Airplane beauty tips: How to look good after a long flight

Najla Kaddour
Najla Kaddour - Special to Al Arabiya English
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Airplane cabins and high altitudes can dry skin out, especially on longer flights. To avoid this from happening, it’s important to carry a few essentials with you on the plane.

Softening beauty products such as lip balm, hand cream, and face moisturizers will help your skin to endure the long flight. Since you're only allowed a certain amount of liquids, bring sample sizes instead. That way, you can easily toss them in your bag or straight in your pocket. Following these steps prior and during a flight will help your skin to look fresh and awake when arriving to your destination.

Keep your make-up minimal

Wearing heavy make-up on long flights will do more harm than good to your skin. Prior to leaving for the airport, make sure your face is cleansed and moisturized.

If you do choose to wear make-up during your flight, keep it as minimal as possible. For example, cover up the blemishes only by using some concealer. To keep your lips moisturized, choose a nourishing lipstick or go for a lip balm instead. To keep your eyebrows in place, brush them with either a tinted or clear brow gel.


Drink enough water

Your skin will thanks you later for it, staying hydrated while traveling is extremely important. It keeps your skin from becoming dry and it keeps your system flushed.

Get some sleep

They don’t call it a beauty sleep for nothing. Traveling can be exhausting and often very stressful. Carrying heavy luggage, walking (or running) from one gate to another, lack of nutritious food, these things can be harmful to your health and appearance.

Allowing yourself some sleep during a flight can have great impact on your body. Arriving well rested to your destination keeps your skin from looking dull and tired, you’ll also be energized enough to enjoy your trip.

Prevent dry lips

Wearing lip balm during a flight is always a good idea. High altitudes and low pressure tends to dry out the air in plane cabins, this means your skin and especially your lips will become dry quicker than usual.

When choosing a lip balm, the thicker the better. Also, use a lip balm that feels comfortable to sleep in if you’re having a long flight.


Use sheet masks on board

Twenty minutes prior to landing use a sheet mask. There are many benefits to sheet masks (besides the skincare benefits), the light weighted masks can be a lifesaver on airplanes.

They’re easy to carry in your hand luggage, as it doesn’t contain any liquid, which means you can bring as many as you want for different purposes. Whether you want a facemask, an eye-soothing mask, softening hand masks and even feet masks.


Take care of your eyes

Lack of sleep combined with watching long in-flight movies or reading a book in an air-conditioned temperature may create dry and irritated eyes.

Avoid wearing contact lenses; swap them for your glasses instead. Also make sure to use eye drops regularly to keep the dryness and irritation away.


Mist away

Spritzing your face regularly with a rich face mist is a great way to replace nutrients that your skin may have lost during the flight. It also keeps your skin plump, awake and healthy looking during your journey.


Final touch ups

It’s always great to do some last few and quick touch ups before the airplane lands. Add some color to your cheeks by applying a bit of creamy blush; this helps your overall look to appear healthy and well rested.

If you didn’t get enough sleep on the plane and those dark circles are starting to appear, cover them up using a color correcting concealer. To finish off the entire look, add a bit of highlighter to your cheekbones, you’ll look fresh and radiant when arriving to your final destination.


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