In-Flight Beauty Hacks

It’s no secret that long flights suck, but that doesn’t mean your skin has to suffer. The only positive is long flights get you to some pretty amazing destinations. Unless you’re fortunate enough to get a sleeping pod in business class, you probably dread 10+ hour transatlantic flights. If you’re like me, you’re jammed back in coach trying to get as much sleep as possible with a mediocre neck pillow and a paper thin blanket. It’s hard to not look like the walking dead when arriving at your destination. My travel skincare routine ensures I am looking good when I step off the plane at my final destination.

I’m not one for doing Silence of the Lambs-Esq sheet masks on planes, but I am about having a few key beauty essentials to ensure that you feel fresh enough to conquer your first day of vacation on little sleep.

Before I head to the airport I always do my normal night time skin care routine, even if my flight is in the morning or the middle of the day. This helps keeps my skin moisturized over the course of the long flight. I keep some critical items in my carry-on so I can do a quick refresh before landing in my final destination.

Lavender Oil

Fragrances and essential oils are bad for your skin care routine, but great for other things. I always keep lavender oil in my carry on because it’s very calming and helps with stress. I’m a nervous flyer and I will do whatever I can to be calm and relaxed for a long flight. I rub some of this behind my ears and on the inside of my wrists before trying to catch some Zs. The Lavender Oil I use is from a lavender farm in Northern Michigan that is near my family’s cottage, but I found this one from Vitruvi at that is comparable.

Colgate Wisps

I’ll just say it, plane bathrooms are DISGUSTING. I am not getting near those sinks to brush my teeth. These little wisps are absolute magic and surprisingly leave your mouth feeling very clean and fresh. After breakfast and before landing I will use these guys to brush my teeth. To use them you bite the middle which releases the toothpaste/mouthwash and then use the little brush to clean your teeth. I used to be able to find these at CVS, but for some reason, they are hard to find. I order them online and compare prices for a good deal. Here is a link to where you can order them on ($7.50 for a 24-count).

Neutrogena Fragrance-Free Face Wipes

Back to the gross airplane bathrooms. I am not about to get anywhere near the sink to wash my face either. So, these wipes are perfect! I use them to wash my face, hands, and even armpits (hey, just being honest). This helps me feel less grimy when stepping off of the plane. Fragrance-Free is also important. Unnecessary fragrances can actually cause breakouts so I always grab the unscented wipes.

Native Deodorant

I keep a travel size deodorant in my bag and this has been my favorite natural deodorant I’ve tried thus far. After my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer I switched to Native to avoid the aluminum and other nasty stuff that can be found in many of the mainstream deodorants. My favorite scents are lavender rose and coconut vanilla. They also make toothpaste, bar soap and body wash!

Drunk Elephant B-Hyrda and C-Firma

I can’t skip on my day serums, even when I’m in transit. After I was my face with the Neutrogena wipes I use one pump of each of these Drunk Elephant serums. I go into detail about these two products on another blog post HERE. The B-Hydra is super hydrating and plumping. My skin needs all of the moisture it can get after a really long flight. The C-Firma is engrained in my daily routine so I don’t skip it. You can get these two products in travel size in the Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow duo for $23 on

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-puffer

Alright, real talk. This is technically for Men, BUT I love this after a long flight. This cooling eye stick glides on easy and helps revive tired and puffy eyes, which is really helpful after little sleep.

Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Camo Drops

After I apply my day serums, I use 2-3 drops of the Dr. Jart Cicarepair Camo drops. The air on planes is very dry and my face often gets red and splotchy. This helps to even out my skin tone and brighten the dullness. Don’t be weirded out! These drops come out green but turn to a light beige color as you blend onto your skin.

Belif Aqua Bomb Moisturizer

Once I’ve blended in my camo drops, I use a small dab of the Belif Aqua Bomb moisturizer. This is my all time favorite moisturizer. I swear by it, especially when I’m traveling. It’s a gel-like formula that hydrates the skin without being greasy. This helps give my skin an extra shot of moisture and seals in my other products.

Benefit Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Gel

My daily makeup routine is really simple and I keep it even simpler when I’m traveling. I don’t have my eyebrows microbladed (but it’s on my list!), so filling them in is the one beauty tasks that I never skip. Filling in your eyebrows is very hard to do on the plane – bad lighting and unexpected bumps are the enemy. I use the Benefit Gimme Brow Gel to brush my brows back into place and give them some definition. This stuff is great and they have 12 shades to match your hair color.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara

Mascara is also a must for me. If you throw on a good mascara it can make even dull, tired eyes look bright eyed and bushy tailed. I usually throw any sample size mascara that I have in my carry on beauty bag, but lately, I’ve been loving this one from Tarte. I love Tarte products due to their stance on testing on animals and an array of vegan products to choose from. This mascara is really volumizing without being clumpy or going on too thick.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi

Ro complete my fresh off the plane look I use this IT cosmetics staple on my lips. This is one of my all-time favorite beauty products and I cannot live without this stuff. I bought an extra one to keep in my travel beauty bag, but I also use this daily. It’s extremely hydrating and gives your lips a dewy look. I love how it stays on your lips without being greasy or oily. When I first started using this I didn’t even realize that it has a slight pink tint to it. It goes on clear but gives your lips just a slight pink hue. It’s a great substitute for lipstick and leaves you with a really natural look and the perfect pink pout.

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