The Daily Beast: Airplane Skincare: Skincare Essentials for Long Flights

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From the very beginning of my recent vacation, a time when hopes are typically high and travel is arguably at its most exciting, the entire journey was a calamity of errors. I woke up late, hit bumper-to-bumper traffic en route to the airport, faced a mile-long security line (yes, I know I need TSA PreCheck) and was then eventually, against all odds, seated next to both a crying baby and a seemingly plague-ridden adult. Not the best start, to say the least, and that mood carried over into the first part of the trip as I unsuccessfully tried to force relaxation. 

Now, however, instead of looking at the journey as a separate component of the vacation, I plan to start the self care process on the plane (or train, or automobile, or by whichever means one travels) and am hoping this new mindset will ease the stress of an abundance of upcoming holiday travel. Since we believe that skincare and self care belong together, we're sharing our best travel beauty tips for long flights.

Skincare Tips for Flying:

  1. Stay hydrated. This applies to both your insides and out. Drink plenty of water (I know the bathrooms are less than desirable on the flight) and make sure to keep your skin hydrated. Since you can't exactly whip out a Sheet Mask mid-flight, I recommend prepping for the trip with Patchology's Get Dewy With It sheet mask before you leave. It's packed with Hyaluronic Acid and it soothes the skin for hours on end. Perfect for those long flights.
  2. Skip the airport bars. Yes, I know, it's "Vegas Baby!" or wherever you're headed. So maybe completely opting out of alcohol goes against your plans. But those over-priced baby bottles on the flight can add up in more ways than one. Alcohol can dehydrate the skin and increase the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  3. Rest! That's what vacations are for anyway, right? While Main Cabin seats are is at the top of our list for least comfortable places to sleep, do your best to catch some z's. Before the flight lands, take a few minutes to reduce puffiness and eye bags with Patchology Perk Up Eye Gels. Give your tired eyes a rest with these green tea-infused eye gels that help with puffiness and brighten your under eye area with energy boosting and de-puffing green tea, antioxidant-rich pine leaf extract, and dark circle-eliminating white mulberry.

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Best Airplane Skincare Products

Do you have a pre-flight skincare routine? It’s always a good idea to wash and moisturize your face before a flight, but that’s not all you can - or should - be doing.

Long flights are often the perfect place to fit in some self-care with skincare! The right airplane skincare products will help keep your skin hydrated (did you know that airplanes have incredibly low humidity that can dry out your skin?) and help you reach your destination with a dewy, refreshed complexion.

Here are a handful of plane essentials that will change the way you travel (and are TSA-friendly!):

  • Single-use eye gels are perfect for slipping into your carry on and wearing on your flight. Consider hydrating under eye gels that can give your sensitive skin the moisture it needs in the air.
  • Don’t let your skin dry out on your flight. An ultra-hydrating face sheet mask is perfect for an overnight flight.
  • When lip balm just won’t cut it, use a hydrating lip gel on your flight. Your smile will be picture-perfect for all your plane selfies.
  • And don’t forget your fingers! Keep your hands cozy while also giving them the hydration they need with a moisturizing hand and cuticle mask while you sit back and enjoy your in-flight entertainment.
  • Cleansing facial wipes are a must for all your travel needs. They remove dirt, oil, and makeup so you can wash your face on the go. Plus, they’re not liquid - which is perfect for saving room in your carry on!

Perfect Your In-Flight Skincare Routine

So, how should you apply your products on your flight? Airplane skincare is all about giving your skin the hydration it needs to look its best. Many experts recommend using products like serums and moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid, and ingredients like shea butter that help seal water in your skin.

But if you don’t want to deal with messy lotions on your flight, consider face masks, eye gels, and more that contain these hero ingredients. Here’s how you can use them on your flight:

  1. Arrive to your flight with a fresh face that’s been moisturized
  2. Settle into your seat with eye gels
  3. Layer on a hydrating face mask while you sleep
  4. Wake up and treat your hands to some TLC after your meal

After your flight, preventing breakouts and adding retaining moisture is key. An acne treatment kit can help you get ahead of pesky pimples while you can brighten and hydrate your complexion with illuminating eye gels and face masks.

How to Pack Skincare for Travel

While you can easily put your favorite full-size products in your checked bag, packing your skincare for the airplane comes with some hard and fast rules. The TSA requires al liquids, gels and aerosols packed in carry-on follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule:

  • 3.4 ounces or less per container
  • 1 quart size, clear, plastic, zip top bag (all liquids must fit in bag)
  • 1 bag per passenger

It’s important to follow these rules with your airport skincare products so you don’t have to throw anything out! This is why products like eye gel and face masks are a convenient choice, and you can even find the best moisturizer for airplane travel in TSA-approved sizes.

Invest in a clear makeup bag to keep all your liquids separate from your other travel essentials. This way the products can easily be pulled out and inspected if needed.

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