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Latha Sunadh

Latha Sunadh is a Consulting Editor who starts her day with a cold brew and a crazy to-do list scribbled carelessly on pink post-its. She writes to combat FOMO and aspires to YOLO into the future. She's all about self-care Sundays and barely-there Mondays. Presently navigating her tough 30s with a brave smile and a mad 5-year old. Constantly searching for cult beauty products, new ideas and sanity - in that order!.

Turn Your Flight Into A Spa With This TSA-Approved In-Flight Beauty Regime

Here’s the best goddamn long-haul flights beauty regime using products that you can take in your carry-on without security hassle.

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Artwork: Shaista Syed/Runway Square

There are two issues that crop up when you carry beauty products on a plane. One, they spill. Two, you lose product. And worse, the surly uncle at security check will throw you a snide remark and toss your favourite Farsali in the bin. That’s why we decided to put together the best goddamn TSA-approved in-flight beauty regime that you can ever ask for. It means that you’ll be able to carry all of these products in your carry-on without a hassle. So, consider your homework done and get with the programme because we got your (exfoliated) back.

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Sheet Masks

They can give you a glow in 10 minutes and they are fuss-free (no dipping your dirty paws into jars of masks). It’s all about tackling these three common issues. For hydration: Use the Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask in Green Tea. For glow: Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask – Charlotte Tilbury because it’s magic in a bottle for that extra glow. Closer home and budget-friendly is Dr. Sheth’s Basic Brightening Sheet Mask And for a healthy detox: Glamglow Bubble Sheet Mask.

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Spot-treatment Products

Tackling troublesome areas = easy on the plane. So, for treating pimples, you can check out Cosrx Acne Pimple Master 24 Patches and The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Aloe Nose Strip.

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Care for your eyes and lips

Now caring for your eyes is considered too much for your everyday life but take in-flight time as your personal spa. Try the Body Shop Pomegranate Refreshing Eye Roll-On that gives you brighter, firmer skin in minutes. How about a nice eye patch that’s bound to get your peepers back in action like the Shangpree Marine Energy Eye Mask that is antioxidant-rich and deeply hydrating.

Do your lips need a sleep mask? I’ll say yes! The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask comes with a bit of vitamin C, shea butter, and fruit extracts like raspberry and goji berry so expect smooth and hydrated lips by the time you get off the flight.

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Exfoliating Pads 

We’re late to the acid party – that means, all that acid exfoliation time can be now used up on the flight. But that doesn’t mean, you need to carry the whole shebang – just stick to pads that can be used to swipe up dull skin. The Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads and Peter Thomas Roth’s Max Complexion Correction Pads – they’re so easy to use and can make your skin glow in minutes!

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Hand Creams

This one’s a winner all along and we both know it. So a little extra hand cream goes a long way on a flight. We’ll settle for gems like: L’Occitane Almond Velvet Hands; The Face Shop Lovely Meex Mini Pet Hand Cream in Baby Powder and Kama Ayurveda Hand Cream.

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Mists and Cooling Sticks

Plumping up your face with a nice mist is probably the last thing you can do before you do doze off in any long flight. They add that extra bit of hydration and keep your skin really soft and plumped up. Our picks: Forest Essentials Facial Tonic Mist Pure Rosewater; Shiseido Ibuki Quick Fix Mist and Dermalogica Ultracalming Mist. Alternatively, you can use a cooling stick – aka toner on a stick like the Ilia Cucumber Water Stick.

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Brightening Serums & Sunscreens

We love anything in stick form so two amazing things came our way to care for our skin beautifully. One, a beautiful (Instagram star product) serum that just got into the market and is being raved about – case in question, The Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Serum that will add all the glow you lost during your hurried travel to the airport and the action-packed The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Clear Sunscreen Stick will make sure you are covered during and after you get down the flight. Hurrah!

Have a favourite travel item you use that we missed out on? Tell us in the comments section guys!

Latha Sunadh is a Consulting Editor who starts her day with a cold brew and a crazy to-do list scribbled carelessly on pink post-its. She writes to combat FOMO and aspires to YOLO into the future. She’s all about self-care Sundays and barely-there Mondays. Presently navigating her tough 30s with a brave smile and a mad 5-year old. Constantly searching for cult beauty products, new ideas and sanity – in that order!

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