How to Look Fresh After a Flight

In the last few years I have regularly gone straight to a meeting after a flight. So, by now I have my beauty routine down pat. Its quite simple to look good after a flight. And if you follow these steps, you will look amazing no matter how long you’ve been in transit. 


  • Eat well and healthy: I usually eat a big breakfast of eggs, toast, fruit, or even paranthas. This prevents me from eating salty snacks that'll make me bloat. Stick to bland, non-cheesy meals in flights, and if you can pack your snacks (granola, fruit, murmura) that’s even better. 
  • Moisturise and wear sunscreen: I massage in moisturiser till it gets absorbed and then I massage in some more. When two layers of moisturiser get absorbed into my skin I seal it in with a drop of face oil. Finally, I top up with an SPF 30 sunscreen especially if I’m taking a day flight. Research shows that pilots are five times more likely to get melanoma as compared to the general population. This just shows how much more damaging the sun’s rays are at that height.
  • Skip makeup: Unless you’re travelling with your new boyfriend there’s no need for makeup. This is because the complexion gets dry during transit, which means your foundation and concealer will just settle into pores and fine lines.
  • Drink lots of water. I like to drink a litre for short distances and at least two to three litres on long distance flights. Trust me, the more water you drink, the better your skin will look when you land.
  • Don’t go crazy with movies. This is especially relevant for long distance flights. Of course its tempting to have several hours when all you do is watch movies and sitcoms, but treat yourself to one movie and then try to sleep, or do a guided meditation instead. Personally, there’s something about flights that’s incredibly soothing, so I just crash. There are a lot of apps where you can download meditations. My favourite is
  • Reapply moisturiser if needed. When its time to land spritz your face with a mist like Avène Eau Thermale. Pat dry with a soft tissue and then reapply moisturiser and sunscreen. Now its time to do your makeup before touchdown.  
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