. Not only that but Wild Indigo is reputed to activate the release of endorphins in our cells which can help our skin manage stressful conditions and return to optimum balance.

Why your skin will thank you for it

Wild Indigo Extract is clinically proven to enhance skin luminosity and tone in an impressively short amount of time. In tests it’s been shown to be especially effective in rapidly improving colour around the eye (the most sensitive part of our skin) by significantly reducing redness and signs of fatigue like dark circles. A fast-acting skin de-stresser this plant extract works in harmony with the skin and is perfect for tackling the damage caused by hectic schedules and modern living. 

Where you can find it

A key ingredient in the 35 Thousand OTG 7 which lies at the heart of all our 35 Thousand products, Wild Indigo extract will stimulate the revival of dull or lacklustre skin, leaving it with a healthy glow. Because when your skin is happier, you will be happier too.

You can learn more about the 35 Thousand products and their ingredients here

What is it? 

Frankincense is by no means a new ingredient. Used for centuries by Indian Ayurvedic medicine to counteract inflammation, frankincense is a dried resin taken from the Boswellia Serrata plant. Included as one of seven components in 35 Thousand’s unique OTG-7 complex, and collected via small cuts to the bark so that the plant’s life cycle is not disturbed, Frankincense features in all of our products, soothing stressed out skin, protecting it from ageing, enhancing smoothness and basically helping you achieve your best ever boss skin.

Here’s the science: packed with acids that deliver an anti-inflammatory effect on skin, studies of frankincense show that it can prevent the formation of 5-lipoxygenase, an iron-containing enzyme that transforms fatty acids in our body into leukotrienes – molecules scientists have identified as causing inflammation. In simple terms, Frankincense works by blocking pro-inflammatory enzymes in our body. While other plant resins can also block the 5-lipoxygenase enzyme, clinical analysis suggests that the acids in Frankincense are specific inhibitors of 5-lipoxygenase. In short, Frankincense is especially successful in combatting inflammation and since we at 35 Thousand have used a phytosome form of the ingredient, it is most bioavailable to the skin, helping it to return to its most calm state. 

Additionally, scientific evidence points to Frankincense’s ability to significantly increase skin elasticity and decrease wrinkle depth. Again, the active works by inhibiting specific enzymes linked with cell damage, supporting the improvement of the skin’s texture. And that’s not the end to its benefits –  clinical trials have even proven that Frankincense can make skin less sensitive to UV radiation, reducing redness caused by UV exposure.

With a soft, calming, gentle scent known to ground our senses, we have also used a touch of Frankincense instead of a complex fragrance in our products.

Why your skin will thank you for it

You may know Frankincense as a herbal medication. Due to its anti-inflammatory effects, it is often taken in pill form to fight conditions such as arthritis. However, used in 35 Thousand’s OTG-7 Complex it helps to soothe even the most stressed-out complexion. So whether yours is irritated, jet-lagged, suffering from redness or generally feel a bit angry, the Frankincense used in 35 Thousand’s products will help promote a clearer, smoother, calmer and softer complexion with a more even tone. 

Where you can find Frankincense

Frankincense features as a key active in 35 Thousand’s OTG-7 complex and is therefore present in every product. So whether you are cleansing your skin with our Clever Cleansing Balm or nourishing skin with the Really Radiant Cream you are safe in the knowledge that it is constantly working to achieve your best complexion yet.

To shop the 35 Thousand skincare range click here or discover more ingredients within our OTG-7 Complex such as the Red Algae Extract here

What is it? 

Think of Pea Protein extract like an invisible suit of armour for your skin. A key active in 35 Thousand’s scientifically formulated OTG-7 complex, it is clinically proven to counteract and reduce damage caused to skin by harmful UV rays, infrared rays and blue light from our screens.

So how does it work? Research has shown that a group of proteins called ‘opsins’ play an important role in our perception of light. When activated, opsins can trigger adaptive responses, therefore protecting our skin from the harmful effects of solar and artificially produced blue light. Pea Protein activates these opsins, stimulating our skin’s defence against light-induced damage.

It has been proven that Pea Protein is no pushover when it comes guarding our skin. Obtained from one of the most radiation-resistant microorganisms using state-of-the-art biotechnology. These powerhouse organisms are so resistant in fact, they’ve been proven to successfully withstand extreme doses of radiation, like those found in outer space. 

Not just highly effective , pea protein also has enviable eco creds.  The process used to isolate and extract these microorganisms has been thoughtfully devised to reduce negative environmental impact and ensure natural materials aren’t unnecessarily harvested. This commitment to protecting the planet was recognised by the beauty industry in 2019, with Pea Protein extract being awarded Silver in the Green Ingredients category by the prestigious Paris-based In-Cosmetics Global Awards

Why your skin will thank you for it

With its powerful radiation-resisting qualities, Pea Protein extract is a key ingredient in the fight against premature ageing – a process intensified by our daily exposure to the sun and to digital light from tech devices. Essentially, Pea Protein has been shown to be hugely effective in guarding skin against the major signs of ageing, by preparing, protecting and repairing. Her Majesty of multitaskers, it visibly decreases pre-existing brown spots caused by UV exposure, while simultaneously protecting against the appearance of future spots. Pea protein can also reduce the appearance of wrinkles and roughness, leading to a rejuvenated, healthy and all-round more even and luminous complexion.

Where you can find Pea Protein extract…

Pea Protein extract is one of seven active ingredients in our OTG-7 complex – a potent blend created by world-leading skincare experts to boost stressed-out skin on the go. You’ll find the OTG-7 complex in all of the 35 Thousand products. So, home or away, sky high or feet firmly on the ground, you can be assured that this wonder ingredient is working hard to shield your skin from the hazards of indoor and outdoor light. The result? A radiant, younger-looking complexion without the need for a complicated skincare regime.

To shop the 35 Thousand skincare range click here. If you enjoyed learning about this ingredient then you will enjoy reading about red Algae Extract (also in the 35 Thousand OTG 7Complex which acts a little like a personal trainer for your skin. Read all about it here

Red Algae Extract is one of the super hard-working seven actives in the 35 Thousand OTG-7 Complex that will revitalise, revive and firm less than perky skin.

What is it?

Using patented cutting-edge technology, Red Algae Extract works by increasing collagen production and improving cellular vitality. A potent source of Taurine, an amino acid that has energising properties, as well as Oligofurcellaran, a type of marine sugar that’s well known for its protective and restructuring qualities, our Red Algae Extract creates what we like to call “fibroblast bodybuilders.” Found in the dermis (the inner layer of our skin) these fibroblasts produce proteins such as collagen, which give our skin a network of strength and elasticity, maintaining its tautness. 

Not only that but this wonder ingredient can also act a bit like your skin’s personal trainer , intensifying activity within our cells and giving it a good workout by helping to raise energy levels. This helps skin to look fitter and firmer and it can potentially help to slow the ageing process.

Last but certainly not least, Red Algae Extract can also combat the effects of oxidative stress, which can be caused by many lifestyle factors from diet to environmental damage and pollution, which in turn can cause ageing. Studies have shown that Red Algae regulates antioxidant function, helping to protect and restore stability. 

Why your skin will thank you for it

The perfect ingredient for frazzled complexions, Red Algae Extract has a myriad of glow-guarding benefits from fighting the signs of fatigue and giving you that well rested glow, to helping, over time, to plump the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Where you can find Red Algae Extract

You can reap the benefits of this skin bolstering ingredient within every product in the  35 Thousand product range. Along with six other scientifically proven ingredients that make up the OTG 7 complex, the Red Algae Extract promises a fresher, brighter and more radiant complexion as part of your daily skincare routine.

To shop the 35Thousand skincare range click here. To read more about the story of the brand click here.

As an executive coach, board member and former Fortune 500 global HR executive I can confidently say that I know a thing or two about ‘the juggle.’ Over the course of my 23 year career I have clocked more than 2 million air miles, had my passport stamped in 57 countries and commuted by car, train, plane and foot. I know all too well the joys and challenges of managing travel, work and family life on the go and I fully sympathise with trying to decant my entire ‘best skin day’ products into those mini bottles or compromising with drug store minis that would wreck my skin.

Misty Reich, founder of 35 Thousand
The Why

Having suffered from cystic acne most of my adult life, the 35 Thousand product range has been born out of my never ending mission to keep my skin healthy and happy on the go. It’s taken 4 years of research, thousands of product samples, and pulling through a global pandemic, but we have finally arrived with a beautiful, highly effective set of products to boost even the most stressed out or busy skin.

We are launching with five luxury skincare products for use at home and away
The science

In case you missed it in my bio, I’m no cosmetic scientist, but I worked with the best of the best to formulate a highly effective complex  – the OTG-7 –  which is made up of 7 powerhouse ingredients and is central to every product in our range. From boosting skin’s energy to calming irritation, protecting from blue light, reducing the effects of cortisol and restoring circadian rhythms, think of the OTG-7 as your skin’s invisible force field.

