The One Product a Dermatologist Won’t Get on an Airplane Without

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Airplane cabins are notorious for sucking all the moisture out of your skin, leading to dryness, breakouts, and other woes you definitely don't want to deal with after arriving to your final destination. The lack of humidity in the cabin wreaks havoc without proper airplane skin-care products.

"Cabin air is often less than 20 percent humidity, whereas at home, humidity is 30 percent or more," says Gretchen Frieling, MD, a board-certified dermatopathologist. "That means that skin will lack moisture and dry out faster."

While there are plenty of ways you can help combat the issue—like in-flight masking (looks weird, works amazing), post-flight exfoliation, drinking tons of water, and "staying away from drinks that dehydrate the skin, such as alcohol," Dr. Frieling says—one of the quickest and easiest tactics is having a hydrating facial mist on hand.

Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist Mini airplane skincare
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"To keep my face hydrated, I love my Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist Mini," says Dr. Frieling. "It has natural oils, algae, hyaluronic acid, and is appropriate for every skin type. It's also non-irritating, non-sensitizing, and cruelty-free. Bonus: You can even use it on hair to give it extra sheen."

To keep your skin moisturized, Dr. Frieling recommends shaking the mist gently and spritzing it on your face two to three times from about six inches away. "When inflight, use it anytime your face feels dry, or upon landing when you want to look and feel refreshed," she says. You can also use it before applying makeup for a "dewy, glowing look," or mist it over your makeup to replenish moisture and prevent caking. "It won't disturb makeup, so you can use it anytime, anywhere," she says.

Basically, you're just a spritz or two away from exiting that plane feeling like a glowy, hydrated bombshell.

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