The In-Flight Skincare Routine You Need

Don’t know about you, but my skin is always worse after stepping out of a long flight. I notice dryness (sometimes oiliness?!), dullness, and a zit or two that decide to join me on my vacation, almost always. How on earth does this happen to me every time? I don’t eat overly greasy food in flights, I don’t touch my face too much (even if I do, I make it a point to clean my hands before), and I try my best to stay hydrated. I thought I was following at least the most basic in-flight skincare routine. Guess not…

Hence, after looking at countless photos of celebs and the ‘gram models looking cute with face masks in flights, I decided to do a little research on how I could possibly avoid this and get to the point of posting cute skincare photos in a massive airplane (although I doubt I can pull off a sexy face-mask look). All this made me wonder if an in-flight face mask is the answer to my in-flight skin woes??

Well, turns out I need to include a couple more steps than just a sheet mask plopped on my face. With 8-10 hours without any internet and no desire to sleep (I can’t sleep very well in flights, or at least the economy seats – when will I get rich enough to book first class tickets??), I decided to plan out my next trip’s in-flight skincare routine. 


The first step - no makeup before boarding the flight

No makeup was the first rule. Pretty understandable how wearing makeup in a long flight would result in a bacteria-infected puss filled beauty mark on my face, so I skipped that. Not a fan of wearing makeup in flights anyway (been guilty of doing this maybe 2-3 times). I also did cleanse my face very well before boarding the flight.

The second step - sanitiser

Do not touch your face if your hands aren’t clean and germ-free. I insist on that. Especially if you’re in a metal tube with a mass of people seated very close to each other for an extended period of time. I started off by using a hand sanitiser. You can also wash your hands in the bathroom.

The third step - cleansing wipes

Aka, makeup wipes. Even if you come in to the airport with clean skin, doesn’t mean dirt won’t settle on your face. I started by using a makeup removing wipe by Neutrogena. The results were surprising. There really was dirt on my face. Of course, my wipe wasn’t grey but I cold clearly see that the white had been tainted by some grime that had settled on my skin (ew).

The fourth step - the sexy sheet mask

Time to look like Kendall Jenner and Chrissy Teigen in their private jets. Or almost like them…It’s definitely 100% awkward as you can’t possibly hide from this. I put a white, very visible, very noticeable sheet on my face and avoided spooking out the people next to me by doing this when everyone was fast asleep. I didn’t get to enjoy this part too much as I was anxious about who’s looking at me and trying to stay hidden, my skin definitely did. 

The fifth step - a hydrating moisturiser/face oil

After the face mask, let the serums stay on your face for a bit before patting them away and moving on to a moisturiser or a face mask. Mind you, I waited for a good half hour before moving on to this step after the mask. I applied a moisturiser to seal all the goodness in (before sanitising my hands again) and sighed in relief that no one had made me feel uncomfortable with the mask drama, and vice versa.

The sixth step - face mist

Apply a face mist if your skin starts to feel dry in between, it’ll help regain some moisture and give some life back to your skin.

The seventh step - hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Don’t underestimate the power of H2O in getting you through a journey pimple-free and feeling good about yourself. Try to not get a window seat so you don’t bother your entire row while getting out to pee every now and then.


If any of you can relate with the despair I felt every time I reached home and saw tired, dull skin, I hope this article gave you something to think about and probably try! Let me know in the comments below if any of these tips worked for you!

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