Travel is particularly trying for your beauty routine. Recycled airplane air is notorious for drying out and aggravating skin, the TSA forces you to downsize every product in your beauty regimen to 3.4 ounces, and the general stress that comes with flying wreaks havoc on your complexion. If you don't plan effectively, you could end up wasting money on corrective products at your destination or expensive treatments to rejuvenate your look after traveling has left you looking worn.
Put your money, time, and effort to more worthy things this holiday season and combat these challenges with travel beauty hacks. These straightforward tips will save you from travel-induced headaches and beauty ailments and instead serve to upgrade your on-the-go beauty routine.
Keep reading to study up on these hacks before your next flight.
Moisturize More Than Usual
Keeping your skin hydrated is key when you're traveling by air. There is very little moisture at high altitudes and cabins are an arid environment filled with the exhaled carbon dioxide of passengers.
At the beginning of the flight, apply an overnight hydrating serum to a clean face. Not only will its repairing effects be going to work while you have nothing else to do but relax or snooze, but the extra moisturizing effects of these formulas will also keep your skin hydrated longer. Remember your face isn't the only thing that needs a little help to lock in moisture. Apply lip balm, hand cream, and eye cream as necessary.
Bring your own water bottle to fill up after security to make sure you stay hydrated throughout your flight. The small plastic cups half-filled with water that the flight attendants bring around once every blue moon are hardly enough to keep you hydrated.
Pack Products That Pull Double Duty
Especially if you're traveling only with a carry-on, you may be limited in just how much of your beauty go-tos you're able to bring on your flight. In addition to being sure everything you do carry on is 3.4 ounces or under (so you can avoid tearfully throwing out your luxury products while a TSA agent glowers at you. Another way to minimize how much you bring is to pack products that pull double duty. Traveling is the best time to take advantage of gels that double as lip and cheek stains and double-ended pencils for twice the color.
Place Cotton Pads in Your Powder Compacts
If you want to reach your destination with all your products in one piece, place cotton pads in all your powders. This will keep them from cracking during any jostling they experience on your travel day. Also be sure to fully twist any liquid products completely closed to ensure they don't leak onto your other belongings.
Put Your Travel-Size Stash to Use
Every beauty junkie has a stash of sample-size goodies accumulated through shopping sprees and gifts with purchase. There's no better time to finally put these miniatures to use than while traveling, so do an audit before your flight. Avoid having your favorite fragrance leak in-flight by bringing a travel-size version. Better yet, use the trip as an opportunity to explore new scents and bring an assortment to play with each day.
Switch Up Your Look With Lipstick
Your lipstick has the ability to define your whole beauty look. So if you're interested in switching things up on the trip without packing an excess of supplies, just be sure to pack a few distinct lipstick options. You'll be able to completely switch up the vibe you're working whether you opt for a bold red lip, a pretty pink pout, or a dark, dramatic plum for a night out.
Have any travel beauty hacks of your own? Share your tips with us in the comments!