10 ways to look good after a long plane ride

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1. PREP SKIN FOR LONG-HAUL FLIGHTS 
About an hour before I leave for the airport, I apply a deep-hydrating mask and leave it on for at least 20 minutes – this helps moisturise and prep skin for the low-humidity air in the plane. I find that it significantly reduces unsightly flaking as well! 

2. LOAD UP ON LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER 
Your skin isn’t the only thing that gets parched on planes – your tresses take a hit too. This is why I liberally apply leave-in conditioner on my hair, from the mid-length to the ends, to prevent it from looking dull and frizzy after the flight. And if I plan on sleeping during the flight, I tie my tresses into a low ponytail or braids. Why? This prevents the product residue in my hair from touching my face and possibly causing breakouts.  

3. SKIP THE MAKEUP WHILE ON BOARD 
We all know that we shouldn’t sleep with a full face of makeup, so why should it be any different when we’re flying? Besides, after an hour or two of the low-humidity cabin air, your makeup is going to look dry, so skip it and apply a good moisturiser instead. 

4. DON’T FORGET TO APPLY SUNSCREEN 
At higher altitudes, you’ll be exposed to higher levels of UV rays, so don’t be stingy with your sunscreen – you need it more than ever during a daytime flight. 

5. STORE MAKEUP IN CONTACT LENS CASES 
My favourite space-saving trick of all time: Dispense a few pumps of your liquid or cream makeup (think BB cream and cream blushers) into clean, never-before-used contact lens cases. I store my liquid concealer on one side and my cream blusher on the other – the cases store more than enough product for my post-flight touch-up and keep the formulas from drying out. 

6. USE MOISTURE-SEALING MOISTURISERS ON EXTREMELY DRY PATCHES 
The worst part about long flights for me: the sides of my nose get super-dry, raw and painful. To soothe areas like these, I apply an occlusive moisturising product like Vaseline – these types of moisturisers create a barrier to seal in moisture and prevent dryness. 

7. GO EASY ON THE POST-FLIGHT TOUCH-UP 
Personally, I prefer not to pile on makeup after a long-haul flight, so as to let my skin breathe and acclimatise. I just stick to the basics: concealer, cream blusher and mascara. If I’m feeling extra fancy, I use some eyeshadow too, but I always choose neutral colours like shimmery beige and avoid darker hues like greys and purples, which can worsen the appearance of dark circles. Another tip: Use an illuminating white eyeliner pencil to line your waterline – this reduces the appearance of redness. You can also smudge the colour on the inner corners of your eyes to make them look more awake. 

8. MIST BEFORE YOU MOISTURISE 
Just like a damp sponge absorbs more water than a dry one, damp skin absorbs more moisture from your hydrating creams than parched skin. This is why I like to spritz my face with a facial mist before slathering on moisturiser – this way, my skin feels hydrated for longer. 

9. SNACK SMART 
I hate to break it to you, but those addictive packets of salted peanuts might just be the reason why you look and feel bloated after a flight. Snack on healthier treats like walnuts and almonds instead, which have anti-inflammatory benefits, and are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E respectively. 

10. PACK A PRETTY SCARF 
Use it to tie up your hair and keep it from rubbing against the headrest for hours – unless you like having frizzy-looking hair ends at the end of your flight. 

This story was originally published in the October 2015 issue of Her World magazine.