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Go bare-faced
To look fresh-faced after you land, make sure that your skin is free of makeup before you board the plane. “It will be optimal to leave your skin without any makeup during a flight as your pores may get clogged. This will result in an acne breakout,”” says Dr Paul Chia, specialist in dermatology and consultant at Raffles Skin & Aesthetics. If you are not comfortable going around without any makeup, keep it minimal to sunscreen, a tinted moisturiser and a lip balm to keep your skin and lips well hydrated.

Bring along dry shampoo
Bouncy, nice-smelling hair after a long flight is not impossible. No, we are not suggesting that you bring a personal stylist to the skies with you. All you need is a bottle of dry shampoo or hair powder. Simply rub it into your scalp and there you have it – instant voluminous hair.

Use ice cubes to banish puffy eyes
Did you bawl your eyes out while watching an in-flight tearjerker movie, or are your eyes just prone to dryness? Request for some ice cubes from the cabin crew, wrap them in a handkerchief or layers of paper serviettes and apply them under the eyes. It’ll soothe and shrink those unsightly eye-bags in a jiffy.

Hydrate your skin
The atmospheric conditions at high altitudes can lead to dehydration and dry skin. Dr Chia recommends applying water-based moisturiser (or oil-free moisturisers) to avoid clogging pores. “This is particularly important if you have acne-prone skin. In addition, a water-based moisturiser will provide a better and more even base underneath makeup,” he adds. 

Drink up
It’s not just your skin that suffers under low humidity. You’ll need to drink more water to keep hydrated, too. Fizzy drinks have an unsightly bloating effect on the tummy, tea and coffee are diuretics, and alcohol exacerbates dehydration. Instead, take plenty of water and juices for more radiant skin.

Dress comfortably
Wear comfortable clothes that don’t wrinkle easily. Consider darker-coloured clothes to conceal and food and drink spills. As it gets chilly up in the air, don’t forget to keep a wrap on hand. If you’re travelling in sandals, you might want to pack some socks to keep your toes warm.

Wear an eye mask 
An eye mask can be useful if you’re hoping to more than just doze on the journey. You’ll find that it can help you sleep better, even in a brightly-lit cabin. After all, you’ll look fresher if you are properly rested. You can also consider wearing a face mask to prevent yourself from catching any viruses on board.

Keep the blood flowing
Support hosiery is a great way to avoid circulation problems. Don’t forget stretching exercises, too – flex your ankles in an up-and-down motion to keep the circulation going in your legs and feet. Every hour or two, take a walk to the bathroom.

Skip the contact lenses
Wearing contact lenses at high altitudes can be uncomfortable and may cause dry, bloodshot eyes. Unless your flight is less than four hours long and you’re not planning to sleep through the flight, consider changing into a pair of spectacles for a more comfortable journey. If you have bloodshot eyes, remedy them with eye drops or cold compresses. 

Touch up upon touching down
To avoid looking like an extra from The Walking Dead, touch-up your makeup upon landing. Apply a fresh layer of tinted moisturiser of BB cream to even out a fatigued co,plexion and add a little blusher for a healthy glow.

Reprinted from Raffles Healthnews publication, Issue 04/2014, “Look Good Post-Flight”, pp. 30-31. Copyright 2014, with permission from Raffles Medical Group.