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best skin care products to use during a flight

The Perfect In-Flight Skin Care Routine Based on Your Comfort Level

What are the best skin care products to use during a flight? We broke it down here by what you’re comfortable doing…

2017 is nearly over and we’ve made it to the festive season, and with this time of year comes the stressful hustle and bustle of holiday travel. If you have to fly during this year, you know that once you have your tickets booked, your bags packed, and you’ve managed to beat the traffic to the airport, the only thing you want to do is sit back and relax after takeoff.

However, flying can take a major toll on your complexion, even on the shortest of flights. Between the blasts of interior heating and stale, recycled air, skin becomes irritated and dehydrated, and can even be prone to breakouts after landing. Since no one wants to be dealing with tired, dry skin upon landing, let alone a freshly sprouted blemish, the best defense is to give your skin some much-needed TLC from the comfort of your airplane seat.

While not everyone may feel confident slapping on a sheet mask amongst a plane full of strangers, there are many ways to nourish your skin to ensure you land looking fresh-faced. We’ve compiled a list of the best products to try while you enjoy your in-flight movie, all based on whether you’re shy with your seat mates or brazenly skin-obsessed.

We suggest arriving for your flight bare-faced, or removing any make-up with some cotton-pads pre-soaked in the Neogen Real Flower Cleansing Water Rose. These can easily go in a Ziploc bag in your carry-on for easy cleansing.

Level: Mild

in flight skin care routine

If you’d like your skin care to be as discreet as possible, we recommend taking care of the eyes first by dabbing on a moisture-locking eye cream like Goodal Moisture Barrier Eye Cream. Collagen and peptides keep your eyes from becoming dry and puffy on long flights and niacinamide brightens so you look well-rested, even after long-haul journeys.

Afterwards, pat on a light and non-irritating gel moisturizer like the RE:P Nutrinature Ultra Moist Gel Oil. Argan oil, shea butter and jojoba seed butter soothe any inflammation caused by the polluted air while the highly humectant formula seals moisture in the skin, re-hydrating thanks to the cupuacu seed butter within.

Finally, treat your hands with the very cute and delicious-smelling Tony Moly Magic Food Banana Hand Milk and they’ll be soft and smell lovely, even after washing with harsh airplane soap.

Level: Medium

best skin care products for flights

If you’re more comfortable with upping your airplane skin care game, a hydrating mist is the perfect pick-me-up on a long flight. You can mist on the Enature Birch Juice Hydro Mist before applying any serums or moisturizers to help them sink in better and add an extra layer of hydration, thanks to the birch tree sap formula, or spritz away whenever your skin feels tight or itchy, as the chamomile inside helps calm.

If you notice you tend to puff up or look extra-tired after a flight, try napping with a set of Sally’s Box Friendly Collagen Eye Patches on top of the contours of the under eye area. Grapefruit extract brightens dark circles, while calendula flower de-puffs. Remove before landing and pat any remaining product into the delicate under-eye area to reach your destination with looking refreshed.

Level: Extreme

best skin care products to use during a flight

If you’re not shy at all (or perhaps you’re on an overnight flight where most of your seat neighbours are asleep!), then in-flight masking is for you! Loaded with plumping ceramides and cholesterol, the Neogen Super Hydra Aqua Capsule Mask includes an ampoule pack with nano-sized hyaluronic acid which penetrates multiple layers of the skin to repair and hydrate. This comfortable sheet mask is perfect for flights, and treating yourself to this will give you soft and glowing skin that stays hydrated even once you’ve picked up your luggage.

And if your lips tend to get chapped on flights, try the Skinfood Pomegranate Collagen Lip Mask, which hydrates and plumps lips for a smooth, flake-free smile.

Bottom line:

Whatever your comfort level, there’s a K-beauty product to suit your in-flight needs and help you arrive at your destination looking your best, no matter how stressful the journey.

+ What do you think are the best skin care products to use during a flight? Let us know in the comments!