6 Expert Ways You Can Arrive Fresh After a Long Flight (Actually)
Get on board with beauty tips beyond staying hydrated and taking sleep aids
Social media makes jet-setting look easy. Hop on a flight in Toronto and end up in Bali 30 breezy hours later, bright-eyed, fresh-faced and ready for your #selfie. But the reality is, long-haul travel is taxing, not only emotionally (stay on your own side, middle seater!), but physically, too. It’s tiring, and the effects of dry, recycled air shows almost immediately on your skin.
Here are six ways to arrive fresh after a long flight, so you can take advantage of your journey the second you step off the plane (and not have to use eight different filters just to look human in your first photo).
Banish grime with an exfoliating wipe
Once you’re in the air and the seat belt sign has turned off, pull out a pack of exfoliating wipes and gently use on your face, neck and hands to remove any dirt or grime that’s built up since you left your house hours ago. (Spoiler: it’s probably more than you realize.)
Sephora carries inexpensive cleansing and exfoliating wipes with microbeads, which will not only clean your skin, but remove a layer of dead skin cells, too.
Pop on a sheet mask
Within the first few hours of your flight, apply a sheet mask. These things are like soft, dewy blankets sent from the beauty heavens. Fresh-faced Celebrities such as Chrissy Teigen swear by sheet masks during long-haul flights.
The strategy is pretty simple, too, as long as you’re not shy about wearing one in public: find a mask you love (SK-II, available at Sephora, is Teigen’s go-to), drape it over your face and soak in the moisture. It’ll feel like having your own spa in seat 13C.
Alternatively, try a subtler eye mask
If a full face mask feels too Freddy Kruger, an eye mask (two little moon-shaped patches that sit under the eyes) will still benefit your skin without frightening flight attendants or fellow passengers. Elemis’ pro-collagen hydra-gel eye masks will combat any under-eye bags, plus they’ll help reduce fine lines that always seem to look more defined after travel.
Then use a serum
Once you peel off your sheet or eye mask (or even if you didn’t have the confidence to commit to either), apply a layer of ultra-hydrating serum to your face, neck and hands. Consider “Buffet” from no-frills Canadian beauty brand The Ordinary, which is under $15 and actually works.
Don’t skip your lips
Chapped lips can last for days. Avoid rough, flaky skin by lathering on a moisture-rich balm. Bite Beauty (another Canadian cult favourite) makes an agave lip mask that feels instantly soothing once applied. Use as needed—even after you clear customs and are waiting for your luggage.
Always avoid makeup and contact lenses
While a swipe of mascara might be part of your morning routine, skip it when there’s a flight in your forecast. The ingredients in your cosmetics can dry out your lashes, eyelids or skin on a normal day, so avoid applying any makeup until you land.
Same goes for contact lenses—nobody wants red eyes after a red-eye.
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