When you’re traveling to a foreign country, there is a lot to look forward to. But first, you’ve got to deal with the long flight. Being on an airplane for hours on end can make you feel dehydrated and look disheveled, but luckily there are ways to deal with all of that unpleasantness. Here are six tips and tricks so you can look and feel good — even after a long flight.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Airplanes recycle oxygen, so it’s likely that the air you’re breathing will feel dry and stale. Combat dry skin with a thick moisturizer or aloe vera gel. Companies like Amway have a variety of quality products you can choose from to keep your skin hydrated, such as Artistry. Determine your skin type (dry or oily) and choose a trustworthy product to use during the plane ride. Those with oilier skin can keep fresh by using gel-based products. Nature Republic has an aloe gel formula that is light and refreshing.
Purchase a small TSA approved container and fill it with whatever product suits you best. A way to make sure the moisture you apply gets better absorbed is to ask for a damp towel to pat your face with or to use a face mist before applying any product.
Bring Face Masks
If you’re serious about keeping your skin hydrated, bring a face mask sheet and apply it intermittently during your flight. For a particularly long flight, consider bringing more than one moisturizer. Face masks are filled with nutrients to make your face feel soft and hydrated. When it comes to quality masks, Korean brands are unparalleled. But if you’re in a hurry, ones from the drugstore will get the job done, too. You might look a bit strange, but your face will thank you for it later.
Sleep Well the Night Before
You might think it’s smart to skip out on sleep the night before you board the airplane, so you’ll fall asleep right away on the plane and avoid the discomforts of flying. Right? Wrong. It turns out that a good night’s sleep is crucial to being comfortable during your flight. If you skip out on sleep the night before, your muscles will feel tight and you’re likely to feel irritable during the flight. If you’re worried about being bored on the plane, bring a good book, your favorite magazines or a DVD or two to watch on your laptop. You can even use the time to write in a journal or get some work done. Once you get started on a good book or some work, you’ll find that time passes by a little more quickly.
Keep Your Mouth Fresh
Your mouth might feel a little grimy during a long flight. Bring a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste to freshen up. If it’s too much of a hassle to move in and out of your seat, pack a Listerine Pocketmist Oral Care Mist to spritz a bit of minty freshness in your mouth. Another convenient oral care item is Colgate Wisp Optic White disposable toothbrushes, which are simple to use and unleash a ball of mintiness in your mouth.
Stock up on Coconut Water
Hydrate both inside and out. Buy a large bottle of your favorite coconut water before the flight. The electrolytes will help you to retain the water in your system better than regular old H2O. If you don’t have a favorite, try VitaCoCo. They have a variety of fun flavors to choose from if you’re not the biggest fan of coconut water.
Combat Flat Hair
We all know and hate the flat hair that comes from long hours on a plane. Use a powder dry shampoo like Bumble and Bumble’s Pret-a-powder to give your roots some lift and to feel freshened up. Sprinkle a bit on your roots before and after the flight to maintain a fresh hairdo before, during and after your flight.