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The Plane Truth: How To Look Great While Flying

It's hard to look as chic as a celebrity when you step off an airplane, especially when you land in Hawaii with a scarf and boots on (yeah, I've done it).

The recycled, dry cabin air can cause parched skin and hair. An article last year in Environmental Science & Technology suggests that "interactions between body oils and ozone found in airplane cabins could lead to the formation of chemical byproducts that might worsen nasal irritation, headaches, dry eyes and lips, and other common air traveler complaints." Yikes. Wide-body planes have ozone-neutralizing catalysts in their ventilation systems, but narrower aircrafts often don't. To find out how to stay beautiful when flying the friendly skies, just


  • Use a leave-in conditioner and pull hair back in a simple low twist. Your hair will stay soft, hydrated and out of your way during the flight. Wear a headband (but not a tight one) or pin back bangs.
  • Wash your face and apply a lotion with SPF — you can still get a sunburn on an airplane. Wear as little makeup as possible.
  • Pack an anti-bacterial hand lotion, like the ones from Bath & Body Works. You'll keep germs away while moisturizing your hands and nails.
  • Relax. I swear by Origins Peace of Mind On-the-Spot Relief, an aromatherapy product you dab onto your temples to relieve stress. It also obliterates the smell of overcooked chicken, drunk passengers and airplane bathrooms.
  • Drink a lot of water and bring along a water spray, like Evian Travel Trio.
  • Bring an eye mask and earplugs. After all, you need your beauty sleep!

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