The Best Face Cream for Air Travel

Air travel can dry out your skin.

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There once was a time when air travel was glamorous: Women wore suits and those little white gloves and men wore suits. Today, when you get off the airplane, it’s hard to feel glamorous when your skin is parched and dry-looking. The next time you’re jet-setting, pack a TSA size-approved face cream in your carry on to keep your skin looking its best.

Caffeine-containing Cream

You rely on caffeine to make your body feel more alert -- but caffeine as a topical ingredient can make your skin look glowing. If your skin tends to look puffy after a long plane ride, try applying a skin cream with caffeine. The caffeine helps to boost your skin’s circulation, which can bring moisture to your skin and reduce puffiness after a long plane ride.

Tinted Moisturizer

If your skin tends to be on the oily side, tinted moisturizer can be a great face cream option because it isn’t a heavy moisturizer and also contains a small amount of makeup to provide you with sheer coverage. You can apply a tinted moisturizer throughout your flight when your skin needs a little moisturizer. The amount of makeup coverage will build too, meaning you can look more refreshed when you step off the plane.

Antioxidant Creams

One of the reasons a plane dries your skin out is that the cabin uses re-circulated air, which tends to have more contaminants and less moisture. Help your skin fight back by wearing an antioxidant cream. These creams contain vitamins like vitamins E and/or C to fight against contaminants called free radicals that can damage your skin. These creams are your best option if your skin tends to look dull or get really dry and flaky when you travel. Think of them as a wake-up call for good skin.

Size Rules

While you may love your 8 ounce moisturizing cream, it’s not the right size for air travel, and you will have to (gasp!) throw it out or mail it back to yourself. Keep in mind that your cream must be less than 3 ounces and able to fit in a clear sandwich baggie. If you have a lotion you love, buy a small empty pillbox or toiletry bottle at your local drugstore and make your own travel-sized cream. Another option is to ask your cosmetics counter person for a sample you can slide in your bag.

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