The Way Transatlantic Flight Attendants Care For Their Skin

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Flight attendants know all about dealing with dry skin. They are often stuck in an airplane all day, and the low humidity level in the pressurised cabin can easily cause skin to dry out. This can be a recipe for bad skin and wrinkles, but they have learned how to keep looking flawless despite the circumstances they have to work in.

Drink enough water

One of the most important factors mentioned by flight attendants is drinking enough water. There is an app called My Water Balance that some of them use to track their water consumption.

They also try to avoid fizzy drinks and too much salty food, as it causes them to retain water and look puffy. They say that they can tell when their skin is too dry because their lips become chapped and their makeup settles into the lines on their faces.

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A consistent skin care routine

Time changes, lack of sleep and diet changes can wreak havoc on your skin. This is why flight attendants try to maintain a consistent skin care routine. Using moisturizer before a flight is essential, and many of them use one again after cleansing at night.

Most flight attendants have to wear a full face of makeup during a flight, so they make sure to remove it as soon as they get off the plane to give their skin room to breathe. They recommend a good steam in a shower before going to bed or using a hydrating mask.

Face mists and other helpful products

Many of them swear by face mists, which act as a quick pick-me-up during a flight. Lancome, Neutrogena and Evian all sell face mists. Others use products like collagen eye pads that you put right under your eyes to reduce bags. Some of them opt for face masks to combat toxins they could be getting from the recycled air in the cabin. A tip that may surprise you is that some of them carry baking soda in a Ziploc back for its versatility: It can serve as a dry shampoo, deodorant or be used to soften skin when added to bath water.

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Some of them use face masks to combat toxins they could be getting from the recycled air in the cabin.  A tip that may surprise you is that some of them carry baking soda in a Ziploc back for its multipurpose uses such as a dry shampoo, deodorant or adding to bath water to soften skin.

Hands and lips

Flight attendants wash their hands often, so most of them depend on rich, moisturizing hand creams. They usually pack a nourishing lip treatment to prevent dry, cracked lips. Using a good sugar scrub on the lips also helps to keep them in good condition. Eyes also tend to dry out and moisturizing drops help to keep this problem at bay. The deodorants they use are also very important because they don’t want to reveal sweat stains when lifting their arms to put luggage into overhead.

Essential oils

Essential oils are considered very helpful by some flight attendants. They pack them in a clear, quart-sized bag with a zipper top. Some of these oils, like lavender, have a calming effect and others support the immune system, offering protection against the germs they are exposed to in the enclosed space of a plane.

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