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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.

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.
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.
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.

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

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
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 kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.
  • Awesome tips 🙂 I haven’t used the mario Badesku products in a while but I really want to try using them again. Definitely need moisture for my sensitive skin.

  • marciaf

    Great tips. I don’t have any far trips planned but when I went to Europe ages ago I remember the skin fatigue.

  • The neutrogena wipes are one of my faves too!

  • Great tips! I also love using sheet masks during a flight, and I couldn’t care less that they look super creepy, haha 🙂

  • FabZilla_Kath

    Hydration is very important. Great tips!

  • I think I might have that MB spray… I need to crack it out for the transition to spring.

  • I am so bringing a sheet mask with me on my next plane ride. Getting to hydrate and scare people while I fly is a perk I can’t ignore! lol!

  • I love facial sprays for airplane trips!

  • Emmylee Alexandra

    Great tips! I love all of Mario Badescu’s products, especially for dry skin!

  • Awesome tips, my skin always feel horrid and tight when i fly!!

  • Justina

    Awesome tips, thanks!

  • The Embryolisse is one of my all time favorite moisturizers. It’s awesome!

  • omg these are amazing tips! I have to get on a flight next week so this is perfect

  • Long flights are the worst! <3

  • These are some great travel tips. US to Abu Dabi will be a long flight, you’ll be happy for the refreshing and moisturizing beauty goodies.

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    Great tips! I’m dying to try the Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

  • Ever since you put me on to Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre I’ve always loved it! During my flight I also brought with me mouth wash and a mini tooth brush, and facial wipes.

    • Isn’t it the best! I’m going to stock up at The Makeup Show New York in a few weeks. I was saving the mini toothbrush and stuff for another post, but those are really good to bring.

  • Mitzi MsAdventures

    Thanks for the tip…moisture is key for me!

  • As always, thanks for the cool tips. I don’t wear makeup, (except when I’m on tv, they powder the hell out of you for that) but my wife does, and I share your tips. 🙂

    • Yay! Thank you for sharing with your wife. I really appreciate that, Angel. 🙂