Whether it’s a quick flight from Manila to Boracay or a long-haul voyage to another continent, being in a plane can take its toll on your skin. There’s zero humidity that leaves your skin dry, fluctuating temperatures that trigger breakouts, and worst of all—recycled air, where everyone from first class to economy are breathing the same circulating air, bacteria and other airplane hazards included. Keep your skin fabulous at 30,000 feet with these in-flight beautyessentials.
1. Wipes. If you’re the type who insists on wearing layers of makeup at the airport, I insist you take it off with wipes right before the plane takes off for your 12-hour flight. But before you do anything else in that cramped economy-class seat, please disinfect your personal space. Studies show that aside from the lavatory, the germiest places on a plane include the seat pockets, tray tables, touchscreen entertainment system, and in-flight magazines. Think of all the bacteria left behind by other passengers before you—a baby’s dirty nappy, used tissue, grease from their hands, and many other germ-infested trails. Wipe, wipe, wipe away before touching anything!
2. Sleep facial mask. There’s a lack of moisture in cabin air, so your skin will be extra dry. Overnight facial masks are richer than the average moisturizer, so if you’re flying at night, slather some on your face before snoozing and you’ll wake up to dewy skin.
3. Eye mask. If the flickering lights and movements distract you from getting a good snooze, shut out the world with an eye mask.
4. Heavy duty moisturizer. As soon as you wake up from your long flight, head to the lavatory to wash off the sleep facial mask and then apply moisturizer, preferably with SPF if you’re seated by the window. Remember: You’re 30,000 feet closer to the sun.
5. Hand cream. Notice how your skin feels more taut during a long flight? Combat the skin-drying conditions of the plane by applying hand cream regularly.
6. Hydrating mist. If you’re too lazy to apply moisturizer, this is a quicker and more refreshing way to hydrate. It also makes a great wake upper.
7. Eye drops. The eyes also tend to get drier in the aircraft cabin, so apply a few drops to refresh and look more awake after a red eye flight.
8. Dental kit. Not all airlines provide free toothpaste-and-toothbrush sets, so it’s best to bring your own travel dental hygiene kit.
9. Hand sanitizer. For those times you can’t get immediate access to soap and water.
10. Travel tissue. Don’t rely on the free toilet paper and tissue at the lavatory. Have your own personal stash.
11. Lip balm. Just like the skin, the lips get extra dry and chapped mid-flight, so apply a moisturizing lip balm. Get the tinted version if you want a flush of color.
12. Shawl or travel blanket. Unless the flight attendant hands you a fresh blanket that’s still in the plastic seal, chances are, that blanket waiting on your seat was used by a previous passenger—drool and all. It’s best to bring your own versatile shawl or travel blanket.