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In-Flight Skincare Tips & Treatments that Really Work

July 19, 2020

In-Flight Skincare Tips & Treatments that Really Work

Traveling -- specifically by airplane -- comes with some potential skin health hazards: cramped quarters, germs, dry cabin air, travel stress (just getting through security can be rough)... we could go on. There’s an art to creating the perfect in-flight beauty routine to combat this perfect storm for skincare problems, whether you’re stretched out in first class or fighting for overhead bin space in economy. 

Here’s a look at our top TSA-approved in-flight skincare tips!  

Long Flights = AMist Opportunity! 

The passenger next to you may give you the side eye, but here’s the thing: mist feels amazing. Formulated to smooth skin and tighten pores, facial mists are refreshing yet subtle — kind of like you just walked through a cloud.

Our favorite little travel buddy will help your skin stay hydrated in-flight and leave you feeling fresh-faced and ready for the next part of your adventure. 

Fly Makeup Free (But Go Heavy on Hydration)

Your in-flight beauty routine should actually begin before you board. It is vital to remove your makeup before a flight, as the dry, recycled air can make the skin stressed. This is particularly true for long flights as the body (and skin!) looses a lot of moisture. We recommend using a gentle makeup remover with nourishing ingredients like plant oils and green tea extract (this is one of our favorites). 

In-flight makeup is out, but here’s the silver lining for beauty junkies (like us!): moisturizing masks. Apply a mask with a heavy consistency to keep your skin deeply hydrated and comforted, even at cruising altitude. 

Give Yourself an In-Flight Facial

No list of skincare travel tips is complete without mention of the in-flight facial (yes, it’s a thing!). Here’s how to do it:

  • Start by removing makeup. When it comes to in-flight skincare tips, this one is worth repeating. If you wore makeup onto the plane, now is the time to remove it. Makeup wipes or a travel-size bottle of micellar water and cotton rounds will keep you clean in the air.

  • Mist for moisture. Apply a mist to prep skin for serums and moisturizer. Continue to spritz as needed throughout the flight. 

  • Apply a hydrating serum. Recycled cabin air can cause major dehydration, so serums are an essential part of any effective in-flight beauty routine. 

  • Nourish with oil. The omega fatty acids in facial oils have been proven to moisturize and boost elasticity, both of which will benefit your post-plane complexion. Find the best facial oil for your skin type here

  • Apply a rich moisturizer (or mask). Since the cabin air is so dry, your best defense is a powerful moisturizer. We love this Prickly Pear & Vitamin C Face Moisturizer for travel since it’s calming and rejuvenating (plus it’s the perfect size!). 

  • Face masks are another great way to lock in moisture and protect your skin from the dry cabin air — especially on longer flights. 

    Pack Products that Multitask

    Carry-on space is limited, so keep it simple by packing multi-purpose products. Think sunscreen that doubles as a moisturizer and tinted cream stains that can be used to color lipsand cheeks. 

    Bonus tip: drink lots of water! According to the Aerospace Medical Association, you should be drinking about eight ounces of water for every hour you’re in the air. Here’s to hydrating (skincare) in the sky!