Misty Reich (right) with Content Director Susannah Taylor (left) and Product Development Director Claire Bristow (centre)

The products 

With multitasking at their core, all five of our products have been carefully developed to give you instant impact as well as long term results and are thoughtfully packaged to be your go-to good skin day saviours whether you are chilling at home, commuting on a Tuesday or jetting off on a big adventure.

The products will hit our digital shelves right here on 35thousand.com later this summer. For the latest launch updates, access to special offers, and a regular dose of on-the-go inspo be sure to sign up for our ‘Brief and Brilliant’ newsletter here.

We cannot wait to share it all with you.

Happy juggling!”


Since we haven’t been able to visit the hair salon that much lately, we’ve been breaking in some home hair styling tools instead with some pretty professional results. Here, the 35 Thousand team give their verdict on the best at-home hair gadgetry.

The Revlon one-step hairdryer and volumizer Hot Air Brush

Review by Tilly Doody-Henshaw

“This was totally a Tiktok enabled purchase, and this brush has truly changed the game!  I’ve tried and failed to blowdry my hair at home for years and this looked like it was going to solve all my problems. In no time it leaves my hair super sleek, smooth and shiny.  I just rough dry it, split into three sections and dry downwards, tucking the ends in or flicking backwards. It takes me 10-15 minutes from start to dry and I just sleep with my hair clipped in a loose bun to keep the shape. For someone who doesn’t like spending lots of time on their hair (I’m very lazy with it), this has really upgraded my hair game. The barrel is huge so I don’t think it would work for shorter hair, but mine falls just under my shoulders. It is also oval shaped, so it stops any ‘Dolly Parton’-esque bounce.” 

Buy here

Revlon One-step Hair dryer and Volumiser

Self grip rollers

Review by Misty Reich

“Any large Velcro rollers will do but I love these High Tops Self Grip rollers from Dry Bar. In my opinion, the larger the better for smooth, voluminous hair. Smaller ones will give waves and even curl, but for the blow dry hack, large ones are the trick.

I use them to cheat my way to a salon calibre blow out- even if I am working with a crappy hotel hair dryer.  Here’s how I style my hair

1) Rough dry  – I do mine upside down, because, more volume is always better   

2) Roll Hair –  When hair is still hot from drying, section off and brush bundles of hair and roll- I do a row down middle part of my head from forehead to nape of neck and I use 4 large rollers for that.  I then do 3 on each side of that row of rollers so my whole head is rolled.  

For an even smoother effect you can use a roller brush to blow dry each piece that will go around a roller so individual sections are heated and smoothed before being wrapped around roller.”

Buy here

GHD Glide Hot Brush

Review by Susannah Taylor

“This Glide Hot Brush is particularly useful for smoothing frizz, post workout flyaways, and second day hair fluffiness.   A straightening/ smoothing tool in the form of a hairbrush, the brush heats up to 185 degrees and has hard bristles. The multi-level bristles are brilliant for gripping onto hair and  managing even the most unruly of locks (eg mine) and it’s particularly useful for me at the moment because I’m inbetween Brazilian blowouts and therefore have frizzy roots! I use the Glide after blowdrying my hair (note: not to be used on wet hair) and it makes makes light work of my curly wurly bits, smoothing them flat. The only downside is that it‘s not that easy to wave the ends with this tool, so if the super straight look is your thing then it’s definitely worth the splurge.”

Buy here

The GHD Glide Hotbrush

T3 Twirl convertible styling wand 

Review by Susannah Taylor

“In my humble opinion this is the queen of styling wands. On its own, this bigger sized wand creates modern, beachy, naturally soft waves rather than tighter curls. With a tourmaline infused ceramic finish that heats up to 410 degrees almost immediately, it also eliminates static and smooths cuticles so the waves look smooth and luxurious. However what’s also exciting about this gadget is that the barrel is interchangeable so you can then buy others that you lock in to create different finishes. Choose from the Tousled waves Tapered styling wand for more surfy curls to the Polished Curls Barrel which has a clip to keep hair in place whilst you wave it. Genius.”

Buy here

The T3 Twirl Convertible styling wand

Babyliss 9000 cordless Straightener

“Babyliss describe this product as a ‘high performance cordless straightener’ which it is because it heats up to nearly the temperature of their plugin version with temperatures of 160, 180 and 200 degrees. Whilst the straightener is ready to use almost straight away, you need to charge it for 3 hours to last for 30 minutes cordlessly. With ceramic plates that won’t pull or frazzle your hair, it also has a curved body if you want to curl or flick the ends as I do. With an auto-safety function that turns them off automatically if left on, there is also a handy travel pouch that’s heat protected inside so you can throw them in your hand luggage and go. The only downside to these straighteners is that they are quite heavy so you may not want to be carrying them to work everyday. However they are brilliant for keeping in the car, for post gym frizz smoothing or even for a pre touch-down touch-up on a flight.”

Buy here

The Cloud Nine AirShot Pro

Cloud Nine Air Shot Pro

If Apple were to design a hairdryer then this would be it. The Cloud Nine Air shot Pro not only looks super sleek, is lightweight, but its technology is state-of-the-art too. It’s eco precision motor means that velocity of airflow is optimised at a lower wattage meaning hair dries faster and is left super shiney (even no my frizzy locks.). With a cool shot button and even weight distribution, this powerful hairdryer doesn’t feel like the usual kettle bell weight salon hairdryer we’ve had to use in the past.”

Buy here

If you love this article then ‘Tools of the Trade’ – our favourite, results-driven skincare gadgets – is also a must-read, here

We don’t know about you, but we are done with slobbing around at home bare-faced with our hair scraped up in a dirty top knot. What was once an au naturel novelty in lockdown 1.0 has morphed into an insatiable desire to ramp up the beauty regime in 2.0 with nails, home blowdries and the desire for a glow that look as if we’ve been chilling out on a Caribbean island for weeks on end (we wish, right?).

But now we’re at home more, unable to have beauty treatments as regularly as we once did, and watching our finances, we feel that we need beauty hacks that give us big bang for our buck.  Here are the tricks, treatments and tips that save us time, money and last longer than two days. Because as 2020 has shown, we can never be sure that the next salon visit is guaranteed.

Here’s our pick of our favourite beauty treatment trickery:

The Light Salon’s Boost LED face mask for on-the-go glow
The blowdry saviour: The Brazilian Blowdry

If you have thick, frizzy or hard to manage hair, then a hair smoothing treatment could well change your life. Editorial Director Susannah Taylor has badly behaved, frizzy hair that she says can “Take up to 45 minutes to blow dry sometimes into a presentable state.” Having tried many types of smoothing treatments over the years, Susannah finds that the Brazilian Blowout is the best she has found. “It smooths my hair without making it super straight or lank. Some treatments have left my hair really damaged and broken, but this genuinely leaves hair in better condition than before, plus it seems to last in my hair for many months. The best part is that you don’t have to leave it in for a few days either – you can wash and style your hair the same day. Every time I have it done I can’t believe the results.”

Susannah goes to taylortaylorlondon.com based in Libertys in London . In the US go to Brazilianblowout.com to find your nearest salon

The perma-glow: Profhilo

Profhilo has caused quite a stir in the past few years and won a few awards along the way too. If you haven’t heard of this revolutionary treatment, here’s the low-down: Profhilo is an award-winning treatment made up of 100% hyaluronic acid. It is administered through a few (potentially 5 on each side of the face) injections into the dermis, where it spreads and provides hydration for ‘crepey skin.’  The hyaluronic acid is also said to interact with your skin tissue and encourage it to create more collagen. The results? Many people experience visible, often dramatic improvement in skin tone after just two sessions (a month apart) and see firmer, smoother more hydrated looking skin rather than the volume associated with fillers. With minimal downtime, the results are very natural and you can be back at your desk straight after treatment. The downside? It’s expensive – around £850/ $1100 for two treatments. However when we say it lasts for 6 months you may reconsider.

For bare-faced chic: eyelash dye and lash lift

If you’re after a  non-invasive trick that will enhance your face even with no makeup on then we suggest a lash dye and lash lift together.  Yes, it’s totally possible to dye your lashes at home  – Editorial Director Susannah does it all the time – but she says “It’s never quite as good as when you have it done in the salon as I can’t quite get to the roots.” Susannah says that lash dye means she “Never feels totally bald. For example, when you bump into your boss in the gym with no makeup on and still feel you can look them in the eye!” It also means you don’t have to apply quite so much mascara since it gives your lashes a coloured base.

