The Products You Need to Keep Your Skin Happy In-Flight

No shame in an in-flight skincare game. Sure, donning a face mask just inches away from a fellow airline passenger might make you feel a little goofy, but that’s a far better way to go than walking around with the tired, puffy, and super-dry skin that long-haul air travel inevitably causes. As you've got better things to do on vacation than nurse jet-lagged skin, we’ve got the skincare products that will make a long flight less of a slog and more like a spa.

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Lip Balm

Nuxe Reve De Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm.

We love: Nuxe Baume Levres Reve de Miel Honey Lip Balm

The makers of a certain French all-in-one miracle oil have upped the balm game with this indulgent little lippie. Filled with velvety beeswax, shea butter, citrus peel oils, and calendula extract, the balm heals and protects even the most chapped of lips with a richness that you deserve during a long-hauler.

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Hand Sanitizer

Touchland Power Mist Hydrating Hand Sanitizer Spray Mint.

We love: Touchland Power Mist

Planes have a reputation for being giant flying germ canisters, but this handy little spray can spritz away 99.9% of those germs without any of the irritating smells of some traditional sanitizers. Plus, the cool packaging is spill-free and slim enough to slip in a small pocket. It’s available in variety of straight-up yummy scents like lavender, citrus, and vanilla cinnamon, but there’s also an unscented option if you’re wary about bringing any kind of fragrance on a flight.

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Hand Cream

O'Keeffe's Working Hands Hand Cream.

We love: O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream

On or off a flight, O’Keeffe’s cult-favorite hand cream is your best bet for extra-dry hands. But unlike some heavy-duty hand creams, this one doesn’t have a medicinal smell or an ultra-thick, goopy feel. That means no bothering your fellow passengers, no sticking to your tray table, and absolutely no cracked hands when you land.

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Face Wipes

Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes.

We love: Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes

Many face wipes seriously strip skin—counterintuitive when you’re trying to keep your skin hydrated on a long flight. But Ursa Major’s gentle-yet-effective wipes use ingredients like aloe, green tea, birch sap, and willow bark to exfoliate and moisturize without any irritation, redness, or greasiness. A bonus? They’re individually wrapped (in recyclable packaging). Stick one in your carry-on and a few more in your clutch as a little refresher after a day of sightseeing once you hit your destination.

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Facial Cleanser

MILK MAKEUP Matcha Cleanser.

We love: Milk Makeup Matcha Cleanser

If a face wipe just isn’t going to do the trick, throw this cleansing stick in your carry-on. Swipe the soothing green tea balm over your face, then head to the bathroom for a full-on cleanse. Extra bonus points to this solid cleanser that won’t take up space in your liquids bag.

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Face Mist

COSRX Cooling Aqua Facial Mist.

We love: COSRX Cooling Aqua Facial Mist

A little cooling spritz can go a long way in a stuffy plane cabin. Reviewers love that the mist mechanism for this COSRX spritz is super light and contained, which makes it great for a plane where you’re trying to avoid blasting your neighbors. After they see your refreshed glow, though, they might just ask for a splash themselves.

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Face Oil

Naturopathica Rosehip Seed Regenerating Facial Oil.

Naturopathica Rosehip Seed Regenerating Facial Oil

Swap makeup for rosehip seed oil on your long flight, especially if you’ve got acne-prone skin that’s craving rich hydration. This simple face oil (just eight ingredients) naturally evens skin tones, calms redness, and minimizes the appearance of fine lines while simultaneously serving your face with a jolt of hydration. 

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Sheet Mask

Hydrate FlashMasque™ Facial Sheets PATCHOLOGY.

We love: Patchology FlashMasque Facial Sheets

If you’re down to devote five minutes to in-flight skincare and not a second more, this is the one item you need. Designed to dish out instant moisture, Patchology’s super-moisturizing sheet mask makes a giant difference in hardly no time, but a kick of hyaluronic acid keeps skin feeling light and rejuvenated long after you’ve slipped it off.

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Eye Mask

ASUTRA Silk Eye Pillow Sleep Mask.

We love: ASUTRA Silk Eye Pillow Sleep Mask

Trying to sleep on an uncomfortable flight requires pulling out all the stops. This silk eye mask is weighted down with flax seeds to apply a gentle pressure and filled with a light lavender scent. The calming combo helps you actually relax

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Under-Eye Mask

111SKIN Sub-Zero De-Puffing Eye Mask.

We love: 111SKIN Sub-Zero De-Puffing Eye Mask

You’re simply not going to find an eye mask better at perking and cooling heavy, puffy lids. A peptide solution works to prevent the bloaty build-up of liquid under your eyes throughout the journey, and coenzymes prevent against the plane’s airborne gunk after you’ve de-masked. 

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Multitasking Balm

Olio E Osso Tinted Balms.

We love: Olio E Osso Balm

Olio E Osso makes a handy little multitasker for when you need moisture but also want a little something extra. The super-portable balms deliver hydration, plus a hint of color in shades ranging from currant to melon. A dab to lips and cheeks during your descent can help give your face a rosy complexion on the outside that belies the jet lag you’re already feeling on the inside.

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