#1 How flying affects your skin
Air travel can affect skin in a multitude of ways you usually don’t expect – from dry cabin air to the consumption of certain foods which can further exacerbate dehydration. For most of us, air travel is mostly optional and far from frequent, but for a stewardess, the aircraft cabin is basically their office and special care has to be taken to ensure that their skin is in tip top condition.
After all, no one has seen an SQ girl with bad skin right?
Photo: The Straits Times
#2 Flight prep
The air on ground (cabin crew lingo for “at sea level”) is very different from air in the cabin, so whatever skincare products you use on a regular basis might not work as well when you’re travelling.
Hydration is the key when stewardesses prepare for a flight and this means using emollient moisturisers that can lock in the moisture during the flight. Foundations with dewy finish are favoured as skin is usually parched – mattifying products, be it moisturiser, primer or foundation, might end up drying out the skin so it’s best to steer clear of them.
#3 During the flight
It’s common to see some women put on paper sheet masks or spritz on some face must during the flight, but that can be counter productive instead. Because the air is so dry, any moisture quickly evaporates and even takes away the moisture from the skin, leaving it feeling drier than before.
If you have to use a mask, try a cream-based mask and if you insist on using sheet masks, use one that’s made of bio-cellulose fibre instead.
For stewardesses, some of them do take off their makeup to allow it to breathe during their crew rest period on long-haul flights. Pampering it with a rich moisturiser is also essential in keeping skin hydrated.
#4 After landing
More often than not, cabin crew hardly sleep right after the flight especially if they’re trying to adjust to the local time zone (unless they land at night). If you’ve had the opportunity to run into them at the same hotel after a flight, most of them still look fresh and ready to go.
That is partly due to the artful application of makeup – colour-correcting concealers are amazing at hiding sleep deprivation. However once you’re on ground, the usual laws of hydration applies which means you should load up on the facial mists to perk up skin.
#5 At the hotel
When it’s finally time to rest, SQ girls take pride in their beauty routine. Besides procuring makeup skills during their grooming classes, stewardesses are also schooled on the different steps of a skincare routine to ensure that their skin is in the best of condition.
#7 Facial cleansing
A cleansing device will do well in exfoliating dead skin cells away, wash off all the residual gunk that’s been sitting on the skin for the last 20 hours and also prep skin for receiving all the skincare products that’s to come.
TRY: Clarisonic Mia Fit, $250.
Toners are traditionally use to balance the skin’s pH level as cleansers tend to be more alkaline while skin’s natural pH level is slightly more acidic. These days, toners are more hydrating and work to calm skin while preparing the skin for products like serums and moisturisers.
Some toners also contain ingredients like glycolic acid or salicylic acid which lift dead skin cells to combat dullness for that radiant glow.
For those who feel that skin looks parched and fatigued after a flight, try using a toner with a heavier texture to restore suppleness back to the skin. Using cotton pads often drags the skin, which could potentially cause wrinkles, so you can either pat it on your skin with clean hands, or saturate a sheet mask tablet and leave it on for five minutes before continuing. However, if you decide to use the sheet mask method, ensure that there is no alcohol in your toner, or your eyes might end up burning.
TRY: Biotherm Biosource Anti-Pollution 24H Hydrating & Softening Toner (Normal/Combination Skin), $44.
Cabin crew usually alternate two types of serums – one for day and one for night. Granted the time zone difference does mess up what “day” and “night” means to the stewardesses, generally any time they decide to sleep can be considered “night”.
Serums are great for tackling specific problems like pigmentation, ageing, dehydration and dullness. Most of us usually have more than one skin concern to address, which makes total sense to incorporate two serums (or more, if you like), into your beauty regimen. Another reason for having two serums is the fact that some of them are not suitable for day use – ingredients like retinol and vitamin C are photo-sensitive or make your skin more susceptible to sun damage, so it’s best left for use at night.
TRY: Sulwhasoo Essential Revitalizing Serum, $158
Similar to a serum, some stewardesses also rotate their moisturisers to take full advantage of the body’s regenerative functions at night. A rich, emollient cream is able to restore lost moisture during the flight, and form a barrier to prevent further dehydration when they sleep in an air-conditioned room.
TRY: La Mer Crème de la Mer, $490