I was already a massive fan of Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic used as a toner. But on my recent honeymoon, I took with me this 30ml travel-sized "spritzer" bottle to help save my skin during the 15-hour flights, and I am so glad I did.
I hate the way long haul flights suck all the moisture out of my skin (... and eyes, mouth and even inside my nose). It's really gross. It's the kind of deep dehydration that no amount of moisturiser can help with because in that situation, my skin needs water not oil. In the past, I've used Avene mineral water mists, which help to refresh my skin during flights but don't offer any long-lasting hydration.
I can't recommend highly enough spraying Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer onto the face during long haul flights. Trust me, it feels like heaven to use when you've woken from a crooked-neck sleep feeling like a dried out, crusty piece of stale bread.
I didn't bother to reapply moisturiser on flights as long as I spritzed this "tonic" on my face. True to its name, it gives an instant boost to the skin and seems to reactivate moisturiser. It hydrates the skin in a way that slapping on moisturiser alone just won't do. It has a gentle, naturally floral scent which is just enough to revitalise, without being perfume-y and overpowering.
Despite being an air pump spray rather than aerosol, the mist is light and fine and covers a decent-sized area. Before using it, I had visions of the tonic coming out water pistol-style, but don't worry, it doesn't. On flights, my sapped skin would absorb the mist so quickly that I was pumping out at least five sprays a go.
Instant Boost Skin Tonic looks and feels just like water, so there's no greasiness or uncomfortable residue left over once it's absorbed. And because it's a spray, there's no faffing around with disinfecting hands then juggling cotton wool pads, miniature pots of moisturiser and mirrors etc. It's just one tiny bottle that takes up very little space in my hand luggage. I'm never getting on a plane without this product ever again!
I also used this spritzer bottle as my toner every morning and evening for the entire three weeks instead of taking my larger "pour" bottle of the same product. As there's no wastage on cotton wool when spraying it directly onto the face, this 30ml bottle easily lasted three weeks, with plenty spare. My next purchase of Instant Boost Skin Tonic is definitely going to be the spritzer version rather than the "pour" bottle... it's so much more convenient.
The full ingredients of Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic are:
Aqua (water), Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Glycerin, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, Cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, Calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, Anthemis nobilis (chamomile) extract, Humulus lupulus (hops) extract, Panthenol, Allantoin, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Tocopheryl acetate, Parfum (fragrance), Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Linalool, Sodium hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic acid, Dehydroacetic acid, Ethylexylglycerin, Polyaminopropyl biguanide.
You can find Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic online on the Liz Earle website, or at Liz Earle stores and department stores, see here for stockist locations. If you're looking to buy the 30ml spritzer bottle on its own rather than in a travel set, I believe it's only available at Liz Earle stores and online rather than from department store concessions.
The 200ml spritzer costs £11.75 and the 30ml spritzer costs £4.75.
Onto other things... I was going to do a standalone post on my honeymoon, but I figured no-one's going to be interested enough for it to warrant its own post. So I'm just going to tack a small and oddly out-of-place excerpt about it onto the end of this post.
We went to Thailand (Koh Phangan), Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi and Halong Bay), Singapore and Bali (Seminyak). It involved a lot of grump-inducing airport palaver but in between all the flights, we got to see loads of completely different destinations.
Even within Vietnam, each of the destinations had a completely distinct personality to the last. I'd really recommend visiting Hoi An for a few days if you ever get the chance to. It's really pretty, the locals are genuinely kind and friendly, and the food was the best out of the whole trip (and the cheapest too, at around £3-£6 per person max). I'd skip Hue - I hated it! Apart from the citadel, it didn't seem to have anything going for it. It had zero charm and the locals were rude and noticeably more eager to cheat and steal from you, which was strange given its proximity to Hoi An.
One of the many activities I got up to was visiting the "Sacred Monkey Forest" in Bali, home to thousands and thousands of monkeys. Anyone who knows me knows that I looooooove monkeys. It's completely inexplicable and I don't know when it all started but I go crazy for monkeys and chimps. The monkeys must have sensed my sheer joy, because a couple of cheeky ones randomly climbed onto me. Man, I love monkeys.
The three weeks definitely made the once-in-a-lifetime trip we hoped for. It was great to see a bit more of Asia. But it's nice to get home to our new lives too, with no more wedding to organise woohoo!