HAPPY #BEAUTYMONDAY! Today, I am currently en route to Greenwich, Connecticut to be the lead makeup artist for a community production of Shrek The Musical! I’ve got all my paint, prosthetics and brushes packed and ready to work. I’m so excited to have this opportunity and will be updating my social media accounts accordingly so be sure to follow along on my Instagram account specifically to watch my instastories for a day in the life of a working makeup artist. 🙂
Because I’m leaving on a jet plane today, I thought it would be totally appropriate to let you guys in on my secret to keep my skin FRESH while hanging out a mile above the rest of the world. Let’s dive into this.
As you all know, airplanes are a cesspool of disgusting germs, dehydrating air and weird smells. All that sits in the air and clogs pores, enters your skin and generally makes a mess of your face. Raise your hand if you ALWAYS get sick after flying on an airplane (*waves hand obnoxiously*). While I can’t strengthen your immune system for you, I can give you inside tips to keeping your skin clear and bright and ready for a smooth take off and an even smoother landing.
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE:
Once your are in the airport, make a beeline to the nearest shop that sells water bottles. The NUMBER ONE thing to do while on a fight is to keep hydrated to combat against the incredibly drying air inside the airplane. I recommend a cucumber or coconut water if available because not only are they super hydrating, but they are rich in antioxidants and potassium.
Skip the full-coverage foundation:
If you can, skip the makeup altogether. Pack a good moisturizer and under eye cream (easily accessible once in flight) and go au naturel for the duration of your flight. You will cut down on clogged pores and oily skin by a huge margin. If you absolutely MUST wear makeup during your flight, go for a hydrating BB cream instead of a full coverage foundation.
Pack a hydrating facial mist:
My personal favorites are Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray or Urban Decay’s Quick Fix! Both of them are intensely hydrating, have antioxidant properties and incorporate coconut water. Spray your face every half hour to fight redness and irritation.
Prep with sunscreen:
Be sure to apply sunscreen once you get into your seat if you happen to grab a window seat. Sitting near the window means exposure to dangerous UV rays ESPECIALLY up that high in the sky. Put sunscreen on all your exposed skin and especially on your face. You should ALWAYS be wearing sunscreen anyways, but especially when you are that close to the sun.
Catch some ZZZZ’s with a cute face mask:
While you may be tempted to read or chat with your neighbor, your skin with be in much better shape if you can rest a little bit before landing. Pack a silk face mask to avoid any sleep lines and to let your neighbors know not to disturb you (unless snacks are on the line – then always wake me up). **disclaimer: cute kitten not included.
Wash your face:
Head to a bathroom and wash your face ASAP! Refresh your skin with a brightening and toning face wash to get the YUCK from the flight off your face and get your ready for your post-flight activities.
Don’t forget to moisturize:
Have I beaten this into you yet??? HYDRATE YOUR SKIN! I cannot express to you how drying airplane air is to your face. Pull out your tried and true moisturizer and slather your face in it. Don’t be afraid to do a little bit extra to make sure your skin is feeling good.
Drop off the extra baggage – eye baggage, that is!
You don’t need to be carrying another more than your suitcase to your destination, amiright? Keep a couple eye compresses to put on after the flight to de-puff your under eye skin. I love these, these and these. I will slap them on on my way to my hotel/home/wherever my final destination is. That way by the time I’m in my room freshening up for the evening, my skin is SO ready to look flawless.
There you have it friends – my tried and true method to making sure my skin doesn’t soak in any of that airport / airplane nastiness. It’s so easy to prep and make sure you take as many precautions as possible to keeping your skin healthy. It is our biggest organ after all!!
Do you prep your skin for flights? What do YOU do to keep your skin FRESH AF on airplanes? Let me know in the comments below!
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