Woman on a plane

10 beauty tips for surviving a long haul flight

Goodbye dry and dehydrated skin and hello glowy, glam and gorgeous you

By Rebecca Shepherd, 21 June 2017
10 beauty tips for surviving a long haul flight

Cruising at around 39,000ft on a stuffy plane for hours whilst travelling through different time zones can leave your skin feeling a little bit worse for wear.

"There are simple things you can do whilst on board to help keep you feeling revived"

Thankfully, online hair and beauty retailer Hairtrade.com are on hand to help and have compiled a list of tips to keep your skin dewy and glowing even even whilst being up in the air.

Joanne Dodds from Hairtrade.com said: “Summer holiday season is officially here, and whilst we all look forward to jetting off, most of us beauty lovers will dread the long-haul flight. Stuffy planes not only give you dehydrated and dry skin, but they can also leave you feeling bloated, tired and jet-lagged.

“Instead of suffering, there are simple things you can do whilst on board to help keep you feeling revived, such as drinking plenty of water and packing some facial wipes.

“These little handy tips will help you feel refreshed, gorgeous and ready to take on your holiday.”

Here are some of the team's top tips. 

1. Pack some face and eye masks

Your skin will get very little oxygen during flight time. To keep your skin hydrated, moisturised and brightened, wear a face or eye mask.  Make yourself comfy and apply it whilst on-board to help keep your skin looking and feeling refreshed.

2. Keep skin hydrated

Long-haul flights are the ultimate skin dehydrators, so it’s important to keep drinking plenty of water. Aim to drink at least half a litre every hour of the flight. 

3. Avoid the plane food

Processed foods, microwaved airline food and things like crisps and pretzels should always be avoided on aeroplanes. These contain high amounts of sodium which can cause bloating. Try and eat some water based fruits and vegetables like carrot sticks, cucumber or celery. These will help maintain hydration.

4. Wear a face cream

If you have dry skin already, chances are that the aeroplane will dry out your skin even more. This can end up making your skin extra flaky or can cause spots. To avoid this, make sure you apply a lot of face cream. Face cream is a better choice to use over moisturiser, as it’s thicker and more hydrating when applied to the skin.

5. Spritz a dewy skin mist over your face

The plane can get very stuffy at times, so bring a refreshing facial mist to spritz yourself with. This will keep your skin feeling hydrated and will maintain the moisture balance. 

6. Don’t wear make-up

Always try to avoid wearing make-up on flights. But if you want to look gorgeous when you take off and land, remove your make-up during take-off and reapply 40 minutes before you land.

7. Pack the essentials

It’s always important to pack the essentials like a travel-sized hand sanitizer, some facial wipes and a mini bottle of toner. Clean hands are a must so make sure you are regularly sanitising. Facial wipes are also great if you’re planning on removing your make-up just after take-off, or if you just want to give your face a little refresh. After taking off your make-up with a wipe, always apply the toner. A mini toner is great to apply to your skin with a cotton pad to keep spots at bay whilst on the flight. 

8. Avoid waterproof make-up

If you are going to wear make-up on the plane, always avoid using waterproof products. These can be really drying when you’re in the air. Waterproof mascara will leave your lashes feeling extra dry.

9. Tame the static hair

Two good tricks to tame humid and static hair whilst flying is to either add hair oil or serum to the tips of your hair or rub a drop of water through the roots.

10. Get some sleep

The best way to survive that long-haul flight and feel fresh when you land, is to get plenty of beauty sleep. Make sure you pack the essentials to help you feel comfortable, such as a pillow, comfy flight socks, a blanket and a sleeping mask.

Going on a long haul flight? Make sure you stock up on everything you need at Asda or pop into your local store