10 Beauty Tricks to Help You Not Look Like Total Crap After a Long Flight
Gone are the days when style ruled the skies — when travel was a luxury and getting head-to-toe glam was the real ticket to flying. Granted, our jet-setting predecessors could actually haul an entire train case of makeup onto a flight without any mean TSA attendants present to readily toss every prized beauty possession away. But even back then, one commonality remained the same: plane air. The toxic, life-sucking incubator of germs that wreaks havoc on the skin and hair of its prisoners. Sounds dramatic, yes, but when even just an hour flight can steal all the joy from your skin, you want to be prepared. Here's a quick guide to not looking like death warmed up upon arrival.
Start With a Serum
A hydrating serum should be your first line of defense against plane air, but certainly not your only. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamins C and A, and algae chlorella (found in this one) to help brighten, soak up, and retain any bit of moisture applied to your skin.
Buy it: Skin Inc. My Daily Dose of Glow Wonder Serum ($65)
Learn to Layer
Just because you're on the go doesn't mean you have to neglect your entire skincare routine. It'll likely need to be condensed, but you'll need the layers more than ever when traveling. Thirsty skin will soak up this face oil like a serum. Apply it after a traditional serum but before a heavier moisturizer to seal it in.
Buy it: Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum ($185)
Prepare For Takeoff
Chance are, once you reach cruising altitude, your skin has already suffered a significant amount of moisture loss. Get ahead of it before takeoff by pumping skin with extra hydration. Top off your moisturizer with a hydrating mix of aloe, rosewater, and antibacterials. This will be your go-to before, in-flight, and just before landing.
Buy it: Allies of Skin Molecular Saviour Mist ($55)
Pass on the Puff
When high altitudes have you all types of puffy or if you're just not the type to sleep on a plane, keep under-eye bags at bay with soothing gel eye patches. These are as effective as they are cool looking.
Buy it: Nerium Eye-V Moisture Boost Hydrogel Patches ($55)
BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage)
Hopefully it's clear by now that hydration is top priority for any traveler (next to safety, comfort, and low stress, of course). While a drink or two is oftentimes very needed when flying, the combo of alcohol and recycled air does the opposite of keeping you hydrated. Skip the drink and mix your own beauty cocktail. The goal is to work from the inside out to protect and help keep your skin's energy levels sky high.
Buy it: Beauty Dust by Moon Juice ($38)
Don't Neglect Your Hair
Hair can get just as dry in-flight as our skin, so treat them equally. Use the time to deep treat with a leave-in conditioner or hair oil so that strands don't look like straw when you reach your destination. Hit your ends with a little before takeoff and after landing to put any strays back in place.
Buy it: Playa Ritual Hair Oil ($38)
One of the first places you'll feel moisture loss when flying is your hands. While hand cream is helpful, go the distance with a hand mask. This one is like the on-the-go version of those paraffin masks you get at the nail salon, except with vanilla and sweet almond extracts.
Buy it: Le Mini Macaron Vanilla Almond Hand Mask ($5)
Pack Light, but Smart
Since carrying your entire makeup case is not the best idea when traveling, this iPhone case makeup palette, created by celebrity makeup artist and travel pro Yolonda Frederick, has the right mix of essentials needed for a quick touch-up before you hit the runway.
Buy it: Glam.Or.Ring ($80, originally $100)
If you can manage to keep your skin extrahydrated on the plane, the battle is halfway done. Hit the high points of your face with a shimmer stick just before deplaning. Even if you feel jet-lagged, you won't look it.
Buy it: Smith & Cult Starlings Illumify Hightlighter ($36)