In-Flight Skin Care 101: Everything You Need to Know

Jet-setting home for the holidays? Before you hit the tarmac, we’ve got a few packing suggestions for your crammed carry-on, and yes, they all involve in-flight skin care. (What? You can’t actually expect us to let you board a plane without a handful of hydrators now, can you?)

First things first: Once you’re buckled up, clean up. Grab a cleansing cloth (we like Avon’s Anew Clean Facial Cleansing Wipes) and wipe off makeup, oil, and whatever else may be floating about the cabin. You’re going to want to enjoy your three-hour flight with a squeaky-clean canvas. From there, get out in front of chapped lips before they start flaking and swipe on a hydrating lip balm, like the Milk Makeup Hero Salve, before take-off.

OK, back to your face. Now that you’re fully cleansed, it’s time to tone with a moisturizing liquid lotion or hydrating face mist, like Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, which as its name suggests, is spiked with good-for-your-skin ingredients, like soothing aloe-leaf juice and rose water.

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After a quick spritz, it’s time for the legit fun to begin: It’s sheet mask time. Sure, you might feel a little silly smoothing what’s basically soaking-wet tissue onto your face in front of a plane full of complete strangers, but who are they to stand in the way of superhydrated skin? You deserve only the plumpest, smoothest skin ever. But remember: The key to wearing a sheet mask is really what you do after you take it off. Although it may be tempting to wipe your face clean, don’t—instead, gently pat any excess serum into your skin to absorb the extra goo goodness. Your face will thank you. For our full list of recommendations for in-flight skin care, be sure to tune in to the video above. And fly safely, of course.

Now find out how to DIY your own lip scrub:


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