We’ve all seen them, breezing out of the terminal as chic and fresh as when they boarded the plane ten hours ago. With endless hours of flight time, it’s no secret that flight attendants are savvy about landing in style.
Besides keeping us safe in the air, flight attendants have mastered some very simple tricks to look and feel their best after thousands of sky miles. Whether you’re in for a long haul or a quick trip, try these six flight attendant tips to feel great and look fabulous when you land!
Every flight attendant’s key to landing refreshed and jet-lag free is water, lots of it. Staying hydrated before, during, and after the flight can help you look and feel your best, and can also prevent sickness. The lack of humidity in pressurized cabins not only dries out your skin, but it can also dry out your mucous membranes, making it harder for your innate immune system to flush out germs. So, that being said, we recommend an aisle seat for frequent bathroom trips on long flights, which also increases circulation to prevent swelling in ankles.
On the outset, this recommendation sounds questionable. Why crowd your valuable carry-on space with sunscreen when you won’t be outside again for hours? When flying at higher altitudes, you’re significantly closer to the sun’s more harmful UV rays, especially if you’re in a window seat. In fact, pilots have up to 25 times the normal risk of skin cancer due to this frequent exposure. Flight attendants and frequent flyers are also at high risk, so make sure to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before boarding.
Another byproduct of flying so close to the sun is increased exposure to radiation. Many flight attendants temper this exposure by bringing along antioxidant-rich snacks, like a green tea bag or two into their carry-on to use with the hot water provided in flight, or bringing their own kale salad and fruit instead of munching on the airline’s salted peanuts. Go the distance and use skincare products rich in vitamins A, C, and E as a preventative measure.
Remember what we said about the air in the cabin drying out your skin? It can be especially damaging to the sensitive spots on your lips and around your eyes. Many flight attendants pack a face moisturizer, lip balm, and eye cream to make sure their skin stays hydrated inflight.
5. Leak-proof and Travel Size
Flight attendants swear by the travel-sized, leak-proof bottles available at The Container Store and online travel stores. Prices range from $0.99 to $19.99 for a full travel-sized kit, but we would encourage you to mix and match small travel bottles. Want to take your favorite perfume? Go for a mini perfume atomizer. Also, check out the wide range of-of leak-proof bottles in quirky shapes and colors available from leading beauty brands. Then breeze through the TSA checkpoint with all of your favorites still traveling with you.
6. Skip the Alcohol
Yes, we know there’s a wailing baby behind you and a snorer beside you, but even one adult beverage is extremely dehydrating. Combine its effects with the dry cabin air, and you’re in for a rough landing! Skipping the mile high happy hour minimizes dehydration and immune suppression.
No matter your destination, arrive fabulously and sleep well. Incorporating one or all of these tricks into your travel routine will have you landing in style.