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Traveling this summer? Flight attendants are obsessed with these 10 beauty products, from $4

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Eye patches, hand cream, moisturizer, lip mask, cleansing balm
Take your skin-care routine to great heights. (Photos: Amazon, Walmart)

When it comes to looking awesome at altitude, flight attendants have it in the bag. They're the experts on pared-down, on-the-go beauty routines and carefully curated products ("multipurpose" is their mantra). Plus, they know best how to keep that super dry plane air from wreaking havoc on skin.

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To help you stock your mini beauty kit with the right stuff, we've tapped two travel pros for tips. Here they share the essentials that they pack to keep their skin in top shape on long flights and travel days.

Pre-flight

Amazon

Bye Bye Makeup Cleansing Balm

It Cosmetics
$42 at Amazon

Designed for all skin types, this balm works to brighten and even out the complexion with vitamin C and hydrates, and nourishes with rosehip oil.

"This is one of my travel OG products," says Merci Mig, a JetBlue Airlines flight attendant for 10 years and a licensed esthetician for the last 13 years. "From the first time I used this I knew it was something I could not take flight without — it's rich in vitamin C, rosehip (my favorite hydrating ingredient), ceramides and shea butter, all super hydrators that help to prep my skin for the harsh airplane air. Not only does it remove all my makeup, giving me a complete and refreshed cleanse, but I also use it as a hydrating mask.... This product is a must-have!"

Amazon

Advanced Replenishing Toner

Paula's Choice Skincare
$25 at Amazon

Containing hyaluronic acid, omega acids and plant oils, this toner promises to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines while nourishing and revitalizing your skin.

"This toner helps retain moisture for the duration of the flight," says Jasmine Sanchez, director of trip support for Speedbird, a private jet charter service. "It only takes a few spritzes of this to achieve plumped and revitalized skin. You can reapply as often as you want and never feel dry throughout the flight."

Amazon

Hello Lashes+ Volumizing Mascara Lash Serum

It Cosmetics
$16 $26 at Amazon

This 2-in-1 mascara and serum promises to condition and make your lashes voluminous using biotin, argan and jojoba oils. Smudge-free for 24-hour wear, this mascara is also easy to remove with minimal lash loss and mess.

"I love this mascara for so many reasons, but the wear time on it truly is the standout," says Mig. "The unique brush also allows me to use as much or as little as I would like and to really get an even coat along the entire lash. No touchups needed, no fall-off and no shadowing. It also washes away with ease at the end of a travel day."

Amazon

All About Eyes Serum

Clinique
$28 $35 at Amazon

With caffeine, antioxidants and botanicals, this serum is applied via a rollerball to massage away under-eye puffiness while refreshing and brightening your peepers.

Eye serums are the perfect go-to for long trips because they help reduce puffiness and dark circles, Sanchez says. "The rollerball applicator provides a convenient and easy way to apply the eye serum and results are quickly visible."

In-air

Amazon

Good Cera Super Ceramide Moisture Balm

Holika Holika
$17 at Amazon

This hypoallergenic, intensive balm is formulated to moisturize and nourish all types of skin — dry, sensitive, irritated — and give instant relief to problematic areas.

This balm specifically works in many capacities, because you can use it anywhere you have parched, dry or cracked skin, Mig says. "I love to use it as an additional moisturizer on super long travel days. This product carries an acidity level of 5.5, which is optimal for the skin. Using my ring finger, I'll allow the product to warm up, then I'll dab some around the orbital bone, lips and tip of my nose and cuticles. A very little goes a long way."

Amazon

Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches

Peter Thomas Roth
$55 at Amazon

For a soothing and moisture-replenishing treatment, these under-eye patches hydrate your skin to reduce crow's feet and puffiness.

These are the best for a quick pick-me-up, Sanchez says. "We often don’t have a lot of time between flights, and these eye patches work in a snap. Plus, their discreet design is perfect for passengers who want to stay hydrated while in flight."

Fruit Butter Overnight Lip Mask

Seraphine Botanicals
$25 at Amazon

An intensive overnight treatment, this lip mask claims to rescue your skin from the effects of aging with vegan glycolipids, shea butter and apricot kernel oil.

This Seraphine lip mask is a nightstand essential, both at home and especially in dry hotel rooms, Mig says. Shea butter and apricot kernel oil envelop the lips in a lush, dewy finish. "Lips are the first to get dehydrated on the airplane, so taking care of them before and after the flight is just as important as the rest of your skin-care routine." Slather this on, then be ready for airport-pickup kisses!

Walmart

Norwegian Formula Dry Hand Cream

Neutrogena
$4 $7 at Walmart

This little 2 oz. fragrance-free hand cream has concentrated levels of glycerin to relieve dry skin, lock in moisture and leave your hands feeling soft and smooth.

This hand cream is not only affordable but also highly nourishing, making it easier to beat the harsh effects of the recycled air on flights, Sanchez says. "It’s designed for the harshest environments, so you can trust it to protect your hands against the dry plane air."

Post-flight

Target

Hyaluronic Acid Sleep Mask

Boots Ingredients
$6 at Target

Turn jetlag into spa time with this hydrating mask that works while you rest! The 1 oz. tube is easy to slip into your travel bag.

"This mask was introduced to me by another flight attendant friend of mine on her journeys over in the UK," Mig says. "I will not leave home without this now. I use this over my night cream as a hydrating sleep mask, and boy do you see a difference when you wake up! It's in the perfect travel size and elevates your entire nighttime skin routine. When you wake up, skin is visibly refreshed and rested."

Sephora

Rosehip Nourishing Night Oil

The Inkey List
$12 at Sephora

Use this fortifying oil as the last step in your routine to seal in moisture.

"I use this oil at night to hydrate and help aid in the appearance of texture that my dehydrated skin takes on during the day. I also use it on my makeup-free days to boost hydration," Mig says.

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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