As for lash lifts – this is one of our favourite instant beauty hacks. Not like the lash perming processes of old where your lashes ended up curling in on themselves, the lash lift makes you look like you’ve had a squeeze with the lash curlers, permanently – even when you wake at 4am with jetlag. The process involves lying down with the solution on your eyes for an hour, and the results last about 3 months. 

Note: most beauty salons now offer a lash lift as well as eyelash tinting.

The face framer: brows

If you want to look 50% better, all the time, and if you don’t already, then you might want to think about getting your brows groomed professionally. Vanita Parti, founder of Blink Brow Bars across the UK says, “Keeping brows shaped is vital. By lifting the brow, creating an arch and highlighting the cheekbones, we create space around our eyes. It’s a small difference for a big impact.” Here at 35Thousand we can confirm that a brow shape at Blink, as well as a brow tint (if neeeded), is the equivalent of a small face lift, and makes us looked groomed and ‘put together’ even when the rest of the beauty regime is out of whack .  You can of course maintain your brows at home but we find the best results come when you are in the hands of an expert, especially if you have dark, unruly or very bushy brows.


Long lasting nail polish – The Red Carpet Manicure

Love wearing nail polish but hate the way it chips so easily? Now there are plenty of gel nail formulations you can use at home rather than having to go to a salon. One of the best, available worldwide, is the Red Carpet Manicure. If you buy the Starter Kit, it contains everything you need for a professional manicure at home that will last up to three weeks. Included is everything from a professional LED light, to nail cleaning wipes, to gel nail polish remover and remover wraps (you can buy gel nail colours separately). 

Go to redcarpetbeauty.co.uk or redcarpetmanicure.com

The long lasting DIY Red Carpet Manicure that stays chip-free for at least two weeks
The at-home facial: The home LED mask

Facialists have been using LED therapy in their treatments for years to help with acne, skin glow, an increased ski barrier function, not to mention its good mood benefits. Mostly used as an expensive add-on at the end of a facial, LED science has now entered our homes. Take for example The Light Salon which now has salons across the US and UK –  founders Hannah Measures and Laura Ferguson decided to start their LED salon business in 2015 where people could book to reap the benefits of light therapy treatments .  However their clients soon wanted access to LED treatments between appointments so they then decided to create the BOOST collection, a range of at-home portable LED devices. Personally we love the BOOST LED face mask (there’ss one for the decolletage too), because it delivers clinically proven red and infrared wavelengths, leaving our skin looking radiant and plumped whilst also resetting and calming our mind at the same time. It’s the perfect boost when you can’t get to a facialist – just be careful not to frighten any children when you’re wearing it.

www.thelight-salon.com (deliveryworldwide)

Once upon a time, all we had in our bathroom beauty arsenal was a face mask and (if we were lucky) an exfoliator. How times have changed. Thanks to huge advancements in the world of skincare and technology we are now able to mimic professional beauty treatments at home with a huge array of hi-tech at-home facial gadgets and tools. And with current COVID-19 restrictions on spa-based beauty treatments, they have never been more in demand . But which do we use and rate? Here’s how the 35 Thousand team get their glow on….

The at home facial

Foreo UFO II, $159.20

This palm-sized gadget is a bit like the Swiss Army knife of the beauty world. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s a round silicon covered disc-shaped gadget with one side that has a ring round it that lights up (hence the name). On this (flat) side you attach one of the Foreo masks (you scan the barcode on the back of the mask so your device knows which one you are using) and a synced app on your phone will talk you through the next steps.

“Placing the UFO II against your skin it will either then vibrate (sonic massaging), use full spectrum light therapy, warm up to deliver ingredients into your skin and cool down to close pores. Editorial Director Susannah Taylor uses one and says “It’s a very clever piece of kit that makes skincare work harder. It’s perfect for these times when we can’t make it to a spa and my skin looks radiant since I’ve started using it. However the one downside is that you have to use the Foreo masks with it when you may prefer to use your favourite brand.”

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The Microcurrent device

ZIIP GX $495

The ZIIP is a handbag sized electrical facial tool that promises healthier more glowy skin. It uses nanocurrents and microcurrents to communicate with your skin cells, increasing their effectiveness and encouraging the production of elastin and collagen. Misty Reich founder of 35 Thousand says “It’s super portable and I love that there are different treatment programs you activate via an app on your phone that then load onto the device via Bluetooth. Each one also comes with a video which you mirror at home. Programs span 1-12 minutes and can be super focused – for example you can choose depuffing and brightening the eyes or treat your whole face and neck.”

The downside, Misty says, “Is that the shape of the device can make it tough to get into some parts of the face (such as round the eyes) and it has two larger contact metal pads that both have to be touching your face for the device to work. However the glow factor is great.”

The ZIIP electrical facial tool

Buy here ziipbeauty.com and here for Nuface Trinity


NUFACE Trinity $325

The Nuface is an advanced microcurrent device which helps to improve facial contours, tone skin, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles – all in just 5 minutes a day. With two models – Trinity and Mini – they both have similar power levels, but the Trinity is bigger and you can change the treatment heads to sizes and shapes to address specific areas (ie eyes or body).  Meanwhile, the mini version is very portable, and great for on the go.

“The device beeps at regular intervals to tell you to move to another area and you can find and print out treatment programs to follow,” says Misty Reich, however she says the one downside is that there is no app to follow. “Microcurrent in general can give great results if used regularly for lifting and tightening – it has a subtle but real impact,” she says, “They all require use of a conducting gel of some sort- they will try to sell you their gel but Aloe Vera gel works great for me too.”

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The Contouring bar 

The Gold Bar, Jillian Dempsey $195

Jillian Dempsey’s Gold bar is a high-tech 24 carat gold vibrating bar that promises to lift, contour, tone and revive skin. “I’m a big fan of this product,” says PR director and journalist Anna-Marie Solowij “It delivers a deep massage, making my skin glow, while helping to prop up sagging jowls and iron out ‘tech neck’ lines. I was lucky enough to have a masterclass with Jillian, in her studio in LA, and the way she used it wasn’t what I expected – with really firm pressure, working upwards to counteract gravity. Pre COVID, it was a key prep tool in my arsenal before a night out; ironically, now I’m not going out but have more time, I find I’m using it more.” 

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The Gold Bar from Jillian Dempsey

The Dermaplaning tool

The Hollywood Smoother

Over the last few years, dermaplaning – the removal of the peach fuzz (known as ‘vellus’ to the beauty world) from your skin – has risen in popularity. According to CurrentBody who stock a huge selection of electrical beauty products, there has been a 58% lift of sales in home dermaplaning products since the beginning of lockdown. Here at 35 Thousand we feel it’s best to have a consultation with a dermaplaning expert before you attempt it yourself at home (removing the wrong type of hair can cause it to grow back thicker), however once you’ve learnt the ropes the Hollywood Smoother – which uses sonic technology to remove hair – can be useful for many reasons. Susannah Taylor says “Whilst I don’t use this to remove vellus, I actually use it for tidying up under my eyebrows and it works very well on removing random nasal hairs. I also use it on my husband’s ears which are becoming a bit furry around the edges! It’s much less traumatic than plucking.” 

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The derma roller

Glo PRO Microneedling Regeneration Tool 0.3mm needles, $199

If you are not familiar with a dermaroller then it is a hand-held rolling device covered in tiny spikes . The thought process behind it is that it will create micro tears in your skin which will allow product to penetrate more deeply but it will also cause the skin to heal in that area and rebuild with more collagen. Formerly just used in facials or by dermatologists, they have now made it into our bathrooms.

There are two lengths recommended for home use  – 0.3mm and 0.5mm. Misty Reich says “The longer the needle the deeper the ‘channel’ in the skin and the deeper the skincare actives you apply afterwards will go. If used properly, where the device is kept sanitised, and you use it with good skincare and don’t overuse it you can get a great glow.” Misty says she also knows people who swear by using it on brows in conjunction with a growth serum for rebuilding over plucked or thinning brows.”
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The GLOPro microneedling tool

The Gua Sha tool  

Hayo’u Beauty Restorer, £38

For those that like a more natural approach, then the Hayo’u Beauty Restorer is definitely worth a try. Made from one piece of polished rose quartz and inspired by the ancient Chinese tradition of Gua Sha (which means ‘pressed skin flush’) it is ergonomically designed to fit the contours of your face to improve circulation, lymphatic drainage, plump and sculpt skin and help reduce lines and wrinkles. Susannah Taylor says, “I use the Hayo’u Beauty Restorer regularly and love the glow that it gives my skin. I have tried many other brands but think this is the best for its thickness and design. In the mornings I often use it in sweeping movements from the centre of my face outwards with a few drops of facial oil and find it leaves my skin glowing and plumped for the day ahead.”

