Traveling can be rough on your skin. To counter the effects of substantial amounts of time spent breathing dry pressurised air I have a few tricks.
1. Suck down water like a dromedary in the desert for several days before your trip. Your skin will bless you mightily for your efforts. You should be doing this anyway and the extra hydration will help you get through the flight without painfully chapped lips and skin dry enough to play X + O’s on.
2. Exfoliate! Getting rid of dry dead skin before your travel date will help keep you looking as refreshed at the end of the trip as at the beginning. I even exfoliate my lips with an electric toothbrush! so easy!
3. chapstick, chapstick, chapstick. Even if you want to roll through the terminal in your favourite lipstick basing your lips with generous amounts of chapstick at night on the days leading up to your trip will keep them soft and supple. Don’t forget to slather on an extra layer under your lipstick before you head to the airport!
4. Go easy on the foundation but go heavy on the moisturiser. Add extra moisturiser to your skin before you travel because the dry cabin air is ruthless! If you forget to slather on the moisturiser and go too heavy on the foundation you may find yourself looking a bit like a corpse at the end of your trip. The makeup may settle in places your didn’t want it to to settle and instead of looking dewy and fresh you’ll look overly made up and exhausted. I moisturise first then conceal what needs to be concealed—dark circles I am looking at you— then mix a little bit of foundation with my moisturiser. Perfect dewy skin for all nine hours of travel!
5. pro tip: Ben Nye Super Sealer is my must-have product, I think I may create a space for it in my camera bag so I am never without it. After your face is all perfect and dewy, seal in the perfection with this makeup sealer. You could run a marathon and still look as perfect as the moment you put that final touch on your face.