Spending any amount of time at 30,000 feet can be detrimental to your health. And although drinking a copious amount of water is your best defense, the hours of exposure to dry, recycled air can ensure that you arrive at your destination looking and feeling like the undead. Check out our top tips to help you arrive at the gate looking like you've just left the spa, rather than the airplane seat.
Facial Cleansing Towelettes
Sweep one of these lifesavers over your face near the beginning of the flight to cleanse and refresh, allowing pores to breath. Another wipe upon landing will give your skin that dewy appearance before refreshing makeup. We like Burt's Bees Cleansing Towelettes With White Tea Extract, they're super moisturizing and ultra calming. If you'd rather avoid cleansing, aim for a mattifying product like the divine YSL's Touche Eclat Blur Perfector -- instead of powder (which dries out skin).
A Super Serum
You can help your long-haul hydration mission along by investing in a top-quality hydrating skin serum or oil. We really love Youth To The People's Superfood Antioxidant Serum. Rub a few drops into your skin after cleansing and before a nap; your skin will hydrate and repair as you sleep. Ole Henriksen is another popular option for vitamin C lovers.
Now that we've got fresh, dewy skin sorted -- let's talk hair. The super-dry atmosphere in a airplane can cause flat, sometimes oily hair. Refresh with dry shampoo when you land. Pump a few shots onto your roots and brush through. Avoid applying too much too early, which can leave you with heavy, sticky locks. R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo doesn't leave any powdery residue and smells delicious. If your hair is more prone to dryness and breakage, try Earth's Nectar Hair Gloss. It gives your hair a non-greasy, luxurious sheen that protects it from the elements.
Silk Eye Mask
Grab yourself a high-quality silk eye mask if you're looking to catch a snooze during your long-haul flight. Silk pillowcases have been a well-known beauty secret for years: They reduce redness and inflammation, and they feel luxurious. Add a few drops of lavender extract on the exterior, and you'll drift off effortlessly. Alaska Bear has a best-selling silk mask you're sure to love.
For the duration of your long-haul flight, avoid wearing falsies. The glue can dry out your eyes and cause inflammation. But if you've had a particularly long, exhausting flight and you're presenting to the executive board in a few hours, pop a pair on once you land. They'll open up your eyes, making you look more awake. Huda has a great range at affordable prices.
The conversation continues, so let us know a few of your favorite beauty hacks for long flights.