While disheveled is one way to describe a full-time globe trotter, you probably don’t want to look like an utter mess while traveling. Sure, it can be rather difficult to look groomed from hair to toe when you don’t even have a good grasp of what time zone you’re in. However, you shouldn’t have to give up your poised, groomed appearance when moving from time zone to time zone.
If your job involves a lot of business trips — or if you’re working for the airlines — looking good at all times is a must, as first impressions oftentimes make a lasting impression on potential clients and business contacts. But what if we told you that you could totally look presentable no matter where you are, even if you’re jetlagged. Just follow our simple makeup tips, and you’ll be looking your best no matter where you go.
Keep Your Skin Hydrated At All Times
Hydrating your skin isn’t just about avoiding acne and fine lines. It’s also about making it look healthy, awake, and bright. While choosing makeup products that include glycerine and lots of natural oils could obviously help, you really shouldn’t be wearing makeup at all times.
So when you’re chilling barefaced at the hotel room or on your flight, use the time to rest up and pamper your skin. A barebones yet extremely helpful skincare item could be almond oil, which single-handedly can provide your skin with the most essential nutrients and moisture. Just lightly dab it onto your skin twice a day to feel the difference!
Avoid Tired-Looking Eyes By Using Ice
One of the major concerns most people have while traveling is waking up with red and puffy eyes. The major cause for this is oversleeping/undersleeping, so calculating and fixing your sleep schedule should do the trick. However, if you’re in a puffy-eye emergency, one good way to solve this is by rubbing some ice around your eyes and on your eye bags to give them an instant wake-up call.
If your puffy eye situation has been a constant problem, though, you might even want to invest in some eye drops your optometrist recommends to solve the problem. Another way to avoid this problem, or at least reduce it, is by reducing your potassium intake. Salt holds on to water which results in that puffy look, so cutting down on salt might help that water not get collected in the first place.
Have Your Makeup Kit Ready
While the media tends to make a caricature out of our love for makeup, even the biggest makeup addicts are sensible enough to know that traveling and huge makeup kits don’t go together. Not only are they inconvenient, but nobody has the time to apply 20 products when they’re in a rush. Packing light, though, can allow you to keep your favorite holy grail items on hand.
Instead of trying to bring it all, go down to a smaller collection of the best and most essential products: cleanser, wipes, moisturizer, toner, foundation, lip tint, mascara, eye shadow, eyeliner, a brow pencil, and some concealer. That already sounds like a lot, but it’s the essentials and will barely take much time for you to apply, and you’ll still come out looking like a goddess.
Feeling Greasy? Use Some Tissues
One advantage of wearing barebones makeup is that you stand a very low chance of ruining it when transitioning to muggier climates. It’s totally possible for you to feel greasier than usual if you’re traveling to a more humid place, so keeping some tissues or blotting paper around would be a good idea.
Fortunately, gently dabbing your face with tissues won’t necessarily ruin your look. Instead, they’ll simply soak the excess oil and moisture and leave your face looking as good as new. Just make sure you don’t physically wipe your face with the tissue, though. Just lightly press it to your skin and let it do its thing, and you can look refreshed in just a matter of seconds.
Conditioner, Conditioner…And Oh, Did We Mention Conditioner?
Although this isn’t directly related to makeup, your hair plays a very important part in your overall look. Your hair’s prone to damage with a rapid change in environment, and protecting it can feel hard. However, nourishing it is an easy task, and nourish it you should. If your hair’s gotten dry, shampooing regularly is only going to damage it further.
Instead, the best way to treat dry hair while you’re traveling is by simply washing it with conditioner only (a process known as “co-washing”). That’s right, all you have to do is wet your hair and apply the conditioner, leaving it on for the required time, then gently rinsing it out. Try to avoid too-hot water, as it can backfire, leaving your hair feeling parched and stripped.
By co-washing, you allow your hair to gain the essential nutrients and moisture from the conditioner. And washing it with water afterward helps some amount of gunk get off, without your hair getting fried by the shampoo’s harsh cleaning agents. Don’t totally skimp on shampoo, though — use a mild, sulfate-free shampoo at least once or twice a week to wash your hair and keep it clean and healthy.
Looking Your Best While Traveling
Of course, all of this traveling can also start to take its toll on your complexion. If you start experiencing skin problems (including acne breakouts and scarring) while jaunting from city to city, a quick consult with a dermatologist can help set you back on track. And since you’re traveling a lot, getting your script filled at an online acne pharmacy can make keeping your skin clear and blemish-free a breeze.
Don’t ever travel again while looking like a mess! Keep your routine minimalistic, but don’t forget that your skin’s health is of primary importance here. Constant traveling can take a toll on your skin, so make sure that you treat it well. And by following these simple tips for maintaining your skin’s ideal texture and appearance, you can help ensure that you maintain that dewy glow — no matter where you are!