For long or overnight flights, try and replicate your at-home routine. “Pump a creamy cleanser that doesn’t require water for removal onto a few dampened cotton pads and stash in a Ziploc bag,” says King. You’ll also want to spritz cleansed skin with a hydrating toner and finish with a peptide- or vitamin-rich moisturizer.
“Immediately wash your face post-flight,” says King. “The skin can’t dispose of internal waste as efficiently when motionless for hours, which is why you may have a few blemishes pop up after traveling. This is especially true for those with oily or acne-prone skin.”
“Lightly pat on an eye product that does triple duty—smoothes lines, reduces puffiness, and lightens dark circles,” says King. And, a little highlighter on the cheeks also does wonders.
Avoid puffy eyes and extremities by getting up and down during the flight to keep the lymphatic fluid moving. Also avoid salty airplane foods as they can cause swelling in the hands, feet, and face.
When preparing your carry-on plastic zip-bag of travel-sized musts, leave about a half-inch of air at the top of each bottle. Otherwise, they’ll burst under cabin pressure.