Airplane Blues 4 travel beauty secrets by flight attendants

When it comes to flying, pilots and flight attendants are obviously the professionals. Two flight attendants and a female pilot divulge their secret flight beauty tips.

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When it comes to flying, pilots and flight attendants are obviously the professionals. Two flight attendants and a female pilot divulged their secret flight beauty tips.

Together these three ladies spend over 200 hours in the air a month! That’s a lot of flight time, far more than we have recorded per year.

So here are a few of their in-flight skin care secrets.

Water is always an essential.

Guess what?  The small cups they bring around during the food service are not slightly close to being enough. Plane air is very dry. Every passenger on the plane breathes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. In order to bring in more oxygen, fresh air is pumped into the cabin.

However, the air at such high altitudes, has very little moisture, making the cabin air dry. That is what makes your skin feel dehydrated. "I try to drink at least a litre for every six hours of flying," flight attendant Felicia Rohan* explained. "I usually drink two litres if I'm flying to Europe."

Downsize your beauty items.

If you can't go a day without your luxe cleanser, have special formulas for acne or sensitive skin, or just hate tiny hotel freebies, fill up miniature bottles. Some brands easily come in travel-size options.

Carry enough moisturizer.

To combat the dry air in the plane, you'll need to pack a face lotion, a lip balm, and an eye cream.

SPF is also very important.

While flying at high altitudes, you are closer to the sun's harmful rays especially if you're in the window seat. In fact, pilots count a higher risk of skin cancer as an occupational hazard (now airlines use sun shields in the cockpit to protect the pilots from sun exposure). Don't forget to reapply if your flight is longer than two hours.

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