What Really Goes Into A Flight Attendant’s Skincare Routine
We asked Jazreel Hong (@justrealle), a cabin crew member by day and photographer by night, about juggling her incredible skin and constant flying.| December 3, 2017
You have seen them strutting past you in the departure halls with their luggages, kerbaya uniforms, porcelain, crystal-clear skin and French twists. One thing you don’t see, however, is the work that goes behind maintaining their skin through long-hauls, overnight flights, long makeup wear and that dry, dry cabin air. If there’s anyone who knows how to maintain great skin on amid constant flying, it’s them. So, what better way to learn than from a flight attendant herself? We asked Jazreel (@justrealle), a member of the Singapore Airlines cabin crew by day and photographer by night, to spill the beans (and the contents of her skin survival kit).
Being a flight attendant isn’t as glamorous as it looks and takes a toll on both our skin and our hair. The constant exposure to dry cabin air completely sucks all the moisture out of our skin that I constantly find myself turning to the good ol’ sheet masks. After working up in the air for half a decade, I’ll be sharing with you what I do to keep my skin clear and hydrated. This is just a humble personal routine of mine, but I hope you’ll take away something of value from my tips!
Everyday, I start with the Lush Facial Cleanser, followed by a toner from Beauty Water by Son and Park to make sure that my face is really clean and ready to absorb all the goodness that follows. I then pat a few drops of the SKII Facial Treatment Essence into my skin – something that I’m sure my skin is thankful for – coupled with my favourite Age Prevention Superfood Cream by Youth To The People. My current most-loved product to keep my under eye area hydrated and firm is this eye cream from Belif that actually works really well under makeup, too.
As someone who has really dry skin, sheet masks have a permanent seat in my makeup bag. After a long day at work, I use the Boscia Luminizing Blask Mask along with a random drug store sheet mask to lock in the moisture. Once a week, I also use the SKII Facial Treatment Mask, for an extra intense boost of hydration. When I feel that my skin is extra tight and dry, I would add an extra step by using the Belif Rose Gemma Concentration Oil after toning my skin. Before bed, I also pat on the Lancome Advanced Genifique for a dewy and fresh look the next morning. I use the same products day in and day out, regardless of which part of the world I’m in.
There is the misconception that flight attendants often wear five inches thick of makeup per flight. I exaggerate, but you get the idea. However, I stick by the rule of “less is more” and often look out for lightweight yet long-lasting makeup. For my foundation, the one from Make Up Forever is my go-to. It is sheer but build able,and leaves a natural and flawless finish on my skin. As our flights can last up to 18 hours on board, primers and setting sprays are really important to keep our makeup from falling off or caking up. Dr. Brandt Luminizer Primer and Make Up Forever All Nighter Make Up Spray are saviours for these long-hauls.
To save time while prepping for a flight, I go for eyelash extensions and eyebrow embroidery. It might not seem like much, but it eliminates the need to put on mascara and shape your eyebrows. For added hydration during work hours, I spritz on a couple pumps of the Caudalie Beauty Elixir that I keep in my purse at all times.The Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour Cream Nourishing Lip Balm is also another holy grail that I keep close to me, especially when I have on a matte lipstick.
I consider myself rather lucky that jet lag doesn’t affect me as much as it should. When I do have trouble sleeping at night, however the Lush Sleepy Lotion is the thing to help me sleep like a baby. If you’re battling jet lag or insomnia, I highly recommend that you give it a shot. Once a month, I go for scalp treatments to cleanse and rejuvenate my roots. It helps to remove the build-up from hairsprays and prevents hair loss, too.
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