Between catching flights and hauling luggage, maintaining a beauty routine while traveling is no easy feat. So many things can dampen your look—dry cabin air, jet lag, the stress of delayed flights, etcetera, etcetera.

But in spite of the hassle, it’s important to keep yourself fresh and pampered while in transit. Here are some trusty pre-flight and in-flight beauty tips to keep you looking fresh as you cross continents!

DRINK A LITER OF COCONUT WATER THE NIGHT BEFORE

Hydration is your number one priority when you’re up in the air. Coconut water’s rich vitamins and electrolytes will help combat the dry cabin air, especially on long haul flights! Guzzle it down the night before your flight.

DOWNSIZE YOUR PRODUCTS

Can’t live without your serums and creams? Not to worry—you won’t have to streamline your stash. Just pack in miniature! Decant your products into travel-sized containers that can be easily stored in your hand-carry. Remember to store all liquids in a ziplock bag to avoid confiscation by security personnel.

PRIORITIZE SKINCARE



If you’re going to be stuck in a plane for hours, why not just turn it into an extended spa sesh? Dry cabin air can be disastrous for your skin, so the treatment you need is a moisture boost!

Once you’re comfortably seated on the plane, start removing your makeup with a cleansing balm or makeup wipes. Then apply your regular skincare routine, ending with a hydrating mask or sleeping pack to seal in all the moisture. For more tips, check out the in-depth video above by YouTube skincare savant Gothamista.

KEEP YOUR MAKEUP MINIMAL AND SMUDGE-PROOF

Lugging your bags through the airport is likely to leave you a hot mess, so wear as little makeup as possible. Stick to the bare essentials, if possible: neat brows, tinted moisturizer, and some lip balm. However, if a little sweat isn’t going to get in the way of your full-on airport glamour, by all means, do it! Just seal your face in place with a setting spray or translucent powder.

BRING AN EYE MASK FOR BETTER SLEEP

Getting enough beauty sleep is imperative when you’re on a flight—but oftentimes, elusive. If you struggle to fall asleep on planes, an eye mask can make a huge difference. It effectively blocks out distracting ambient light, increases nocturnal melatonin levels that regulate your body’s sleep cycle, and prevents jet lag as a result! Now who’s bright-eyed and bushy-tailed?

Credit: Photos via Shutterstock. Video by Gothamista via YouTube.