Her life might look Instagram perfect, but fashion influencer Carmen Hamilton knows the reality of flying all too well. The Australian native often takes long-haul flights around the world and says it can have a serious impact on the quality of her skin.
Traveling mostly for work, Hamilton has curated the perfect in-flight beauty routine to combat that “red-eyed and groggy” look that can often accompany us out of the plane and into our holiday. “Through many years of trial and error, I’ve found the best in-flight beauty routine to minimize the damage at 30,000 feet and keep me feeling/looking human at the other end,” says Hamilton.
#1: STAY HYDRATED
Apart from keeping up your water intake, Hamilton also suggests concocting a brew of hot water, lemon, and honey. Not only does it serve as a source of comfort, but it also helps keep your digestive system active. Hamilton suggests sticking to the vegetarian option on the plane too or, if possible, packing your own snacks. “Plane food is packed with salt and sugar to make it more palatable, which wreaks absolute havoc on already Sahara desert–esque skin,” she says.
#2: MOISTURISE REGULARLY
It’s no surprise that airplane air-conditioning shows no mercy when it comes to drying out your skin. So, to compensate, Hamilton suggests moisturizing from head to toe (lip balm included) every two hours. “On my face, I use Dermalogica’s Calm Water Gel … which I follow with the Barrier Defense Booster to supercharge my moisturizer and block out the damaging effects of airborne germs and air conditioning,” she says.
To minimize puffy ankles—because let’s be honest, we definitely want to spend a night out with our most fabulous pair of heels—Hamilton suggests keeping your feet elevated as much as possible.