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Everybody knows flying is super dehydrating for the skin. That's why we often step off flights looking and feeling utterly frazzled. And it's why you'll need a few skincare essentials to keep your skin happy and healthy during and after your flight.
If you want to land with dewy, glowing skin, you absolutely can. All you need are a few fundamental skincare carry-on's to help make it happen.
Here are the three skincare products you need to pack in your carry-on -- and use mid-flight!
According to celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau, airplane cabins have less than 20 percent humidity, which leads to skin dryness.
"That’s because dry air will always seek moisture wherever it can get it, and that means it’s going to take it directly from deep within your skin," says Rouleau. "If you have a dry skin type, your skin will become drier."
It can even make oily skin oilier as the dry air will cause skin to compensate by producing more oil. All the more reason to stay hydrated while flying!
Ultimately, cabin air doesn't benefit any skin type. Besides causing dehydration, a plane's atmosphere can also increase skin inflammation, promoting acne breakouts, increasing redness, and irritation. Yep, it really sucks for your skin.
Fortunately, you can turn things around for your complexion with a few smart skincare essentials.
For your next flight, make sure you walk off that plane with refreshed skin. Here are the three travel-size products we recommend packing in your carry-on bag for in-flight pampering and post-flight flawlessness.
Sheet masks are awesome for hydrating the skin and infusing it with antioxidants and vitamins. Plus, they're perfect for long-haul flights as they allow you to sit back and unwind while letting your skin absorb all their goodness -- minus any mess! You can simply remove it from its packaging and drape it across your face. No pre- or post-rinsing required!
Dermatologists deem sheet masks as a travel-friendly, carry-on essential for keeping skin healthy and hydrated while in the air. Unlike other face masks which tend to be messy and require rinsing, sheet masks can be applied and removed without you needing to leave your seat. How convenient!
When choosing a sheet mask, pick one that's formulated for your skin type. Oily? Opt form masks containing charcoal, retinol, or clay that draws out excess sebum in the skin and shrink pore size. Dry? Seek out nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, aloe vera, and ceramides.
For your next trip that involves air travel, be sure to add Vaseline to your packing list. Vaseline is super cheap and can be picked up anywhere. Plus, it's a universal skincare product that's great for soothing dry hands, removing eye makeup in a pinch, and smoothing split ends. It's a travel essential for keeping your skin and hair in check.
According to researchers, Vaseline (or petroleum jelly) is one of the most effective moisturizers available. It works by forming a barrier on the skin and preventing moisture from leaving your skin. Vaseline can be used as an everyday moisturizer for chronically dry skin. However, it's also a beauty essential for travel since it's a fabulous multi-tasking product.
For starters, you can use it place of a hand cream or lotion as it's perfect for healing dry patches on the skin. You can also use it as an eye makeup remover, massaging it over your eyes to dissolve mascara, eyeliner and concealer, and removing the excess with a paper towel. You can also head to bathroom and finish things off with a cleanser just to make sure everything's removed, but that's not necessary. Plus, it works as a kind of conditioner slash split end treatment. Just smooth it through the ends of your hair.
Unicorn Fruit Lip Plumping Balm is an ultimate hydrating, lip volumizing duo that glides on like silk and gives them instant oomph! Formulated with peppermint, matcha, acai, and shea butter, these ingredients work together to stimulate blood flow, deeply hydrate lips, and remove any signs of dryness or chapping. You can wear it alone or under your fave lipstick or gloss. It looks great all ways!
This makeup bag staple is a must have travel toiletry, as it can double up as a dry skin treatment, split end smoother, and natural deodorant. You can also use it to tame flyaways by applying a small amount to an old, clean toothbrush and smoothing it across flyaways.
You can also treat yourself to our full miniature collection of Unicorn Fruit beauty products in our limited edition Mini Unicorn Kit. They're all travel-size, so perfect for packing in your carry-on.
Make sure you carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you on your flight to kill germs and bacteria and keep you safe! Always look for a formula that contains an alcohol content level of 60% or higher to make sure your hands stay clean. Use it before applying your in-flight skincare routine products.
Alternatively or additionally, keeps things extra hygienic by scooping up the perfect amount of product with our Gold Ice Cream Skincare Scoop. It'll keep things mess-free while avoiding the transferring of germs into your skincare container.
Of course, there are plenty of other skincare products you can bring in your carry-on for your next flight, like an eye mask, facial spritz, and eye cream. You can bring as many as you please.
Also, remember to apply before or during your flight a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to protect skin from UV rays that beam through the windows. You might think you're safe just because you're indoors, but if you're sitting close to a window, you're instantly at risk of sun exposure. Keep your skin healthy and protected by applying a generous slathering of sunscreen before or during your flight.