I love to travel, whether for work or for fun. Exploring new cities, relaxing by the pool, floating in the ocean; all these options sound good to me. What I don't like is flying. Or being stuck in a car. Or a boat. So what I mean when I say that I like traveling is, that I like being in new places, but find the process of getting there to be exquisite torture. And last week we talked about how to travel with babies, so today we are talking about how to keep ourselves looking FRESH while we travel, whether we have kids or not.
First things first, HYDRATE. My instinct is often to drink very little water on planes because I don't want to have to use the bathroom, but I always regret it. I usually travel with my dog, Maeby, and since I can't trust her to not cause a scene if I leave her alone in the seat, I bring her with me on every bathroom trip. Which is incredibly annoying. But it's better to haul her around a few times than to land and look like a goddamn zombie. If you are dehydrated during a flight, you will land and look like a piece of beef jerky, your stomach will feel like shit, and your skin will break out within two days. So suck it up, buy that 7$ water bottle and ask the flight attendants to refill it every time they pass. I find I get more water this way than if I just wait for when they come around with a little cup. They will refill your whole bottle if you ask them! Better yet, bring your own reusable water bottle with you on the plane.
Secondly, some people like to doll themselves up on flights, and some don't. I tend to go back and forth between these two options, but usually, IDGAF. I don't really care if you wear makeup or not during the flight, but I will recommend taking a few extra steps with your moisturizing game. If you are going to be wearing makeup, pick something light and moisturizing like a BB cream or a tinted moisturizer. And be sure to put on plenty of your regular moisturizer on under your makeup. If you have a slightly heavier night cream than a day cream, like I do, then use your night cream under your makeup for the flight. It will seal that hydration in better. Facial sprays are also great for keeping your skin from getting too dry during a flight. Find a small size that won't exceed the TSA regulations, or take your favorite spritz and pour a tiny bit into one of those perfume sample bottles. And spray away during the flight! It will feel luxurious and help you relax as well.
If you don't wear makeup for your flight, then I highly recommend going a step further and wearing a moisturizing mask during the entire flight. Glossier's Moon Mask is absolutely perfect for this. Slather it all over your face before you leave the house, then leave it on until you reach your destination. Doesn't matter if it's 3 hours or 10 hours away. You'll land and your skin will be glowing like crazy. The moon mask is great because it doesn't have a white sheen to it, and it absorbs really beautifully into your skin. You'll just have a really healthy looking glow the whole time you are wearing it. You won't look insane, I promise. If you have very high levels of not giving any fucks, you can also wear a sheet mask during your flight, and then ask for a hot towel to wipe it off after you wear it for a half hour or so. You'll look crazy, but who cares. It's an airplane, everyone is deranged. And don't forget to keep those lips in good shape with some kind of lip chap of your choosing. You don't want to land and look like you spent the past 6 hours licking your lips.
Once you are at your destination, it's likely that your skin will be a bit fussy, as a result of the dryness, or the altitude, or adjusting to the new water quality wherever you go. Different cities have different minerals in the water, and it takes your skin and hair some time to adjust. Make sure you bring a sample of your favorite masks so you can take the time to help your skin readjust. Most beauty counters or stores will gladly give you sample sizes that are travel friendly, or you can just buy small containers and put some of your own mask into them. You'll want something that will draw out impurities and slightly exfoliate. Mask of Magnaminty from Lush is my go-to. It's affordable and leaves me feeling like heaven. Another travel friendly option is sheet masks, you can just pop a few in your bag and have some fun walking around your hotel asking people to put the lotion in the basket. If you get any pimples, a small amount of tea tree oil or some other spot treatment will help dry them without irritating the rest of your skin. And remember that what you put in your body on your trip will affect the look of your skin. Now, far be it for me to tell you not to drink excessively while on vacation, I am just obligated to remind you that if you drink excessively after having flown somewhere will probably make you look a little beat. Do what you will with that information. As will I. And if you have a sensitive stomach, try to eat as clean as possible for the first couple days. Flying is really bad for the digestive tract, all that going up and down really does a number on your intestines, so be gentle with them.
I tend to get extremely nauseous on basically any type of transportation, and if this is a problem for you too, listen up. When I was super little and I would visit my family in Mexico City, I would get a horrible combination of altitude sickness and car sickness from everyone's insane driving. I dreaded any kind of car trip, whether to our summer house or somewhere cool like the pyramids. One year when my grandmother was sick of me barfing all over the place, she gave me a bag full of limes with salt on them and it changed my life. If you even think you are going to be getting sick, cut a lime in half, sprinkle a little salt on it, and suck that bitch dry. It isn't necessarily pleasant, but I swear it works. The combination of the limes and some pressure point bracelets make a world of difference. I definitely always have nausea meds as well, but I try not to take them unless I'm going to be stuck on a cruise for a week because they make me super sleepy.
It can be a pain to haul all your cosmetics and skincare items when you travel, so I recommend taking the bare minimum. One moisturizer, one eye cream, a sample sized portion of your favorite mask, sunscreen, and your favorite chapstick should be enough for when you are traveling. You'll be okay without your serums for a week or so. I would probably bring a facial spray as well, but you'll be fine without it. If you have any makeup palettes, this is the time to bust them out. Try to use as many two-in-one products as possible. Also, bring a BB Cream and leave your expensive foundation at home. You don't need to bring three different eyeliners, just pick your favorite. I usually just bring my liquid liner and leave the rest behind. Same goes for mascara and eyeshadows, Just pare down your normal routine a bit. Now if you have a wedding or something and need to look fierce, don't be afraid to go into Sephora and ask for a sample of, say, a Dior foundation so that you don't actually have to risk losing or breaking your expensive makeup. Also check Sephora's selection near the front of the check out counter, they usually have smaller sizes of your favorite mascaras, moisturizers, etc. I always go crazy there. If an airline lost a checked bag with all my makeup in it, I would lose my goddamned mind.
I'd love to hear any tips or tricks you use while traveling, and if you have any secrets for getting upgraded on a flight. I've been upgraded all of ONE time, and it was when I was six years old and my parents let me fly alone to go visit my grandparents. The flight attendants moved me to business class so they could keep an eye on me easier, and even then I knew it was a big deal. A nice businessman played hangman with me and complimented my green dress. It was a good day.