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5 Best-Kept Beauty Secrets from Flight Attendants

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Written by Tasmiah Rashid

This blog post was updated on February 8, 2022.

As you disembark the plane and watch the staff wave you goodbye, do you ever look at the stunning flight attendants and wonder “How in the world do you look like that right now!?” Two layovers, 15 hours, and a few oddly timed naps and meals later, you know better than to look into a mirror with high expectations. Whether you fly economy on cheap international flights or sit in first class, your skin might be dried out, your makeup stored away in the overhead compartment, and your hair? Let’s just say it’s a good thing you have a hood on your sweatshirt.

If you’re worried about the havoc that your air travels might wreak on your beauty routine, take it from the travel pros on how to stay looking your best. Here’s a list of the best-kept air hostess beauty tips for long-haul flights!

Mist Through Your Miles

If there’s anyone out there that knows how to deal with in-flight dry skin, it’s flight attendants. So, what’s their biggest secret to supple skin? Face mist sprays. And in this case, the old saying rings true: the best beauty travel products come in the smallest packages. Winter, summer, spring, fall…whether you have flights to California or all the way to Las Vegas, a 3.4-ounce TSA-approved facial mist spray will not only last you through the whole flight, but it’ll also replace many of the nutrients you may lose during travel with every spritz!

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

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There’s just no other way to spin it. According to flight attendants, doctors, and avid travelers alike — the best remedy for tired, dry skin is some good ol’ H2O. Drinking plenty of water (and no, seltzer or sparking does not count here, sorry!) is the best way to keep your skin from turning desert-like. And, although there’s really no better alternative if you really can’t stomach that much still water, try swapping out the alcohol and coffee for herbal tea instead!

Lip Stains Are Your Friend

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Which body part is likely to show the first signs of dehydration? Most likely, those smackers. Especially while you’re asleep. Lipsticks can quickly dry your lips out, or worse, turn into a smudged mess, while lip glosses can get uncomfortably sticky. So, how do flight attendants use those fabulous lip colors and keep their lips soft too?

Enter lip stains. By using a lip stain, you’ll not only be able to keep the color on your lips (smudge-free!) throughout your flight, but you can also pack on the nourishing lip treatments, chapstick, balms, and glosses right on top to prevent your lips from drying out or cracking.

Related: Do You Fly Cozy or Classy? Find Out What to Wear on Your Next Flight! 

Don’t Disrupt Your Skincare Routine

…just downsize it! If you’re reading this post, you probably already have a set-in-stone skin regiment. With the TSA liquid limit and those tiny airplane bathrooms, that skincare routine might be a tad difficult to accomplish. Instead, try one of these long-haul flight beauty tricks to keep your skin supple:

Since you can’t take your full-sized products on board, try switching over to a simpler, easier version of your moisturizing and cleansing routine. If you have naturally dry skin or combination skin, opt for a hydro-based moisturizer that you can apply multiple times throughout your flight; it’ll keep your skin soft and supple, without clogging up your pores or having to wash your face multiple times. If you have oily skin, try a heavier, cream-based moisturizer or even a night cream. Pack it on before you hop on to your flight and once you’re closer to landing give your face a nice wash and put on some more.

You Are What You Eat

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Or in this case, you’ll look like what you eat. Flight attendants suggest keeping your in-flight meals and snacks light and healthy. Sure, mid-way through that international flight, when you’re tired and hungry, it’s easy to cave in to your cravings and choose the heavier meal options. Pasta, pizza, or beef curry with white rice sounds like just about the only reprieve you might get for a while. But while those heftier selections will give you a fleeting moment of contentment amidst your munching, once the meal is over, you’re probably going to feel sluggish, wiped out, and bloated. If the discomfort isn’t reason enough to avoid those food choices, you should also remember that salty and greasy grub might also make you swell up, making your eyes and cheeks look puffy.

Do you have any other in-flight beauty tips? Let us know in the comments below! 

About the author

Tasmiah Rashid

In a past life, Tasmiah was either a Bollywood actress, renowned ethnographer or master chef; no questions asked. In this one, she is a shower-singing, croissant enthusiast, who also writes content for Fareportal, in that order.

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