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How To Stay Pretty When You’re 30,000ft In The Air

Suga, suga, how you get so fly?

Australia is a great country to live in, don’t get me wrong, but if you want to travel anywhere beyond Southeast Asia you’re pretty much signing up for 10+ hours in the sky. Even as I write this, I’m halfway through my 25 hour flight to Paris. Joy!

I’m often greeted by a client at the other end of my trips, which means I don’t want to rock up red-eyed and groggy-looking, feeling like that near-empty water bottle that shrivelled itself up on the way over.

Thus, through many years of trial and error, I’ve found the best in flight beauty routine to minimise the damage at 30,000 ft, and keep me feeling/looking human at the other end. You can thank me later, but for now, read my full list of tips (including what to eat, drink and put on your face).

Words: @carmengracehamilton

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Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Let’s start with the most obvious one—drink water, and LOTS of it. This is KEY when it comes to combating the effects of flying.

Ask any model for her numero uno beauty tip, and it always involves drinking more H20 (and I’m like, OK, but what else?) But, srsly, try it for yourself and you will notice the difference.

P.S. If you’re worried about needing to go to the bathroom all the time—don’t be. It’s good to get up for walks regularly.

1

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Let’s start with the most obvious one—drink water, and LOTS of it. This is KEY when it comes to combating the effects of flying.

Ask any model for her numero uno beauty tip, and it always involves drinking more H20 (and I’m like, OK, but what else?) But, srsly, try it for yourself and you will notice the difference.

P.S. If you’re worried about needing to go to the bathroom all the time—don’t be. It’s good to get up for walks regularly.

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Hot water, lemon & honey

If water gets boring, order hot water, lemon and honey. I find this weirdly comforting in-flight, and it also helps to keep my digestive system pumping (there’s nothing worse than feeling like a stale piece of Play Doh at the other end).

Also, stick to the vegetarian food options on the plane—or better yet, take your own snacks! Plane food is packed with salt and sugar to make it more palatable, which wreaks absolute havoc on already Sahara Desert-esque skin.

2

Hot water, lemon & honey

If water gets boring, order hot water, lemon and honey. I find this weirdly comforting in-flight, and it also helps to keep my digestive system pumping (there’s nothing worse than feeling like a stale piece of Play Doh at the other end).

Also, stick to the vegetarian food options on the plane—or better yet, take your own snacks! Plane food is packed with salt and sugar to make it more palatable, which wreaks absolute havoc on already Sahara Desert-esque skin.

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Balm-up your skin like a mummy

That’s right—slather your skin in moisturiser top to toe (and don’t forget lip balm!). I do this once every two hours. On my face, I use Dermalogica’s Calm Water Gel (a lightweight gel cream with super powers—it literally locks in your skin’s moisture, and doesn’t leave any film on top—it comes highly, highly recommend!), which I follow with the Barrier Defense Booster to supercharge my moisturiser and block out the damaging effects of airborne germs and air conditioning.

On my body, I use whatever they have in the bathroom, then on super dry parts like my elbows I’ll put the Barrier Defense Booster.

3

Balm-up your skin like a mummy

That’s right—slather your skin in moisturiser top to toe (and don’t forget lip balm!). I do this once every two hours. On my face, I use Dermalogica’s Calm Water Gel (a lightweight gel cream with super powers—it literally locks in your skin’s moisture, and doesn’t leave any film on top—it comes highly, highly recommend!), which I follow with the Barrier Defense Booster to supercharge my moisturiser and block out the damaging effects of airborne germs and air conditioning.

On my body, I use whatever they have in the bathroom, then on super dry parts like my elbows I’ll put the Barrier Defense Booster.

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Elevate!

Your feet. Doing this as much as possible minimises puffy ankles at the other end.

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Elevate!

Your feet. Doing this as much as possible minimises puffy ankles at the other end.

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Pack moisturising eye drops

Your eyes need TLC, too! Instead of hitting Clear Eyes to combat redness, use moisturising eyedrops. They’ll make your peepers feel fresh again.

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Pack moisturising eye drops

Your eyes need TLC, too! Instead of hitting Clear Eyes to combat redness, use moisturising eyedrops. They’ll make your peepers feel fresh again.

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