Insiders’ Best Beauty Travel Tips

Anyone who’s ever looked into a mirror after a five-hour flight (or drive) knows that traveling can wreak havoc on your look. Since arriving at your destination with under-eye bags and limp strands isn’t part of your itinerary, we asked a few frequent fliers for their favorite tips on how to stay fresh. Whether you’re taking an end-of-summer family vacation or heading off on a business trip, keep reading for five solutions to the most stressful travel beauty dilemmas.

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The problem
Dry, flaky skin

The fix
“In case you haven’t noticed, traveling—especially flying in the air—can be really brutal on your skin. To ensure that my face stays hydrated, I use heavier creams, like night creams, during the day, and seal it in with facial oil.”
—Sara Tan, West Coast Fashion & Beauty Editor of Bustle


The problem
Flat airplane hair

The fix
“I sprinkle my roots with a bit of dry shampoo, use a few claw clips to pin my above-the-shoulder hair into a loose bun, and try not to touch it too much. Then I let it all down upon deplaning for a fresh and voluminous look.”
—Archana Ram, founder of My SoCal’d Life


The problem
Lack of sleep and puffy eyes

The fix
“Invest in an oversize silk sleep mask—the silk won’t leave sleep creases on your face and since it’s oversize, you can wear it loosely without letting light in. It also allows your skin to breathe and prevents breakage on your hair.”
—Christina DeSmet, founder of De-Smitten


The problem
A sallow complexion

The fix
“Because the air on a plane is so dry, I apply a hydrating face oil the day I travel. And before landing, I put on a little cream blush. It’s impossible to look tired with dewy skin and rosy cheeks!”
—Jacqueline Staph Jones, founder of The Beauty Proof


The problem
A tangled blowout

The fix
“I am a fan of blowouts but find that resting your head against a seat on a plane or in a car can really rough up your ’do. I save my blowout from destruction and add body to it by pinning it up with loose pin curls. The goal is to not necessarily curl my hair, but to prevent frizz in spots and control the bend and shape of my style (more than with a loose ponytail). For this, less is more, so no styling products. All you need are some bobby pins!”
—LeAura Luciano, founder of EverSoPopular