5 Beauty Tips to Crush the dreaded Travel Face

Hit the ground running as soon as you disembark from your flight. There’s no need to sleep off jet lag with these 5 flight tested beauty tips.

Next week I’m heading to Hong Kong on an insanely early flight. Normally it goes something like this. I drag myself out of bed and grab my packed bags hoping I didn’t forget anything last night. Then I sleepwalk my way through the customs and boarding before waking up on the other side of the flight only to, wait for it… Crash in the hotel and wake up sometime around dinner feeling like I have jello for a brain.

Sound familiar?

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As anyone who’s ever traveled internationally will tell you, trying to get rid of what I call “travel face” can be a 24 hour struggle many of us lose to big dark glasses, a poncho and pretending to pay attention, while hiding in dark corners.

But it doesn’t have to be this way! So here are 5 flight-tested beauty tips that put you on the path to crushing that “travel face”. 

Bring a facial mist with you.

The air on planes sure is drying. Have you ever noticed when you rub your fingers mid flight they feel almost like paper?

Time to pull out the facial mist. Keep a small amount of distilled water in a small spray bottle, and pull it out whenever you need a little bit of instant hydration for your skin. It’s also a great way to refresh your makeup just before you get off so you’re ready to hit the ground running.

I love to mix in a drop of peppermint oil to add that extra plump and freshness.

Downsize, travel light and fast.

Apart from the fact that you can’t, there are so many reasons to downsize your favorite skincare essentials before jumping on a plane. You can bring the right cleansers, toners and moisturizers for your skin, tiny bottles are easier to carry, and you can find many flight safe options at your local chemist.

One great tip? Only bring what you need, make sure to leave a bit of air in the top and tap them gently to get any air out of the bottom. Then Pop them in a zip lock bag before you load them up into your carry on. Knocks, bumps and even changing cabin pressure can cause them to burst.

Sun Damage is Real.

This makes no sense until you start to think about it scientifically.

The higher you are, the closer to the sun you are and the thinner atmosphere is. You can’t force everyone to close their windows, there’s always some annoying kid who won’t ever do what anyone says, anyway.

So bring some SPF along and don’t forget to reapply every 2 hours during a day time flight.

Multi-purpose skincare solutions really shine here. Estee Lauder’s Daywear BB Cream with SPF 35 is perfect. It not only provides coverage that smooths your skins appearance, but also moisturizes and protects it from the sun.

Lather up Ladies.

Speaking of moisturizers, remember how I said that the air inside a plane was incredibly drying? Yeah, seriously, it’s like jerky perfect drying.

To combat this it’s time to bring out the big guns, especially if it’s a red eye, and you’re not going to be awake to maintain your skincare. Along with your trusty BB Cream with SPF you’re going to need a night cream, an eye cream, some lip balm and a serum like Kevyn Aucoin’s Primed Skin Developer to help keep all that moisture locked inside your skin.

Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.

Finally, you’re body is made up for 60% water, so don’t forget to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Above all else, water is your greatest friend for defeating that “travel face” and crushing jet lag.

Those small cups they bring you during food service? Nup, that’s not gunna cut it honey. An average person needs at least a liter of water for every FIVE hours of flight time. That’s 4 normal cups, or like 6-8 of those tiny ones they give you.

Don’t be afraid to ask for more water from flight attendants, they’re doing the same thing you are, keeping hydrated (how do you think they stay so cheery?). Or, if you’re afraid to do that, don’t forget to bring an empty bottle through customs and fill it up before you board.


And that’s it for the 5 essential flight-tested beauty tips to help you crush “travel face” like a boss. Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below! I’ll give ’em a try and if they make the cut, who knows? We might feature your tip right here!