It’s not easy staying fresh and hydrated on a long-haul flight. The temptation to indulge in too much booze and stodgy plane food can often leave you feeling groggy and restless, which can make the journey feel even longer.
Emirates, which was recently named the best airline in the world in the 2017 TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards, boasts some of the most glamorous flight attendants in the industry – and they seem to have figured out the best ways to stay healthy at high altitudes.
Here are the seven things you should do to say pristine on a long-haul flight, according to Emirates flight attendants:
1. Take care of your skin before you jet off.
Get into the habit of using a good face mask two to three times a week before you head off on your travels. This will help your skin to stay in good condition during the flight.
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2. Spritz rose water.
You should also use rose water throughout the flight, according to the Emirates cabin crew. It’s refreshing and keeps skin hydrated – even if you’re wearing makeup – and can be packed into hand luggage in a travel size refillable spray container.
3. Pack Lucas Papaw gel.
Another hand luggage essential for the Emirates cabin crew, the travel-friendly tubes of Lucas Papaw ointment or gel can be used both as a lip balm and hand cream. The attendants also like to bring small tubs of pure coconut oil and aloe vera gel onboard, which help to keep skin hydrated.
4. Hydrate inside and out.
It goes without saying, but drinking plenty of water on a long-haul flight is a must, particularly if you’re indulging in a few complimentary glasses of vino.
Emirates flight attendants like to add cucumber to their water, which they say gives their skin an extra glow. If you don’t have a cucumber handy, lemon or lime are also great for making detox-infused water, and are usually stocked on the drinks trolleys on long-haul flights.
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5. Swap coffee for green tea.
If you’re partial to a post-dinner or breakfast coffee, think again, as it’s too dehydrating, according to the crew. It can also stop you from sleeping, or make you jittery mid-flight. Green tea has caffeine to give you a boost without the dehydrating effects.
6. Snack on fruit or vegetables.
Try and swap the pretzels and crisps often handed out on long flights for snacks of fruit and vegetables to keep your energy levels up throughout the journey.
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7. Stay fresh with wipes, sanitiser, deodorant and perfume.
Emirates flight attendants always take hand sanitiser, a packet of Dettol antibacterial wipes, a small deodorant, and perfume to help freshen up throughout the flight. It’s particularly useful to have this kit with you when you’re getting off a red-eye flight to ease the grogginess.