Have you ever wondered how us mere mortals step off a long haul flight feeling and looking like we’ve been put through a hot dryer, and yet the cabin crew emerge looking just as airbrushed and immaculate as they did when you boarded?
At first I suspected they were an alternate species with no requirement for sleep, but it tuns out they’re just exceptionally cluey. In fact, some airlines even include training for female staff on how to take care of their skin and how to apply makeup to last throughout the flight.
Here are some of their best kept beauty secrets to keep you looking just as fresh 15-plus hours later.
Skin hydration is everything
Any flight attendant worth her weight in complimentary nuts will tell you that flying is a killer for dehydrated skin. The cabin pressure combined with recycled air will strip the moisture out of your skin faster than one of those space aged hand dryers at the terminal.
Prior to flying, make sure you use a deep conditioning face mask, heavy duty moisturiser and hair treatment (even try sleeping in it with a shower cap on for silky smooth locks). Then, during the flight, reapply your products when ever you feel the need.
I'm talking lip balm, hand cream, eye cream and moisturiser. You don't need to sit there smothered in a face mask, but regular applications of hydration will really help the condition of your skin when you disembark.