Whenever I get off a long haul flight I look like I got hit by a train, chewed up by a dog and spit out in the middle of the desert. I'm pretty sure 99% of travelers can agree with me that looking good after sitting on a plane for 12 hours is as likely as winning a scratch off lottery ticket.
Being an avid traveler who spent a year on the road, on more planes than a flight attendant, I have found a few key items that can help you look a little less like The Grinch.
1. FACE MASKS ARE A #MUST
Face masks are totally worth the temporary embarrassment. Flying dehydrates you like WHOA and even if you're not into drinking gallons of water, face masks can help your face look like you are. A few of my faves:
* DR. JART+ Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask
* Sephora Collection Rose Face Mask
* TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL Egg Cream Hydrating Mask
* Farmacy Coconut Hydrating Gel Mask
For everyone's sake please make sure you get a clear or sheet mask so it doesn't look like you just had an accident and smeared it all over your face.
2. EYE DROPS
The air is super dry and to avoid red, blood-shot eyes, that make you look like you're super high (up in the air) - use anti-red drops. Drop 'em like it's hot!
3. GO MAKEUP-LESS
Putting on makeup after a long haul flight is worse than not, so by keeping it simple and just curling those lashes, you'll not only feel better but you'll look better. Add in some hydrating BB cream but avoid thick foundation and powders that will make you look like your lunch lady from 5th grade. Opt for Chapstick instead of lipstick and you're good to go.
4. BRUSH THOSE TEETH
Dry air + 12 hours = awful breath. Do yourself and everyone else a favor and brush your teeth before landing. It'll also give you something to do when you're bored AF.
5. HYDRATING MIST
After doing your mask, top it off with a hydrating spray. My favorite is rose water because well you know, it smells like roses.
6. CHANGE OF CLOTHES
Change your clothes right before landing. This includes a fresh pair of underwear! Say N.O. to B.O. - don't forget to dab on some deodorant please.
It's true what they say, 50% of looking good is feeling good and after being in basically an incubator for germs for the past day - take those vitamins. Either grab multivitamin or a mix up that Emergen-C.
Let's all face it, flying SUCKS and major props to the flight attendants who not only endure the long flights constantly but who actually have to work the flight and cater to us cranky passengers. If any of you are frequent fliers, what are your tips and tricks to staying fresh on the road?
I need to know.