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The Ice Roller

001 Cryopress £148

Much has been written lately about Cryotherapy for the body – cold showers and wild swimming in chilly waters are said to increase blood circulation and immunity experts even believe a shock of cold can be beneficial for our immune systems. The ‘cold’ trend has now transferred to skincare – for many years facialists have spoken about splashing our faces with cold water after washing it to close the pores, but now we can take that one step further with a Cryotherapy roller. To be kept in the freezer, this one from 001 Cryopress is said to biologically trigger blood circulation which in turn increases oxygen supply to the skin as well as nutrients and an increase in cell renewal. Susannah Taylor says, “I personally love this tool for the way it feels on my skin – you take it out of the freezer and it’s ice-cold but feels very soothing on the skin. My skin looks like it does after a freezing cold walk (smooth, pores closed), but then transforms into an amazing glow. Perfect before a special event.”

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If you enjoyed reading this feature then you might like reading about skincare for maskne and wearing behind a mask here

In years to come we will find probably find an old face mask in our pocket and think how glad we were that this strange time in history has now passed. However it looks like the facemark is here to stay for now and we predict that even when mask-wearing is no longer compulsory, they may remain the norm for many.

Unfortunately one of the downsides of mask wearing is that dermatologists have seen a sharp rise in skin problems and ‘maskne’. We ask the experts for their tips on sub mask skincare.

You will notice that when you remove a mask, that the skin underneath is quite damp, warm and pink, which, according to skincare expert and facialist Sarah Chapman makes for ideal conditions for bacteria which can contribute to blemishes. Not only that, but “Your mask might also rub against your face and irritate the skin, which can lead to soreness and breakouts”  she says.

We spoke to Sarah as well as leading global facialist Anastastia Achilleos, both of whom tend to the skin of many a celebrity on a regular basis. Anastasia has in fact worn a mask as a therapist for the past 25 years. Why? “Firstly you never know what lurgy people come in with. Secondly, “When you are so close to someone’s face as a facialist you tend to turn your head to one side or hold your breathe to avoid taking in others’ breath,” she says.” This in turn makes us become shallow breathers, which can affect our wellbeing.”

Here are their insider tricks to keeping your skin spotless sub face mask…

Look for lightweight skincare

To avoid your skin becoming greasier under your mask, both Sarah and Anastasia suggest swapping out rich moisturising creams for lighter formulations that won’t clog the pores. Sarah’s Intense Hydrating Booster, $105 is great for this as, she says, as it’s ultra-lightweight and oil free. “Hyaluronic acid and moisture magnets will deeply hydrate without feeling heavy, while soothing rose water will help the skin to feel calm and comfortable. The formula also contains Bioecolia® and beta glucan, two advanced ingredients that will help to defend against any bacteria that has become trapped beneath your mask,” she says.

Sarah Chapman’s Intense Hydrating Booster
Treat your skin under your mask

Anastasia brilliantly suggests that we should use the time we are wearing a mask to treat our skin beneath it.  For those with more oily or acne prone skin, she suggests trying a more cosmeceutical type product as they won’t contain fragrance or other irritants. One product she highly recommends is Environ’s Retinol Serum, $74.87, which contains Retinol Palmitrate, which she says reaches the lower matrix of our skin and balances and stabilises the cells there, so when those cells reach the surface they are extremely well formed. This product she says, has been part of her beauty arsenal for 15 years and she applies it once a day (note: this can be applied to the cheeks and forehead too.)

Another product type that Anastasia recommends for use under masks, are balms. These, she explains, can both nourish and protect the skin simultaneously.  “We’re looking at products that are slightly different to what you normally use,” she says.  Anastasia is a fan of lightweight balms which she says men have actually used forever to protect their skin from the aggressors they face daily such as razors and hair growth. Ren’s Evercalm Overnight Recovery Balm $48 can be used in the day and is light and anti-inflammatory. “Even if your skin gets a bit congested, a balm helps to break down the congestion,” she says. Others she recommends are Decleor’s Aromessence Rose D’Orient Soothing Night Balm $29.70 and Darphin’s Essential Oil Elixir Aromatic  Purifying Balm which targets skin prone to imperfections whilst also acting as a barrier.

Decleor’s Baume de Nuit Rose D’Orient
Cleanse thoroughly (but not aggressively)

The message from both facialists is to cleanse without stripping your skin of its natural oils – lightly in the morning, then thoroughly at night. “At the end of the day, cleansing the skin well is key for avoiding the build-up of debris,” says Sarah, “A balm formula like my Ultimate Cleanse $99.98 will help to dislodge impurities and prevent the blockages that can cause congestion and breakouts. Oil-based cleansers have a natural affinity with your skin’s sebum, which means they can cleanse effectively whilst respecting the skin’s delicate acid mantle.”

Anastasia is a big fan of facial massage which she suggests doing for at least 60 seconds at night with your cleanser before wiping away with a warm flannel. This, she says, is a way of gently cleaning and lightly exfoliating the skin at the end of the day without leaving it feeling stripped. She says to make sure you use one per use (just throw them in the washing machine daily) to avoid bacteria growing on them.

Sarah Chapman’s Ultimate Cleanse
Should we be using different products on the top and the bottom half of the face?

This depends on your skintype, but Sarah would recommend focusing a lightweight formula for the lower part of the face, and continuing your usual routine above.

If your mask is causing congestion around the lower half of your face she suggests investing in her Pro Pore Refiner for here $205. “This clever, cutting-edge device mimics the extraction techniques we use in the Clinic such as thermo-therapy, ionic cleansing and ultrasonic vibrations deeply purge congested pores, giving you professional-standard extraction at home.”

Spot check

On the plus side, you can hide a multitude of skin problems under a mask and if you want to put toothpaste on your spots (an Old Wive’s Tale for drying out pimples), at least nobody will see it . However Sarah Chapman has a much better alternative. Her SOS stickers are ultra-hygienic patches infused with pimple-purging scientific actives that are released over time to help calm redness, soothe, decongest and accelerate blemish healing. I designed the patches to be almost invisible, but wearing a mask will provide total camouflage!”

Click here to discover our favourite quick fix face masks

We will never tire of our quest for longer, thicker doe-eyed lashes. However our desire for that perfect flutter may, in fact, be putting our lashes under undue stress. Mascara application for example can leave them dry and brittle, as can harsher eye makeup removers or overzealous scrubbing with washcloths to remover stubborn makeup. Meanwhile eyelash curlers can weaken the lashes by bending them at the base. The same goes for extensions which can cause stress at the base – particularly if you have a penchant for pulling them all out once they get a bit sparse.

A few eyelash facts

You may not have put too much thought into your lashes’ life cycle before but here are a few facts from a study carried out by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information in the US:

About lash serums

Eyelash growth serums have become hugely popular in the last few years. Designed for daily use, they contain ingredients that actively promote growth. Then there are lash conditioners which help prevent brittleness and breakage which can lead the the illusion of thickness.

The former (lash growth serums) aren’t without controversy – some (not all) started out life for use as medical treatments (some for treating glaucoma patients), where a side effect was increased eyelash growth. Other occasional side effects include eyelid pigmentation and irritation or redness. Since this is the very sensitive eye area we advise you to choose carefully.

We asked the 35thousand team for their tried and tested recommendations…


About the product

Latisse is an ophthalmic solution (eyedrops) created by Allergen who also create Botox and fillers. In 2001 Allergan created some medicated eyedrops that were to treat intraocular pressure. Containing Bimatoprost, the side effects were longer, fuller and darker lashes. This led them to create Latisse which, after clinical trials was approved by the FDA in 2008. The products is only currently available in the US.


“What I look for is the double effect of lengthening and thickness. Latisse is the most consistently effective in terms of proving the robustness and length of my lashes and works beautifully on my brows. It’s a little dropper (like an eyedropper bottle) and I put it on the roots of my lashes – initially every day and now once or twice a week. There’s a week or two that your lashes are amazing because what it does is extend the life of your lashes – you are basically keeping your lashes from falling out. I would say it’s two weeks before you see any results. You notice it subtley when you put mascara on.” Misty Reich

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Plantifique Eyelash GrowtH serum, $32.90

About the product

Plantifique prides itself on creating ‘superfood’ based skincare that is free from ingredients such as mineral oil, phthalates, and silicone sulphate. Containing non irritating ingredients, it is rich in vitamins, minerals and fatty acids and contains no gluten, colours or artificial fragrances. Clinically proven to improve the length of lashes, for optimum results they recommend using the serum twice a day for at least 3 months.

Plantifique Superfood Serum

“I have super sensitive eyes, so finding an eyelash serum that didn’t cause irritation but didn’t compromise on results was key for me. The Plantifique Eyelash Growth Serum is hypoallergenic, so is super gentle on the eyes but still adds some major drama to the lashes. For the first month, the serum is applied twice a day and can be worn easily under makeup and then to maintain my luscious lashes, I apply every night. The eyeliner shaped wand makes the serum easy to apply and minimises wastage.

