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Don’t believe what Instagram tells you: flying isn’t always as glamorous as it’s made out to be. Sure, being en route to a new destination is exciting, but being in an airplane? It can be a drag. Just look at what it does to your skin! If you’re not a fan of the dehydrated, post-flight puffy face, try these depuffing tips so you can look fresh upon arrival.

Why Does Flying Give You a Puffy Face?

Swelling or bloating is a common side effect of flying. Some call this “flight face” – the result of various factors that don’t usually occur in everyday life. Any environment or activity that’s out of the ordinary can trigger changes in your body, including the skin. Flying exposes the skin to high altitudes, fluctuating humidity, and extreme air conditioning – not to mention factors such as pre-travel stress, disrupted sleep, and changes in diet. 

All these contribute to water retention, transepidermal water loss, and even a – all of which can manifest in fatigue, bloating, and a puffy face. This means weighed-down facial features, swollen eyes and cheeks, and a overall. Pre- and in-flight skincare regimens can help minimize these effects. Ready to be THAT girl? Scroll down for more.

How to Prepare for a Long-Haul Flight, Skincare-Wise

Good skin care is a marathon, not a sprint. But while you can’t magically solve all your complexion woes before a flight, taking some precautions can help prevent further damage. That means preparing at least a week in advance with a holistic routine that will keep you from greeting immigration officers at Arrivals with a puffy face.

Hydrate on days leading up to your flight.

If you’re not getting your recommended daily allowance of water, it’s okay. You can make up for it a week before your flight. But instead of drinking way too much water (which can lead to ), supplement your hydration levels with water-rich foods like green, leafy vegetables and melon-type fruits.

Take sips of H20 during and after an intense and avoid diuretics like caffeine and alcohol. In a few days, you’ll notice your lips getting plumper and your skin dewier.

Switch to moisturizing skincare products.

It would be wise to skip the AHA BHA toner and retinol as your trip draws nearer. And if you’ve never used them, please resist the urge to experiment in the heat of your travel prep. While effective at exfoliating and renewing the skin, these can also cause dryness and, in certain cases, irritation.

Stick to a predictable routine for two weeks and use hydrating products instead of trying out the latest “it” ingredient. Try Dove Facial Cleansing Mousse Oil Control Care with 40% Active-boost Serum and hyaluronic acid to leave your skin radiant and moisturized for up to 24 hours. It also controls oil and reduces the appearance of , making your skin look fresh.

Keep moving.

The days leading up to any trip can be extremely stressful, especially if you’re a responsible worker prepping for a . During this time, it’s crucial to keep moving. Physical activity helps the lymphatic system flow – so you don’t board the plane already bloated to begin with! Walking, yoga, and Pilates are low-impact activities you can do at home.

How to Depuff Before You De-Plane

Whether your flight is three hours or 13 hours, there’s always a chance of getting a puffy face. Worry not, you can always de-puff before de-planing. Try these quick, easy, and most of all, discreet in-flight self-care moves to get rid of facial bloat.

Drink a glass of water.

The lower humidity in airplanes can dehydrate the skin. Many also avoid drinking too much during flights to avoid having to go to the toilet. Doing this can make you feel sluggish and all dried out. Before landing, drink a tall glass of water to refresh and hydrate your body inside and out.

Cleanse your skin.

Airplane air can also make your skin feel oily and sticky. Wash your face before landing if you have the chance, or use a facial spray or cleansing wipes to awaken your skin and freshen up. 

Use an undereye patch or face roller.

An undereye gel patch can help depuff your eyes and make you look more rested. Alternatively, you can use a made of smooth stone or metal – the cold can have an instant depuffing effect all over your face. Roll it in upward motions from the center of your face. After doing this on both sides, glide the roller from the back of your earlobe down to your clavicle to release fluids. Repeat on the other side.

Apply a serum for a dewy glow.

Give your puffy face some food! Apply a hydrating and brightening serum like POND'S Bright Triple Glow Serum. It has GlutaBoost C, , and to hydrate, brighten, and refine the skin. It’s also an excellent makeup base if you’re going for that “glass skin” look. Take a few drops of the product and rub it between your palms. Pat all over your face, pressing firmly but gently to move fluids along.

A post-flight puffy face is a product of many factors, but you can avoid it with this arsenal of healthy skincare habits and hydrating products. Do these on before your trip and on the plane to look fresh as a at the Arrivals Hall.