"Any skin care advice for a bridesmaid traveling on a 12-hour flight for her best friend's wedding in Uruguay?"
After spending 12 hours in the air, the rosy glow you were sporting from that bachelorette party spent at the spa can become a distant memory. Since I'm from the States but live in Stockholm, every time there's a family gathering, I'm booking a transatlantic flight. It's safe to say that I spend a lot of time in the air, which is why it's no surprise I've perfected a routine, nay, an art of landing at your destination with a perfect 10 face, every time.
Spending time in the air can cause your body to retain water. Plus, airplane food is loaded with salt, which doesn't help with the bloat. To prevent puffing up, clock in some time at the gym a few days before your trip. Going for a run will help eliminate excess water so that you can slip into that snug bridesmaid dress worry-free. If you're looking a tad on the puffy side, a quick post-flight jog can work wonders too.
What to do during your flight
Recycled air conditioning will turn your skin into flaky crocodile skin which, in case you were wondering, does not photograph well. Aside from guzzling water, try applying a hydrating serum, like Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules. They're really tiny, which makes for an ideal carry-on companion. Each golden capsule is filled with moisture-rich lipids that will help combat the dryness in the air.
You can also use hydrating eye drops to keep your eyes lubricated so that you don't step off the plan with bloodshot peepers. Refresh makes my favorite eye drops, which also conveniently fit in your carry-on.
What to do once you land
Even if the in-flight movies are tempting, try to get some sleep. If you really couldn’t get any shut-eye, use a mask once arriving at your hotel to give your skin a little pick-me-up. A radiance-boosting mask like Glam Glow will wake up your skin — it’s the equivalent of an espresso shot for your face. And keep a mini bottle of Caudalie Beauty Elixir handy. Just a few spritzes over your makeup can freshen up your complexion.
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Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $49, available at Nordstrom; GlamGlow Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask, $69, available at Sephora.