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In-flight Beauty for Deplaning Like a Celebrity

By Ana Carter

December 21, 2017


Traveling During the Holidays? Skincare to Keep You Glowing Even as You Hop from Plane to Plane

Even though I'm a makeup artist, I always used to think: "To all people who look totally put together after a 12-hour flight: I hate you!" Since I travel a lot, I decided why not master that flawless celebrity-just-off-the-plane look, so I'm here to share some tips on how to achieve that, no matter how long the journey.


Like jet lag isn't hard enough -- long haul flights can last anywhere from 5-15 hours – your body, skin, and hair aren't fans of cruising at 35,000 feet. Recirculated air is the killer of beautiful, hydrated skin and hair... but there's no need to say goodbye to looking your best.


Before the flight - SKIN

I always take a shower before flight. This helps keep my skin hydrated, and I highly recommend Grumpy Cow Uplifting Bath & Shower Gel by Cowshed. Don't let this name trick you – these cows know what they are doing, and you'll be anything but grumpy after using it. After showering, slather on Falling In Love Body Lotion> by Philosophy. It goes on smooth and sinks in immediately. You can get dressed seconds after without your clothes sticking to you. And the scent is just decadent and heavenly, not perfumed, so you will be feeling fresh most of the time.

I also developed my #1 cardinal rule when it comes to makeup on flight: No. Not now. Not ever. Remove all makeup before flight, and, yes, you're still beautiful. You don't need that unnecessary weight on your face because keeping your face hydrated on a plane is challenging enough without makeup.

In case you forgot to do it before you board, always have by your side NYX Be Gone! Makeup Remover Wipes. With a pH identical to that of tears, these wipes are well tolerated by sensitive eyes and even by contact lens wearers. They remove make-up easily and leave the skin feeling pleasantly fresh.


Before the flight - HAIR

The first thing to do is get your hair off your face and out of the way, perhaps a high ponytail or bun. Before you board, place a little Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream through your hair, particularly on the ends. That way, you avoid being too greasy when your flight lands.


In-flight Beauty Tips

I have never gone on a trip without having cleansing wipes in my travel bag. Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes by Pacifica are coconut water-infused natural towelettes that gently cleanse your face and body while removing toxins, oil, and pollutants from your skin.

Kiehl's In-Flight Refreshing Mist - This spray transports me to a spa-like state of mind – you just may forget where you are. The mix of lavender, rosemary, and geranium smells like walking through an English garden in late summer; truly delicious, refreshing, and calming as well. I like to spritz this before and after meal service, to get rid the lingering fumes of food in the air. It's chic and glamorous, and I spritz my face with it upon landing to refresh my skin.


As I already mentioned, skin gets very little oxygen during flight time, as you are encapsulated in an environment without fresh air. Therefore, always carry a travel size Soothing Moisturizing Cream by Yves Rocher to apply during your flight. It effectively moisturizes skin and immediately soothes any skin reactions, so it has been my number one choice for flights.

If you have contact lenses, you probably already know it's best to swap them for your glasses on the flight. Eyes can become bloodshot and uncomfortably dry on long-haul flights, so it's best to pack some soothing and hydrating eye drops and apply throughout the journey. You can also help your sore eyes by packing 100% Pure Bright Eyes Mask. These little green patches can really help you with calming down swollen, puffy eyes.

The eye area is the first to show signs of surface dehydration, and the dry cabin environment definitely exaggerates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, so it?s important to have a decent hydrating eye cream to apply during the flight, like Repairwear Anti-Gravity Eye Cream by Clinique. Gently pat all around the eye area, and reapply whenever you have the chance throughout the flight.


Many women know to grab dry shampoo when their hair is greasy, but when it comes to long flights,I just love Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo by Alterna. I've started spraying my ends and the mid-section of my hair with dry conditioner mid-flight. I particularly like this one because it has a super-fresh smell -- which we could all use after sitting around in recycled air -- and it gives your hair that just-washed bouncy feeling. So, who told that you can't get off a plane looking like you're coming straight from the hairdresser?

Like the rest of your skin, your lips get hit extra-hard once the cabin doors have closed. A rich, protective lip balm is essential. Reapply liberally, especially before going to sleep or after eating and drinking. My favorite is 3CE Nursing Lip Balm, which creates a lovely smooth protective layer on the lips, but is not sticky.


In-Flight BONUS Tips

Now that we covered the beauty products you need for long-haul flights, I am sharing some tips not related to products -- but that will help you to look even more fresh.

  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Stay. Hydrated. It's super important to drink more water when flying. Fruit juices are better than caffeinated drinks or alcohol.
  • The best thing for your body is the same as on ground: MOVE. It's tempting to book the window for those amazing Instagram shots and an extra place to put your head, but choosing the aisle seat and getting up every hour and walking down the aisle does wonders for muscles and healthy blood flow. This will not only relax your muscles and help you dodge the classic "post-flight" swollen ankles, it will also keep your cheeks rosy and make you look fresh-faced.
  • Sleep is definitely the best way to pass the time on any flight, and your skin will also benefit from any shut-eye.
  • I always choose sunglasses and a lovely hat over caking on post-flight makeup. It's an easy way to look fashionable and in command of your beauty routine and style even when you're jet-lagged and falling apart.

Bon voyage!