Spending hours at a time (sometimes an entire day!) in a long flight can have a dehydrating effect on your mind, body, and soul.
The AC is switched on at full blast, you are thousands of meters up in the sky, and if Lady Luck is especially disfavoring you, your co-passenger is either a snorer or a tiny baby with surprisingly loud vocal cords.
To help you feel fresh and clean during a long flight, thankfully, there are a few tips and tricks that you can use which have been compiled below.
Before we get started with the list, there is a point of caution: don’t forget that under-seat bag! Every item that we mention in the list below can be easily stored in this bank to give you easy and instant access whenever you want. There are many bags that have been specially designed to make traveling comfortable and beautiful (strictly for your skincare, of course).
Try to avoid buying bags that are made of lower quality material or have a bulky design, as it’ll only become a nuisance during your travel.
Now that’s out of the way, let’s take a look at the tips.
Since the atmosphere in a flight can become quite dry, you have to take measures to replenish any loss of moisture from your skin cells. The best way to do this is to carry a travel-friendly face cream or face moisturizer that you can store in your bag. While there is no hard and fast rule with regards to the hours slather some moisturizer on your face as soon as your skin starts to feel dry.
If possible, use a drugstore face wash to remove any layer of dirt or grime from your face before you moisturize it. Not only will this help to prevent breakouts, but your skin will be able to absorb the goodness of the moisturizer or face cream in a much more efficient manner.
Wearing a full face of makeup when your flight is more than four hours long will be all in vain as the dry and harsh air in the cabin will only dull your face. You can always make use of the airport washrooms for a quick makeup application once you land.
If you do want some color on your face, opt for lightweight products. You can use a tinted moisturizer or CC cream to cover any blemishes and finish with a pigmented lip balm or lip plumper.
A common mistake that people make is to wear lenses when they have long flights, though especially overnight flights. Again, the air inside the plane can dry the lenses quickly which will only irritate your eyes causing redness or irritation. Swap your lenses with glasses to let your eyes breathe. We will also suggest that you have a bottle of moisturizing eye drops handy in case your eyes get too dry.
The best way to keep yourself hydrated is by giving your body hydration and, of course, the only way to do this is to drink lots of water.
It’s true that airlines do give water on board, but the tiny size of the cups is never enough to really satisfy your thirst. Carry a collapsible water bottle with you before you board a flight to take care of your hydration needs. You can either fill the bottle before arriving at your gate or politely ask the air hostess to do it for you once you’re sitting on the flight.
If drinking enough water will keep you hydrated from the inside, indulging in hydrating face masks will take care of it from the outside.
Beauty companies have realized the importance of a bit of TLC when you are on a flight. This is precisely why they have launched different types of face masks such as sheet masks, peel-off masks, and so on to make it more travel-friendly. These face masks contain ingredients that can really help hydrate and moisturize your skin cells which will reduce any puffiness, flakes, and dryness. In fact, this is the best way to take advantage of all the long hours you have to spare. So just put on a face mask, and catch a quick nap.
Again, it’s important for you to clean your face using a gentle drugstore face wash to help your skin absorb the benefits of the face masks.
Flight journeys can be long taking an entire day from one airport to another. You may want to change your clothes in order to feel more energetic and you will actually feel that way as fresh clothes tend to have that effect on our body and mind. Keep a pair of clothes in your carry on bag that you can change into once you have reached your destination.
The only way that you will look fresh is when you feel fresh. Getting an adequate amount of sleep is the perfect way to restore your energy levels and prepare you for all the activities that you have lined up once you reach the destination.
In fact, the only good thing about long flights is that you can catch up on all the hours of lost sleep due to meeting deadlines or crazy work schedules. So, make yourself comfortable for Snoozeland by carrying a travel pillow, sleeping kit, and a hoodie to keep you warm and sleep the ride away.