It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the busiest travel time of the year. Whether you’re catching the red eye, rushing to a last minute flight, or arriving perfectly on time, you can add a little more pep in your step with a simple in-flight skincare routine. You may be thinking that it’s not worth it, but once you’ve tried these products once you won’t go back.
For me, in-flight skin care is all about hydration, especially in the winter months. You’ll be going from the dry air on the plane to the dry air in your well-heated home, both of which will suck the moisture out of your skin. If you’re already prone to dry skin, this can be a problem. So hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! And that means drinking water too.
I actually find it fun to look for miniature sized versions of my favorite products. We all know that Sephora teases us with travel sized products that make us think “do we really need?” but buy anyway. There are some great ones out there that can really make a difference in your flight experience, but it takes some trial and error. Luckily, I’ve rounded up my 5 favorite carry on beauty products to make your flight home for Christmas a little better.
- Ole Hendrickson The Clean Truth Cleansing Wipes ($8/$15): Start your skincare routine by wiping your face clean for a fresh start. Face wipes sometimes get a bad reputation for not throughly cleansing your face, but let’s face it, no one wants to be washing their face in that tiny airplane bathroom. Any wipe will do, but these Ole Hendrickson ones are by far my favorites (if you can snag them on a deal). They’re hydrating, smell great, and supposedly have a subtle brightening effect.
- Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask ($4/$17): Next, I like to apply a hydrating face mask to really lock in any moisture that I can. This Origins mask goes on clear, so no one will know you’re secretly treating yourself to a mini-pamper session. I use this year round, but it’s a staple skin care item for me in the winter months. Origins makes a travel sized tube as well as a single use pod of this mask, and for a good reason.
- Pacifica Hand & Body Lotion Wipes ($10): For the lotion addicts like myself, this is an game-changing invention. Regular lotion can just get too messy and awkward in the confined space of the airplane seats, but with wipes you can be a little more discreet. I haven’t seen too many brands making lotion wipes, but these Pacifica ones are great and smell amazing. If you don’t suffer from extremely dry skin, this might not be a winner for you, but if you understand the struggle then give these a try!
- Glossier Balm Dotcom ($13): This is a supposed “cult favorite do-everything skin salve”, so you can imagine it comes in handy during a flight. Although you can apply this anywhere, it works great on the lips. We all know that feeling when you’re out and about and you realize you forgot lip balm. It’s not a good one. This balm/salve by Glossier is the ultimate travel-friendly companion. Most thick lip balms come in pots, but the less you have to use your fingers the better when in comes to airplane beauty.
- Sephora Collection Pomegranate Eye Mask ($5): Towards the end of your flight you may want to feel (or at least look) well rested, so for that I like this Sephora Collection eye mask. These natural fiber eye masks will be your new best friend after long flights, especially if you’re taking the dreaded red eye or you need to immediately hop off the flight and into work mode. Sephora sells several versions of these masks, but the pomegranate version touts claims of being “anti-fatigue and energizing”, and it does not disappoint. If you put these on and throw an eye mask on top no one will know any better.