You simply can’t get around the fact that some of the best destinations in the world require taking a long flight—but stepping off those hours-long flights with dull, dry skin, puffy eyes and bad hair? Um, show us the emergency exit, please.
There are plenty of travel-sized products you can stash in your carry-on to ensure that you’ll step off your next flight looking and feeling impossibly fresh. Here are some of our favorite beauty finds that get us to every destination looking our best:
A spritz spritz here and a spritz spritz there of this fine-mist moisturizer packed with botanicals and hasadei-3 (a Japanese power trio of green tea, rice and algae) will help keep skin refreshed for the duration of your flight.
This super-moisturizing cream (which can be used on both the face and body) has been shown to increase hydration by 169 percent upon application—not to shabby when you’ve been sitting a dry, air-conditioned cabin for hours on end.
This tool in our daily skincare arsenal is thought to reduce puffiness and reduce under-eye circles—so it’s always on our packing list.
Aesop Flight Therapy, $31
The only thing that wakes us up faster than a screaming baby in the next aisle is a couple of drops of this ginger-scented restorative balm, which we rub into our pressure points to uplift our mood and energy levels.
After we’ve zoned out to a couple of rom-coms, we slap on this organic cotton mask infused with a charcoal that’s native to Japan. It’s said to help with circulation and fatigue—and a rested face is a fresher face.
This classic balm enriched with botanicals helps keep our hands soft and smooth, even if we’re typing away on our laptops during the flight.
Glossier Balm Dotcom, $12
Although this is a favorite for lips, you can also rub a bit into nails, elbows, whatever’s feeling dry after a long layover. The tinted ones pull double duty as a pop of color when you deplane.
Oat Milk moisturizes tresses, while the paraben-free dry shampoo helps clean your roots and put your hair back in place—no matter how much turbulence there was on the flight.
If we’re feeling a little run-down mid-flight (or turbulence is getting the best of us), we add a few drops of this soothing essential oil to a glass of water, then down it to boost our immune systems and antioxidant levels.
We roll this rich gender-neutral scent, with notes of bourbon, vanilla and tuberose, on our wrists and neck to get rid of that “plane smell” post-flight.
We slather this ultra-rich cream all over our faces right before it’s time to catch some zzz’s, then wake up with soft, smooth skin no matter where we touch down.