Want to look fresh-faced and beautiful as you step off the plane? The key is to stay hydrated on long-haul flights.
Recycled aircraft air is around 11 % humidity, so moisture is literally sucked out of you. This can result in dry skin, itchy eyes and a bloated stomach. Not a good look!
Read our tips for staying hydrated on long-haul flights.
1. Prepare 24 hours in advance
Ensure you drink 2 litres of cool water per day and avoid binge-drinking. Take a refillable water bottle (preferably 1.5litres) and ask the crew for re-fills when needed. (They usually give you paper cups which just isn’t enough!)
2. Ditch the contact lenses
Flying can cause your eyes to dry out, so do yourself a favour and wear specs. Bring along lubricating eye drops and use when required.
3. Remove your makeup
Don’t clog up your skin with heavy makeup. Cleanse your face thoroughly and apply a light moisturiser before take-off.
4. Use a hydrating moisturiser
Skin gets very little oxygen during flight time as you are in an enclosed environment so it’s worth stepping up your skincare regime. Take a travel-sized moisturiser and apply regularly.
5. Avoid caffeine and alcohol
This one’s tough! We all like a glass of wine or two before a flight (and during), but alcohol and caffeine is no-no if you want to emerge looking refreshed and clear-eyed after a long flight!
6. Take your own snacks
Ever feel bloated after a long-haul flight? Airline food is packed with preservatives and salt. Take your own snacks, such as fruit and unsalted nuts, and give the crisps, bread rolls and microwave meals a miss.
7. Get enough sleep
Take an eye mask, ear plugs and neck pillow to ensure you remain undisturbed while you sleep. Also read our tips on avoiding jet lag.