You don’t know a mind-blowing facial massage until you’ve booked in with Nichola Joss. Just ask Meghan Markle. And Kate Moss. And Margot Robbie (the A-list client rollcall goes on…).
Founder of The Inner Facial™ (yes that’s trademarked, btw), Nichola’s pretty unconventional facialist methods – think inner mouth massaging for jawline definition and cheek lifting – make her Hollywood’s go-to for glowing skin.
With a skin clinic residency in New York and red carpet requests in LA, UK-based Nichola’s often in transit with her beauty haul in tow. She’s big on crystals and eating clean, but what about her can’t-live-without beauty kit?
These are the products that Nichola Joss is happy to pay excess baggage for. Plus, don’t miss her hero massage product that’s a must for long-haul flights…
How do you adapt your beauty routine when you travel?
The week before I travel I adjust my diet, keeping it as vegan and clean as possible. Two days before I fly, my diet will predominantly be juicing to help detox and cleanse my body. It also helps to keep my skin more balanced and healthy. I’ll also use a mask to address any topical issues with my skin and, right before I travel, I make sure my skin is super-clean. I tend to do a double cleanse and gentle exfoliation, then add a mix of antioxidant/acids/hydration serums to prep my skin for in-flight massage.
Any must-do beauty rituals and treatments before a vacation?
I never travel wearing make-up as I like to spend time massaging my skin in-flight. When flying long-haul, I use a facial mist periodically as well as massaging my face so I arrive with hydrated skin.
What’s the best way to downsize your beauty product haul for travel?
Keep it to basic skincare. Go for a micellar oil cleanser that doubles up as a make-up remover, an exfoliating toner, your serum, day cream with SPF, and a massage balm or oil for night time. Using the facial balm/oil every evening will keep your skin dewy, plump and moisturised so you won’t need to take masks and extras with you.
Do you prefer to pack travel minis or full-size beauty staples?
I personally like to take some full-size products, like body products and facial serums, but everything else is travel size.
Do you have also have a regular plane beauty routine?
I always carry the solid Decelor Aromessence Neroli Amara Hydrating Night Balm (https://www.decleor.co.uk/aromessence-neroli-amara-night-balm) to massage my face. As well as hydrating my skin, it helps keep me calm and centred throughout the flight. I also make sure I drink lots of water during and after travelling and add lots of lemon juice to it.
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How do you overcome jet-lag skin/eyes when you land?
Because I massage my skin in-flight I don’t tend to get any puffiness around my eyes. However, the easiest way to depuff the eye area after a flight is to splash the skin with really cold water and then use a cotton pad soaked in cold water – squeeze it out and then press gently on your eye area for a few minutes. I always find another way of fighting jet lag is to immediately adjust to the time zone you’ve arrived in to balance your internal body clock.
Favourite country to shop for homegrown beauty?
Japan is one of my favourite places in the world to visit, mainly because of their incredible beauty market. Also when I’m in America I enjoy shopping in California because they have lots of small independent producers and fantastic clean/organic/natural skincare.
What’s been your favourite vacation spa so far and why?
For UK spas it has to be Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire. I love the rural grounds and the treatments there are so relaxing and beautiful. Globally, it has to be the One&Only Resorts – the spas in their Rwanda, Maldives and Mexico destinations are completely rejuvenating.
What are your top make-up tips when travelling?
- Use massage on long-haul flights to help reduce puffiness, stimulate circulation and help drainage through the lymph glands (as well as addressing surface hydration).
- Always make sure you pack a good, high factor SPF.
- Stick to a skincare routine that’s as near to what you would do at home as possible. This will regulate how your skin behaves, keeping it balanced and healthy during your trip.
What’s in your must-pack beauty kit right now?
- I take a mini travel kit with me in my flight bag. I love my Aspinal of London cosmetics case.
- Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream – for me, it’s a game changer for the tone and texture of my skin.
- Skinceuticals CE Ferulic – I’ve used this acid since it first launched. I find it has the best anti-pollution and antioxidant properties to keep my skin healthy.
- Decleor Prolagene Lift Contouring Mask – this is my ultimate favourite mask to massage into skin. It’s super-quick but gives maximum lifting and nourishing results.
- Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Mousse Dark – I get the best colour ever from either the medium or dark mousse, depending on the finish I want to achieve. The colour corrective element is so smart.
- Anne Semonin Lipoliss Firming Body Serum – it really helps to improve the tone and firmness of my skin without leaving any stickiness. It just completely absorbs.
THE PACKING LOWDOWN
Travel light or over-packer?
Spa facial or massage?
Vacation air-dry or blow-dry?
Skincare wipes, yay or nay?
Self tan or au naturel?
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