In-Air Skincare: Face Masks

I fly a lot — at least six flights per month! Because I fly so much, my skin gets super dry so I’ve adjusted my skincare routine to compensate by doing skincare while in-flight. I’ve tried a bunch of products, so you don’t have to! This is my In-Air Skincare Series and the first topic is face masks.

How I’ll Rate Them

I’ll be rating these products using a 5-point rating system for the following criteria: hydration (how well a product hydrates my skin), application (how easy it is to apply the product while flying), aesthetic (how does the product look on my skin while I’m applying it — super important for masks!), messiness (how messy does this product get when applying and wearing — also important for masks!), and finally cost (is this product worth the up-front cost and the cost-per-use).

TONYMOLY I’m Real Sheet Mask – $4

My experience: The TONYMOLY mask is easy to find, you can pick them up at any Ulta location nationwide (and trust me, I’ve checked!). It’s pretty hydrating, but the application and wear is a bit awkward. They’re super big, so they slip around and end up looking wrinkly and melted on your face. It’s a good affordable option if you’re not self-conscious about how you look while wearing them. My favorites are the lavender and aloe masks!

Hydration: 3.8/5
Application: 2.5/5
Aesthetic: 2/5
Messiness: 2/5
Cost: 5/5

Overall Score: 3.1/5

Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Serum Sheet Mask – $9

My experience: The Dr. Jart+ Cicapair masks are similar to TONYMOLY because they’re both traditional paper sheet masks which keeps costs low. The serum was on the thinner and more liquid side, so it was a bit light on the hydration (however, people with oily or combination skin might appreciate this). This mask fits well and doesn’t slip off of my face.

Hydration: 4/5
Application: 3.5/5
Aesthetic: 3.9/5
Messiness: 2.8/5
Cost: 4/5

Overall Score: 3.6/5

Dr. Jart+ Cryo Rubber with Moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid Mask – $15

My experience: In all honesty, I thought the Dr. Jart+ Cryo Rubber mask packaging looked a bit creepy, which made it intriguing enough to pick it up. This mask comes with an ampule of serum that you apply first before putting the rubber sheet mask on top. This means that there’s more steps involved than regular sheet masks which isn’t always convenient. It was very hydrating, but the serum underneath was very thick. I prefer having face masks that don’t need to be rinsed or wiped off on flights, but I feel like this mask needed it. I didn’t love how it felt on my skin after taking the rubber mask off.

Hydration: 4/5
Application: 3/5
Aesthetic: 4.8/5
Messiness: 5/5
: 2.5/5

Overall Score: 3.9/5

LOOPS Beauty Sheet Masks – $7

My experience: I really enjoy using the LOOPS masks, and I probably use them the most. They’re smaller in size, so I feel cute when I wear them! They’re made of a jelly material which is cooling and gives them a bit more longevity because the gel holds more serum than paper masks. Honestly, when I use these masks, I feel like I leave the plane with better skin than when I got on! It’s $7 individually, and a 5-pack is $30 which comes out to $6 per mask so the cost-per-use isn’t bad. They say all of them do different things, but I haven’t noticed a clear difference between any of them. All of them work really well!

Hydration: 4.5/5
Application: 4.5/5
Aesthetic: 5/5
Messiness: 4/5
Cost: 4.5/5

Overall Score: 4.5/5

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask – $26 (Mini) or $49 (Full-size)

My experience: The Summer Fridays Jet Lag mask isn’t a sheet mask, so you apply it like face cream. It comes in an aluminum tube which makes it less likely to leak or have a bunch of product spill out when cabin pressure changes after take-off. This mask is super hydrating! It can be applied as a moisturizer in a thin layer, or as a mask in a thick layer. It doesn’t need to be rinsed or wiped-off. The mask does have a steep up-front cost, so I recommend buying the mini size for $26 before committing to the full-size. However, you get so many applications per tube so the cost-per-use is by far the lowest. I even use it as an overnight mask when I’m not flying!

Hydration: 5/5
Application: 4.5/5
Aesthetic: 5/5
Messiness: 5/5
: 3.8/5

Overall Score: 4.7/5

And the Winner is…

The Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask with the LOOPS Masks as a runner-up! I always keep both of these masks with me and use them regularly both on and off flights. Overall, all of these masks are pretty good. The only one I wouldn’t re-purchase is the Dr. Jart+ Cryo Rubber mask because it’s so expensive for one mask. If I was flying with a group, I’d purchase the TONYMOLY one because it’s the most cost-effective. The Dr. Jart+ Cicapair one is the 2nd easiest to find both at Sephora as well as airport stores.

Have you tried any of these masks? If so, comment which ones! Also, what in-air skincare would you like me to talk about next?

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