You're about to embark on an epic adventure in a land far far away. The only thing standing between you and the trip of a lifetime is actually getting to that far far away land. Unless you're trying to take it old school, you're going to be using the fastest form of travel that we have nowadays to cross oceans: planes! But even with all the technological advances of today, it can still take a plane hours to arrive at your destination. Short flights are easy enough to get through but when the duration starts creeping up to the 7+ hour mark, the trip will take a toll on you and it'll show. If you don't give yourself the right TLC, the long periods of sitting in a couped up air vessel will have you looking pretty rough as you step off the plane. So how do you avoid looking like a mess upon arrival? Read on to find out.


There's multiple factors acting against your good looks when you sit through a long flight. The dry, pressurized air can wreak havoc on your skin and hair. The uncomfortable sleeping position will leave you feeling and looking groggy. The pressure changes can make you swell up. It's not pretty. Your best fighting chance against these things will come by prepping for the trek ahead of time.


Moisturize moisturize moisturize! In the week leading up to your flight, switch to a heavier moisturizer and use it more often than you would in your normal routine. Prepare from the inside out by also drinking a ton of water and getting plenty of sleep to really get your skin in its most hydrated and resilient state.


Use a blank slate. The best makeup is freshly applied makeup so instead of showing up at the airport in a full face look, wait to apply it until the flight is almost over. This will also make it possible to give your skin an extra boost of moisturization during the flight (more on that in a bit.)


Prevent the puff. Long plane rides can lead to puffy eyes so to help reduce your chances of getting them, use a good eye cream to stimulate blood flow. A quick little hack is asking the flight attendant for a cup of ice or a cold canned drink and then press it gently against your eyes to reduce swelling.


Don’t be salty or get boozy. The change in air pressure can do funny things to your body. One of them is causing swelling, most commonly in your hands and feet. Don't make things worse by consuming a lot of salt which makes you bloated. Alcohol and coffee dehydrates you which doesn't help your complexion so if you want to look your best, skip them and have healthy and hydrating food and drinks instead.


While you're packing your carryon, consider bringing the following items.

  • Moisturizer/Oils
  • Sheet mask
  • Essential makeup items
  • Eye drops
  • Glasses and contacts
  • Comfortable neck pillow



Keep your skin hydrated and happy with a moisturizer or facial oil. A hair oil will also come in handy to keep it from drying out with that harsh air. Look for multipurpose oils that can work on both your skin and hair while saving you packing space.


Sheet mask

Don't be afraid to use a sheet mask during the flight! Honestly what better time to use one than on an hours-long plane ride? Sheet masks are easy to use and you don't need to worry about applying or removing any product. When you step off the plane with a glow, you'll be glad you brought it along.


Essential makeup items

A minimal makeup look using just the essentials is the perfect airport look. Think about how you can use products in multiple ways to save you from overpacking. A bronzer can also double as an eye shadow, a red or pink lipstick can also work as blush, etc.


Eye drops

if you're going to try to get some shut eye on the plane, chances are you're going to wake up with some dry and red eyes. Eye drops can make all the difference to helping you look wide awake and ready to take on the day.


Glasses and contacts

Speaking of eyes, sleeping in contacts will just make them more dried out and irritated. It's best to let your eyes breathe so wear your glasses for the trip and bring along your contacts so you can put them on as the plane begins its descent or just go for the chic glasses look.




Comfortable sleeping gear

Let's be honest. Those airplane seats are not going to let you get the most comfortable sleep. There's nothing that compares to sprawling out on your own bed but you can get as close as possible with the right gear! With a comfortable neck pillow, eye mask, and even earplugs, you'd be surprised how refreshed you can actually feel after a plane nap. And the better sleep you get, the better you'll look and feel when you wake back up.


These easy tips will have you stepping off the plane looking as good as always, if not even better!