Airplane Travel Doesn't Have To Wreck Your Beauty Game

Here's what I do to look and feel my best as the aircraft makes its final approach.

As a kid, I once dreamed of becoming a flight attendant. I’d like to say this career goal was inspired by my love of traveling and exploring different places, but mostly I just wanted to be like Zooey Deschanel in Almost Famous.

The flight attendant dream didn’t work out (yet) but I still spend plenty of time on planes. I love traveling, and thanks to my network of friends and family in cities across America (and my money saving prowess), I go to cool places a couple of times a year. Over the next six weeks, I’ll be traveling all over California, Oregon, Washington, Florida, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey. My life is literally becoming planes, trains, and automobiles, but let’s talk about plane travel today.

Planes can wreck your beauty game more than any other mode of transport. (Except maybe space travel. Haven’t tried that one.) Between the crazy-dry air, the stress, and the lack of healthy foods, it’s easy to debark feeling like less like a lady and more like a, well, an ugly bug.

Here are some of my tips for keeping your beauty game on lock, even at 30,000 feet and climbing.

Start Prepping Your Skin the Night Before

If you’re anything like me, you start packing at the last minute. While you’re frantically tossing everything you own in a suitcase, slap on a face-mask like Boscia Luminizing Black Mask. Full of minerals and vitamins, this clay-based mask peels off and leaves my skin feeling cleaner and smoother.

Keep That Immune System in Check

Airports are my favorite places in the world, but they’re also a total breeding ground for gross germs and viruses. Everyone’s smushed together, and you’re surrounded by people who just spent a week partying in Vegas or hiking in Montana, and who KNOWS what they’ve brought back with them. Strengthen your system ahead of time with some vitamins and plenty of water. I live by Emergen-C, and this cranberry-pomegranate flavor doesn’t taste half bad. Nobody wants to be sick on vacation, so drink up!

Go With a Simple, Clean Face

I have a weird, rare condition (that I made up) that makes it hard for me to wear makeup for longer than six or seven hours without feeling the unbearable need to rinse it off. The dry air and itchy upholstery in a plane only makes this compulsion worse.

Plane environs don’t lend themselves well to foundations or concealers, and you might find it flaking off after a few hours. For long flights, I like to forego foundation or Bb cream completely. If you aren’t willing to part ways with your skin-perfecting potion of choice, consider mixing it with a serum for added moisture.

When I feel the need to wash my face halfway through a flight (which is inevitable), I turn to face wipes. Right now, I’m feeling these Clean & Clear Night Relaxing All-in-One Cleansing Wipes. These wipes are SUPER gentle, cleansing and, yes, relaxing thanks to deep-sea minerals and sea kelp extract. They are slightly scented, so be polite and use them in the restroom.

Also, make sure to keep your face moisturized throughout the flight. Fill a contact lens case with your favorite moisturizer and serum to reapply whenever skin starts to feel itchy or dry.

Look Alive, Kid

I have a hard time sleeping on planes, but I still want to look well rested. I rely on a couple of products to give me a look that’s more, “I woke up like this” and less, “Please put me to bed/out of my misery.”

Boscia’s Super Cool De-Puffing Eye Balm provides soothing relief for the puffiest, sleepiest of eyes, with a pleasant cooling effect guaranteed to wake up the sleepiest of eyes.

Eye drops will also help to soothe dried-out eyes and minimize any redness. Rohto are really the only eye drops I mess with. They take a second to adjust to, but leave my eyeballs brighter and whiter than a New Hampshire suburb.

Add a bit of color to your face with a two-in-one lip and cheek stain. For air travel, I go with The Balm Stainiac in Beauty Queen--a sheer, gorgeous berry shade that blends well and leaves my lips and cheeks flush and moisturized.

After all of that, don’t forget your basics--a good gargle of mouthwash and a swipe of deodorant can make you feel brand new again.

In flight, stay as hydrated as you can, which might mean avoiding alcohol. OR, it might mean chugging some water post-gin and tonic, pre-nap. Safe travels, and be nice to your flight attendant. Maybe one day you’ll see me up there at the front of the plane, teaching you how to buckle your seatbelt.

How do you keep your beauty game tight on an airplane ride? Tips? Products? Hacks? Any fun trips coming up?