After every great holiday season comes one of busiest travel times of the year. In fact, according to USA Today, last year Automobile club AAA projected that there would be roughly 103 million travelers between December 23 and January 2, and even 5 million more until the beginning of March.
What we can say is that the estimated numbers will probably be in the same ballpark. That being said, taking flights and being on the go can wreak havoc on your beauty routine.
Here’s what you can do to ensure you stay on top of your beauty regimen and get the most out of your products.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Before going on a plane, make sure you moisturize. The fact is you lose moisture faster flying in the air than on the ground.
Refinery29 conducted their own experiment in which a wet t-shirt on the ground dried in one hour and 27 minutes versus in the air, which surprisingly only took 24 minutes—in other words, 63 minutes less. Now, taking your skin into consideration, don’t be afraid to apply a generous amount of moisturizer.
Planes are technically (a lot) closer to the sun than on the ground. For that reason, it is important to wear a high-quality sunscreen. Make sure you put it on at least 15 minutes or so before you board to make sure it sinks in.
As mentioned, you lose moisture when you fly. Not only do you need to provide hydration on the outside, but also on the inside. Whether you fly over the Fjords or across Los Angeles, this means drinking your H2O regularly.
Get Some Beauty Sleep
Yes, traveling has the potential to mess up sleeping schedules. But this doesn’t have to happen.
Sleep on the plane. Or, if you can’t, make sure you don’t sleep immediately when you land. This will help you stave off jet lag and get you used to the different time zone.
You don’t have to dress to the nines to travel (of course, you can if you want to). The same also goes for your beauty routine. It isn’t mandatory to slather on your foundation or wear lipstick (unless, again, you want to). Use this time as a break from your makeup routine.
Don’t Share Makeup
So, your cousin traveled across the country but forgot to bring her mascara. While you may be in the giving spirit, you should probably refrain from letting her borrow it. Why not go for a bonding trip to the beauty store instead!
The reason being is that sharing makeup is not exactly the most hygienic of routines. While seemingly harmless people who share makeup are at risk for contracting some potentially serious medical issues and eye infections.
Wear a Mask on the Plane
While some people may apply a second layer of moisturize mid-flight, why not give yourself a spa day…on the plane? There are some great face masks you can buy that will keep your skin hydrated and you less stressed during this busy time. Opt for a colourless cream and you don’t have to worry about scaring your fellow passengers.
Give Yourself a Mani and/or Pedi
Speaking of holiday stress, give yourself a mani and/or pedi before you depart. We all know how we can turn into a bundle of nerves while getting ready for our trip. So, give yourself a treat after you’ve packed everything for your upcoming winter adventure.
Needless to say, your 10-ounce container of lotion won’t pass the carry-on test. That said, pack travel-friendly makeup to make sure you don’t have to throw away lotions, conditioners, shampoos, or any other liquids. And bring less than you think you need.
Relax and Enjoy
It might be easier said than done but try to center your mind on the upcoming carefree days. The holidays can be stressful, so take a deep breath and just enjoy the holiday cheer.
What other travel tips do you have in mind? How do you stay on top of your beauty routine? Be sure to leave a comment!
This post was written in collaboration with Lauren Webber. Lauren is a mommy, lover of sweets, former HR professional and a voracious writer on her blog Dainty Mom. You can find her taking selfies with Eve, running with Taffy or doing headstands.