Up in the Air

Author: Ali

As the daughter of a flight attendant and a recently-retired airline pilot, I’ve flown a ton and have had my fair share of good and bad flights. However, nothing is worse than stepping off a plane feeling drained. My skin is dry, I’m bloated, tired, freezing – in other words, I feel like crap and 9 times out of 10 it probably shows.

I know I’m not the only one who has this problem while traveling. I went to my mom, Melody, for advice because who knows more about fighting fatigue while traveling than a flight attendant?

“The biggest thing is to stay hydrated,” says Melody. You could be in the air for just an hour, and already your skin is being zapped of moisture. She went on to say that “the altitude of the cabin is the reason why your face gets dry. When you reach 4,000 ft., the cabin altitude is at 6,500 ft. - it's like being in a desert. There's no humidity, it's just dry air.”

She shared her essential products for feeling refreshed after a flight – no more feeling as if you just came back from visiting the Sahara.

The Breakdown:

· Water

You’ll experience dehydration to a certain degree while in the air. With that being said, it would be wise to say “yes” to your stewardess when they ask if you’d like something to drink – and lean towards a refreshment like water that will replenish your body. “Avoid carbonated beverages, and opt for juice or water if possible,” says Melody. It will keep you hydrated during the flight.

· Hand Lotion

Bring a TSA approved bottle of hand lotion with you (3.4 ounce bottle) and keep it in your carry-on so you can reapply during the flight. My mother and I are total Epionce junkies.

· Moisturizing Makeup

Moisturizing makeup is a must while in flight. BB and CC creams will help to keep your skin soft and supple while up in the air. In an earlier post, I mentioned how I cannot live without bareMineral’s Complexion Rescue Moisturizing Cream. It’s a lightweight alternative to a foundation and it will help repair your skin while in-flight.

· Lip Balm

Lipstick might look great, but try reapplying that again before landing without a moisturizing base – it isn’t pretty. I use bareMinerals Jack of All Trades lip balm in Sure Thing. Obviously, I’m a bareMinerals devotee – but my mom prefers using a clear gloss coat of Epionce Anti-Aging Lip Repair (don’t let the name fool you, the results were immediate – I could actually feel my lips absorbing it upon application).

· Mineral Water Spray 

Evian Mineral Water Spray is my mom’s must-have. Spritz this onto your face prior to landing, and see your skin literally come back to life. The ingredients help rejuvenate the skin by moisturizing, refreshing and toning.

Without a doubt, I will continue to follow my mother’s in-flight advice. Especially when I travel to places like Los Angeles. The longer the flight, the more dreadful the after effects can be.