beauty travel tips

Materials that are lightweight and comfortable are convenient for traveling and can still look super stylish Image: (C) Instagram @fashionbreed

A jet-setting lifestyle may seem glamorous in pics, but often takes a toll on your skin and beauty regimen.

Having traveled to over 30 countries, globetrotter, fashion and beauty blogger Aqeelah Harron-Ally (@fashionbreed) is the perfect person to get advice on how to comfortably get through those long flights.

Planning an overseas trip is exciting, but getting to your destination often involves hours of travelling – which can be unpleasant if you’re not fully prepared.

You’re seated, buckled in and an hour into a five- possibly 12-hour flight – you realise that your favourite skinny jeans and crop-top wasn’t the best outfit choice to travel in. Not to mention that when you fell asleep (which you will) with a thick layer of foundation and a winged eyeliner, the face you woke up with isn’t as perfect as it was when you boarded the plane.

Unless you’re travelling business class, your space is limited; you’re seated for long periods at a time and often the temperature onboard drops.

travel beauty tips

Minimal or even no makeup is key when traveling a long-haul flight. Image: (C) Instagram @fashionbreed

These are just a few of the factors to take into account before boarding in order to have a pleasant and comfortable trip: 
  • In flight I always opt for track pants, a thin, long-sleeved tee and then I keep fuzzy socks and another warm top or hoodie in my hand luggage, because the cabin tends to get cold.
  • The hoodie also helps when you aren’t given an eyeshade and need some added darkness for naps.
  • You also want to wear shoes that can easily be slipped on and off.
  • On trips themselves, when it’s summer, I pack a ton of dresses or jumpsuits. It counts as a full outfit, it’s lightweight when packing and generally super comfortable.
  • I’m pedantic about in-flight skincare; you should NEVER wear make-up while flying!
  • I use hydrating sheet masks, creams and oils in-flight, and drink about 2 litres of water, since your body loses around that much on long-haul journeys.
  • When I arrive at the destination, it’s sunblock first, and lightweight or easy make-up that you can do in 5-10 minutes.

Handbag Must-Haves: Hand sanitiser and cream, tinted lip-balm, a camera and your wallet.

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AUTHOR: The Sunday Independent