Exfoliation Is Key
Courtesy of NUFACE
Your skin can develop an invisible layer of dead skin, dirt, and oils that creates a barrier from your hydrating products. Exfoliating your face removes that layer and allows you to fully absorb your moisturizer. Reach for a pack of exfoliating wipes to prep your skin without having to get up and rinse your face in that tiny lavatory. The NuFACE Prep-N-Glow Cloths come in individual packs, making them perfect for your already over-packed carry-on, and have one side for cleansing and a textured side for exfoliating.
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Don't Skimp on the Serum
Courtesy of The Ordinary
Pack a TSA-friendly serum and apply it liberally. Serums contain a higher concentration of ingredients and have a lighter weight consistency. This helps them absorb into your skin better than a moisturizer and keep you hydrated for hours (no matter how dry that airplane cabin gets). The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid is one of our favorites.
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Wear a Mask
Courtesy of Dior
Applying a hydrating mask makes all the difference in the appearance of your skin-but we're not all shameless enough to sit in a cramped plane full of strangers in a sheet mask! Instead, opt for a clear cream-gel mask (translation: invisible) that penetrates the skin and doesn't require rinsing. Dior Hydra Life Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask is a great option. Your skin will look dewy and hydrated when you land, and you won't have to endure stares from your neighbors for the next few hours.
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Keep the Face Mist Close By
Courtesy of Tatcha
If you're on a long-haul flight, packing a face mist will make all the difference. Every hour or so, spritz on a toning spray (like Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist Mini) to keep your skin healthy, hydrated, and glowing. Our favorite trick is to spray a few extra pumps and press it into the skin using our palms. This will ensure that your skin absorbs some extra goodness and stays hydrated until you're ready for landing.
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Massage Away Swelling
Courtesy of Jade Roller Beauty
Avoid reclining your seat and sitting for too long-this causes your body to retain fluid, even in your face. Stretch often and take walks up and down the aisle a few times during your flight to ensure that you won't deal with swelling when you land. Also, drink tons of water to help flush out fluids and keep your skin hydrated from the inside-out. And if all else fails, a nice facial massage will help boost circulation and relieve swelling (not to mention ease your pre-wedding jitters). Pack a jade roller and focus on the areas around your eyes, jawline and cheekbones.
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