I can think of few places where it’s harder to be beautiful than on a plane. And, to be honest, if my flight is over 10 hours long I’m never really concerned about how I look. I just want to survive the flight, be comfortable, and not have my skin break out. Over the years I’ve gotten pretty good at flying and when reader Sarah asked about beauty tips for the plane, I decided to whip up this fun little guide!
Keep in mind this guide is mostly for if you are going on a long flight. If you’re going on a short flight, you should probably do the same things you usually do (clothes, makeup, hair, etc.) so you can do something fun right after you land without wasting time changing and putting on makeup. Just remember to keep well hydrated and moisturized!
Before you go to the airport:
– Moisturize your entire body. After your take a shower, slather on lotion. Plane air is incredibly dry, so protect your skin before hand.
– Drink lots of liquids. There should always be water available to you on a plane, but it’s pretty hard to drink enough water on a plane, so make sure you board the plane well hydrated.
– Dress comfortably. Yoga pants, leggings, and sweatpants are your friends! Comfortable jeans are good options too. Also, remember that airplanes are usually very cold, so wear a couple layers (ex: a t-shirt with a cardigan over it).
Bring in your carry-on:
– a little spray bottle filled with your toner/a little Evian spray bottle/wet wipes for face (just make sure your bottle 100 ml. or less): these products will help you freshen up on the plane and keep your skin moist and hydrated.
– a travel-sized face lotion (also 100 ml. or less. P.S. 100 ml = 3.4 oz): keeping your skin fresh and moisturized is especially important on a plane because the air is incredibly dry and constantly recirculated throughout the plane.
– a lip balm or chapstick: lips tend to get very dry while on a plane, so don’t forget to bring your favorite chapstick or lip balm with you! My personal favorites are Aquaphor Healing Ointment and L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Lip Balm Stick.
– a large scarf: you can use this to keep your neck warm or as a makeshift blanket! I always bring a scarf on a plane for a little extra warmth.
– a toothbrush and mini tube of toothpaste: I always brush my teeth on a plane. It makes me feel infinitely more fresh and clean.
Plane travel “do’s”:
– drink lots of water. There should always be water available in the little kitchen area where the stewardesses keep the food carts. If not, don’t hesitate to ask for water! It should always be available to you (except during takeoff and landing).
– try to relax as much as possible. Listen to soothing music or put in a pair of earplugs to relax and forget where you are. Try and get some sleep. If you can’t sleep, still try and get some relaxation by shutting your eyes or using an eye mask.
– stretch and move around. If there’s no turbulence and you’re allowed to get out of your seat, get up and walk some where. Maybe go to the bathroom or go get a drink of water. Also, try and do some simple stretches. This will get your blood flowing and keep your body from getting stiff and achy. If you aren’t allowed out of your seat, do some arm stretches while sitting down.
– freshen up. When you’re feeling particularly gross or haggard, go to the bathroom and freshen up! (Make sure you’re allowed out of your seat at the time). Splash some water on your face and use the toner/spray/wet wipes to clean any travel grime off your face. Then lotion up. Moisturize any dry patches of skin on your body as well. Also, if you brought a toothbrush, brush your teeth to feel extra refreshed!
Plane travel “don’t’s”:
– don’t wear a lot of makeup (or any at all). Trust me, I’ve worn makeup on long flights before and it’s always a mistake. You don’t get to freshen up and your makeup invariably becomes a mess by the time you land, making you look worse than you would have without makeup. Also, your skin is more easily irritated on a plane because of the recirculated air and overall dryness. A fresh and clean face has less chance of being negatively affected by plane circumstances.
– don’t drink alcohol. I know a lot of people like to drink on planes to fall asleep, but don’t do it. Alcohol dehydrates you and that’s the very last thing you want.
– don’t wear a heavy fragrance. You (and everyone around you) will thank me. On a long flight, a heavy fragrance (no matter how much you love it) will end up irritating your senses. If you want to wear a fragrance, wear a gentle, relaxing scent like lavander.
Finally, stay positive. No matter how much time drags on, your flight will land! Try not to get too frazzled or stressed. Relax and entertain yourself. That way you’ll be refreshed and ready to enjoy your trip when you land!
P.S. if you’re packing, check out my post on what travel bags!