Tomorrow I’m heading to the airport for a visit to Scottsdale for my nephew’s birthday. I really don’t mind travel but let’s be real: Planes are gross. That’s 5+ hours in a flying germ tank with cold, dry air, which means I’m bringing along two of my favorite masks.
I’ve done the in-flight beauty routine before when I was traveling back and forth from Asia. But the more I thought about it — using the water in the bathroom and spreading out my supplies in a tiny room THAT IS ALWAYS WET — I decided I would rather pack some restorative products to use after I get to my final destination.
In order to combat the wear and tear of travel, here are the two masks I’ll be bringing along with me:
Lancer Radiance Awakening Mask Intense
I got a sample of this overnight mask from Sephora and it was love at first use (which happened to be in Chicago in the dead of winter). But it’s pricey, even for me. Thankfully, I scored a promo code and a gift card to lessen the blow, but I still use it rather sparingly to make it last.
This mask can be layered with serums (nothing too harsh) and even your moisturizer to brighten the complexion. I find that it puts the glow back in my dehydrated skin after a long flight. I also use it midway through a trip to give my skin a boost if I’m not sleeping well or have been indulging a bit too much, food or drinkwise. That’s fancy talk for hangover fixer.
It takes some work to rub in but it won’t damage your bedding or clothing. I find a pea-size amount is all I need for my face and neck.
Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask
This mask has made the blog and Instagram rounds and I admit, I was a bit skeptical because of all the hype it garnered so quickly. But after putting it off for a while, I took the plunge.
From the first time I tried it, I loved how it felt going onto my skin, very cool and soothing. But, being a greasy one, I definitely wouldn’t leave it on during the day. I found it worked best for me overnight, absorbing completely for a dewy complexion in the morning. I did try applying it directly to my bare skin after exfoliating and found it to be too rich post-scrub. Instead, I prefer to skip anything abrasive (since my skin is usual dry after a flight anyway) and use a serum (glycolic, vitamin C, etc.) first as an enhancement.
Give these masks a try next time you’re traveling to combat the effects of long flights, late nights and leaving your diet on the jetway and let me know what you think!