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Day 263: Get a "Placial".

 

Greeting Card by Anna Bond

It's no secret that I'm a gal who has done her fair share of traveling. Being the daughter of a flight attendant, how could I not? Through the years, I have been asked by whomever has picked me up from the airport, how do I look somewhat together when coming off of those gruesome red-eyes.

This wasn't always the case. You see, back in my early twenties, I used to board these overnight flights with full make-up to wake up eight hours later with raccoon eyes, clumps of powder on my cheeks, dry, crusty wine-stained lips and flakes of skin falling off of my nose. Why did this grossness happen? Because there is nothing more dehydrating than flying...especially after several glasses of wine with a full face of makeup!

While I can't change the nature of flying, I can make it work in my favor and over the years have come up with my own DIY Plane Facial, or to be cute...a "Placial".

1. Go natural! Don't board the plane with make-up on and keep your hair in a tight bun or braid. Unfortunately, me being someone who wasn't blessed with flawless skin, I do need some powder. So if you need a little somethin' somethin', apply a LIGHT layer of powder but really, who cares what the TSA think. They see thousands of people per day and you're not Creepalina Jolie where photographers are popping out of Hudson Newsstands to snap your photo. So keep it light or if you can, nonexistent. 

2. Drink! I bet you thought I was going to say not to drink, right? Well if you can help it, don't but if you're like me who thinks that the whole fun of traveling is having a cocktail or two in the friendly skies then have it! Just make it up with water. For every drink, make it up with two glasses of water. Try not to exceed three alcoholic beverages. I know, it's hard...trust me.

And for the love of God, do not, I repeat, do not eat the plane food. My mother loves to remind me of how much sodium is packed in one meal. If you're flying first class, have the first course (the salad, smoked salmon, asparagus, etc...) and nibble on some of the cheese that is offered on the dessert cart and if you're in coach, eat a meal before boarding and pack snack bars (I love Fiber One 90 chocolate peanut butter brownies), fruit and unsalted nuts.

3. Cleanse! Once the flight crew has turned off the cabin lights, sneak off to the lavatory with your cosmetic bag and wash and tone your face. Always pack a wash cloth to properly pat dry your face. Floss and brush your teeth and if you brought “sleep aids”, take them now.

4. Hydrate! Once you are back in your seat, apply a generous layer of moisturizer. I like Cetaphil because it doesn't contain dyes, perfumes or SPF and has been recommended to me by my dermatologist. When I say generous I mean a layer fairly thick that if the lights were on you could see it. Also add a thick coating of lip balm to your lips and the corners of your mouth, I like Smith's Minted Rose Lip Balm but any drugstore quality chap stick will do.

5. Relax! Take your scarf (preferably Cashmere because it's softer) and lightly lay it across your face leaving room for you to breath and close your eyes.

Your minty breath will serve as a natural moisturizing steam that will absorb the cream and hydrate your skin, covering your face  will also protect you from plane germs that are being recycled throughout the cabin. When you wake up hours later, the cream on your face will have been completely absorbed into your skin, leaving soft, silky and hydrated skin. If you have someone special picking you up from the airport or like to flirt with customs officers like I do, go ahead and enhance your beauty with a little makeup.

I use (my secret weapon) Clarin's Beauty Flash Balm to brighten and tighten my skin (as the packaging says), Benefit's Rose-tinted lip and cheek stain for some color and add an extra coat of lip balm for extra soft lips. Take down your bun or braid and tousle your hair using the remaining lip balm you have on your fingers as a pomade. Emerge from the terminal and work it.

For extra drame: I finish the look with a pair of cat-eye sunglasses, skinny jeans, ballet flats and slouchy sweater for the real Hollywood effect. Hey, no one said that I wasn't a diva. 


Bon voyage!

19 comments:

  1. These are great tips! I'm flying in April, so I'll have to bookmark this. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks Steph! Where are you traveling to?

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    2. Myrtle Beach, SC from LA, CA! :)

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    3. Oh yeah, that's a long trip!

      Btw...I'll be in L.A in a few weeks!

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  2. This sounds so refreshing, will definitely try this when we fly to Paris. Can you please advise what is the proper etiquette when one is seated between 2 people (and they are asleep) and can't get to the facilities?

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    1. Since I fly stand-by and get whatever seat is left over, I'm more often than not stuffed between two people in the gruesome middle seat. What I do when I'm in the bathroom predicament is:

      I always try to go to the bathroom when they are awake to avoid waking them up, but if you have to go, you have to go. So a gentle tap on their arm I'd say is proper etiquette. If they don't wake up, try again with a little more pressure. If they are truly asleep and you feel uncomfortable touching a stranger, hit the flight attendant call button and they'll wake them up for you.

      Whatever you do, don't NOT go because you don't want to disturb the sleeping passenger. I did that once and it was the longest flight of my life. :)

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  3. I do all of these and it makes such a difference! When I board an overnight flight, my face and hair are in 'ready for bed' mode and then I freshen up in the morning. And I've found the older I get, the more dehydrated I get when I fly. hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
    p.s. my mother worked for the airlines for 35 years :-)

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    1. We are so on the same page! : ) You understand the joys, pain and drama it is to fly as a daughter of an employee and learned some tricks along the way (e.g; "Placials"!)

      And might I say...you get up so early!!!! I noticed that when I was in NY and you were commenting when I was climbing into bed!

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    2. I've always been a weird early bird. Sleeping until 8 is sleeping in for me even if I go to bed at 2. My body clock is all jacked up.

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  4. Will definitely have to try these tips our the next time I fly! I'm always the person with bright red eyes and oily skin emerging from the plane.

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    1. Yeah! Try it out, let me know how it works out. If your skin is oily when you get off the flight maybe you don't need my moisturizing tips after all! You must be young! :P

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  5. Thanks Ella! These are great tips and I agree with slathering on the cream. Airplanes really do a number on you! I do that at home now since the air is do dry. Hair up, lotion, wine... looks like I do a placial every night!

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    1. LOL, Placials in the house!

      It's such a dumb name..I couldn't come up with anything more clever. : )

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  6. Thanks for the excellent tips! As often as I tell myself that I should, I don't think that I'll ever be able to forego the wine during a flight. I also order one of the special meals (usually the vegetarian) because they serve them first. (Any chance that the special meals have less salt?) And as soon as I'm done eating, I put on my eye mask and sound canceling head phones and try to get some sleep...unless I can't resist catching up on all of the movies that I've missed.

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    1. Definitely don't forego the wine! That's the best part! My problem is that I forget to balance it out with water which makes a difference.

      I'll ask my mom about the veggie meals. I'm not sure. The salt is to preserve the food so unfortunately, I think it's in all of the meals. I didn't want to include calorie count in the post, it would scare you guys, it's that bad.

      And the Bose sound canceling headphones...best. invention. EVER. I can't fly without them!

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  7. Ha. More like blessed with horrible genes! I have greasy hair and skin (though my skin can also get very dry in certain areas causing major problems) just like my dad would. I fear I will never outgrow it and will be stuck washing my hair everyday and washing my face with acne products all my life.

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    1. I hear you...I'm 30 and still battle it. : (

      They say acne prone skin doesn't wrinkle as bad. So hey, the bright spot!

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  8. Couldn't agree more! I load up on my good ole never fail Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream anddddd the Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream right before getting on the plane. And once I arrive my skin feels like buttah :-) ! All Hail Mario!!

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    1. Yes! Mario Badescu products are genius!! I love the Olive Oil hand cream and Glycolic Foaming Face Wash!

      I'm a huge fan..and the best part is that their products last a while! I do a bulk order every 7 months. Not bad.

      MB Forever!

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