Beauty editors and bloggers have published countless lists of various serums, masks, and other must-have in flight items. While I’m sure their arsenal of products all work wonders, I prefer to keep these types of things to a minimum. The fewer products taking up space in my carry-on bag, the better.
Below are the basic can’t-travel-without-em skin savers I always have on hand as well as some common sense tips. So no matter where you are going, you arrive with your freshest face.
My #1 rule: No Makeup. If you’re flying straight from work or an event, or you want your babe to see the best painted version of you before saying goodbye at the drop off, okay fine. But wash it off before stepping foot on that flight. If you’re incredibly uncomfortable going without, a tinted-moisturizer, rose-hued lip balm, and a touch of mascara will do the job.
When I’m still at home, I gently wash my face and smooth on multiple layers of thick moisturizing cream. I also dab an extra layer of eye cream under my eye and up around my lower brow.
Drink lots of water! Flying can be super drying for your skin and body. It is worth the additional trips to the loo to keep you quenched from the inside out.
Here’s everything you will need in one clear, sealable bag:
This one goes beyond clear skin. After touching in-seat screens, tapping tray tables, snapping seatbelts and so on, your hands are basically BLECH. Give them a good wipe down before you even think about touching your face (or food, for that matter).
About halfway through a long flight or right around landing, I like to refresh my skin with an invigorating cleansing and toning pad. This removes any excess oil and overall feeling of grossness. Single sealed pads are the way to go because they’ll never dry out, you only take what you need, and you know they’re clean enough to touch your face.
After refreshing, I reapply a thick moisturizer to retain hydration and protect my skin from the super dry plane air. Since tubes can compress and make a mess when opened, I prefer small pots, pumps, or individual packets. Rub any leftover moisturizer into your hands, which need love too.
Consider a moisturizer that has an SPF. Being in the sky, you’re closer to the sun and getting full-on exposure when sitting in a window seat.
Lip balm is a must when it comes to protecting your pout. Glosses won’t last as long and they aren’t meant to keep you from getting chapped and dry.
With those few items, you’re all set to fly the friendly skies. Safe (and gorgeous) travels this holiday season!