Travelling and going on vacations are some of the greatest joys in life, but the parched skin and unruly hair caused by being on the plane can throw a wet blanket on your holiday, even before it begins.
Don’t let that happen. Luck favours the prepared so before your next holiday, do a bit of beauty homework to look totally amazing the next time you land on vacay.
To keep skin healthy and moisturised, slough off dead skin and hydrate well. This applies to the face and the body. Try to do this at least one day before getting on the plane and continue to moisturise afterwards on the flight and during the trip for silky smooth and healthy skin while you’re away. Use a gentle exfoliator so as not to irritate the skin.
NEXT: Moisturise while on the plane →
This is a hugely important tip. Air humidity on a plane is usually less than 20 percent, compared to 65 to 95 percent in Singapore. This can affect you in several ways and one of them is drying out your skin.
As soon as you take your seat on the plane, if you were wearing makeup, cleanse it off with a makeup wipe or baby wipe, then apply an intensively moisturising face cream. Reapply as needed.
NEXT: Consider lash extensions or a tint →
It’s best to get lash extensions or a lash tint rather than rely on your usual mascara if you’re going to be traveling and especially if it is to a beach holiday where you’re going to be in and out of water.
Rather than restrict your fun to fit in with your beauty routine, make your beauty routine low-maintenance, resilient and long-lasting.
NEXT: Put a hair mask on the night before →
Traveling whether to a beach vacay or colder climate dries out your tresses so keep your mane glossy and non-frizzy by putting on a deep conditioning hair mask the day before you fly.
Firstly you’ll look fabulous at the airport and on board your hair will be easier to maintain with less frizz too. Maybe take a little tub of the mask with you for a mini-top up treatment while you’re away.
Tip: Decant the product into a small tub for a mini top-up treatment while you’re away.
NEXT: Bring a luxury eye mask →
Try to figure out how you need to adapt your body clock for your new destination and get some beauty sleep by blocking out plane light with a soft, luxury eye mask, preferable in a silk fabric.
These are way better for the delicate skin around your eyes compared to the complimentary ones you get on most flights, which can irritate dry, sensitive skin around the eyes.
NEXT: Get a gel mani and pedi in advance →
To make sure your nails look perfect from the moment you land to the end of your holiday, invest in a gel mani and pedi just before you go. This is special nail polish that’s effectively ‘baked’ onto the nail with UV light, and should stay shiny, gorgeous and chip-proof for weeks. Perfect if you’re planning to be in sandals or open-toe shoes on your trip.
To keep nails healthy, bring along a cuticle oil and apply it to the base of the nail every day, massaging it in.
NEXT: Pack flight socks →
You may feel silly compressing your legs in extremely tight socks on the plane but your lithe calves and ankles will thank you once you land.
Not only do compression flight socks stop the ‘cankle’ look you get from swollen legs but they greatly reduce risk of getting deep vein thrombosis on board. So it’s great for beauty and your health.
NEXT: Hair-free tips →
The low humidity on board can irritate freshly-waxed skin. You don’t want your skin to look all red and blotchy when you’re on holiday so it’s best to either wax or get an IPL hair removal treatment two days before flying off, and make sure you use lots of made-for-purpose soothing cream or body lotion afterwards to calm the skin after.
NEXT: Reduce bloating on the plane →
The change in air pressure may cause gases in your body to expand and give you the feeling of being bloated, but there are ways you can help reduce this effect.
The best and most healthy meals to get are usually vegan and you can order them for free in advance while managing your booking online – but avoid the bread roll. Don’t add salt, avoid dairy and drink plenty of water. No alcohol or caffeine (caffeine is also terrible for jet lag) and especially no gassy fizzy drinks and sodas. Try not to chew gum as this can cause bloating too. Try to eat a bigger meal before you get on the plane so you don’t eat too much while flying.
NEXT: Bring eye drops →
Back to the humidity, or lack of on the plane, this can seriously dry your nasal passages and eyes too. Dry eyes and noses are really not pleasant.
A saline spray can help with nasal dryness, and you can relieve bloodshot, irritated and red eyes with some gentle moisturising eye drops for beautifully sparkling eyes.
NEXT: Gently exfoliate before flying →
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