The serum is applied in a thin line along the lash line as opposed to brushed on like a mascara. What is fab about this product, is the paper measuring tool that comes with it which allows you to track the growth. Within a week, my lashes were already tickling my browbone and my colleagues had noticed a difference on Zoom! The price point, ingredients and results all mean that this serum has quickly become a staple in my makeup bag – a quick swipe of mascara in the morning and I’m ready to go.” Tilly Henshaw

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RevitalasH Advanced eyelash conditioner serum, $55

About the product

Revitalash is probably the original and best known eyelash enhancer of them all. Created by Dr. Brinkenhoff, a physician and opthalmologist. The original formula was created for his wife when she was battling cancer to help her grow her lashes. The Advanced Serum uses scientifically advanced technology and a Biopeptin complex to help grow healthier-looking, more luscious lashes (and brows). You only have to read the reviews on their website www.revitalash.com to know that it has dedicated fan base.

Revitalash has a cult following

“I’m a Revitalash fan – but I don’t use it on my lashes. I’m trying to replace the brows I had in the 90s before Kate Moss inspired us all with those thin arches that looked so good back then. An over-enthusiastic makeup artist, keen to move me out of the 70s and into the 90s (I had really big Brooke Shields brows) pinned me down and tweezed away. I loved the way the brows looked, but with age, and changing styles, I missed my bushier brows. And if you pluck them consistently, they just don’t grow back. Unless you use a lash or brow serum, to help things along.

I like Revitalash because it is easy – just brush it over clean skin where you want to encourage growth, best done at night time, and wait for the results. I have to say, the best results are evident on existing brows – they grow long which is great for lashes but less so for brows, so you have to make sure you are painting with the little brush in the right area. What I have noticed over many years of use though, is a gradual increase in brow hair coverage so that my brow bones look less naked than they did. This is one of those beauty treatments that you have to really stick at and it’s not a one-off solution – consistent use pays off.” Anna-Marie Solowij

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Naissance Cold Pressed Castor oil, $11.99

About the product

This ethically sourced castor oil is packed with essential fatty acids. With a thick, honey-like consistency, it has long been used by its fans for conditioning lashes and helping give them a healthy, lustrous appearance. Extracted in India using a cold pressed method, this means that there’s been no heat processing involved which may alter its effectiveness.

Naissance Castor oil- many believe in its lustre giving benefits
The review

“As someone with a sensitive eye area, I’m always on the hunt for natural skincare and beauty products which are less likely to cause irritation. For eyelashes, I’ve been using the Naissance cold pressed castor oil. High in Ricinoleic acid, castor oil is known for being super conditioning and giving hair (and lashes) a hydrated, lustrous sheen. Although there’s no current scientific evidence to suggest the oil actively promotes hair growth, studies show it may help prevent breakage, leaving lashes nourished and looking fuller. 

I apply castor oil to my lashes as part of my nightly skincare routine. Since even cold pressed varieties can be fairly viscous, I usually combine it with a couple of drops of coconut oil (another natural moisturiser). Then, taking a clean eyeshadow brush I sweep the mix across my top and lower lash lines. Although naturally sticky, the oil feels lightweight once applied and can be easily washed away in the morning. To notice any significant change, you’ll need to consistently use the product for 3-6 months – with regular application, I’ve found that my lashes appear healthier and thicker.” Aasiyah Dana

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Rapidlash EyeLash Enhancing Serum,$31.95

About the product

Created by International Research Laboratories, this award-winning serum has sold over 3 million units world-wide. Opthalmologist-tested and clinically proven to be safe, it contains a scientific cocktail of ingredients from biotin to polypeptides and panthenon. Recommended for use just once a day, users report brilliant results.

Rapidlash is very effective for many people
The review

“If you’re looking for the results of Revitalash without the Revitalash pricetag, Rapidlash is a great alternative and widely available. Results take a little longer to become visible but after about 4 weeks my lashes really started to pack a punch and were earning me many a compliment in the office. They also felt a lot longer and softer. I had to stop using the serum in the end as my eyes became quite sensitive and the bags under my eyes were darkening in colour but if you don’t have sensitive eyes, this is a great mid-range option that definitely helps your eyelashes look more luscious.” Tilly Henshaw

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Once upon a time I had to lug my beloved Parlux hairdryer with me whenever I went away from home which would double the weight of my bag instantly (I have thick, frizzy, just-electrocuted hair in its natural state that requires a lot of smoothing. ) It was either that or risk those pathetic hairdryers that were attached to hotel bathroom walls which would take me half a day to dry my hair with.

Thankfully the hair tools of today are much lighter, leaner, sometimes wireless and more portable, meaning we can throw them in our handbag for after work drinks or in our hand luggage on a flight.

This is our tried and trusted edit of travel-friendly hair tools that make our lives (and hair) a lot more manageable

The Glide Hot Brush, GHD, $171.86

A favourite with influencers, this multitasking hair styling brush has firm long and short bristles and it also heats up, smoothing your hair quickly. Amazing for renewing second day hair and imparting a silky softness.

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Babyliss 9000 Cordless Straightener, $247.28

There have been a few cordless straighteners that have launched in the past, but they have never worked like the plug-in versions and never got hot enough. The recently launched Babyliss version, however, is an exception. Powered by lithium-ion, it comes with a magnetic charger that will give you 30 minutes use at maximum temperature, and with ceramic floating plates, it gives an exceptionally smooth glide. Does it smooth hair as well as the plug-in version? Yes, exactly the same. Absolutely brilliant – just don’t put them back in your handbag still hot.

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travel-friendly hair tools The Babyliss 9000 Cordless Straightener
The Babyliss 9000 Cordless Straightener
Thermoceramic rollers, Denman $4.02

If you want to fake the look of a salon blow-dry fast, blow-dry your hair smooth and then wrap the lengths around a set of Thermoceramic rollers from Denman. A genius invention, they are super lightweight, and use self-grip silver metallic thread so there’s no need for any grips or pins. Just roll into your hair, blast with a hairdryer and leave to cool for enviable waves.

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travel-friendly hair tools Denman Thermoceramic Velcro Rollers
Denman Thermoceramic Velcro Rollers
Ceramic and Boar Bristle brushes from Moroccanoil, from $13.60

Moroccanoil are not just famous for their cult defrizzing oil but they have an amazing professional range of hairbrushes too. One of my favourites is the Boar Bristle brush, $75.48 which smooths even the wildest hair (e.g. mine). Perfect to create your in-flight hairstyle.

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GHD flight travel hairdryer
The GHD Flight Travel Hairdryer
The GHD Flight Travel Hairdryer, $99

It used to be the case that the lighter the hairdryer was the less power it had. No more – this power tool from GHD is 50% lighter than their Air Hairdryer with 70% of the power. With two power settings, it folds up to reduce its size and there is dual voltage so you can rest assured it will work wherever you plug it in.

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The Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer, $399.99

The Dyson hairdryer is more lightweight than most professional hairdryers yet just as powerful. With special ion technology it helps to reduce static and is easy to use. With the motor in the handle (why did noone think of that before?) it makes this hairdryer small enough to pack in a suitcase.

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Whether you’re travelling, burning the candle at both ends, or juggling young children and working life, your eyes are first to give away the signs of fatigue. Here, top makeup artist and co-host of podcast Life and Lipstick Lisa Potter-Dixon shares how to hide tired eyes. Lisa tells us her secrets to looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed fast. 

Mask it 

Lisa loves an eye mask for keeping the skin around the eyes hydrated, ‘In fact,’ she says, “If I’m travelling I tend to do a whole skincare routine on a plane. Your eyes can become super puffy under flying conditions so applying hydrating eye masks every 5 hours will prevent this.” Her all-time favourites are 111 Skin Celestial Black Diamond Eye Masks, $14.84 for 1 and the Elemis Pro Collagen Hydra Gel Eye Masks $62.44 for 6. “Both are super hydrating and cooling, and will keep your eye area looking refreshed and smooth,” she says.  

The red eye antidote 

Lisa always carries eyedrops with her to help with red eyes. One of her favourites is Optrex Blood Shot Eye Drops, $6.91.  “If the rim of your eye tends to get red, use a nude coloured liner in the waterline,” she says, “ Benefit’s Eye Bright Liner, $34.90 is perfect for this,” she says “It will cover the red and your eyes will look brighter instantly.” 

how to hide tired eyes optrex Lisa is a fan of these Optrex eyedrops for reducing red eyes
Lisa is a fan of these Optrex eyedrops for reducing red eyes
For wide awake eyes 

Tired eyes will always look smaller than usual if you have broken or not enough sleep. Lisa has a few handy hints for helping them look bigger. “Using a liner on the top lid will help make eyes look brighter, as will a really good mascara.  Go for one in jet black and really layer it on, then turn the wand vertically to flick the corner lashes out.” She also suggests a a touch of highlighter in the inner corner of the eye which, she says, will not only make them look bigger but brighter too. Try Tom Ford’s Sheer Highlighting Duo, $78 . 

