We asked flight attendants to reveal their best travel beauty tips

What you need to know before you prepare for take-off

There’s nothing we love more than an undiscovered flight secret. Just recently we found out the first thing flight attendants actually notice about you when you get on a plane and why they really greet you with their hands behind their backs. Then we discovered that this is the one thing you should never do before your flight if you want a free upgrade. And now we’ve unearthed the hidden beauty secrets of flight attendants.

All it takes is one long haul flight to get our skin in a tizz, yet somehow flight attendants always manage to look polished- no matter how long the flight. And as we walk off the plane looking tired and worn out, we can’t help but wonder what their secret is.

As anyone who’s a frequent flyer will know, there’s no way our whole skincare routine is going to fit into that tiny plastic bag we’re granted to walk through security with. And even if it did, we’re not entirely sure even the best moisturiser would stop those freezing airplane temperatures from destroying our skin.

To find out exactly what they do to keep their skin looking good before, during and after flight, we turned to the flight experts themselves to find out the tricks of the trades.

Here are the travel beauty secrets you need to know about before you prepare to takeoff for your next holiday. 

 1. Drink lots of water

It’s no secret that H20 is the key to a hydrated, clear complexion. But if you take it for granted when you’re on land, you certainly don’t want to make that mistake up in the air. Every passenger on the plane takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide, so in order to give everyone the oxygen they need, fresh air is pumped into the cabin. This, mixed with the high altitude, makes the perfect recipe for dry air. Try to consume a litre of water for every 4 hours you’re in the sky.
2. Spray it
Nothing feels quite as amazing as a spritz with rose water when your skin feels dehydrated. Pack one that permeates through makeup or moisturiser you already have on your face, that way you can use it any time.

3. Apply a mask
Sure, you might look a little bonkers, but your skin will thank you for the big drink of nutrients. And remember to massage any excess lotion from the mask into your skin after you take it off.
4. Rock a red lip
Meeting someone you want to impress on the other side? Swipe on a your best red lipstick. Not only does it make your teeth look whiter, the right shade will complement your skin tone to enhance the warmth in your face and give you a healthy glow.
5. Remember, you can never have enough moisturiser
If you’re on a long haul flight, give your skin a break from your makeup. Remove your makeup if your flight is longer than 4 hours and re-apply your moisturiser, allowing your skin to calm down and rehydrate for at least 20 minutes before re-applying your makeup (if you have to).
6. Deep condition your hair pre flight
There’s a reason why most flight attendants wear their hair up in a bun and that’s because they’re using a deep conditioner to maintain moisture in their hair, so it doesn’t look frizzy and dull the next day.
And, Emirates Cabin Crew have shared their top beauty insights on keeping your skin hydrated and make-up looking fresh whilst travelling.

So, whether you’re visiting Dubai for a long-weekend or going further afield to Thailand, these tips will help you arrive at your destination feeling revitalised and raring to go the moment you step off the plane.

Top 3 beauty picks for long-haul travel

Pure coconut oil

Pure Aloe Vera Gel

Rose Water

How do you keep your skin hydrated when you’re flying all the time?

Using a good face mask 2-3 times a week helps keep your skin in really good condition.

You should also use rose water when flying, which can be taken in a refillable spray container and use it throughout the flight. It’s refreshing and keeps your skin hydrated, even when you’re wearing make up.

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How can you keep your make-up looking fresh when you’re travelling?

Always prep your skin well before wearing makeup, as this ensures that your make up stays looking fresh whilst travelling.

Prep your skin using Clean and Clear exfoliating scrub, then cleanse the face with Nivea Visage Cleansing Lotion for Combination Skin, and then moisturise with Dermalogica Active Moist moisturiser.

We suggest Mac’s Prep and Prime primer to keep your makeup fresh whilst flying, and try spraying the face with Mac’s Fix Spray as this sets the makeup.

Use rose water throughout the day to keep skin hydrated and keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Adding cucumber to your water also gives your skin an extra glow.

How can you look fresh and awake after a long-haul flight?

Hydration is key: drink as much water or green tea as you can throughout the flight.

Green tea has caffeine to give you a boost without dehydrating you like coffee does.

Snack on fruit or vegetables to keep your energy levels up.

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How can you change your makeup look from day to night when you arrive at your destination?

Travel with a very natural look, when you reach your destination you can then update your look with some eyeliner, and mascara. Change your lip colour to something more dramatic.

What are your hand luggage essentials?

Pawpaw ointment/gel is the best hand luggage item as you can use it as a lip balm and a hand cream.

Always take hand sanitizer and Dettol wipes and a small deodorant and perfume to help freshen up.

What are your tips for getting the ‘Dubai’ look?

First and foremost, you need well-groomed eyebrows to get the Dubai look. They look great if you get them threaded, or if you have light or thin eyebrows you can get them tinted or coloured with henna.

Eyeliner is also a trademark style in Dubai and really accentuates the eyes – using liquid liner on the upper lid to be bold and make a statement.

Popular lip colours in Dubai are nudes, corals and pinks, and lots of women choose a matte lipstick look.

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