When it comes to flying, pilots and flight attendants are the professionals. So instead of getting one more sacred beauty item stolen at the airport, we turned to the experts for packing tips.
1. Water is an in-flight essential. And the small cups they bring around during the food service are not 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. To counter this, try to drink a litre of water every six hours.
2. Downsize your beauty items. There are plenty of reasons to minimize your favourite skin care items before a vacation. 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 come in travel-size options, but flight attendants rely on the empty containers available at your local RM2 shops or Daiso.
3. Carry on the Evian spray.Â Spritzing your face with water is yet another way to keep skin hydrated in the arid cabin environment. Pack Evian Spray in your bag, and seal in the moisture by applying a hydrating serum midflight.
4. You can never have 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.
5. SPF is the most important thing to pack. 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). You should consider sunscreen a requirement for flying.. Don’t forget to reapply if your flight is longer than two hours.
6. Losing your luggage isn’t the only thing you have to think about.Â The higher the altitude and the higher the latitude, the more radiation. OK, don’t freak out. Pilots are exposed to more radiation than even nuclear-plant workers, but they spend hours on end in the cockpit. As an occasional traveler, you can temper the radiation in the plane by stocking up on antioxidant-rich snacks. Sip green tea during the flight, and opt for a kale salad and fruit over the in-flight pretzels. You can also find skin care products rich in vitamins A, C, and E. But the best option? Fly at night.