Just getting to the airport alone can involve a lot of variables that are taxing on our skin and throw our beauty routines for a loop. We’re dealing with sweat from carrying our suitcases down the stairs, grime from taking public transportation or pollution while sitting in traffic on the highway. Beyond that, we never seem to be entirely ready for the cold, dry, harsh air on the plane. Our make-up seems to melt off, our hair may frizz up or feel greasy, our foreheads break out and our cuticles may crack.
It doesn’t sound very glamorous, but it certainly can be. With the right items in tow there’s no way a travel day can slow you down or mess up the routine you’ve been working so hard to preserve.
Here are a few of the common problems faced by beauty-conscious travelers and a round-up of the products that can help smooth out the flying situation.
You don’t like to pee on the plane, so you’re totally dehydrated
It doesn’t take long for your face to show signs of dehydration. Peeing on the plane is the worst, and while it’s not recommended to abstain from drinking water during the duration of the flight, it does happen. A wonderful solution to this problem is an incredibly hydrating sheet mask that can be used mess-free from your assigned seat.
Buy it now: Boscia Tsubaki Oil Deep Hydration Hydrogel Mask, $8
You’ve got someone to impress on arrival so you want to have a nice, dewy complexion
Once make-up has been applied, it’s easy for it to start to feel dull or even non-existent once some time has been spent cruising through the clouds. It’s a wise move to keep one of these travel-friendly canisters with pure spring water around for a quick mist to bring make-up back to life without having to start from scratch.
Buy it now: Evian Mineral Water Spray To Go, $15
You hands are dry from winter, but you’re headed to the beach
Most sensible people attempt to flee the brutal weather in the dead of winter for somewhere far warmer, sunnier and more pleasant. But dry, cracked, winter-weathered hands are just not a good look in the tropics. Periodically hydrating our hands while traveling will help you get more into vacation mode and forget about the winter tundra you’re leaving behind.
Buy it now: L’Occitane Secret to Beautiful Hands, $12
Your vacation-ready manicure is going to waste because you’ve been handling luggage all day
Our hands really take a beating when traveling. One of the most luxurious things you can do for yourself on a plane is bring a small bottle of cuticle oil with a delicious scent (something that’s always welcome on an airplane), and treat your poor nails.
Buy it now: Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil, $20
You can’t stop messing with your hair, and now it’s looking sad
Sometimes you start with a topknot to make security easier, but then you can’t recline comfortably on the plane, and then throw it in a pony when the meal service arrives. There’s a lot of back and forth, and this can flatten hair out or make it look greasy. It’s always good to have a nice hair product to give you a little volume or shine control as needed.
Buy it now: Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-powder, $12