A woman travels on a plane with her travel beauty essentials.

We have all been there before. You’re passed security with a skip in your step, boarded your flight with a cocktail in hand, then arrived at your destination only to discover a prominent zit on your once-clear complexion. The culprit? Dry air from your much-anticipated flight. That is where your beauty travel essentials come in.

"Airplane skin" is not a myth. According to the World Health Organization, the humidity in airplane cabins is usually less than 20%. This causes your skin to become dry and more prone to breakouts, but there is a way to keep your glamorous glow or at least keep your skin from drying during that dreaded flight. You can counteract the unpleasant effects of travel with your favorite travel beauty essentials.

TTS INSIDER: Keep your beauty favorites on hand with travel-sized skincare.

 

PRE-FLIGHT TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Boost your beauty routine days before your boarding to properly prep your skin and body, helping you avoid that in-flight dehydration. Your secret weapon? A large bottle of cucumber and lemon-infused water paired with some thirst-quenching and inconspicuous beauty ammo.

Start with your eyes, by applying an extra hydrating eye mask such as the ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask. It goes on clear, and no one will be the wiser. Pair this with an ultra-rich moisturizer to prep your skin ahead of the big day.

 

YOUR IN-FLIGHT ROUTINE

Your travel day is here and you are packed and ready to go – but before you leave let’s do a quick skin check.

Recirculated air and cabin pressure from high altitudes can make even the most flawless skin appear dry and dull after one too many hours on a plane, no matter how great your highlighter is!

First off, keep your pores clear by skipping the heavy makeup and opting for a lightly-tinted moisturizer. For a natural approach, skip the makeup entirely and apply a few beauty travel essentials that will protect your skin during your flight.

For the best protection, apply an ultra-hydrating eye mask and face mask – our favorite combination is the Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask paired with the award-winning ELEMIS Ultra Smart Pro-Collagen Aqua Infusion Mask. A plus - both offer a boost of anti-aging benefits as well.

During your flight, keep a travel-sized hydrating toner in your bag for a quick touch-up while watching your in-flight movie. You’ll also want to have a lip balm and a large bottle of water to cover all hydration bases.

 

POST-FLIGHT REPAIR ROUTINE

Once you've picked up your bags and checked in to your hotel, it's time to awaken and recover your skin from the dreary airplane climate.

Take a moment to drink warm lemon water and destress your complexion with a hydrating cleansing balm to remove impurities and nourish your skin. Once your skin is clean, opt for a rehydrating toner and then apply your preferred eye cream and an anti-aging moisturizer.

Above all, be kind to yourself and enjoy a bit of rest after your flight, and don’t forget to skip on your beauty sleep. Bon voyage!