HOW TO LOOK YOUR BEST AFTER A FLIGHT
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.