Travel does wonders to your mind and your mood. It might not be so kind to your skin and hair though. Changes in the environment, long flights and sun exposure can make take a toll on your complexion.

Don’t dismiss your beauty routine when you travel. Here is how you can take care of your skin to keep it healthy and hydrated when you travel and the best products to use.

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Skincare and Beauty Tips For a Long Haul Flight

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1. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Bring a water bottle to refill.

2. Avoid alcohol and salty foods. Getting the free glass of Prosecco during your flight might be tempting, but it comes with a caveat: it will only dehydrate your skin further. Stick to water or herbal teas.

3. Fly with a clean and moisturised face. You know that the in-flight aircon will leave your skin dryer so prepare and go with a fresh clean face and prep your skin with a good serum and moisturiser before your board.

4. Go light on the makeup. There is no point on checking in with a full-blown makeup look. It will feel uncomfortable, and it might clog your pores if you are going for a long haul. If you still wish to fly while looking your best, keep the makeup products to a minimum. Your skin will thank you. Avoid heavy foundation, put on a tinted moisturiser instead. Use only a bit of concealer and mascara, and give a touch of colour with a tinted lip balm.

5. Try to sleep if you have a long flight. Rest is essential to land looking rejuvenated. Although plane seats are far from being the comfiest seats ever, you can pack your own pillow to make the experience a tad more satisfactory.

Beauty Essentials to Carry Along For a Flight

1. Sleep mask to help you snooze

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The Thumbs Up Music Sleep Mask is perfect for a sound night’s sleep (or at least a nap). It has an ultra-comfort design and built-in headphones that will help you block all unwanted chatter.

From $55.56 at ASOS.

2. Hydrating mask and a serum

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Opt for a serum or mask that can be used as a moisturiser and doesn’t require any rinsing. Face sheet masks are great, but you wouldn’t want to scare the passengers next to you by using one… A serum can give that extra boost to your skin. The Revolution Skincare Plumping and Hydrating Serum contains 2% Hyaluronic Acid, and its oil-free formula plumps and hydrates your skin for a soft, supple and healthy-looking complexion.

From $11.12 at ASOS.

3. Hydrating facial spray

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Throughout the flight regularly spritz your face with an anti-oxidant rich facial spray. It’s a great way to revive tired, dehydrated skin and lock in moisture.

You can try the Dermalogica Ultra Calming Mist Pixi Vitamin Wakeup Mist that is enriched with orange blossom and citrus extracts and packed full of vitamins.

From $29.64 at ASOS.

4. Prep your skin with a rich cream moisturiser with SPF

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Even up on a plane, it is smart to protect your skin with a good quality SPF. The Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30 50ml, formulated with a blend of sunscreen for broad-spectrum protection SPF 30, helps to firm, smooth and hydrate your skin. The cream also contains Padina Pavonica and Gingko Biloba that aims to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Perfect travel companion, isn’t it?

From $157.48 at ASOS.

5. Invest in a cleanser

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Cleansing your face is a vital step to any skincare routine if you’re hoping to keep your skin as happy and clear as possible during your trip. Choose the formula you prefer: cream, balm or makeup wipes you can easily carry with you.

The Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm Travel Size 20g Cleansing balm is excellent to dissolve makeup and daily grime after a long day of travelling around. And its formulation contains natural oils such as starflower, elderberry and optimega that cleanse, nourish and smooth your skin.

From $16.67 at ASOS.

6. Lip balm

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Keep your lips moisturised throughout the flight with the Carmex Moisture Plus SPF 15 Hydrating Lip Balm. It comes in 3 colours a light formula enriched with vitamin E and Aloe and SPF 15. This tinted balm leaves a subtle hint of colour in your lips.

From $8.34 at ASOS.

7. Eye patches

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Travelling can be tiring, and it will show on your face. Here is a secret tip: pull out a pair of eye patches, wear them for 15 minutes and get rid of those dark circles under the eye area. This is enough time to make sure you look your best after the flight!

The MasqueBAR Gold Hydro Gel Eye Patch Masks are formulated with ingredients like kale, charcoal and tea tree and quite handy to apply during the flight.

From $5.54 at ASOS.

8. Hand cream

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Do you find that your hands dry out the most on travel days? This is worsened by frequently using hand sanitizer at the airport and on the flight. How to manage this? Simple, bring some hand cream along.

The & Other Stories Sicilian sunrise hand cream is excellent for on-the-go hydration. It contains macadamia seed oil and sweet almond oil that leaves hands feeling silky-smooth. And its lemon and wood scent is subtle enough to leave a pleasant, relaxing scent without being overwhelming.

From $7.41 at ASOS.

9. Travel perfume

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Smell great, feel great! There are plenty of travel-sized perfume options in different shapes and forms: liquid, oil, solid. Pack a small package with you and opt for a fresh scent.

This DKNY Nectar Love Rollerball 10ml is easy to apply and will leave you smelling like a million bucks.

From $22.23 at ASOS.

10. Don’t forget to pack right

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Make sure you have all of your beauty essentials within hands reach when you pass by the airport security by choosing the correct toiletries bag. Get a clear and big enough pouch, so you keep it all in one convenient place.

This South Beach Exclusive vacay clear pouch fits the bill. If you travel with only carry-on, don’t forget to bring only 100 ml capacity bottles or packages for your liquids.

From $11.12 at ASOS.

How to take care of your skin and hair when you’re out and about in the sun

1. Avoid the sunburn

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As mentioned above, SPF is essential for your everyday routine. If you know you are going to be exposed to the sun often, amp up your skin protection. This Bondi Sands Coconut Beach Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+ is formulated with skin-nourishing ingredients including Jojoba oil and Aloe Vera and leaves you with a long-lasting, bronzed glow.

From $16.66 at ASOS.

2. Fight the sunburn

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Did you forget to reapply the SPF throughout the day? Now you have to take proper care of that sunburn. Try an aftersun lotion to calm your red skin.

This Bondi Sands Aloe Vera After Sun Lotion SPF30 helps soothe and hydrate the skin after sun exposure and has a non-greasy formula that is water resistant for four hours.

From $16.66 at ASOS.

3. Protect your hair

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Your hair will also need some TLC. As much as you might love the sun-bleached hairstyle, the sun, sea and pool water can all affect the state of your locks. Keep your hair healthy by using this Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment 25ml Travel Size intensive treatment. Used once or twice a week, this hair treatment repairs, seals and smooths damaged hair. And, its quinoa protein formulation strengthens hair and leaves it looking healthy and shiny.

From $16.67 at ASOS.

4. Exfoliate the skin

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It’s important to exfoliate your skin once in a while, especially during beach holidays. Use a gentle exfoliator like the Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment. This double-action exfoliant and flash treatment contain a super-power blend of Australian botanicals designed to detoxify, invigorate, refine and brighten the skin.

From $64.83 at ASOS.

5. Protect yourself from bug bites

Invest in a good bug spray. If you don’t care so much about ingredients, you will find affordable Deet sprays in most pharmacies and supermarkets and those will be pretty effective. But if you’re looking for a more natural or organic option, try something like Eagle Naturoil Citronella 60ml ($5.80 at Guardian).

6. Need a complete travel-sized kit?

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If you don’t want to be bothered to search for all your favourite products on travel size, get one of these Origins Best Sellers Best Skin Travel Kit. It comes with Anti-Aging Power Serum 15ml, an Energy-boosting Gel Moisturiser 30ml, a Mega-mushroom Relief, a Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion 100ml, a Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash 30ml and Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores 15ml. This is all you need to keep up with your skin care routine during your trip from $55.58 at ASOS.

Radiant skin while flying

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