Rise and shine you guys. I've been home from my most recent trip for about a week now and it's been a wild ride of a week to say the least. Traveling can take a serious toll on our bodies, and so can the general stresses of life.
Before I took off for Paris, I chatted with a few of my makeup artist friends. Knowing that I'd be spending 8+ hours on a plane, and then fighting the jet lag with lots of coffee, I wanted some ideas about how be fresh and rested even after that dreaded overnight red eye flight.
And as importantly: I wanted to know - what should I do while on the plane to practice self care before I arrive at my destination! With so many of us going on long distance trips for the holidays, I hope this helps you feel your best even on the longest of trips.
Here's my list of recommendations gathered from my favorite makeup gurus, and the checklist of products I swear by too. This list honestly applies even if you aren't traveling and just aren't quite getting enough of your nightly beauty rest.
On the Plane
Once you've boarded be sure to sanitize all the things you might be touching for the next hours: the TV screen in your seat, your window and seat arm rests, it's all carrying germs. Wiping it all down will keep you from getting sick after the flight or introducing bacteria into your skin and eyes. Next: clean your face. A basic skin care wipe will do the trick. Definitely don't travel with a full face of makeup - allow your skin to breathe.
Apply a full face moisturizer, mine is oil based to protect from the harsh cabin air, and then add an eye cream as well. If you plan to sleep on the plane, do so with moisturizing eye pads and an eye mask (you can do this at home too) to eliminate puffiness and dark circles. For continued hydration, carry a misting spray in a TSA-approved bottle and mist throughout the flight. Drink lots of water in the air too, it's critical to keeping your skin fresh!
Facial massage. Apply your favorite essential oil to your pressure points, temples, forehead, and cheeks. Then give yourself a little massage to invigorate your skin. You can also use a brush and work it in a sweeping motion from forehead down to your decollate. Tired skin looks exceptionally dull so after the massage use an illuminating cream to add a little extra fresh-faced glow.
Keep the eye makeup to a minimum. It feels normal to want to cover up with a smoky eye, however dark circles are only accentuated by adding extra makeup. Choose nude tones and a lash lengthening mascara to open up tired eyes.
Choose a shade that's just a little bit deeper than your natural lip color. Dark colors can age us and aren't especially flattering when we're tired. You want to accentuate your natural lip color. A clear gloss is always a nice touch to add plumpness too.
Essentials for long haul flights:
Antibacterial Gel or Wipes
Facial Cleansing Wipe
Moisturizing Eye Mask
Eye Mask for Sleeping
Facial Brush and Oil for Massage
Brightening Products or Illuminator
Rosy-Hued Lip and Cheek Color
I hope this series of packing lists and checklists gets you all holiday travel ready! I've got one more coming on how to best prepare for long days on the road!