person hair face woman eyebrow nose Beauty blond photography hairstyle skin head long hair brown hair lip mouth close up supermodel model organ fashion portrait photography eye photo shoot portrait sense singer art model beautiful close

How to Look Beautiful After a Long Flight

Ever walked off a plane looking like a million bucks? Yeah... neither have we. Here, the beauty tips celebs swear by to arrive looking like they just walked off the catwalk. You can thank us later.

See recent posts by Siobhan Reid

It’s a universal fact that flying wreaks havoc on your appearance. There’s the under-eye bags, wrinkled clothes, grey lifeless skin, and don’t even get us started on the hair. But really, given the less-than-glamorous conditions of modern-day air travel (recirculated air, salty in-flight food, grimy seat cushions), who wouldn’t look like a complete and utter train-wreck post-touchdown?

The celebrity clients (Miley Cyrus, Emily Blunt and Michelle Monaghan) of Hollywood facialist, Biba de Sousa, for one. Unlike us regular people, these A-listers emerge from the airport looking like they’ve come from a day at the spa. Their secret? To find out, we called up LA-based de Sousa, who shared her in-flight beauty routine plus all the products she uses to look good on the go.

Before you board…
Chill out:
“Reducing traveling anxiety is key. Go to bed early, avoid caffeine and alcohol and drink lots of water."

Go au naturale:
"Board the plane with clean, makeup-free skin. This is especially important for flights longer than 5-7 hours, because makeup, skin salts, oil and dead skin cells can get trapped under the dehydrated top layer of skin. This in turn causes breakouts and blotchiness.”

Use protection:
"When you’re flying at high altitudes above the clouds, you’re that much closer to the sun, and as a result, you’re being exposed to very strong UVA light. Make sure to moisturize with SPF to prevent sun damage.”

Pass on the Bloody Mary’s:
"Unless you’re flying first/business class where they serve premium liquor, I’d recommend steering clear of alcohol. Cheap booze is going to cause puffy face syndrome as well as fatigue."

Stay hydrated:
"Drink lots of water and avoid excess caffeine. I like matcha green tea because it contains 1/3 less caffeine than coffee but also contains antioxidants that help fight free radicals.”

Don’t be afraid of the sheet mask:
"I personally think sheet masks are genius — they’re easy to pack, can be used refrigerated or at room temperature, and are super easy to apply and discard. Don’t forget to pre-cleanse your face before using one.”

Say no to the cookies and pretzels:
"Salty, spicy and greasy foods can cause disturbance in your gut balance. Such foods will also cause facial puffiness and bloodshot eyes.”

Give yourself a mini-facial:
"After arriving, the skin should be cleansed and treated with an exfoliant. A scrub or an acidic toner will help to slough off the buildup that’s accumulated on the skin’s surface."

Take your vitamins:
"Vitamins C, D and the Omega 3s should be taken at this time along with four glasses of purified water. This will restore the body’s homeostasis."

Beauty indoor toiletry water product bottle drinkware

Esthetic Underground Hydrating Toner

"This toner smells divine and contains many moisture-replenishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid (which can carry up to 1,000 times its weight in water). It can also be used as a makeup-setting spray!"

Beauty perfume product skin cosmetics brand eye label businesscard screenshot

Le Mieux Bio-Cell + Mask

"This is the best sheet mask ever made in terms of the results you'll get by using it. I know the chemist and the composition of the mask is outstanding. It delivers potent peptides, antioxidants and marine collagen in one application."

Beauty toiletry skin product lotion cream skin cream skin care hand

Image Skin Care Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement Balm

"This is by far the most hydrating and healing lip balm out there. You only need to use it a few times a day."

Beauty toiletry skin product nail polish eye hand cream cosmetics

Esthetic Underground Zinc and Sulfur Mask

"Zinc has healing properties and biosulfur will instantly clam oily red skin and swelling. This mask travels well and is versatile in that it can be mixed with any cream or aloe vera gel. It's also a great spot treatment for insect bites or sunburns."

Beauty product label businesscard picture frame

Le Mieux TGF-B Eye Firming Mask

"These little guys are life-savers for travelers with sensitive eyes. They restore moisture and firmness to puffy eyes."



All products are independently selected by our writers and editors. If you buy something through our links, Jetsetter may earn an affiliate commission.