The travel beauty routines of international models are always enlightening, if nothing else. While some would consider the fanatical reapplication of moisturiser, hand cream, and lip balm a bit extra, many high-flying models spend their time in the sky practicing a whole other level of dedication. (They have to—it's part of the job.) Polish model Anna Jagodinzka's in-flight skincare routine is quite possibly the most genius we've come across. Although she relies on the usual strategies for preventing a crap complexion on landing (see: masking on the plane), she also employs essential oils, herbal tea and even Vicks VapoRub, to ensure she arrives both primped and serene.
If Jagodinzka looks familiar it's because you've seen her in campaigns for luxury brands like Tom Ford and Dolce & Gabbana. She's also the face of Oroton's new spring collection. (FYI, she's as obsessed with the brand's carry-on-friendly Avalon Zip Top Crossbody as we are.) Being a professional jet-setter and clotheshorse is one feather in her cap, but Jagodinzka also runs a chain of vegan cafés in Poland called Think Love Juices. Developed around the lifestyle and beliefs that have kept her healthy over the years despite an intense schedule, they're proof the model practices what she preaches. We stole a few minutes with Jagodinzka, to chat travel beauty and how to look good in photos.
Keep scrolling for our mini Q&A.
Byrdie Australia: Walk us through your in-flight beauty routine.
Anna Jagodinzka: "I travel with Yogi Tea's Honey Lavender Stress Relief herbal tea ($5) so I have that before getting on the plane, and during the flight. My in-flight routine also includes drinking a lot of water. I usually apply an enlightenment essential oil blend on my wrists, and use Vicks VapoRub on my chest and sinus area. I do this before taking off as it helps me breathe.
Beauty-wise, I apply a By Terry radiance serum a few hours into the flight, and later on I'll do a La Prairie hydrating mask. I also swear by Mama Mio's Lucky Legs Leg Gel—it helps with circulation and swelling."
B: What is your usual morning routine like?
AJ: "If I'm shooting, I always wake up three hours prior; I like to calmly step into the day. I always drink hot water with lemon, and I'll dissolve camu camu powder in water and drink that, too. I take my supplements with a green juice. Doing this prepares me mentally for a long day at work.
Before I leave home, I pack lavender, mint and lemongrass essentials oils in my bag, so if I ever feel unbalanced on while set I can use them. For nerves, I apply lavender on my wrists, or if I need more energy I breathe in some lemongrass."
B: What tips do you have for looking natural on camera?
AJ: "The best tip I can give is to relax and feel good in your own skin. It really shows in the pictures. To feel more confident I repeat positive affirmations to myself."