Handbag essentials 

As well as the eye masks above, Lisa will also always have a hydrating eye cream stashed in her handbag. One of her favourites is Glossier’s Bubble Wrap $28.44 , a protective eye and lip cream. She will also carry a quad eyeshadow palette for simple definition such as Charlotte Tilbury’s Exagger-eyes $64.23.

There will also always be a mascara and the eye brightening pencil mentioned above, and of course, some eyeshadow brushes for application. 

Glossier's Bubble Wrap is a two-in one hydrator for eyes and lips
Glossier’s Bubble Wrap is a two-in one hydrator for eyes and lips
From darkness into light 

Many people suffer with dark rings under their eyes which can look pronounced after a flight or after a broken night’s sleep. Lisa suggests the following to counteract their appearance. “Start with an eye cream to hydrate the area, but don’t apply too much as this can cause your mascara to transfer. Then it’s onto your concealer –  Nars Radiant creamy concealer $48.41 and Bourjois’ Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue Concealer $11.12  are two of my faves –  both have a colour correcting undertone that works for your skin colour and both brighten and conceal brilliantly.” Lisa suggests applying from the inner corner of the eye, down to the upper cheek bone and back up to the outer corner of the eye, patting it in with either your fingers, a brush or a beauty blender. “Blend up towards the lower lash line and also over the eye lid,” she says “The skin around the eye is 40% thinner than anywhere else on the face, so it’s important to conceal the area surrounding the eyes too if you want an even finish.” 

Brow know-how 

We all know how eyebrows frame our faces, but when we are tired they become even more important because, according to Lisa, they can create an instant eyelift. “Using just a fibre gel can make a huge difference,” she says. Her favourites are Benefit’s Gimme Brow, $24 and Laura Mercier’s Brow Dimension fibre gel $23.49 which really fill and define the brows. Follow her trick for maximum effect: “Brush the product through the brow the wrong way at first,” she says, “Before brushing them back the way the hair falls. This will add real volume and colour to the brows” 

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Top makeup artist Ruby Hammer knows a thing or two about reviving a jet lagged, partied out or simply exhausted face . Here, she spills her makeup secrets for the times you need to look fresh, polished and Zoom-ready incredibly fast (like when you’ve overslept.)

Avoid Hydration Drainers

Having travelled the world for shoots and top fashion campaigns, Ruby knows a thing or two about reviving tired skin. Whether you are travelling or literally walking downstairs to your ‘office’ her no-no is alcohol , “If you really want to look fabulous , then do not have an alcoholic drink,” she says “Especially in the air, because it will make dehydration so much worse which will make you look worse.”

And her advice (for when we start flying again) is not to reach for the salty snacks. “Try not to have too much sodium or salt as it puffs you up in the ankles and the face,” she warns. This may mean you think about carrying your own healthier versions with you.

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Ruby Hammer is the queen of fresh faced beauty
How to de-puff your face

If you find that you are prone to puffiness when you wake up, then Ruby suggests using a Jade roller, “I think these are fabulous,” she says, “You can roll the skin and under the eyes with it and using this means you then need to use less product.” One of our favourites is the Hayo’u Beauty Restorer , $46.98 a moulded piece of polished Jade which releases puffiness and re-boots cabin-suffocated skin. It stays cold too so is immensely refreshing on a fatigued face.

The Flash Facial

When you’re tired, Ruby is a big fan of applying light, fresh-looking makeup rather than caking it on, which she says won’t make you look more awake and could actually achieve the opposite.

Whether you are on a long haul flight or are waking in the night with young children , she suggests giving yourself a mini facial to revive skin. She suggests cleaning your face, then applying a dry sheet mask such as  Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask, $29.66. or Trish McEvoy’s Instant Solutions Reusable Dry Sheet Mask, $22 both of which are very handy on the go if you don’t like the feel or the mess of the wet gloopy ones. if you’re at home, apply one of these whilst you’re drying your hair – even five minutes will help boost your skin.

Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask is a miraculous mask to give facial results with no gloop
Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask is a miraculous mask to give facial results with no gloop

Ruby is also a big fan of Sisley’s Express Flower Gel Mask, $92.14 which really plumps up skin in just 3 minutes, “If your skin looks lovely and hydrated,” she says, “You only need a touch of moisturiser afterwards.”

She always travels with a product such as Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream, $24.73 which is an all-purpose multitasking ointment you can use on cuticles, stray eyebrows or dry lips. “It’s important to make sure your lips don’t look cracked and malnourished if you need to look polished,” she says.

Bright Eyes

We don’t know a makeup artist who is not a fan of eyedrops for their ability to brighten red, scratchy eyes. ‘You definitely need some killer eye drops,” says Ruby, “When I’m in Italy I stock up on a brand called Imidazyl, and when I’m in the US I buy Lumify Eye Drops from Bausch and Lomb. I absolutely swear by them  – they are a specialist eye care company and nearly every makeup artist I know uses them. They instantly relieve redness and make eyes sparkle  – if you can bring your eyes back to life you’re half way there.”

Lumify Eye Drops are a makeup artist favourite for brightening re or bloodshot eyes
Lumify Eye Drops are a makeup artist favourite for brightening re or bloodshot eyes
Touching Base

Ruby stresses the importance of not applying a heavy base of makeup unless you really need it because it can actually make tired skin look even more fatigued. ‘You don’t need to do full foundation, what you need is a really great concealer’ she says. Ruby is a huge fan of the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, $29.67 which she suggests using in place of base, but where you really need it – around the eyes, the nose, the chin and to cover any blemishes.

Face masks can leave your skin shiny so she then suggests taking the shine off with a blot proof paper or a powder. One of our favourites is Fenty’s Invisimatte Blotting Paper, $16, which comes on a roller dispenser you can refill.

Go for Glow

No glow? No problem. It’s easy to fake one with a touch of cream blush. Ruby loves using Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge $39.65,  (which you can also apply to lips) or Jillian Dempsey’s Cheek Tint, $32.76. Alternatively she loves Trish McEvoy’s Beauty Booster Lip and Cheek Balm, $37. If you aren’t a fan of cream blushers, Ruby says you can beat a powder blusher for control and staying power. 

Brighter Eyes

You don’t need to pile on thick, heavy eye makeup to brighten tired eyes, “You need to look clean and crisp, not like you’re going out to a nightclub,’ says Ruby. However what she does recommend is a lick of mascara and a neutral or mink-coloured eyeshadow. Ruby suggests Bobbi Brown’s Eye Shadows, $35.86 which come in many shades of neutral but also Maybelline’s The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, $14.82 which is amazing value for money. Dust lightly over the upper eyelid with Ruby’s Magnetic Brush Set, $34.62 which cleverly contains three brushes in with different shaped tips.

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Ruby’s Magnetic Brush set a set of brushes in one wand with 3 different brushes that slot together

‘Go for a mascara that gives volume and definition, not flakiness and clogging,’ says Ruby who loves the Hourglass Extreme Caution Lash Mascara, $51.29, a beauty editor favourite.

Lip Tricks

Continuing the fresh-faced look, Ruby suggests skipping lip liner and full blown lipstick in favour of a sheer, coloured balm. One of her absolute favourites is the Tom Ford Beauty Sheer Lip Color which comes in various shades, $55.

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Tom Ford’s Sheer Lip Colour in Nudiste, $55 is both hydrating and face brightening

Finally, Ruby suggests having an aromatherapy oil roller ball on hand such as the Revive Morning Rollerball from Aromatherapy Associates, $22.26, which not only will smell incredible but it can lift your mood. ‘Inhale deeply a few times,” she says, “And you’re good to go.”

Ruby’s Magnetic Brush Set is available at rubyhammer.com

We don’t know about you, but we’re not a pretty sight right now. We set out at the beginning of the Corona crisis with the best of intentions beauty-wise, but have since let it all slip. What happens, when you need to look half decent for an important Zoom call (or God forbid a real life meeting or a date) when you have spent the last few months channeling your inner scarecrow? We asked Hannah Martin, Professional Make Up artist, and co-host of the Life & Lipstick podcast , for her mega-boosting skin and makeup tricks.


