Pamper yourself mid-flight with these travel-friendly face masks.
Countless blogs, celebrities, and models have documented the benefits of applying a face mask mid-flight, and we can’t help but agree with them. Flying at such high altitudes is known to cause dehydration, therefore affecting the way your skin looks and feels (read: tight, dry, and worn.) But now—thanks to the Korean sheet mask trend that’s made its way over to the U.S.—masking has never been easier. Most beauty brands now offer their own range of sheet masks (which are extremely plane-friendly) and are also developing a more diversified range of TSA approved masks, as not all people are comfortable pulling a Chrissy Teigen on a flight (see below.)
If you’re okay channeling your inner Michael Myers on a plane, sheet masks are the best way to go. They’re efficient, compact, and easy to throw in your carry-on. The celebrity and makeup artist favorite is SK-II’s classic Facial Treatment Mask, which works miracle but will set you back $135 for a pack of 10 (however, you can pick up single packs for $17 each.) Since sheet masks aren’t one size fits all, Shiseido’s Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask is another excellent option, as it comes in two parts: one sheet for the upper half of your face, one sheet for the bottom (this way, you can adjust the mask to fit your face properly). For those looking to get the A-list treatment at a more reasonable price, Korean and Japanese online beauty retailer Peach & Lily has an excellent selection of imported masks, ranging from $2-$17 each—we love Cremorlab’s Perfection Hydrating Mask.
Many of you may not feel comfortable slapping on a sheet mask while rubbing shoulders with your seatmates—and that’s ok. There are countless other types of masks out there, some more discreet than others. Our favorite is Avène’s Soothing Moisture Mask, as it can be left on as a moisturizer to seriously hydrate parched skin—which we totally recommend for long-haul flights. It goes on transparent and comes in at 1.7 fl. oz., making it an easy option to bring on board. Nügg makes a variety of excellent options, which are all specifically designed with travel in mind, as they come in individual capsules (we especially love their Hydrating Mask for air travel).
For the beauty aficionados who take skincare very seriously, we recommend the double whammy treatment: putting eye patches under your face mask (though you can also wear them on their own). Klorane’s Soothing and Relaxing Eye Patches with Cornflower are a must-have. Natural beauty brand BioRepublic also makes an excellent option in the form of their Lost Baggage Under Eye Emergency Repair Mask. Pro tip: if you’re using these at home (or in hotel rooms), keep them in the freezer for maximum de-puffing.
For both short and long haul flights, we recommend washing your face and applying moisturizer once you’ve boarded. An hour or so before landing is prime masking time, to ensure you come off the plane with a Hollywood glow.