Hello and happy Friday peeps! If you spend a fair bit of time on aeroplanes like I do, you will know that beauty when flying can be tricky, especially when forced to choose our cosmetics according to strict carry on liquid rules, so today I’m excited have Margaret Lai who is a Flight Purser at Cathay Pacific guest posting. Margaret has been flying 15-16 hour flights for over 7 years, mainly between Hong Kong and New York/Toronto, so you know she knows a thing for two about flying. In this post she reveals her top 5 travel beauty tips on how to look your best after a long haul flight. Read on for all the details …
Looking fabulous after flying long haul is often unheard of, even for frequent fliers. Most of the time, the harsh cabin air at 35,000 feet and above can leave your skin looking dull and lacklustre. However, beauty enthusiasts need not despair. Looking immaculately radiant after a long flight isn’t impossible. Sometimes all you need is a few beauty tricks and tips handy in order to get that holiday-ready glow upon landing.
1. Don’t Overindulge Too Early
The holiday indulgence starts at the airport, right? Not quite. What you eat and drink has a direct impact on the way you feel and how your skin looks. To avoid dehydration and bloating, stay away from alcohol and salty food. Don’t be tempted by the in-flight wine menu and opt for water as your only drink of choice. Eat at home before heading to the airport and bring healthy snacks for the flight.
2. Pack The Right Products In Your Carry On
With the 100mL liquid limit in mind, you need to pack your carry on strategically from a beauty perspective. Get organised beforehand by purchasing travel sized products from your favourite brands or tip some of your existing products into small sample size pots (which you can purchase at the pharmacy or here). My recommended beauty necessities include makeup wipes, blotting paper, a rich moisturiser and hand cream. SPF is also imperative – being on a plane doesn’t make you less prone to the harmful effects of UV rays, especially if you’ve picked a window seat.
3. Up Your Hydration Game
Treat yourself to a pampering beauty session in-flight to prepare your skin for that luminous glow. Refresh your face with makeup wipes and then apply a hydration sheet mask. These are disposable, making them a dream to travel with – your skin will love them too. Then, apply a rich moisturiser to quench your skin’s thirst. If your skin is extra dry, mix in a few drops of rosehip oil for a boost of intense hydration. Don’t forget your hands too! Before you doze off to sleep, slather on a rich hand cream and slip on cotton gloves to lock in the moisture. Sip on water consistently throughout the flight to hydrate from within. (SFH – You might like the review I did on disposable masks here)
4. Sleep Your Way To Better Skin
No amount of skincare or makeup can replace the benefits of a good night’s sleep. Getting decent shut-eye on the plane can be tricky, especially if there’s a crying baby or noisy neighbour on board. Pack earplugs, a silk eye mask and soothing lavender spray to help you get your beauty sleep, giving you the best chance of looking and feeling refreshed when you arrive.
5. Go Bare In-flight
Wearing zero makeup in-flight is the best thing you can do for your skin. Going bare-faced allows your skin to breath and also provides a clean canvas for you to consistently apply and reapply moisturiser throughout the flight with ease. If you must wear makeup, go with a minimal approach and only choose one area to highlight. Ideally, do your makeup 30 minutes before landing so that you arrive looking nice and fresh.
– Margaret Lai, Flight Purser at Cathay Pacific
I fly a fair amount and I know that I am going to be trying some of these out on my next trip to Bali in February. What are your favourite flying beauty tips? I’d love to hear them in the comments below.
Until Next Time …
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