When talking about traveling from New York City to Paris, Carrie Bradshaw said she wanted to arrive “stunning and impossibly fresh,” which perfectly sums up our goals for airline travel. That can sometimes be a challenge though, thanks to recirculated, dry air that parches skin and being packed in so close to your neighbors you can feel a little sweaty. These carry-on necessities are just as important as your passport, and won't get nabbed by TSA (each one is under the 3.4oz-maximum rule still in effect for liquids, aerosols, gels, and creams). They may be small in size, but they pack a major punch.
Here are our tricks to feeling like you're flying first class, even if you're wedged in a coach middle seat:
To stay hydrated, of course drink lots of water, but also spritz your face every hour with One Love Organics Vitamin D Moisture Mist. It uses vitamins D and E, plant oils, shiitake mushrooms, and alpine rose to protect against environmental stressors like dry air and to re-hydrate your skin. (Don't worry: it smells like a lovely rose, not like a shiitake mushroom.) Then dab Cult51 Immediate Effects Serum on skin and even under eyes—it fights puffiness and bags, uses hylauronic acid to add major moisture, fills in fine lines, and generally makes your whole face look more luminous. On long flights, lips can also dry out to the point of cracking, so seal them with a protective coat of Japanese cult favorite lip balm, Yu-Be Lip Therapy, which moisturizes with shea butter, protects with beeswax, and adds a touch of camphor for a you-know-it's-working tingle.
Now to your hands. A chipped manicure is disastrous on a flight because before you know it, you'll be picking at the polish, and then your cuticles. Get rid of a mani gone bad by tucking a couple individually-wrapped packets of Butter London Scrubbers in your bag. Unlike stinky acetone (can you image the side-eye you'd get busting that out in 31F?), these chemical-free wipes dissolve polish with soy, leaving a light oil that means cuticles stay soft. Then smooth the thin skin on the top of your hands with a dollop of Le Couvent des Minimes Honey & Shea Nourishing Hand Cream. Seriously, its scent is so straight-from-the-hive honey, your seatmates will ask to use some. Soft hands for all!
Let's get real—no one wants to sit next to a stinky person on a flight. But even on freezing planes, it can be steamy during boarding and takeoff. Be the best-smelling person in your row by heading to the restroom to apply a swipe of LaVanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Grapefruit. Its light scent is sweet and refreshing, and it keeps you feeling clean with a natural, aluminum-free formula. One more restroom touch-up: toward the end of the flight, spritz your hair's roots with a few blasts of Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk, which will soak up any greasiness with naturally oil-absorbing oat milk, leaving your hair feeling clean and soft, not chalky.