Self-Care Tips to Try While on a Plane

Self-Care Tips to Try While on a Plane

Posted by Brooklyn S. on

Traveling can be a great form of self-care that can help you feel rejuvenated and refocused. Your future self will thank you for investing in traveling and indulging in it for the mental and physical benefits that come with it. When you take a moment, you allow yourself to relax and recover. No matter if you are going on a girls’ trip, a solo wellness retreat, or for work, don’t forget to take the opportunity to care for yourself. 

Self-care is even more crucial if traveling is a normal part of your routine and you are on a plane a few times a month. If you haven’t already been into the habit of self-care while on a plane, here are a few tips for you to enjoy your travel time next time you board a plane:

Stay HydratedDrinking water is great to ensure your body is hydrated. However, it's just as important to hydrate while on a plane. Flying can be very drying for the body, and the skin, as the dry, compressed air in the plane can leave you dehydrated. So make sure to drink plenty of water throughout your flight. 

Try To Rest - Traveling can be tiring and strenuous, especially when you’re on a long flight. Hence, it becomes imperative to keep yourself recharged and rest as much as possible while you can. Relaxing without a cozy bed, pillow, or quiet environment might be challenging. While you may not get the comfort of your bedroom on a flight, you can try some relaxation techniques to relax and rest.

Take Care of Your Skin - While you are on a break from your daily routine, your skin still needs attention and care to stay in its best shape while traveling. While it may be impossible to follow through with all the usual steps of your skincare regimen, you can still carry out the basics to maintain a healthy and glowing complexion. Make a small in-flight skincare bag with some essentials, such as lip balm, hydrating mist, facial serum, face masks, sunscreen, and hand cream. These products are enough to help you look after your skin and feel fresh.

De-Puff Your Face - If you’ve been flying on a plane for some time, you might be aware of the puffiness or swelling resulting from cabin pressure. While reduced microcirculation and lymphatic drainage can lead to puffiness on various parts of your body, a puffy face is most prominent.¹
The best way to fight puffiness on your face is by using massaging skincare tools, such as facial globes. Facial globes help to amp up the supply of oxygen to the face and relieve inflammation by encouraging better lymphatic drainage. Besides reducing inflammation, it can also help to instantly revitalize the skin, adding glow and plumpness to it. We love using Sundree's Cooling Facial Globes to de-puff, soothe, and stimulate the skin. Just apply your favorite serum and start gliding over your face for a quick pick-me-up.
Another option is to apply an under-eye mask to help de-puff the under-eyes. Sundree’s PEPT EYES Biocellulose Eye Masks help reduce the appearance of dark circles, de-puff, and firm the delicate under-eye area. We love applying these puppies and using our cooling facial globe to help the product penetrate deeper and soothe the under eyes. 
Dress Comfortably - You should feel comfortable while traveling on a plane. To help make your travel more cozy and enjoyable, it's helpful to travel in sneakers or sweats. Make sure to add a couple of layers of clothes to travel comfortably and keep yourself warm. Also, traveling with a backpack or a cross-body can make traveling easier if you have a suitcase to carry around.
Use a Hydrating Face Mask - Applying a hydrating facial sheet mask gives skin an instant glow and suppleness boost.² What makes sheet masks a favorite of skincare enthusiasts is that they are effortless and only require 10-15 minutes to yield the needed outcome. This makes facial sheet masks a great skincare product to use while on a plane. 
All you have to do is apply the face mask, sit back in your seat, and relax while it does its job. A hydrating face mask will add life to tired and dull skin and improve and sustain hydration. We recommend Sundree’s Happy Glow Lucky face mask. A vitamin C infused glow sheet that contains hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and vitamin c to recharge dull skin, improve skin’s texture and soothe skin.
Stretch Your Body - Prolonged periods of being in one position can cause various problems and make your travel uncomfortable. Therefore, it’s essential that you stretch your body time-to-time during your trip.³ You can either walk around the plane or stretch while sitting in your seat. 
Get Your Beauty Zzz - Proper sleep is quintessential for recharging while traveling. So, make it your priority to get as much sleep as possible on the plane. You can keep a few items with you that can help you get sound sleep and feel recharged. One of the best products to pack with you is an eye mask. Covering your eyes can make you feel more relaxed and avoid being disturbed by the lights in the plane or coming from devices. 
If you can’t sleep with all those noises around you, consider bringing your earplugs or noise-canceling headphones. A neck pillow can also be a great travel companion.
Stay away from Digital Devices - Let’s face it digital devices have become a necessity for most of us and take a massive chunk of our time daily. Your time on a plane is the best opportunity to take a break from the internet. A digital detox will allow you to rest more comfortably and enjoy travel by being in the moment instead of on your devices. Especially if you are traveling with loved ones, putting your devices away can help you to be present and enjoy their company fully.
Bring your Food with You - Some of you might find plane food appealing. However, if you are someone who watches what they eat or have health issues, you might need to bring your own meals on the plane with you. Plane food is usually made with higher sodium and sugar content. Moreover, plane food may also result in bloating. So, bringing a snack with you on the plane is wise.

Final Thoughts

Many of us have to travel frequently due to work engagements, family occasions, friends’ trips, or wellness retreats. While it can be pretty comforting and refreshing to travel to different destinations, long or regular flights can make you feel and appear tired. However, you can utilize your on-flight time as a chance to look after yourself and indulge in some self-care rituals and habits. Self-care while on a plane will relieve your mental and physical exhaustion and help you look rejuvenated and radiant. We hope the above tips will assist you on your next trip on a plane. 



  1. Carey, Elea. (2019). ‘How to Perform Lymphatic Drainage Massage’, Healthline, Accessed November 3, 2022. Available at:
  2. S. Brooklyn. (2022). ‘Facial Sheet Masks: Benefits and Uses’, Sundree, Accessed November 3, 2022. Available at:
  3. Millar, Helen. (2020). ‘Daily stretching routine: For beginners, runners, and more, Medical News Today, Accessed November 5, 2022. Available at:


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