Traveling can give you plenty of heartburn, especially regarding your looks. There are not very many people who step out of long-distance flights looking their radiant best. Long hours in dry, stuffy cabin air can rob even the most moisturized and well-tended skin of its glow.
With hectic job schedules which rush us all across the globe, it becomes increasingly necessary to chalk out an effective in-flight beauty plan. Continuously exposing yourself to the rigors of flying can harm you in more ways than one. Let us have a look at some of the popular beauty tips that can ensure you land in style.
Before You Board the Flight
It’s best if you have a freshly cleansed and moisturized skin. This applies for face as well as your body. It is less taxing on our skin if you avoid makeup. But if it is unavoidable, you can use a skin perfector and apply 24-hour makeup. Use a thick, soothing and heavy-duty moisturizer that will last long, and is preferably not scented or perfumed.
Try to avoid using harsh soaps or astringents before you fly. It robs skin of essential moisture. Hair tends to flatten on long flights. So try to work up more volume while blow drying than you usually do. You can do this by rubbing in a bit of dry shampoo into the roots.
On Board the Flight
Let’s have a look at the ideal beauty regimen you can follow while flying.
1. Care for your skin. Drying of the skin is one of the most common skin problems. Since your face is of foremost concern, apply moisturizer liberally. Also use a moisturizer spray to combat the drying effects of cabin air.
Sheet facial masks can be relieving for dry skin, but in cabin air it tends to dry out quickly. Facial water spray also provides instant relief from dry skin but as they evaporate, tends to suck out moisture, and may in the end leave your skin more dehydrated.
2. Care for your lips. Lips have delicate and soft skin which dries easiest, and in no time you are left with chapped and rough kissers. Lipstick tends to increase the dryness, so go for a good, medicated lip-balm. Use it as often as possible for supple and soft lips.
3. Care for your hands and feet. Don’t forget to moisturize your hands and feet, as they can get increasingly dry and itchy on flights. If uncared for, they end up looking scaly as well. Slip on cotton gloves over moisturized hands, and socks on feet. This can help you retain moisture on long flights.
4. Care for your eyes. Your eyes tell the tale of your long and tiring flight. In order to soothe and relax your eyes, you can use pre-moistened cucumber eye pads. It’s best if you have brought them with you refrigerated and cold. Another option is to ask for ice-cubes and put them in a napkin and hold over your eyes. This too helps to relieve puffiness.
If you are applying eye cream, look for products which have ingredients like retinol, amino acids or anti-oxidants in them. Retinol help to smoothen your skin, amino acids produce more collagen in the skin and anti-oxidants have significant repairing and preventive action on skin.
5. Care for your hair. Hair tends to flatten after long hours flying. To prevent hair from deflating at the back of your head use an inflatable neck pillow. Also go for a loose, low ponytail or a messy bun. These hairstyles prevent hair from becoming limp and sticky.
6. The more the moisture, the better. While flying, keep in mind to dab on a little moisture with a damp cloth on your skin before applying moisturizer. This helps the lotion to lock in moisture, and will retain better on your skin as well.
What Best to Eat in-Flight
What you eat while travelling does have a bearing on how well you cope with the long hours in-flight. Munch on fruits, veggies and salads as they help hydrate your body, and prevent puffiness and bloating. Nuts help keep you feeling full, and are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which are good for the skin as well.
Avoid processed and salty food as they are dehydrating. Also, make sure to stretch your limbs and walk around while on long flights. This improves blood circulation, combats the bloated feeling and helps you feel ‘awake’.
When You Get off the Plane
It’s best not to pile on makeup just before you step off the flight. If you have not washed and cleansed you face properly before applying makeup, your pores may get clogged, leading to breakouts. So try to cleanse your face using pre-moistened makeup remover cloths and continue with your touch ups.
Long flights definitely make you look tired and drained. In order to get the glow back on your skin, you can give the time-tested formula of using highlighters on your face a try. Apply the highlighter to the highest point of your cheekbones, beneath your eyes, and the inner corners of your eyes.
Your eyes are the mirror to your thoughts, so you would definitely like to get off the plane with your peepers wide and beautiful. If your eyes are red and tired, put in some soothing eye drops, rest a while and then line the inner rim of your eyes with a light eyeliner pencil. If the shade is lighter than your skin tone, it will instantly brighten your face.
If you are applying mascara do so only on the upper lashes, focusing on the center and moving outward. Dab on some lipstick, wrap a scarf around your neck to glam up your tousled hair and you are ready to go!
Once you reach your hotel or home, have a nice, deep body scrub and a warm shower. Use a mild moisturizer and crash into bed (hopefully), and catch up on some deserving sleep.
In today’s world constant travelling has become unavoidable. But with proper care and attention, you can prevent it from taking a toll on your beauty and health. Improvise on the tips above and create your own fool-proof beauty plan!