Whether you’re heading to the coast to soak up the last few days of summer sun, or waiting for that 5 hour plane flight across the country back to school, you’ve got a lot of traveling in your near future. The last thing you want to be worrying about while packing and running through the terminal is looking good when you land, but unfortunately airplanes do seem to have the ability to make you look your worst. Thankfully, it doesn’t always have to be that way. Here are 5 fresh tips for looking your best while traveling.
TIP 1: HYDRATE
I know, I know, you’ve seen this everywhere – because it really is that important! Drinking lots of water before and during your flight (or train/car/boat ride) will keep your body feeling healthy and your skin looking fresh. Instead of wasting your money on overpriced bottled water in the airport, invest in a reusable water bottle. They’re great for long-term use and are way more environmentally friendly than bottled water – which is just filtered tap water, anyway, but with the added consequences of chemical leaching and pollution following consumption.
TIP 2: A CLEAN FACE
During even the shortest flights your skin will absorb dirt from that gross, recycled air on planes. If you’re wearing heavy makeup, your pores will end up clogged from the dirt – resulting in a nasty breakout in the days following your trip. To avoid this fate, it’s best to go au natural when traveling and let your skin breathe. However, I know most girls aren’t willing to risk being seen in such a public setting without makeup, so here are two alternatives to keep your face clean and clear during the flight.
TIP 3: MOISTURIZE
The high altitudes and intense air conditioning on a plane are bound to dry your skin. The best bet for fighting this issue is generously applying your daily facial moisturizer before the flight – something you can’t do while wearing makeup. In the case that you won’t remove your makeup, at least swap your foundation for a tinted moisturizer on the morning of the trip (this will also prevent your makeup from smearing while traveling).
TIP 4: LIP BALM
In the same way your skin will dry out on a flight, your lips are susceptible to crinkling and cracking. This is not okay, especially if you’re planning a dramatic reunion with your boyfriend the moment you step off the plane. While you can opt for tinted balms to keep a cute pucker, it’s really best to stick with a medicated lip balm to ensure completely smooth, hydrated lips (and then you can add a quick layer of gloss while landing).
TIP 5: MULTITASKING BEAUTY
Right before your flight lands, you’ll want to run to the bathroom to put on some makeup, or touch up what you already have. You don’t want to lug your entire cosmetics supply in your carry-on, and you’ll want to be quick in the unpleasant, bumpy airplane bathrooms. The solution? Investing in a multitasking beauty stick that can accomplish all your makeup needs as efficiently as possible.
BONUS: WHAT TO WEAR
While it’s not practical to wear your favorite heels and mini-dress while traveling, it is surprisingly easy to stay chic and comfortable without having to settle for one of those heinous velour tracksuits. Below, you’ll find a model outfit for those long and bumpy rides.
Note: If you’re on a cross-continental flight, I recommend bringing a change of clothes in your carry-on, so that you can feel refreshed before you even land.
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