After a long flight or road trip, you probably aren’t feeling especially pretty. Puffy eyes, dry skin, bad breath, and an overall feeling of exhaustion are all a major part of travelling… but contrary to what some people believe, this does not have to be the case. There are tons of ways to put your best face forward, even after that fourteen hour flight across the world, or that weeklong cross-country road trip. Check out these five tips that will allow you to look your best while on the road.
Travel days should be makeup free. What better way to utilize that time in the sky and boring layovers than to give your face some fresh air. Let your skin breathe by foregoing makeup on big travel days, and saving it for the days where you will be exploring city streets and for nights out on the town. This is especially important in the confines of an airplane or car, where air is repeatedly recycled throughout the space and starts feeling stale and stagnant. You can even take it a step further by applying some sort of face mask or hydrating serum that will do wonders for your skin.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! You almost can’t go overboard with the moisturizer on travel days. Some people assume if they are travelling to hot and humid destinations, moisturizer is not necessary. But this is not the case; in fact it is even more important to apply moisturizer regularly during travel days. When you fly, the higher altitude actually has a tendency of drying out your skin. You should also do your best to drink plenty of water – even if you are in a window seat and hate asking your aisle mates to get up so you can use the restroom. Drinking water will hydrate your skin from the inside out and allow you to look your best when you step off the plane.
Make sunscreen a part of your daily routine. SPF should be a part of your daily routine, even if you are not travelling. The sun’s harmful rays can leave your skin looking leathery and damaged, and severe sunburns can lead to unappealing peeling. So especially for those headed to tropical destinations close to the equator, be aware of the sun’s strength and arm yourself with sunscreen every day. Purchase a moisturizer or makeup that has SPF 15 or above and incorporate it into your daily routine.
Ziplock bags are your friend. There is nothing worse than opening your checked bag or carry on and seeing – and smelling – the contents of your beauty must-haves splattered throughout your suitcase. When this happens, not only are you losing things like shampoo, moisturizer, makeup, and face wash that is crucial to your skin and hair care routine, you also are risking ruining clothes and other contents of your suitcase. So store all of your liquid products in plastic baggies and seal them tight before the flight.
For long flights and layovers, pack a bottle of dry shampoo. Brushing your teeth, washing your face, and applying makeup can all be done in an airplane or airport restroom. But what about washing your hair? Not so much. If you don’t want to arrive to your destination with drab greasy hair, pack a travel size bottle of dry shampoo that will give your hair a freshly-washed look – no matter how long it has been since you lathered up in the shower.