Travel by Aubree Eisenwinter.
This year has seen a lot of cross-country flights, and I'm starting to feel like I have my travel routine down pat. As another flight is rapidly approaching (seriously, how is it already mid-October?), I thought I'd do a rundown of the routine I use to get me from airport to sightseeing without feeling like a zombie.
My favorite trick is going straight to the gym from the plane - I tried this when I flew to California for my sister's bachelorette party last summer. My friend Michelle was picking me up, but my flight landed before she got off work so I killed some time at the Santa Monica Equinox and it was way more exciting than just working out at home. The friendly folks working behind the front desk held my luggage while I worked out all the kinks from sitting in a tin can for six hours, and then I was able to shower in peace and was ready to hit the town when I was done and it was great.
Unfortunately, that's not always an option. So, behold, my next-best tricks and what-nots.
First, preparation is key. As this article notes, sleep and hydration are musts to surviving a flight.
Second, you need the products (all of which will fit neatly in your carry-on clear plastic bag).
I start off with some serious moisturizer. Lately, I've been loving this Josie Maran argan oil. It's good for everything - face, hair, cuticles - it doesn't clog pores, and it's 100% organic.
I also get my hair ready by prepping it with Alterna Caviar moisture milk and then braiding it.
Once I get on the plane, I put on some sweater socks (these are adorable), drink a bunch of water, and try to sleep (or read a bunch of magazines, or get sucked in to some terrible tv marathon).
Once the plane's landing, I start getting my face ready. I love the Ole Henriksen brightening face wipes - they cleanse beautifully and make my face smell like a smoothie, which is always a plus. (As an alternative, I'm also a fan of these cucumber and sage wipes from Burt's Bees).
Next, I spritz with this Caudalie beauty elixir, which feels luxurious and refreshing.
Finally, a tinted moisturizer with SPF - my go-to is the Origins Vitazing energizing moisturizer (added bonus: it's made without parabens, sulfates, and a lot of other things that are generally icky).
Once I land, I take out the braids, shake it out and spritz some Bumble and Bumble surf spray at the roots.
Next, a quick slick of lip gloss for some color - I'm really liking the Bare Minerals Moxie lipgloss in Maverick (and it is also made without parabens, sulfates, synthetic etc. etc.).
Then I curl my eyelashes and apply mascara - a quick swipe of DiorShow Maximizing Lash Plumping Serum boosts the effect and keeps my lashes from getting brittle. To finish it off, I'm a big fan of Lancome Hypnose Mascara.
That, a quick swipe of one of these and a new application of deoderant to freshen up, and I'm ready to go.
Airplane and Dalmatians by Vitta.