The 5 Most Important Products To Use On A Plane

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Airplanes provide an especially inhospitable environment for your skin. The recycled air robs your epidermis of moisture, and your seat is one of the germiest surfaces on the plane (more on that later). Which means that steps must be taken to ensure you don’t arrive at your final destination with cracked lips, scaly hands, and a complexion on the verge of a breakout.

But that doesn't mean that you need to go crazy and apply a sheet mask the minute you hand over your boarding pass. (Although that would deliver serious hydration.) Instead, try these five simple products that will ensure your skin is well taken care of at 39,000 feet. Click ahead to learn the secret to arriving at your destination fresh-faced, every time you fly.

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Germ-Killing Hand Sanitizer
Airports and planes are germy places, so before you even think about touching your face (or, God forbid, dipping a finger into your lip balm), you need to disinfect your hands. Think you're all good because you washed your hands in the bathroom? It turns out the tray tables are actually the dirtiest surface in an airplane.

Instead of toting a hand sanitizer gel (which could explode in your bag anyway), opt for a spray or wipe; clean your hands, and then use it to tackle your surroundings. We like this Honest Company spray and Herban Essentials Wipes, which smell heavenly and are all-natural.
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Trusty Towelettes
Hands clean? Great, now let's focus on your face. Do yourself a favor and pick up a pack of gentle, budget-friendly wipes for your trip — they'll come in handy when you need to clean your hands or wipe a spill off your jeans. But their main purpose, of course, is to cleanse your face.

Before taking off (or, at the very least, before you take a nap), remove your makeup with a wipe. It will prime your skin for a good face spray (that's next!) and help keep your pores clean in-flight.
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A Hydrating Face Spray
Don't make a rookie mistake and skip right from face wipe to moisturizer — you need a good face mist in between those steps to properly hydrate your skin. The reason face sprays have become synonymous with in-flight beauty is because they keep your skin hydrated without clogging your pores.

While heavy creams can build up could cause a breakout, these formulas are sheer and light, so you can mist all you want. (We give you permission to get mist-crazy.) Just make sure to choose a formula with hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid. We love Tata Harper's version, but if you're on a budget, Caudalie's Grape Water Mist is also great.
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A Soothing Face Cream
Now, it's time to apply moisturizer. Let the face mist dry about 80% — this will happen fast, thanks to recycled cabin air — and then, lock in all the benefits of your spray by patting on a gentle cream. This option is a favorite for its rich (but again, not heavy) texture and gentle formula, but any moisturizer that your skin loves will work.
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A Multitasking Balm
While lip balm, hand lotion, and cuticle cream are all great in-flight essentials, if you want to travel super-light, all you really need is one good balm. Massage this into your skin wherever it's dry: lips, cuticles, hands, elbows, etc. Plus, you can dab it onto the top of your cheekbones — either on bare skin or over makeup — for a little post-flight luminosity.
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