• A cult favorite: the oh so popular airplane skincare routine has graced the socials of models, influencers, creatives, and even skincare brand employees.

 But does it actually work how you want it to?

 The answer, unfortunately, is no.


Why Doesn’t it Work?

There are two things you’ll need to know beforehand in order for you to understand why it doesn’t work: how skincare products work, and the environment of an airplane.


How Skincare Products Work

The way skincare products work is by temporarily disrupting your skin barrier’s natural processes in order to allow the products to penetrate your skin. When that happens, the moisture in your skin rises up to the surface.


Airplane Environment

 A popular counter-argument to why skincare routines on planes are so bad is that airplanes are disgusting; they’re full of old, dry, and recycled air that’s filled with germs.

 However, that just is not true! And if it ever were, it’s no longer a fact. They are not full of bacteria and microbes; and only 50% of the air is recycled.

 This article by TripSavvy details why; but in short commercial airplanes have high quality HEPA air filters that cleans more than 99% of microbes. It also filters in 50% fresh air to go with the recycled air.


What’s the Real Problem? 

Undoubtedly, the culprit behind dry skin on planes is actually altitude. At such high altitude, the moisture in the air is very low. Which is a problem because dry air seeks moisture. The products used for skincare often opens up your skin and allows your moisture to surface. Allowing the dry air easy access to steal. 

This is why doing your skincare in the air; can actually make your dryness worse. What you can use on the plane according to Renee Rouleau (celebrity Esthetician) is oil. 

Despite that; it’s going to be a lot easier and more effective for you to do your routine at home. 



1) Gentle Cleanser

2) Toner 

3) Hyaluronic Acid/ or some type of Humectant (draws moisture to your skin and preps it for serum absorption) 

4) Serum 

5) Overnight mask/cream/moisturizer (allows for better product penetration, creates a barrier and seals in active ingredients and moisture)

6) Sunscreen (if you are flying during daylight hours or will experience UVA/UVB rays through the windows)


Until next time, stay moisturized. 


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