The latest COVID-friendly approved skincare flight essentials

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You’re finally going on that deserved vacation, aren’t you? You’re vaccinated. You have a negative PCR test and you still have to wear that frustrating, yet important, protective face mask at the airport and on the entire flight! Have you thought of your newly COVID-approved skincare flight essentials yet?

Don’t worry, we’re all in the same boat. Of course, being a skincare enthusiast, I’m a little concerned about the potential maskne that could be ‘boiling’ underneath that mask (YIKES!)

So, what is my best defence in preventing this from happening? Keep reading to find out!

Zelbuck silicone inner support mask frame

This is a 3D inner bracket that provides separation between the mask and your mouth which, in turn, makes breathing more comfortable. This is quite ideal for those who are wearing lipstick since it’s effective in protecting your makeup from transferring to the mask.

Since there isn’t any airflow on the airplane itself, it makes it all too important to wear surgical masks i.e., N95, as opposed to the more comfortable, and stylish, cotton masks.

I purchased these frames from Amazon for the crazy affordable price of $11.99 for a pack of eight. It also comes with adjustable anti-slip mask ear hooks to reduce the pain and pressure of the mask strap.

This is definitely something you want to look into when having to wear masks for longer periods of time, in general, not just for flights!

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Wishful Chin Lift – Sculpting sheet

To start, I didn’t necessarily purchase this primarily due to its ingredients, because ultimately my goal was to prevent moisture and bacteria build up within the mask. However, one of the ingredients included in this sheet mask is niacinamide, which we know is great for acne prevention.

Once the chin mask is placed at your ideal area (I tried to do it as close to my mouth and cheeks as possible), I wear it only for 10-15 minutes around my ears and then remove them. The mask still stays in place but it’s more comfortable.

Bonus: if my chin can look snatched after wearing this, I wouldn’t mind that either!

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COSRX Pimple patches

Ideal for protecting, healing, and hiding those annoying pimples, these are a must have for travelling! Last thing you want is to get a nasty, inflating zit on your vacation (hello, IG pictures) – especially if it’s caused by wearing a mask for long periods of time on the plane.

This liquid paraffin forms a barrier to lock moisture in, open pores, and remove the dead skin cells. This medical grade hydrocolloid bandage speeds up the healing of pimples while fending off bacteria.


As we approach better days and hope the worst is behind us, it’s still vital that we continue to take the necessary steps to preserve our own health and the health of those around us during this pandemic.

Other than those must-have social media filters, what else do you consider a must-have to protect your face from those annoying clogged pores and the dreaded maskne? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time!

10 Comments

  • Natalie Richardson says:

    Great post Fleur – thank you for sharing this information!

  • Dutchie says:

    Thanks for publishing such informative article, Fleur. In Europe we adore the sun and using SPF is not a very common thing. Also, I remember that in the early days, SPF didn’t go higher than 30 and we only used it while on the beach. And when someone got a sun burn, we just laughed and put slices of cucumber on it to cool it down. You are absolutely right, we need to include SPF in our daily skin routine. Now one more challenge to go: introduce this to my husband.

    • Fleur Boomsma says:

      Thank you for sharing this little story! If we can normalize the use of sunscreen a lot of skin cancer could be prevented! Luckily the skincare companies are getting more innovative with their formulas to make sunscreen attractive for everyone of all skin colors/conditions/types!

  • Eva B says:

    So informative! Thank you for the sunscreen recommendations xx

  • Jennifer says:

    Sunscreen can save your life!!

  • Sue says:

    Your hair looks lovely. I want to try this now.

  • Celine says:

    Hello! I want to ask, after using the innisfree super volcanic mask, you rinse it off and then do you apply your skincare after that? or do you just leave your bare face after rinsing the clay mask off?

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