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9 Must-Have Skincare Products for Long Flights

Jet lag and flying long haul with kids are hot topics on this blog so it’s high time I update this post about skincare products that help my skin recover from dry airplane cabin air.

I’ll start off by saying that daytime moisturizer is a very personal choice and I believe that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution in this department. So, I suggest generously applying the one that works for you (the more moisturizing, the better) throughout your flight while incorporating the amazing products from our affiliate partners listed below.

1. Guerlain Issima Midnight Secret

A skincare consultant once told me to use Guerlain Issima Midnight Secret after I fly so on it goes at night for several days after landing. It’s also a problem solver for late nights and too many glasses of wine. I’ve tried countless high-end moisturizers. This one works.

2. Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask will transform skin in a few minutes. I had the privilege of living within short walking distance to Bliss Spa on Sloane Avenue in London where I had their signature triple oxygen facial multiple times. This is a perfect pick-me-up if you have to get off the plane, immediately go somewhere, and need a quick freshen up beforehand. Wash your face, apply the foam and leave it on until it evaporates which takes about 5 minutes. Rinse and apply your regular skincare routine. The end result is tighter skin, more even color and smaller pores.

3. Mario Badescu Facial Spray

Use this anytime your skin feels tight and dehydrated. It’s a crazy good value, too, for a high end product at just $7. Mario Badescu Facial Spray has Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater in it so it smells fantastic. Note that it’s 4 oz so can’t be taken carry-on (though is fantastic for after landing). Out of respect to your airplane cabin mates, it’s probably better to use the next non-fragrant suggestion.

4. Evian Travel Spray

Evian Travel Spray is a good hydrating spray for virtually any skin type since it’s basically a mist of Evian water micro-droplets that keep skin hydrated. Spray on a clean face, blot excess and then apply moisturizer. They say it helps improve effectiveness of any moisturizer. I was told to use it as a skincare helper when out in Hong Kong humidity and after a workout as it helps remove salty perspiration.

5. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate

Pack an exfoliant that’s right for your skin to use after landing. I have been loving Kate Somerville ExfoliKate as it’s a very gentle microfoliant with small beads that tends to clear my pores.

6. Lucas’ PawPaw

My friend Curated Cool gave this to me with the caveat that many Australian woman in-the-know have a tube of this in their handbags. It’s amazing stuff derived from papaya. Use Lucas’ PawPaw on lips, hands or any dry spots. I get cracked lips after long haul flights and they’re fine after one night of sleeping with this slathered on.

7. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Towelettes

You must wash your face on a long haul flight. If you’re not a fan of doing so in an airplane bathroom, opt for these easy and non-irritating Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. They do a decent job of taking off eye makeup, too.

8. Nivea Creme

Did you know that some people believe that the ingredients in Creme de la Mer are the same as the Nivea Creme in the blue tin? It’s possible (I use Creme de la Mer and see similarities) and it’s cheap enough to slather all over hands, body and face. The tins now come in travel sizes to pop in carry-on and checked luggage.

9. Skinfix Lip Balm

I’ve worked with the Skinfix company on prior posts but I still believe that their non-greasy lip balm is excellent to have in my handbag at all times, including on the plane.

Other Inflight-Skincare Tips

Taking good care of your skin is one of the best ways to beat jet lag symptoms. Remember that current TSA restrictions mandate that you can’t bring liquids larger than 3.4 oz on board. Also be sure to read my skincare routine tips while on the plane and how I make it a practice to spa after long haul flights.

What skincare products work for you on long flights?

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3 thoughts on “9 Must-Have Skincare Products for Long Flights

  1. Excellent list Katie! I always carry a bottle of Evian when I travel – it is fabulous on the plane. Lufthansa First Class stock travel-sized bottles in the lavatory.
    I met Kate Somerville almost ten years ago have used Exfolikate ever since.

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