I know many people may dread a long haul flights – and traveling in general – but I have to say, I actually quite enjoy it!
I’ve been taking long haul trips to Europe in the summer since I was a child (I am half Danish and have family there), and still do annually, so I’ve gathered some beauty tips for long flights over the years; whether it’s what I do or what I notice a lot of women doing.
Before the Flight
My only recommendation before boarding a plane is to remember to moisturize and hydrate your body (water only, of course) and moisturize your skin as much as possible.
While on the plane, try a facial moisturizer sprays to freshen up your face mid-air (by the way, you should be wearing zero makeup) as the cabin air can dry it out. A favorite is Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray. (And even better, get their Travel Size, which is much cheaper and I believe to be allowed on all flights!) The same goes for your lips. The skin on our lips is very thin and delicate, and is one of the fastest to dry up and can get very, very dry and cracked in the cabin air. It’s best to skip the lipgloss and lipsticks and instead go for an intense moisturizing lip balm.
Another thing you might want to try are sheet facial masks. I’ve seen a lot of women do this recently. Imagine this scene: When the lights go off, I’d be walking to the bathroom and see a pool of women before me with their masks on. Can you just?! It looks like a complete spa experience, and it was so cool. It looks incredibly relaxing, too – I’m definitely trying that one out on my next long haul flight.
After the flight
As you are landing, I’d recommend using a couple of facial wipes to clean your skin from all that “recycled air” on board. (Or, as one comedy I love once described cabin air as “exhaled carbon dioxide and flecks of other people’s skin”. Either way: kinda gross. My favorite makeup wipes are these ones, but definitely check out My Best Makeup Removers.
It’s best not to pile on makeup before leaving your flight because it hasn’t been washed in a while, and it will only cause clogged pores and breakouts.
After you do get to have a shower and wash your face, reload on moisturizer (face, hands and body) as you’ll feel the dry-effects from the plane for at least a day. I recommend squalane products for the skin as it will really re-hydrate the skin as it is the closest to our natural skin oils! Check out Best Squalane Products for my picks. Give your hair a good conditioning treatment if your hair tends to feel the effects from the flight, too.
Makeup after the flight
As far as makeup after your flight, try to avoid any powder based makeup products (powder foundation, powder blush, etc), as powder will dry out your face more and even emphasize the momentary dryness in your skin.
Stick to tinted moisturizers, cream blush (this cream blush is a makeup artist favorite – including my own – and soon becoming a cult-classic!) and cream eyeshadows until your skin ‘recovers’ from the long-haul flight.
That’s it – keep yourself moisturized and make sure to have a good clean after a flight. Pretty simple, no?