SOS skincare

You may have been stuck inside with nothing but a computer for company over the last three months, and if so your skin will look brighter and more rejuvenated if it is well hydrated – often fine lines can be reduced and glow enhanced just by upping skin’s moisture levels. Hannah is a fan of Drunk Elephant B Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum $49.46 which she also uses on flights when hydration levels are really low. “For an extra boost or if skin is really dry I apply a light layer of face cream on top,” she says “My favourites are Shiseido’s Benefiance  Nutri Perfect range and Beauty Pie’s Super Healthy Skin.” If her skin needs some intense nourishing she uses Votary oils who use natural plant-based oils to nourish the skin gently.” She tells us she always has Clarins Lip Perfector lip balms, $22.87 with her at all times to keep her lips soft and supple and add a hint of colour (without looking overdone.)

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Clarins Lip Protector Balms add a hint of colour and nourish the lips at the same time
For a Zoom-ready glow…

If you have a special meeting, a date or you just fancy giving your skin a treat, try a super hydrating sheet mask – preferably one that is packed with Hyaluronic acid – a key ingredient which can hold up 1000 times its weight in water. Hannah suggests applying to clean skin and allowing all the goodness to be absorbed for a good 10 minutes (great to wear while you sip your coffee), before you apply your makeup. “This will instantly plump up any of those surface dehydration lines and ensure makeup sits smoothly” Hannah says. One of her favourites is the Seoulista Gold Glow Instant Facial $17.31.

Good to Glow

If your skin hasn’t see the light of day since the beginning of lockdown, Hannah suggests packing a Vitamin C serum for brightening skin – she is a fan of Drunk Elephant C Firma Day Serum, $82.84 that she applies to cleansed skin every morning. If she’s particularly tired or jet-lagged from travelling (pre Corona) she also uses a Hyaluronic acid to plump up tired looking skin and does a little face massage to encourage lymphatic drainage and reduce puffiness. You don’t have to be an expert she says “Simply tapping your face in upwards motions using the tips of your fingers really gets the blood circulating, helping you look fresh.”

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Drunk Elephant’s C Firma Day Serum is packed with vitamin C and antioxidants
Bright Eyed

If you spend a lot of your day at your computer, or your eyes are red and sore then rehydrate them with eye drops. Hannah suggests Optrex Eye Drops, $18.53 which not only refresh your eyes, but they can illuminate and reduce that scratchy feeling. If your eyes feel a little puffy then the Chantecaille Gold Energising Eye Recovery Masks $195 for 8 pairs can be great to apply to rehydrate the skin around the eyes. “They may not drastically reduce the appearance of bags but they feel wonderfully refreshing,” she says.


Back to Base

If your skin is on the dry side Hannah says she avoids a silicone based foundation as it tends to absorb moisture and make her skin look even more parched. Some of her favourite hydrating skin saviours are Trinny’s BFF Skin Perfector, $46.50 or Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturiser, $43.27.

If your skin needs more coverage however, Hannah likes IT Cosmetics Illuminating CC cream, $39.50 which, she says, will make your skin look bright and fresh whilst evening your squinting. She is also a big fan of Ciate London’s Matchmaker blush, $27.20 which she uses on all skin tones to bring life and glow back to sallow cheeks.

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Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturiser is a makeup artist favourite for delivering a flawless glow
Eye lift

Eyes can be a real fatigue giveaway. To put the sparkle back into yours, Hannah firstly suggests grooming your brows upwards with the Blink Brow Bar Brow build, $25.96 which will frame your eyes and immediately create a more polished look.  She then suggests lining the eyes (whether smudged, winged, subtle or strong) which is essential for making eyes look more awake. She loves Nars Long Wear Liner, $23.49 and adds a few coats of Hourglass Caution Mascara $29 onto curled lashes (she swears by Tweezerman lash curlers, $21.02).  She finishes with her favorite Clarins Lip Perfector (no 7 is her favourite, a toffee pink.).

On-the-go toolkit

You don’t have to buy lots of tools to create flawless skin, but Hannah suggests the following for an on-the-go perfected look: a foundation brush or sponge so you don’t make a mess or get lots of makeup on your hands; a powder brush that you can use for powder, blush and bronzer, and a simple shadow brush for eyes.

Finishing touches

Hannah says that hydrated lips can make a tired face look fresh, whilst dry, cracked lips can make your face seem less youthful. She always uses lip balm so her lips are ready for any lipstick. Finally, she has a tip for when we go out into the world again ,  “If at any point your makeup looks tired, carry a tiny bottle of facial oil and dab the smallest amount on cheekbones to bring your skin back to life.” We love Lixirskin’s Night Switch Essential Lipids, $29.67 which can be used as a treatment or as a travel-friendly boost for parched skin.

Hannah is a professional makeup artist and the co-host of the Life & Lipstick podcast @hannahmartinmakeup.

Well-travelled hair is often not happy hair. It’s normally been rolled around on, had some headphones knotted in it or squashed somewhere around a neck pillow and a rather nasty seat protector. But you don’t have to arrive at your destination in a tangle. Here’s our on-the-go guide to hair styling on the fly.

The In-flight Tousle

If you love the tousled look but can’t achieve it without your beloved hair tongs, then Jonathan Soons, Creative Ambassador for Headmasters salons, has the answer. For hair that’s below the shoulders, he suggests ‘the grown-up braid’ which he says, is a modern look that will also transform hair into soft waves on the go. The key he says, is “The bigger the braid, the better it is for creating waves, so you don’t get that crimping effect.” Jonathan suggests trying French braids or Heidi-esque braids as they’re comfortable on planes, trains and automobiles, and he explains, the messier they get, the better they tend to look.

With no need for styling tools or lots of product (just some clear elastics and some Kirby grips) you just need to know how to plait the hair.  Jonathan offers some help:

“For a Heidi braid, add a middle parting and then divide the hair into two equal sections. Secure each side into bunches behind the ear with a clear elastic.  Plait each bunch, then pull one of them over the top of the head an inch away from the hair line.  Secure the plait to the head by weaving pins underneath it and repeat on the other side.”

Twenty minutes before you are due to arrive at your destination, loosen your braids and brush through with your fingers or a Manta brush (which doesn’t damage the hair) for an undone wave.

On The Fly Hair Fixes

Different hair types react in different ways especially if you’re at 35 Thousand feet. Whilst some might stand on end, others lie down flat and refuse to perk up. Below are some tips for products you may want to stash in your carry-on.

If your hair is static

If your hair is prone to looking like it’s been electrocuted , then Jonathan Soons recommends using the Manta brush because it’s anti-static. He also suggests smoothing hair with a touch of serum to calm flyaways. One product we have discovered recently that is a hair travel essential is Hershesons Almost Everything Cream, $12.36  which you can use to style or tame hair, your choice. Hershesons.com

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Hersheson’s Almost Everything Cream holds, defrizzes and gives shine to hair
If your hair is greasy

An early morning start, a stressful long day and a long journey or day in the city can leave your hair greasy and dirty-looking. Modern hair brand Living Proof do great travel-sized versions of their clever products. We are fans of their Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo, $14 which is designed to absorb sweat, oil and odour. Weightless with a time release fragrance it’s the next best thing to a wash. Spray at the roots of hair and style as you would normally.  (The Instant De-Frizzer $18.55 is also great for taming wild hair on the go.)

You have those annoying flyaways around the hairline

If you’ve had a baby in the last few years you will absolutely comprehend the strange new hair flyaways that grow through like a weird tufty fringe. Thankfully there are products at hand specifically to tame them like the John Frieda Full Repair Touch-up Flyaway Tamer, $47.45

If your hair is flat

If you have the type of hair that loses volume instantly after styling then it will probably lie flat before you reach maximum altitude.  Jonathan recommends stashing some L’Oréal Professionnel tecni.ART Super Volume & Texture Dust, $15.10 in your hand luggage which he says will help give height to hair. Sprinkle onto the roots and massage in slightly. 

If your hair is frizzy around the hairline 

If your hair is prone to springing into frizz around the hairline the minute it gets sweaty or damp, I have a tip I once learnt from legendary hair stylist Eugene Souleiman. Take the inflight toothbrush (obviously if you’re not using it on your teeth) or one you know longer need at home and spray its brush with hairspray. Comb firmly through your hairline to fix the frizzies. Try John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Hairspray, 75ml, $3.09 which is handbag sized. 

If you need to wash and go

If you can’t face decanting your shampoo bottle, or if you have a layover and need a handy option then pack a shampoo bar instead of a liquid version. We are big fans of Nutandnoggin.com shampoo bars which use natural ingredients and beer (yes beer!) to leave hair not only super clean but incredibly shiny. And it won’t get taken away at back check.

The No-mirror Up-Do

One no-heat, no tool technique that’s guaranteed to leave hair with body and  a blow-dry worthy wave is the ballerina bun technique. Tried and tested successfully by the 35Thousand team, the key is to wash and blowdry hair smooth before you leave home, using a product such as Morroccanoil $35.11 Amazon.com. Whilst it’s still warm, tie it in a bun at the crown of your head, leaving out the ends so they don’t kink under the band. “Take the hair down a few hours later or before the plane lands,” says Jonathan Soons,  “And shake from the root to help it fall properly and frame the face.”  

