FYI, your skin goes through a lot on the plane. The combination of dry cabin air and little to no sleep (unless you're lucky enough to be flying first or business class) tends to wreak havoc on your complexion—basically, it's a disaster waiting to happen. As such, save some space in your carry-on bag for the following.
1. Cleansing tissue
Prep your skin for the flight ahead by removing every trace of makeup and sunscreen—leaving your face on is an easy route to breakouts and aging skin. Melissa Levin, M.D., a New York-based dermatologist, tells Condé Nast Traveller, "Makeup holds on to dirt and environmental exposures that can result in free radicals. The creation of free radicals can result in collagen breakdown, leading to wrinkles and fine lines."
Sephora Collection Rose Cleansing Wipes, P385, Sephora.ph
2. Face mist
We're all too familiar with a plane's tendency to suck out all moisture from our skin, which is where face mists come in. It doesn't just hydrate and leave skin soft and supple—it also invigorates and keeps you feeling fresh.
Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist, P320/50mL, BeautyMNL
3. Sheet mask
Don't let those weird stares get in the way of you pampering your skin. Single-use sheet masks are the perfect in-flight treat! Your skin will love the gooey nourishing essence, while the sheet itself prevents the liquid from evaporating, thus allowing your skin to absorb more.
Leaders Insolution Aquaringer Skin Clinic Mask, P148, SM Megamall
Lock in all that hydrating goodness with a moisturizer. Now's the time to reach for something thick and creamy to protect your skin from the overly drying plane air.
COSRX Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream, P1,197/50mL, Skincare Curator
5. Lip balm
Don't forget to look after your lips, too! Consider a multi-purpose salve that doesn't just work on your pout, but on other dry patches, too (like around your nose).
Smith's Rosebud Salve, P420, PCX Power Plant Mall
Marc Glashofer, M.D., a New Jersey-based dermatologist, explains to Condé Nast Traveller that while plane windows do block out sunburn-causing UVB rays, there's still damaging UVA rays to deal with. These can penetrate glass, which up your chances of skin cancer if you skimp on the sun protection.
Laneige Sun Block Supreme SPF 50+/PA+++, P1,250/50mL, SM Megamall
P.S. Make sure you pack everything according to the Transportation Security Administration's 3-1-1 rule for liquids: "You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item."
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