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Flying exposes you to hours of circulated air which can
cause dehydration, dry skin, and puffiness. 
I don’t know about you, but, I would prefer exiting my flight with
beautiful glowing skin, looking well-rested, and ready to take on any new
adventure my trip has in store.  Even
though our family vacation to Abu Dhabi is well over a few months away, I thought I’d
share some beauty tips for long flights.  Long flight as in 15-hours long like this
Etihad flight we’re about to endure.  Keep
reading as I share beauty tips for long flights along with product suggestions.

Sanitize
Any time I travel on a plane, I like to bring handsanitizer.  Traveling with my kid, I feel
the need to sanitize everything! For me, it not only sanitizes our hands, but
also the seats, and trays.  Plus, before
touching your face, you’re going to want to make sure your hands are clean in
order to prevent breakouts.
Cleanse
If you’re one of those people who can’t leave the house
without makeup, your best bet is to remove the makeup once your flight has
taken off.  Makeup can get ruddy, and can
cause breakouts if left on during a flight or slept in. Plus, you’re going to
want to walk off the plane with a fresh face. That said, you’re going to need a
good cleansing/makeup remover wipe. 

One of favorite makeup removal wipe is the Neutrogena HydratingMakeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes (read review). They’re a cleansing and
hydrating multitasking makeup remover wipe that both condition and soothe the
skin.  I also love the CLEANSE by Lauren
Napier wipes (read review). They’re perfect for travel since they’re packaged
individually, and they remove everything!
Also, something about a long flight just makes me feel a bit
dirty, so remember to freshen up with a cleansing cloth, and re-apply your
deodorant, too.
Hydrate
Now that your skin is cleansed, it’s time to re-hydrate your
skin, and ensure you’re walking off that plane red carpet ready.
Whether your flight is 3 hours or 15 hours, keeping hydrated
is probably the most important thing you can do for yourself whenever you’re
flying. Flights are just disrespectfully dehydrating. Of course, you can drink
tons of water, or my favorite, coconut water, but, when there’s free alcoholic
beverages offered sometimes drinking water takes the backseat. However, there
are other things you can do to help your skin maintain hydration.

Facial
Spray/hydrating mist
Spritz your face throughout the flight to maintain moisture
on your skin.
My favorite facial spray is the refreshing and hydrating Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe and Rosewater (read review).
Hydrating Mask
For long flights, you want to pack into your skin as much
moisture as possible. Sleep-in hydration masks work wonders
.
My favorite sleep-in hydrating mask is by Skin Inc.  Their Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask (read about it here) moisturizes,
clarifies, and brightens the complexion. Great for use while traveling or on
the go, as it seals in nutrients from other skincare products for maximum
results. 

Moisturize
After spritzing your face with your favorite facial spray,
and then applying the hydrating mask, it’s now time to seal it all in with a
moisturizer. For long flights, you need something that is rich, and absorbs
quickly.
My favorite moisturizer is the Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre
(read review). It’s a makeup artist kit essential, and cult favorite because of
its multi-tasking abilities (makeup remover, primer, moisturizer, etc.).   It’s
available in travel-friendly packaging.
Let’s not forget your lips and hands because they get
dehydrated, too.  Just because you’re
tens of thousands of feet in the air does not mean you get to neglect them and
people won’t notice. Guess what? There’s beauty people like myself who will. So
be sure to moisturize your lips and apply your favorite hand cream, and cuticle
oil.  My personal favorites are Carmex, the
Mineral Fusion Limitless Beauty Cream, and Mavala Cuticle Cream.

At the end of your long flight, you can repeat these steps,
and then apply your makeup for a fresh look. 
Stay tuned for my post on the best makeup for travel.
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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty, and skincare. Now that she has a 1st grader, Kim has added PTA Co-President and Class Parent Coordinator to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she gets it all done while making it look easy.