7 Ways To Look Fresh After a Long Haul Flight

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Unless you're lucky enough to have your own private jet, (No? Us neither) chances are any long-haul flight will be spent cooped up in cramped conditions, flicking through the in-flight entertainment and counting down the hours, minutes and seconds until you touchdown.

This, coupled with the dreaded jet lag, can wreak havoc on your body by the time you've reached your destination.  

But don't let your post-flight face give the tired, worn out game away. These genius tricks will have you looking and feeling less drab and more fab after your next long-haul flight.

1. Make Room for the Necessities



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If you're on a long-haul flight, you'll have  your main suitcase stashed away in the hold, so your carry-on bag (whether it's a  large handbag or a smaller suitcase) will be just for your flight necessities.

If you're still worried that the liquids limit won't let you take all your beauty essentials, then it's time to invest in some nifty travel containers.

Not only will they mean you can take your favourite products without wasting money on miniatures, but they're no spill and reusable - so you're not just enjoying your favourite moisturiser, you're also saving the planet. Sort of.

2. Get Some Shut Eye



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First thing's first, when you step on board your long-haul flight it's important to get comfy and try to snooze, especially if you're missing a night's sleep. Set your watch for your destination and try to adapt to that time, which includes meal times too.

Flight socks, an eye mask, a neck pillow and, if you want to really get in the zone, some pyjamas will make sure you're ready for some shut eye, leaving you feeling refreshed and well-rested by the time you land.

Download some calming music to help keep out the hubbub of the plane, and don't forget to buckle your seatbelt over the top of your blanket so you're not rudely awoken when the seatbelt sign comes on.

3. Hydrate From the Inside Out



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Long-haul flights are the ultimate dehydrators, so drinking as much water as possible is key. The sooner you start the better, so aim to drink a litre before you've even set foot on the plane.

Worried the small cups on the plane won't be enough to keep you topped up? Buy a water bottle specially for the flight and don't be shy about asking the flight attendants to keep refilling it for you.

Try to book an aisle seat so you can nip to the loo whenever you need - drinking more water has the added bonus of more frequent toilet trips, so you'll be working to avoid DVT too.

4. Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise



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When you're stuck on a plane for hours, you're in an enclosed environment with no fresh air - a recipe for disaster when it comes to your skin.

Lack of hydration can leave it dry, dull and tired-looking, so it's important to over compensate by moisturising as much as possible.

Coat hands in some skin-saving Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, lips in Vaseline and invest in a good moisturiser for your body - the fresher it smells, the better. Apply two layers and avoid the temptation to apply make-up until you're about to land.

5. Eat Well



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If you can, avoid the microwaved food on planes as it can leave you feeling bloated.

Instead, try to take a selection of small snacks with you (think 'little and often') and opt for fruit and vegetables, and foods like chicken, sushi, unsalted nuts and green salads.

You could pack everything in a mini cool bag to keep it fresh for as long as possible, meaning you won't be tempted by the in-flight trolley.

Although it might be tricky, it's best to avoid dehydrating caffeine and alcohol too. 

6. Freshen Your Face



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If you're not far off arriving at your destination, then it's time to start waking yourself up - and that includes your skin.

A vitamin-rich face spray, like Caudalie Beauty Elixir, will not only feel refreshing and rejuvenating for lacklustre, tired cabin skin, but the ingredients will work to give your skin a real boost, leaving you glowing from the inside out.

An eye gel will give jet-lagged peepers a much-needed shot of hydration, and eye drops will help if you're suffering with blood-shot eyes.

7. Wake Up Your Make-Up



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Minimal make-up will keep you glowing and looking rested,  for an 'I landed like this' fresh-faced look when you step off the plane,.

To achieve the ultimate bare-faced effect, pack your make-up bag with a tinted moisturiser for even coverage without looking cakey.

A highlighter will give skin a healthy sheen, while a few dabs of concealer will hide any unwanted dark circles you've picked up along the way. Add blusher, a slick of mascara to open up eyes, a dab of lip gloss and you're good to go! 
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