24 Nov HOW TO GET GLOWING SKIN BEFORE YOU’VE LANDED
I’m fascinated by flight attendants. Nothing quite kills a glow more than a long haul flight, yet they always seem to maintain doll-like perfection from take off to landing. Looking fresh-faced and flawless at 35,000 feet and above is a tough gig, even for the most seasoned travellers.
For beauty enthusiasts who plan on traveling these holidays, don’t despair. With a few beauty hacks and pointers, achieving a radiant complexion by the time you reach your destination might just be possible.
Margaret Lai, Flight Purser at Cathay Pacific shares her top tips on how to get glowing skin before you’ve landed.
- HYDRATE FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Sipping water throughout the flight is important but you should be staying hydrated pre, during and post flight. Drink a glass of water before flying and 1 glass of water per hour inflight.
- EAT & DRINK SMART
Think twice before you indulge in a packet of chips or a glass of wine. Salty food and alcohol dehydrates your body and skin, which will show on your complexion accordingly. Pack your own healthy snacks and only opt for water as your drink of choice.
- GO BARE & DON’T SKIMP ON MOISTURISER
Wearing makeup on a long haul flight is not a good idea. Let your skin breathe! Going bare-faced also means that you can apply and reapply moisturiser throughout the flight, without the hassle of having to remove makeup. You’ll land with dewy, radiant skin, and your makeup will glide on seamlessly afterwards.
- DON’T FORGET YOUR SPF
Most people don’t realise that being inflight doesn’t make you less prone to the effects of the UV rays. So make sure you bring and apply SPF – especially if you love a seat with a view.
- GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP ON
A good night’s sleep can do wonders for your skin. It’s free too! Pack noise cancelling headphones or earplugs and an eye mask – they can make a big difference. Soothing lavender spray can also help if you struggle to fall asleep on a plane.
- MAKE THE EXTRA EFFORT
When I’m travelling as a passenger, I apply hydrating masks as frequent as every 3-4 hours. They’re an easy and convenient way to boost skin hydration. Also, drench your hands with a rich hand cream and slip on cotton gloves to lock in serious moisture, so you land with soft and smooth hands.
Achieving a glowing complexion after a long haul flight is possible. Keep the above tips in mind, be prepared well in advance and you’ll land with holiday-ready skin.
Margaret Lai is a Flight Purser at Cathay Pacific. She has been part of the in-flight crew for 7 years and flies mainly between Hong Kong to New York/Toronto (15-16-hour flight)
Written by Sophie Howe.