Easy Ways To Look Fresh After A Long-Haul Flight

You may be jet-lagged but your skin doesn’t have to show it. Here’s how.

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1. Catch up on sleep

The blockbusters on your in-flight entertainment system may be alluring, but you might want to skip the movie marathon if looking well-rested is your priority.

2. Go make-up free

Unless you’re stepping straight off the runway into your boardroom meeting, it’s a good idea to opt for a clean face free of make-up while on the flight. Allowing your skin to breathe, especially on a long-haul flight, can help defend it against clogged pores.

3. If you must use make up, go light

When necessary, go for light makeup or keep to using only concealer to hide flaws. If you must use foundation, mix in a sheer moisturizer to help keep skin hydrated.

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4. Hydrate regularly

When flying, don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated so as to retain the skin’s radiance. According to the U.S.-based Aerospace Medical Association, you should drink about eight ounces of water for every hour in the air. In fact, the longer a flight, the more hydration matters. Whenever possible, pick juice or water over alcohol.

5. Protect your skin

If you fancy window seats and the stunning views that come with it, good on you. That said, don’t forget to apply sunscreen as a higher altitude means extra exposure to damaging ultraviolet rays. This can lead to sunburn, wrinkles, and even skin cancer.

Try: Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector SPF 42 (US$33) or Clé de Peau Beauté UV Protective Cream SPF 50+ (US$130)

6. Moisturize from head to toe

First of all, know your skin type before deciding on your battle plan against parched skin. Those with dry skin ought to go for a slightly richer moisturizer, preferably with hyaluronic acid and Shea butter. On the other hand, individuals with combination or oily skin can opt for a sheer and hydrating mask. Apart from your face, your limbs should be well nourished by a hydrating body lotion as well.

Try: Crème Simon Crème Universelle (US$49.96) or Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer (US$41.87)

7. Freshen up before you alight

To look good even after hours in dry cabin air, have a freshening up kit at the ready. In it, assemble a gentle facial wash, toothpaste, and toothbrush. After washing your face of the grime and brushing your teeth, you’ll be all ready to meet the world after you disembark.

8. Fight jet-lagged skin

You may be feeling jet-lagged but your face doesn’t have to show it. With a cold compress and some saline drops, you’ll be able to keep puffy, bloodshot eyes at bay.


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