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10 Tips To Keep You Looking Fabulous After A Long Flight

A long flight can take a toll on your face, but you don’t have to step off the plane looking like a wreck. We put together a list of pointers on how to look great – whether you have kids in tow or not, you can now sashay your way out of the airport looking your best!

Go Bare

To look fresh-faced after you land, ensure your skin is free of makeup before you board the plane. Putting on makeup will only lead to your pores getting clogged, resulting in an acne breakout. But if you are not comfortable going around without any makeup, then keep it minimal, e.g. a tinted moisturiser and a lip balm to keep your skin and lips well hydrated. 

Keep The Blood Flowing

Support hosiery is a great way to avoid circulation problems. Guys can benefit with support socks too. Even when strapped down and facing air turbulence, you can flex your ankles in an up-and-down motion to keep the circulation going in your feet and legs. 

Drink Up 

Throughout the duration of the flight, make sure to keep yourself plenty hydrated. But that doesn’t mean you’d want to order everything in the drinks cart. After all, fizzy drinks have an unsightly bloating effect in the tummy; tea and coffee are diuretics; and alcohol exacerbates dehydration. Instead, take plenty of water and juices for skin that’s radiant and rosy.

Pack A Hydrating Facial Spray

Regularly spritzing your face with an anti-oxidant rich facial spray during the hours leading up to your arrival is a great way to revive tired and sallow skin, and replace nutrients lost during travel.

Comfort And Style

Wear comfortable clothes that don’t wrinkle easily. Consider darker coloured clothes to conceal any food and drink spills – particularly useful for when you’re travelling with your kids. As it gets chilly up in the air, don’t forget to keep a wrap handy. If you’re travelling in sandals, you might want to pack some socks to keep your toes warm.

Hydrate Your Skin

The atmospheric conditions at a high altitude can lead to dehydration and dry skin. Apply a layer of water-based moisturiser (or oil-free moisturisers) to avoid clogging the pores, and the hydrating ingredients will keep your skin fresh and dewy.

Seeing Red

Wearing contact lenses at high altitudes is unpleasant and may cause dry, bloodshot eyes. Unless your flight is less than four hours and you are no planning to sleep through the flight, consider changing into a pair of spectacles for a more comfortable flight. 

Salon In The Air

Bouncy, nice-smelling hair after a long flight is not impossible. All you need is a bottle of dry shampoo. Simply spray throughout your hair and there you have it – instant voluminous tresses.

Snack Wisely

To look and feel great after a long trip, you may want to (excuse the pun) go nuts. Bring a bag of walnuts with you to munch on – not only will anti-inflammatory fats keep you feeling full so you won’t reach for processed, packaged goodies, but the Omega-3 acids will make your complexion glow. Not a nut fan? Bring along some beef jerky instead.

Touch Up

You’ve survived your flight and will be touching down at your destination soon, now what? Touch-ups, of course! Apply a fresh layer of tinted moisturiser or CC cream to even out a fatigued complexion and add a little blusher for a healthy glow.

Originally published in “Look Good Post-Flight!”, written by Pameline Kang, in Singapore’s Child June 2015.