Let’s face it; unless you’re travelling first class on a premier airline, air travel is not exactly the most relaxing activity. When you’re in an airport, and you see a group of people who’ve just come off a ten or fifteen-hour flight, you can see the collective stress on their faces, and most of them could really use some freshening up.
In this blog, we’ll go over some tips to keep you fresh and radiant once you disembark, despite flying for long periods of time. All it takes is a little help from some primary beauty products and a little know-how of how to work them into your flight’s schedule.
Remove your Hours-Old Makeup with Clean Hands
First things first—make sure you have clean hands before attempting to clean your face. You can either wash them in the bathroom or use disinfecting wipes to ensure that your hands are free of dirt and grime before you start working on your face. With clean hands, you can proceed with the makeup remover and cleansing wipes. All the dust and dull skin cells on the surface should—hopefully—come off, too, revealing your bare face that can now do with a bit of touch-up.
If your flight is about five hours or under, you can do this touch up about an hour before you land. If you do it too close to your arrival time, you might miss the chance to use the aeroplane’s lavatory, and the staff might instruct you to keep your tray upright and keep loose items in your bag. Also, before you leave the house to go to the airport, you can skip the foundation, so removing your old makeup is easier.
Don’t Forget to Moisturise
When you’ve removed your old makeup, try and ask the flight attendant for a hot hand towel. Leave in on your face until all the warmth has dissipated, and by this time, you’ve opened up your pores for maximum product absorption. From here, you can move on to your favourite skincare products. Starting with your toner, then lip balm and, finally, your moisturiser.
Due to the dry air in the cabin, many people would attest to the power of hyaluronic acid and its super hydrating and moisture retention properties. But going back to the basics, one of the best ways to keep your skin moisturised is to ensure that you drink plenty of water before and during the flight. Just don’t forget to put your products in travel size containers to make them handier during the flight. If you have enough time, you can even opt to use a sheet mask after you’ve cleaned your face for that extra boost of moisture.
Once you’re done with your face, it’s time to give your body some love. Bringing along body butters and balms can save you the hassle of having liquid lotions being inspected by airport security. Under-eye patches can also help mitigate the sleep-deprived look that long-haul flyers have. And, of course, don’t forget about your hair. Some leave-on hair conditioner or hair oil should do the trick.
Ready for Some Makeup
After you’ve cleansed and moisturised, your skin is now ready for some makeup. If you plan on going bare-faced through the airport, then this shouldn’t be a problem. But if you want to put on some beauty enhancers, make sure you time it right. About 45 minutes from landing should give you enough time to apply your makeup so that it still looks fresh when you disembark. Please don’t do it too close to landing time because the flight crew might not allow it.
Bringing along some BB cream in a compact instead of liquid foundations can eliminate the problem with airlines and liquids. Plus, it’s a great face makeup and sponge in one handy product. It’s not as messy as creams or powders, and it does the trick nicely.
Panda eyes from erratic sleep can be hidden with some under-eye concealer. Afterwards, you can move on to perfecting your eyebrows—everyone who uses makeup knows that eyebrows will make or break the look. Don’t complicate your eye makeup, and make sure that you can finish everything within your 45-minute window and nothing too complicated that a bit of turbulence might ruin.
White or champagne eyeliner can do wonders to perk up tired-looking eyes. Finish off with some mascara, and your eyes are done. Finish off with your favourite lipstick, and you’re ready to walk down the runway (pun intended).
Extra Tip: Invest in Some Sleeping Accessories
It’s relatively common knowledge that getting enough sleep plays a significant role in how we look. During deep sleep, our body repairs itself:
- Blood flow towards the skin is boosted.
- Collagen production is increased.
- The distribution of vitamins and minerals is enhanced.
We can all tell when someone lacks proper sleep when we see them with dark droopy eyes, dull skin and an overall tired expression on their face.
To ensure that we take advantage of this repair process, you’ll need to invest in ways to get your sleep, despite being stuck in a chair for hours on end. Bringing along some sleeping accessories can do the trick. If possible, you can bring your neck pillow or ask the flight staff for one and a blanket. Noise-blocking headphones with relaxing music and eye covers can also do wonders to help you get that much-needed beauty rest.
It will also help if you avoid alcohol or caffeine before your flight because those can significantly disrupt the quality of your sleep. If you need to eat before flying, opt for lighter meals and avoid fatty and spicy meals.
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