Skin Care For Flying – How To Look Marvelous At 30,000 Feet

Your go-to skincare products for vacationing serves a specific purpose, and you should also have a go-to plan with skincare for flying as well.

We already know you look marvelous, but can you hold it together at 30,000 feet? Generally speaking, plane air is recycled and dry as a bone.

Your flight is going to suck in the fresh air department, and at such high altitudes, it doesn’t contain much moisture.

You’re also vying for that same air with hundreds of others – unless you’re booked on a private plane. Now before you panic, there’s plenty of air for everyone. It’s just not anything to write home about.

Drinks lots of water. And we mean lots.

Your beautiful skincare on flights begin with H2O. You’ve gone the extra mile of sneaking aboard something healthy to snack on, now let’s keep that ball rolling.

Staying hydrated has to be rule number one. There’s a lot going on up in the air and water is your best defense against most of it. 

Try to drink at least one and a half liters on a long-haul flight, and drinking water before and after a flight is a must. There are lots of brands of hydrating water and they can get expensive so we suggest making some of these brands flight-specific.

blue water

Remove your makeup.

As you continue reading on, you’ll see that makeup is just going to get in the way while you fend off the elements of flight.

As your skin gets dry, your pores will most likely get oily and clogged and you want to tackle that at the source- your bare skin. 

Have a properly prepared travel kit.

When it comes to taking care of your skin on flights, have a travel kit. This should include a cleanser, moisturizer, face mist, and hair oil. It should also be contained in a TSA friendly case so you get past security without a hitch.

The BeautyRx Exfoliating Serum does wonders for your face during a flight and should be part of your carry-on kit for skincare while flying.

To combat dry skin and travel-induced breakouts, Dr. Schultz, the renowned dermatologist behind this line, recommends exfoliating, hydrating, and moisturizing.

We’ll be working on our own glam bag specifically for flying, so be sure to join our newsletter and stay tuned!

Pack Simply also has a great DYI travel kit where you pick what you want in travel-size, and they ship it to you. This makes proper skincare for flying should be an easy task.

The BeautyRx Exfoliating Serum
skin care travel kit for flights

You’ll need some sun protection with a decent Sun Protection factor (SPF).

You should not underestimate cosmic radiation, which is absorbed by our atmosphere quite well on the ground, but not at high altitude. 

A transatlantic flight is equal to X-ray photography of your chest. In fact, this is one of the biggest issues astronauts will face on their quest for Mars. We wonder what NASA  will come up with when it comes to skincare for flying?

Knowing this, facial lotions like Andalou with SPF will do you a world of good on longer flights.

Your lips get dry too, and you’ll want lip balm with SPF AND UVA protection. “SPF is important on your lips, even in the winter,” says Los Angeles-based board-certified dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse, MD.

“Lips have thin skin with very little melanin, so they have minimal innate protection from aging and damaging UV rays.”

Who needs makeup when you’re inside one of these?


Alba Botanica’s lip balm is 100 percent vegetarian and contains no parabens, phthalates, or artificial flavors, says Dr. Shainhouse.

It uses chemical sunscreens, including octocrylene and methoxycinnamate (phew), combined with zinc oxide for broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays.

Just an FYI, UVA and UVB rays are the ones that cause damage under the skin, so these are recommended to take care of your skin glowing on flights.

alba lip care for your skin on flights

Mist your face.

Spritzing your face with water is yet another way to keep skin hydrated in the arid cabin environment. You can seal in the moisture by applying a hydrating serum mid-flight. 

One popular brand of hydrating mist is Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist. Let’s just call it Rose.

This botanical-based spray is made with a foundation of coconut and aloe-leaf water, which contains natural salicylic acid to help reduce redness and tighten pores. It can be used as both a toner after cleansing and as a regular facial spray to re-set and moisturize skin throughout the day. 

These skincare for flying tips will help you keep looking fab no matter how high you’re flying. So be pre-emptive when it comes to skincare for flying.

beauty product face mist

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