Can You Bring Skin Care Products On a Plane? 2024

Skincare is important to have a fresh and healthy skin, but can you bring your skincare products on a plane?.

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The good news is, yes, you can bring skincare products on a plane. but If you bring them in carry-on, skincare products in liquid form need to be in containers of 3.4 ounces / 100 ml or less and fit into a 1-quart-sized bag. you can bring larger amount of skincare in your checked baggage.

In this post, I will break down all of the TSA rules regarding taking skincare through airport security and checked luggage on an airplane.

Let’s dive right in.

TSA Rules: Can You Bring Skin Care Products On a Plane?

If your skincare products are in your carry-on bag or personal item, then you should keep these in mind:

  • Liquid skincare products should be in containers of 3.4oz / 1OO ml or less and placed inside a quart sized bag.
  • All the liquids like shampoo or deodorant (and not just your skincare products) need to fit inside your quart sized bag.

In terms of the type of skincare product that you can take, there are no restrictions, at least at the time of writing. So, you can take any skincare product that you own.

Remember, these rules are incredibly strict. The TSA are not lenient with this liquid thing.

If that bottle is larger than 3.4oz, they’ll take it from you if you don’t have a way to place it in your checked bag.

Some skincare products will need additional inspection at the security checked point.

This normally happens if your skincare product is an aerosol or a gel or the TSA clerks still not happy with the screening process.

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If you are a TSA PreCheck member you don’t need to remove your skin care products or toiletries from your carry-on when going through the security checkpoint.


Unfortunately; in some cases It doesn’t matter if it meets the requirements above. The TSA cares more about the safety of the passengers on the aircraft than they do about any skincare products.

If you really care about your skincare products, keep them in your checked luggage. That way you can be sure that the TSA won’t take them off your hands.

I checked the TSA social media to find some answers.

Hanna wanted to know if her serum filled gel ample need to comply with the TSA 3-1-1 liquids rule.

Any item that you can pump, squeeze, spread smear, spray or spill including skincare ires must follow the TSA liquid rule when transported in carry-on, the TSA replied.

If you want to bring a skin care tool or device along with other products (like this Nira laser ) there is nothing to worry about.

Skin care devices and tools are good to go in both carry-on and checked baggage without any restrictions.

Can I Carry Skincare In Checked Baggage?

As I said perviously, there are different rules depending on how you are getting the skincare product on the plane.

If you are putting your skincare products in your checked luggage, then there are no limits or restrictions.

Here is an answer from the TSA customer service stated that liquid, gel, and cream skincare are allowed in checked bags with no quantity limitations or packing requirements.

So feel free to load your bag up with as many skincare products as you want. Nobody will tell you no.

keep in mind that some travelers have reported that their checked suitcase has been opened when they put a lot of beauty products in there ( I suppose the products locks dense or block the screening machine from scanning the bag), so be careful.

How Many Skincare Products Can You Bring on a Plane?

In theory, there is no limit to the number of skincare products that you can take on a plane.

If the container is under 3.4 oz / 100ml and all your skincare fit in a single 1-quart sized bag, then take as many as you like onto the aircraft.

Remember, you won’t be judged purely on the skincare products here. Every liquid that you take on the aircraft will count against your max 1-quart allowance.

So, if you take deodorant, perfume, Toothpaste etc. in addition to a Cerave or a toner then you’ll be able to take fewer skin care products because all these products need to be together in a single quart sized bag.

How To Bring Skincare On Plane Reddit?

If you browse Reddit and search for bring skincare on a flight.

You will find some cool experiences.

@mssarahvee do not want to stop her skin care routine, so she wanted to take 10-15 skincare products on her flight, but she wasn’t sure how to take them through the airport security (TSA).

A friend recommended to her to get a small bag as the security clerks will not inspect it ( I think they meant a toiletry bag).

This guy simply explained to her the difference between carry-on and checked baggage and that the limits for liquid skincare are only for carry-on baggage.

So she will be fine bring her skincare product in checked baggage, but the TSA have always the right to open a toiletry bag, even if it is inside a checked bag.

Final Thoughts

If you are checking in your luggage, there are no restrictions. If you are passing through TSA screening with your liquids (i.e., carry-on bags), then every skincare liquid or cream need to be in a bottle of or under 3.4oz / 100 ml.

All your liquids need to fit into the one quart baggie. If they do not, the TSA will force you to dispose of your liquids / skincare products.

If you want to guarantee that your skincare products get on an aircraft, make sure that you pack them in checked luggage.


Does Skincare Count as Liquid TSA?

Yes. Most skincare products count as liquid in the eyes of the TSA. This means that they’ll have to meet the TSA guidelines if you are putting them in your carry-on. There are no guidelines for checked luggage. 

What Skin Products Can You Not Bring on a Flight?

Assuming that your skincare products are in bottles / containers under 3.4oz / 100 ml and fit into a single 1-quart bag, then there are no restrictions on taking them in your carry-on. The TSA guidelines do not ban any specific skin products. Although, they do reserve the right to do so.

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