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6 Inflight Beauty Treatments You Can Do Without Looking Too Weird

Ever rolled your eyes at the suggestion of wearing a sheet mask on a plane or giving yourself an inflight manicure? Although it’s tempting to make use of downtime on a long flight to indulge in beauty treatments, it can be awkward—or annoying to your seatmates—to try out anything too intense. 

That doesn’t mean you can’t step off the plane looking beautiful rather than bedraggled—there are still some discreet and fragrance-free inflight beauty treatments you can do. Here’s how to create your own seatback spa in a way that won’t draw the attention (or ire) of everyone in your row.

Dissolving Teeth Whitening Strips

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Emerge from the plane with whiter teeth to show off in your vacation snapshots. Snow’s unique teeth-whitening strips dissolve in your mouth as you use them, so you don’t have to worry about taking them off and disposing of them. 

Plus, the strips feature a lavender and mint flavor that will leave your breath fresh once you deplane.

A Discreet Face Mask

Doing a sheet mask inflight will definitely get you some weird looks, but no one will be the wiser if you opt for Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask instead. This fragrance-free (for the sake of your seatmates) mask comes in a creamy lotion form that you don’t have to rinse off after applying—just rub it in and relax. 

The Jet Lag mask is designed to combat typical skin issues that can occur after flying, such as dehydration and dullness.

Curl Your Hair

Have a full day ahead of you before you can check in to your hotel and shower? At least your hair can look good if you wear it in the RobeCurls Heatless Hair Curler set while on the plane. 

Designed to look like a normal headband, this accessory unobtrusively curls your hair—no heat required.

Lip Mask

Lips can get so chapped and dehydrated on long flights. Take preventative measures by applying Sephora’s Lip Sleeping Mask, a heavy-duty moisturizer that melts into your lips (and doesn’t need to be rinsed off).

The tube applicator means you can apply this mask without actually touching your lips, which is what you want in the germy airplane environment.


Does hydrating count as a beauty treatment? Considering that dry airplane air can contribute to dry and dull skin, chapped lips, and other unfortunate effects on your appearance, we say yes. 

Pack some electrolyte packets and a refillable water bottle (we love this purifying one) to make your own ultra-hydrating drink to sip on throughout the flight.

Self Heating Eye Mask

Skip the eye mask included in your inflight amenity kit in favor of one that does double duty as a beauty treatment. The Starry Eyes Eye Mask will not only block out light to help you sleep but is self-heating to help reduce eye puffiness. 

Once opened, the mask will warm up within 30 seconds and last for around 20 minutes.

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