Switch Sides

As with most things, if it’s not working, try looking at it from different perspective. This is the case I find with hair – if your side parting isn’t working maybe try wearing it central for a change or switch it to the other side. If you usually wear your hair down, but its too flyway/ messy/ lank, then throw it up in a chignon for an instantly chic new look. You never know, it might even give you a new lease of life. Always keep a mini kit of see-through bands and some Kirby grips to hand just in case.

No Plug, No Problem

Who said not having a plug socket needs to hinder your hairstyle? Kiss goodbye to unaffective styling tools and say hello to the new wave of cordless power stylers. 

Babyliss 9000 Portable straightener $247.28 (babyliss.co.uk)

Once you’ve charged this new state of the art straightener, it will stay hot (properly hot) for 30 minutes. Full size, with ceramic plates, testers have reported it leaves hair just as mirror-like and smooth as their usual plug-in version.

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The recently launched Babyliss 9000 Portable straightener for frizz fighting on the fly
The Balmain Paris Hair Couture Universal Cordless Straightener, $375 (netaporter.com

This super stylish portable straightener is small enough to slip into your hand luggage but powerful enough to style the most difficult of hair. In white titanium it also doubles up as a curling iron when you want luscious waves. 

Sleep-in rollers, $3.71 Boots for 6

Ok, you may feel a little silly wearing rollers through Check In (and they may question you in passport control), but if you’re planning to sleep on a long haul flight you could do worse than to pop a few of these in cleanly washed hair and pass out. Expect to wake to soft, bouncy waves.

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Anthropologie’s Lorelia Head band is perfect for managing hair on the go or adding some flair on arrival

If all else fails, Accessorize

It’s worth stashing a few hair accessories in your hand luggage just in case your hair is past the point of no return.

Hair bands are still of the moment and look great whether you are attending a board meeting or are heading to New York’s hippest hangout. They also look great worn with hair scraped into a bun. You’ll find a great collection at Anthropologie and also Born in the Sun, both of which offer some very chic hair clips too which provide a great distraction for rebellious hair.  This Lorelia hair band is $34.62 and the hair clip in the main image are from Anthropologie.com

As if having to sleep in a space the size of a mailbox isn’t bad enough, the effects of flying can also take drastic toll on our skin, leaving us arriving at our destination not only feeling shattered but potentially not looking so fresh. Since you will be seat-bound for a long period of time, maybe think about using air time as facial time too. Here we talk to top skincare experts about their suggested in-flight facial tips…

1. Cabin Clean-up

After a potential early start/ a tube ride/ traffic jam en route to the airport/ delay in the departure lounge, nothing is quite as luxurious or refreshing as giving your skin a good clean. Whether you wash your face onboard or in the departure lounge is up to you, but one product I would recommend taking in your hand luggage is a good do-it-all Micellar Water. My favourite of all time is Bioderma Crealine H2O, $6.43 which you can get in a 100 ml travel size. Suitable for even very sensitive skin, it removes everything from waterproof mascara to heavy duty foundation. Alternatively, if you are a fan of natural products one of my favourites is Absolution L’Eau Soir et Matin $35.86 which is a certified organic cleansing water.

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Pack a travel sized version of Bioderma Sensible H20 which will remove will remove all makeup and refresh skin

If you prefer a wash-off cleanser then try Tata Harper’s Refreshing Cleanser, $84 which cleans skin gently but slightly exfoliates at the same time (plus the dreamy scent is the perfect aeroplane pick-me-up), but you will need to decant it into a travel-size bottle.

2. Sky High Scrub

If you are really serious about achieving a mega-watt glow then you may want to think about exfoliating your skin which will not only leave it silky smooth but will slough away dead skin cells so products can penetrate the skin better. A great product you can travel with without the fear of spillages is a dry or powder exfoliator. One of my favourites is Bobbi Brown’s Buffing Grains for the Face, $42.04 which contains Japanese Adzuki beans. Just put a bit in the palm of your hand and add water. Gently buff skin with circular movements and wash off.

3. Mid Air Masks

Humidity in the air cabin can be roughly a third of what it is on the ground, so it’s no surprise that your skin can look positively parched on landing. The dehydration is such that your normal skincare won’t cut it and therefore it might be worth investing in a hydrating face mask to wear on the flight. If you don’t have anyone to chat to for a few hours (and if you don’t mind looking like a Halloween extra) you can dose off with a sheet mask on. One of my favourites is CremorLab Aqua Tank Water-Full Mask, $37 for 5 which is full of hyaluronic acid (which holds 1000 its weight in water), as well as marine collagen and mineral water. Whilst it advises to leave it on for an hour, there’s no harm in doubling that time for maximum effect.

4. Mile High Hydration

Teresa Tarmey is one of London’s most sought-after facialists and regularly perfects the pores of a wealth of celebrity clients from Kate Moss to Sienna Miller. In order to counteract the effects of flying she is a huge fan of products containing Hyaluronic Acid. If you don’t fancy using one of the masks above, she recommends a serum instead to boost your skins hydration levels. We also love  Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster from Dr Dennis Gross, $84.08  or SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifer, $111.28  both of which can be worn under your moisturiser to as a mega hydration boost.

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Skinceuticals H.A. Intensifier will help put intense hydration back into parched skin
5. Airborn Aromatherapy

Anastasia Achilleos, is one of the world’s most in-demand facialists, who travels all the time to plump celebrity’s skin on film sets and backstage at fashion shows. For her, it’s extremely important that her skincare products treat her senses as well, “I need to hit the ground running straight into work and usually there’s a time difference, so for me it’s all about wellness before I can take care of others” she says. Anastasia therefore says she will use aromatherapy products wherever she can weave them into her flight. “Aroma rollers are the easiest way of using aromatherapy in-flight and are the least offensive way of using them to anyone sitting close to you.” Anastasia is a huge fan of the Speak the Truth roller, $34.62 from Ilapothecary.com which contains rose and sandalwood for a comforting and uplifting scent. And for anyone slightly fearful of flying, then “Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax RollerBall is genius,” she says which contains peace inducing vetivert, patchouli and wild camomile, $34.62. Roll onto wrists, or temples and drift away on a cloud of aromatherapy heaven.

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Anastasia keeps the Ilapothecary Speak Your Truth Aroma Roller on hand for in-flight pick-me-ups
6. Facial Massage

Queen of facial massage, Anastasia says it should be non-negotiable during a flight. “We puff up, get sluggish circulation, and then there’s the dryness,” she says, “I apply face oils a lot  (almost every hour) and I massage the circle around the eyes upwards and downwards with firm pressure,  and massage my cheeks from the nose outwards toward the ears. I also spend time massaging my own shoulders.” One of her favourite oils to massage skin with is Le Prunier Plum Beauty oil, $94.82. Others we love are Aurelia’s Glowing Face Oil for its disappearing, non greasy texture and Votary’s Superseed Facial Oil, $29.67 for 15ml. The great thing about facial oils is also that they are nearly always under the 100ml liquid limit.

Facialist Lynn Rae uses facial Pilates techniques and suggests some of the following for keeping your complexion alive through a long flight:

Release the forehead by placing knuckles in centre, apply light pressure and glide out towards hairline.

Massage around back of head and neck

Release tension in your temples by placing finger pads on temples and slowly moving upwards and outwards. You should feel an easy movement with a slight grip but not so as to pull on the skin.

Massage the ears, and gently pull them in different directions

Gently squeeze the cheeks and lift

Massage around jaw with fingers or knuckles

Press or squeeze inner corners, middle and finally outer eyebrows 

Place thumbs under chin, curled fingers on top and squeeze, repeat below corners of mouth and squeeze, corners of jaw and squeeze, press under ears and glide down sides of neck.

To finish, rub palms together and place hands over the eyes feeling the energy and warmth.

7. Balmy Flights

Teresa Tarmey says she is never without a lip balm because she says ,”My lips get dry but also my nostrils do! I know it’s quite gross to share but I put a tiny bit up my nose to stop the feeling of dryness.” One of our all-time favourites is The Lip Balm from Crème de la Mer, $64.29,for super soft lips but it is also worth investing in a do-it-all multitasking balm which you can use on cuticles, lips, elbows, brows (or even nostrils! )We would highly recommend  travelling with Weleda’s Skin Food, at just $13.54. A rich blend of calendula, chamomile, natural oils and beeswax, it’s a mask, moisturiser, and balm all in one. With one sold worldwide every 23 seconds, no in-flight bag should be without one.

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The Lip Balm from Creme de La Mer is a firm beauty editor favourite
And finally…

Drink as much water as you can throughout the flight, and as every facialist I know says, don’t drink alcohol. Remember the state of your skin is as much about what you consume as what you put on it.