We all know that feeling after a long flight when you’ve finally landed but your skin feels anything but relieved: it’s dry and flakey and you can already sense the impending breakout. There is nothing worse than realizing you’ve packed nothing in your carry-on to salvage that parched face or having TSA confiscate your non-regulation sized (i.e., 3.4 ounces) skincare. That ends today. Here are our tried and true tips and tricks to keep you radiant and glowing in a pinch!
Even if you have oily skin, moisturizer is absolutely essential for a long flight and should be reapplied every couple of hours. Make sure you pack one that’s heavy duty, whether it’s an oil or cream, as the circulating dry air and cabin pressure will can do a number on your skin. The best thing to do is apply a thick coat of moisturizer before dozing off on the red-eye and letting it absorb into your skin while you sleep. No need for SPF, in-flight stick with something basic. When you wake, your face will feel supple and revived. Reapply then and before you land to get you ready for whatever lies ahead at your destination. Some of my favorite brands that make hydrating and affordable moisturizers: Kiehl’s, Clinique, The Ordinary.
One of the best solutions for both frequent and not-so-frequent fliers are empty travel size bottles. They come in different sizes and shapes, from jars to spray bottles, making it super easy to transfer your ride-or-die products into a TSA-friendly container (extra points for BPA free plastic!). You can find them at any drugstore or online - some even come in fun colors and with a case, so you can keep track of your cosmetics without stressing about spillage.
My favorite part about flight skincare is spraying on a refreshing mist like Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater before I land. It will rejuvenate your complexion and make you feel like you just left the spa (even if you’re still at your terminal). Bonus: on summer vacays, it doubles as a beach bag must-have when you need to freshen up after taking a dip in the salty ocean water.
You’ve heard this a million times from every beauty and style magazine ever and your dermatologist has undoubtedly spoken to you about water and its importance in skin care. When you’re 40,000 feet in the air, the pressurized cabin air tends to dry everything out extra quickly, so make sure you’re chugging that H20 during taxi, takeoff, and landing… even if that means disturbing the person next to you because you have to pee. Trust us, it will be worth it and your skin will thank you! I love bringing an extra large water bottle with me, like this cute one, since I can empty it out before security and refill afterwards. No more buying overpriced waters by your gate kiosk, you’ll save money and stay sustainable while doing so.