Whether you're a frequent jet-setter or an occasional traveler, you've probably experienced what we like to call "plane face." This is when our skin breaks out and becomes awfully dry from the change in pressure and lack of moisture in the plane cabin. And if you saw our recent post about the terrifying effect flying has on your skin, then you know how important it is to hydrate (both internally and externally).
We often find ourselves gazing in awe at flight attendants' skin during our trips, thinking, How on earth does your skin look so amazing when your job is literally in the air? They've got to have some secrets up their uniform sleeves that we don't know about. Thankfully, Linda Zhao, a flight attendant and freelance makeup artist spilled the contents of her skincare bag with us, making us feel way more prepared for our next journey.
Read her tricks of the trade below!
"It's kind of tough maintaining good skin with my flight attendant job because I work mostly long-haul international flights on a weekly basis. Sometimes after a 15-hour flight in recycled air, my face gets really oily with some dry patches." We hear that, Linda. How does she keep her skin clean, then? One word: Clarisonic. "I LOVE my Clarisonic brush. I bring it everywhere I go. Especially right after a flight, I go straight to remove all my makeup." But before using the brush, she likes to remove all makeup with a Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelette ($6).
Next up comes toner. Zhao loves using SK-II Facial Essence. It's infused with Pitera, an ingredient used to enhance the skin renewal process, something that's incredibly important after a long, draining flight.
Zhao's facialist recommended this serum from SkinCeuticals to help diminish acne scars and hyperpigmentation. And after being in prime breakout zone while flying, this step is vital.
Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer ($45)
Moisturizer is obviously a crucial step in caring for skin pre- and post-flight. Although, Zhao says that this is rather tricky for her, as she's often flying through different time zones and experiencing different climates. For fall and winter, she prefers Shiseido's Ibuki Refining Moisturizer, but for the summer, she uses SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel ($78). If her skin is starting to feel especially dry in flight, she'll reach for Crème de La Mer Moisturizing Cream ($170).
You may think SPF isn't necessary for being in a plane for hours, but think of all the sunlight that streams through the windows during a daytime flight! Zhao doesn't head into a shift without putting her Clinique City Block on or, at the very least, using a CC cream with SPF in it.
Okay, this may sound a little gross, but this gel sheet/mask hybrid (made of snail mucus!) delivers serious hydration, which is exactly why Zhao uses it.
Additionally, in her carry-on, Zhao likes to have Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment, Vaseline, and argan oil, among other emergency skin- and lip-quenchers—all of which are travel friendly, of course!
How do you keep your skin looking fresh while traveling? Please tell us below!