How to Look Good After a Long Haul Flight
1. Go minimal with makeup
Set the tone for your airplane beauty routine with this first step: prior to leaving for the airport, use a hydrating and nourishing cleanser and moisturizer, and then limit your makeup to concealer, tinted lip balm and a swipe of mascara.
Minimal makeup means you still look polished but your skin will feel fresher for longer onboard.
2. Wear warm and comfortable clothing
Wearing restrictive clothing will affect your circulation and make for a rather uncomfortable journey. Part of how you look good after a long haul flight is to feel comfortable during the journey. Keeps things loose but stylish by opting for printed cotton slacks (even beter with a waistband that is elasticated at the back), a soft cotton top and a warm cardigan or jumper.
Don't forget a pair of socks to keep your feet warm and an eye mask to help you get some all-important rest.
3. Keep up the water intake
Not only does a regular intake of water keep your skin hydrated, your system flushed and even help with the effects of jet lag, but it also gives your an opportunity to stretch during bathroom breaks.
Just make sure you pick a seat on the aisle!
4. Choose your onboard meals carefully
When I'm mid-way though a long haul flight and feeling tired, I'm more likely to opt for the richer or heavier meal on offer, which inevitably makes me feel sluggish and bloated.
Most airlines will now publish their onboard menus on their website so you can check out the options before you travel. Prepare acordingly by perhaps ordering the vegetarian meal or bringing healthy snacks on board if permitted.
5. Prevent dry, cracked lips
My lips are always one of the first places shows signs of dehydration when I'm travelling long haul.
Packing a nourishing lip treatment in your carry-on will save you the pain of chapped,cracked lips when you arrive at your destination.
6. Soothe tired eyes
Lack of sleep combined with watching in-flight entertainment or reading a book in a temperature controlled cabin will often create red, dry and irritated eyes – a common airplane beauty issue.
Avoid wearing contact lenses while flying long distance, and regularly use moisturising drops to keep dryness at bay.
7. Pack a hydrating facial spray
Regularly spritzing your face with an anti-oxidant rich facial spray on hand during the hours leading up to your arrival is a great way to revive tired and sallow skin, and replace nutrients lost during travel.
8. Brighten up using a highlighting concealer
The final part of planning how to look good after a long haul flight is to replicate your original minimalist makeup look. At this stage of the flight, I like to use a gentle facial wipe and light mosituriser to cleanse and freshen up my skin, and then apply a highlighting concealer under my eyes and anywhere on my face that's showing redness or uneven skintone.
You'll be disembarking your flight with a fresh, well-rested looking complexion.
9. Easy Eye Makeup
If you have to hit the ground running when you arrive, packing a compact eye makeup kit that you can apply while you are still airborne will come in very handy.
10. And Finally, keep that fresh, minty breath
One of the smallest but most valuable items I can bring with me on a 14-hour flgiht is a travel-size toothbrush and toothpaste kit.