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17 Beauty Products to Recover from a Long-Haul Flight

Picture of Jill Di Donato
Fashion Editor
Updated: 19 February 2018
A long-haul flight can be taxing on your body, even when your travel plans run smoothly. Factor in delays, last-minute cancellations, and the bad luck of being stuck on a plane with inconsiderate travelers and you might start doubting your wanderlust. Luckily, there are products you can try out to make your flight more comfortable, and which help you recover from long-haul flights. Because let’s face it, your wanderlust can’t be tamed.

Some of the personal travel items and beauty products mentioned below can be used in-flight to make your travel experience more pleasant. From scented tissues to chic ergonomic pillows, it’s the little touches that go a long way when traveling on a long-haul flight. On this list you’ll also find beauty products to help you recover from your journey once you’re back home. From muscle tinctures to bath soaks and the best hydrating facial masks, these products will make you feel like your old self in no time; jet-lag be damned.

1. Silk sleep mask with earplugs

A Natural Silk Sleep Mask with Ear Plugs ($8) will help you block out on-flight distractions so you can try to sleep through a flight.

2. 24 Karat gold eye masks

24 Karat Gold Eye Masks (10-pack) ($3 to 5) are an antidote to eye fatigue, which is encountered on long-haul flights. These soothing packs use collagen and minerals to speed up cell regeneration.

3. Dr. Jart Vital Hydra Solution face mask

Dr. Jart’s Vital Hydra Solution Deep Hydration Mask ($14) is one of the hottest face masks on the market right now. Pressurized in-flight air sucks moisture from your skin, so a hydrating mask is a necessary step in your post-flight recovery beauty routine.

4. Saline spray

Saline spray ($7 to $10) is essential to recover from a long-haul flight. The low air humidity in-flight dries out the mucous membranes in your nose. Saline spray relieves soreness.

5. Jade roller

The Byriver jade roller ($15) is made of 100 percent pure jade. By massaging pressure points on your face, you can relax facial muscles and reduce puffiness. Perfect for fidgety hands in-flight or as you unwind en route to your destination.

6. Cashmere socks

Cashmere knit socks ($45) are a cardinal indulgence. These are not designed to be worn with shoes, so are perfect if you want to go shoeless on your flight. They also are a cozy post-flight treat to help you fall back into step.

7. Sleep EZ essential oil

Sleep EZ essential oil ($16) helps you recover naturally from jet-lag and is a pleasant post-flight recovery beauty product.

8. UGG slippers

UGG Sheepskin Slippers ($80 to $130) hug your feet while keeping you cozy. Wear them on the plane or when you arrive at your destination.

9. Sleek neck support

The Trtl Neck Support Pillow ($30) is a more fashion-forward option to the traditional u-shaped travel neck pillow, holding the neck in an ergonomic position. It also doubles as a scarf that you can wear once you’ve touched down and are traveling to your destination.

10. La Roche-Posay acne cream

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Dual Action Acne Treatment Cream with Benzoyl Peroxide, ($21) zaps zits without drying out your skin. Stagnant pressurized in-flight air can irritate skin, so a moisturizing anti-acne cream is a perfect recovery solution.

11. Shea mineral soak

Shea Moisturizer Muscle Relief Mineral Soak ($13 to $14), made with salt from the Dead Sea as well as coconut and hibiscus, will soothe stiff muscles in a hot bath, just in case your seat didn’t have extra leg room.

12. Alluvian foot salve

Alluvian Foot Salve ($36) cools tired, achy feet with essential oils so you can relax and recover from hours in the sky.

13. L: A Brucket craft lip balm

L: A Brucket Craft Lip Balm ($15) is scented with coconut and almond, and acts as a perfect in-flight companion by hydrating your pucker while you fly. Heal and protect post-flight with this luxe lip balm.

14. Sparitual all over mist

Sparitual Fragrant Mist ($30) is lightly scented with natural essences of geranium, which means that it keeps you fresh while in the air, or works well as part of your post-flight recovery routine. Apply before and after moisturizing for added skin hydration.

15. Kneipp Joint & Muscle Active Arnica Gel

Kneipp Joint & Muscle Active Arnica Gel ($15) eases stiff muscles with natural arnica blossom, known to help your limbs and feet decompress. It’s a definite must for recovery after a long-haul flight.

16. Alvarez Gomez scented tissues

Alvarez Gomez’s “Agua de Colonia Concetrada” ($9) are a little indulgence to make your flight a little more delightful.

17. Jane Iredale under-eye concealer

Jane Iredale Active Light Under-eye Concealer, ($28) refracts light for soft-focus coverage and contains ingredients to de-puff eye areas if all else fails to leave you refreshed.