Beauty in the Skies

July 9, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

Make your flight comfortable and arrive beautifully. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)
Make your flight comfortable and arrive beautifully. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)
This year (so far) has been a typical one for me in terms of business travel and adventure—including a four-hour stopover at Charles de Gaulle while trying to get to Warsaw, Poland. For me, staying fresh and looking neat during my travels has been an acquired skill! Experience has made me wiser, and I have a few tips that you might like to try on your next trip.

Wear cotton next to your skin from head to toe: Cotton fabrics absorb perspiration and let your skin breathe. This is especially important in the dry, filtered air of an airplane cabin. Synthetic fabrics may leave you feeling sticky. Look for pure cotton tees and socks.

Bring a change of undergarments: After about eight hours into a flight, it is really hard to feel fresh no matter what you do. But you would be so surprised by how changing your undergarments can make you feel like a million bucks!

Pack a complete change of undergarments in a plastic bag into your carry-on, and when the moment is right, go ahead and freshen up. There are a number of new undergarment fabrics on the market that promise to “whisk” away moisture. I recently tried one brand and found that it did help reduce moisture. If you Google the search term “Moisture wicking underwear,” tons of products will come up. Give one a try.

Pack magazine perfume samples in your purse: I consider this one of my best little secrets. I am a magazine junkie, and I end up with millions of those paper perfume samples (which I rip out and stash in a shoe box at home).

When I am up for a trip, I grab several of them and throw them into my handbag to get me through my air travels. There are no clunky bottles, no 3 oz. airport liquid restrictions to deal with. When feeling less than fresh during your flight, apply it to your skin. I do this right before landing, and instantly I feel like a fresh flower!

Keep makeup to a bare minimum: Nothing feels more uncomfortable on your face than liquid foundation and heavy eye makeup caked into your flesh in the midst of dry cabin air. When I travel, I use a mineral powder foundation, a touch of mineral blush, some waterproof mascara, and lip balm only.

Since carry-on liquids are not allowed into the cabin (we all know about the strict rules of liquids and gels these days), you can easily pack these items in your carry-on and reapply just before landing.

Just say no to caffeine and alcohol: Drinking plenty of water and non-caffeinated herbal tea is the key to staying well-hydrated. Caffeine and alcohol dehydrate you. Watch out, because some airlines don’t carry herbal tea, so pick up a mini tin from your local grocery store before leaving. Your nasal passages can get really dried out during your flight, and the steam from a hot cup of tea can also help open them up!