From packing the perfect outfits for my destination to the beauty products I bring along, looking good while traveling has always been a bit of an obsession of mine. Inspired partially by how run down and ragged people look while traveling, my quest for the perfect travel appearance started years back.
I remember reading an article about fashion models and actresses, whose only time to sleep was on planes, and how they would have to head straight from the airport to bookings and appointments. I didn’t know how they could do it, but the article included tips on how they arrive feeling refreshed. Over time, it inspired me to bring my travel beauty routine to a whole new level, one that I continue to follow each time I fly.
Air travel can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. These rules are relatively easy to follow, and they make all the difference since you are able to arrive at your destination, feeling just as good as you did when you left.
One of the most important pieces of advice I have discovered is to travel with a moisturizer or serum handy during flight time. Throughout a flight, I apply lotion to my face several times, and immediately I feel better. The air in a plane is recycled and can take a lot of moisture out of the skin; replenishing it mid-flight helps improve skin’s appearance almost immediately. I also make sure to bring vaseline for my lips, as they tend to also dry out while in flight.
Don’t wear too much make-up.
I do like to look my best while traveling, especially if I have the luck of meeting someone at the airport, but I find too much make-up is never a good idea. I stick to eyeliner and under-eye brightener, but keep my face relatively clean. Then, when I land, I try to touch myself up at the airport. Of course, this depends on where I am going and who I will be seeing when I arrive. If I am going home, I usually tend to stay without make-up just because it’s not as necessary.
No matter where I am going, or how long the flight, I always buy the biggest bottle of water, or two, at the airport to bring along with me. Just as with the importance of moisturizing the face, the body benefits from water, especially while flying. While I may enjoy one alcoholic beverage, pre-boarding or during the first round of beverage service, I tend to stick to water throughout the flight. I will also allow myself one cup of coffee or tea, if I am arriving in the morning and need to function, but I make sure to order water along with it.
Don’t drink too much alcohol.
I fully support drinking and flying, but I limit myself to one drink at the airport or one on the plane. Not only can drinks cost a pretty penny, they don’t always help you sleep as much as you hope. I know that if I drink more than one drink during travel, I don’t arrive feeling my best. Which is why, I limit myself when it comes to drinking while flying.
Do budget time wisely.
I’ll admit that plane journeys are my only time to catch up on movies, as I usually don’t have time to sit in front of the television at home for a few hours at a time. Still, I try to limit the amount of time I spend watching movies, as well as reading and time on my computer, to ensure I have enough time to rest. Yes, the in-flight entertainment can curb any boredom while flying, but I believe it should have some limit.
Don’t forget to sleep.
Sleep is a necessity if you want to arrive at your destination looking and feeling good, but it is usually easier said than done. What I do is put on my sleeping mask from the moment I want to sleep, leaving it on until the lights in the cabin are back on. Even if I can’t sleep, I try to give my body a significant time to experience darkness and rest. To aid in the job, I also bring headphones or earplugs to block out noises, socks to keep my feet warm, and my own small blanket and pillow to aid in the comfort factor.
When it comes to flying, several tests of trial and error to see what works best for you and your body are definitely key in realizing what’s needed in order for you to arrive feeling refreshed at your final destination. This method has taken me years to perfect, but each time I travel this way, I feel more refreshed than ever, whether I am arriving at home or abroad.