Jet-setting around the world can sound glamorous, but being over 35,000 feet high in a pressurised, air-conditioned cabin for long hours is very harsh on your skin.
Cathay Pacific Flight Purser, Margaret Lai, shares her top tips for staying fresh during a long flight.
1. Don’t skimp on sleep
It can be tempting to stay up and watch movies for the entire flight, but if you really want your skin to look healthy and glowing by the time you land, get a decent shut-eye, recommends Margaret. If you’re a light sleeper, pack ear plugs and an eye mask. A soothing lavender spray can also help.
2. Come prepared
"I always carry a good moisturiser, face wipes, a rich hand cream and a sheet mask in my hand carry," Margaret says. "I like to use the time onboard to really look after my skin." Don't forget: all liquids in your carry-on need to be under 100ml on international flights.
3. Mind the rays
Everybody loves a window seat - just don’t forget to protect your skin against harmful UV rays. It’s always good to pack a good travel-sized SPF UV protection and sunglasses on day flights, and pull down the blinds from time to time too.
4. Watch what you put in
You’re on holiday, you’re excited and in the mood to indulge. But before you go crazy with wine tasting, or constant snacking on salty nuts and chips, remember that what you eat and drink will have a direct impact on your skin and the way you feel afterwards. "I always make sure I am hydrated," Margaret says. "Not just during but also before and after a flight. Not only is water good for your skin, I find that it can help minimise jet lag too."
5. Skip the Makeup
"I wear makeup when I’m working," Margaret notes. "However, when I travel as a passenger, I always remove my makeup and go bare-faced." This, Margaret says, gives your skin a chance to breathe and makes it easier to apply moisturiser throughout the flight.