The Discreet Inflight Skincare Routine

You’ve seen the photos: women around the world wearing sheet masks while travelling. As much as I’d love to be part of this uninhibited group, the thought of wearing a sheet mask with a stranger sitting next to me on a plane is just too much for my introverted soul to bear. So instead, I’ve rounded up a simple, yet effective inflight skincare routine that you can go about without all the stares.


Steam or Cleanse – Our cofounder Sara taught me that you can ask a flight attendant for a warm, damp towel. Once you have it, just add 2 drops Grapefruit and 2 drops Geranium essential oil to the towel. Hold it up close to your face and breathe deeply—it will help cleanse the skin and open the pores. The grapefruit is especially great for reducing any excess oil your skin is producing, while the geranium is balancing for the skin. Plus it smells heavenly. This also works as a cleansing wipe if you can only get your hands on a cool, damp towel.

Tone – Misting yourself on a plane feels GOOD. I find that on top of feeling dry, my skin can also become red and extra sensitive when I’m flying. That’s why I opt for a spritz of cooling, non-alcoholic witch hazel—it’s super cheap (a 12 oz bottle costs around $14) and buying a bigger bottle means you can refill your travel size mist bottle as you go. Pick your scent and you’re good to go! I’ve been using the cucumber one, but love the sound of rose, lavender and coconut water.

Moisturize – Once you’ve toned, it’s super important to restore the moisture in your skin. Just bringing along your current moisturizer will do, but I love to use an extra-hydrating one when flying, like Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer Rich, Avene’s Skin Recovery Cream or Tata Harper’s Repairative Moisturizer.

Mask – You don’t need to forgo the mask completely—perhaps you just need a more subtle one. I love these eye and lip masks from KNC Beauty. With cute little patterns and a fairly neutral colour palette, these are way more discreet than a white sheet mask. Just maybe don’t wear them at the same time if you’re still wanting to go incognito.

Nourish – The last step in my routine is hydrating my lips. I’ve found that Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask does a great job of keeping my lips moisturized. It has just the right consistency (thick, but still creamy and spreadable) and feels incredibly soothing. Since it’s a mask, you can apply it at takeoff and don’t need to worry about reapplying throughout your flight.

And most importantly, stay hydrated. None of this is worth anything unless you’re downing at least 1L of water on a short haul flight. I actually like to buy Smartwater because the bottle is skinny enough to fit in the seat pocket in front of you (the more you know).

What are your inflight skincare tips or routines?


Words by Alex Falconer. Photo by Brit Gill.

July 18, 2018

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