HOW TO LOOK YOUR BEST AF­TER A FLIGHT

The Globe and Mail Metro (Ontario Edition) - - PURSUITS - – DOMINI CLARK

1 GUZZLE H2O

Some­times you need to im­press im­me­di­ately af­ter a long flight touches down: You’re headed to a meet­ing per­haps, or maybe a long-dis­tance love is wait­ing on the other end. The No. 1 for not look­ing like the ex­hausted trav­eller you are: drink wa­ter. A lot of it. Ex­perts rec­om­mend eight ounces for ev­ery hour you’re in the air.

2 FEED YOUR SKIN

If you don’t stay hy­drated, it’s go­ing to show on your skin. My se­cret: I start my of­fen­sive pre­board­ing by head­ing to the duty-free and “sam­pling” the rich­est fa­cial mois­tur­izer I can find. Some jet-set­ters swear by in­dulging in a full sheet mask dur­ing flight, but if that’s too em­bar­rass­ing, go for one that cov­ers just the eye area and hide it with a sleep mask.

3 DRESS THE PART

If you can man­age it, keep a sec­ond out­fit handy for a quick change at the first air­port bath­room you see. In any case, look for wrin­kle-free fab­rics such as wool, knits and Ten­cel. High-qual­ity skirts and dresses in polyester travel like a dream. And, in most sit­u­a­tions, it’s hard to go wrong with dark denim, a sim­ple shirt and a smart blazer (ask a flight at­ten­dant to hang it, or fold and lay flat in the over­head bin af­ter all lug­gage has been placed).

4 WAKE YOUR­SELF UP

If you’re not in the right mind­set, do­ing all of the above will only help you so much. You need to get past the drudgery and find a place of ex­cite­ment. Find what works for you. Lis­ten to favourite songs, have a cof­fee be­fore land­ing, sprint to cus­toms con­trol – what­ever gets your en­dor­phins flow­ing and blood pump­ing.

5 WEAR SUN­GLASSES

If all else fails, this is your best op­tion. There is a rea­son celebri­ties al­ways wear sun­glasses while walk­ing through the arrivals area : It’s the eas­i­est way to hide a mul­ti­tude of eye-re­lated un­pleas­ant­ness – bags, dark cir­cles and blood­shot whites. If you’re plung­ing right into sight­see­ing, just leave them on for pics.

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