8 Beauty Essentials That Will Help You Look Refreshed After a Long Flight
Whether you're traveling to your destination wedding, gearing up for a long-haul flight to your honeymoon locale, or just jetting off to spend the some quality time with your new in-laws, we know you don't want to look like you've just spent several hours on a plane upon landing. That's why we're here to help. If you want to look fresh and glowy from takeoff to landing (and beyond), these are the essentials you need to stock your carry-on suitcase with.
The first, most important secret we've discovered to looking fresh-faced on a flight might surprise you: Wearing a face full of makeup while you travel is pointless. Because of the dry, circulated air on any flight, the products you so carefully applied just two hours before boarding will soon look like you've been wearing them for 12 hours. Instead, focus on in-flight skincare, then add makeup to your hydrated, radiant complexion upon landing. Don't forget about your hair, either. No, we don't recommend trying to master a beach wave in the cabin's bathroom, but we do have a secret that will make your locks look as if you just stepped out of the salon.
If you're wondering how you can take care of your skin and hair at 35,000 feet, check out our tried-and-tested favorites. Here, we break down our favorite in-flight necessities, including a single-use sheet mask, the best lip balm, and a toner that'll leave your skin feeling fresh. If you want to step off the plane looking like the prettiest bride-to-be or a radiant newlywed, these products are worth packing.
Here's the first rule of in-flight beauty: Don't pack anything that needs to be rubbed on with your fingers. It's more difficult to wash your hands on a plane, and you should never touch your face without having carefully cleaned them—especially when you've just been through an airport. That's why we love sheet masks. They're individually wrapped and you simply lay them on your face, sit back, and relax. If your flight is really long, bring two or three that serve different purposes. We love this one, which contains charcoal and green tea to detoxify and oxygenate the skin.
GlamGlow "Bubblesheet" Oxygenating Mask, $9, sephora.com
Puffy, irritated eyes always seem like a given on a flight. Come prepared with under-eye masks (we like to use them after the face masks) and love these, which you wear for about 20 minutes. They're soaked in a serum that contains red algae to soothe, reduce puffiness, and the appearance of wrinkles.
Karuna "Renewal+" Eye Mask, $36, karunaskin.com
Heavy-Duty Lip Balm
Keeping your lips moisturized is also an essential. We swear by this natural blend of avocado oil, mongongo, cranberry, and marula oils. It also contains antioxidants to keep lips looking youthful. But what we love most is that it moisturizes really well without feeling super heavy. (And it looks nice when worn under lipstick, so keep that in mind for your wedding day.)
Drunk Elephant "Lippe" Balm, $18, drunkelephant.com
Wearing perfume can be overpowering on a crowded plane, but a facial mist that has a light, natural scent is the perfect in-flight pick-me-up. If you get an oily T-zone midflight, try the this toner, which reduces oil production and helps prevent blemishes. It also soothes and moisturizes thanks to plenty of aloe vera.
Herbivore Jasmine Green Tea Toner, $39, sephora.com
Teeth Whitening Pen
Make the most of the hours you have ahead of you. This easy-to-use teeth whitening pen will help you eliminate stains in no time. (It also adds a refreshing minty taste.)
Glo Science "Everyday Glo" Teeth Whitening Maintenance Pen, $15, gloscience.com
Keeping your hair up—in a chic ponytail, braids, or even half-up—will help you look polished during and after a long flight. Bonus: Pulling strands back will give you lots of volume once you take your hair down. If you feel like your hair needs a boost after landing, refresh your hairstyle with a few sprays of your favorite dry shampoo. We like this one, which provides touchable shine and texture.
IGK "Down & Out" Dry Shampoo Mini, $14, sephora.com
Makeup Remover Wipes
When you're getting ready for landing (or in the bathroom at your arrival airport) use these coconut makeup remover wipes to give you a clean base for a fresh application of makeup. They're also great for removing any lingering cosmetics in-flight!
RMS Beauty Makeup Remover Wipes, $16, sephora.com
Tinted Lip Balm
Use your heavy-duty balm in-flight, then switch to this tinted option just before landing. This one, in pink or red, will add just the right hint of color to your complexion. (We like it not just because there's a flower in it, but it adds just the right amount of color.)
Winky Lux "Flower Balm" Lip Stain, $14, winkylux.com