For the Singapore Airlines stewardesses, having bad skin is a no-no but between jet lag, stress and long work hours, maintaining good skin can be a challenge.
It’s no wonder they’ve all got skincare secrets of their own!
Yes, even indoors. In the plane. With tiny windows. That might not even have their window shades up. Some flights may experience more than 12 hours of daylight and with that much sun exposure, protection against UV damage is imperative.
NEXT: Lip balm for luscious lips →
SQ girls are known for their impeccable makeup, but that’s not possible without a good base. Lipsticks, in particular, are often drying. Frequent application of lip balms will ensure that their puckers remain hydrated and free from unsightly dry flakes.
NEXT: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate →
Cabin air is usually dehumidified, which means it’s drying for the skin. Ensuring that there’s a good amount of moisture and that their skin is protected from trans-epidermal water loss (meaning water that’s lost through the skin) goes a long way in preventing dehydrated, flaky skin.
NEXT: There’s no one size fits all →
Packing skincare according to the weather is especially important for these SQ girls, who are exposed to a variety of climates. For instance, packing skincare for winter in Europe will be dramatically different from skincare for the tropical Maldives. If you’re not willing to shell out money for a separate set of skincare just for a vacay, try incorporating boosters and oils into your existing skincare routine instead.
NEXT: Pamper and prime →
Prolonged exposure to dry cabin air, fatique and jet lag can take a toll on their skin. For the frequent traveller (and even for those who aren’t!), pampering your skin with face masks helps to create a smooth, dewy base for your makeup to go on; or, you’ll be good to go even sans makeup. Also, don’t forget to clarify and exfoliate with a mud mask at least once a week.
NEXT: Scrub-a-dub-dub →
With so much exposure to dry cabin air, skin can be prone to flaking, which can accumulate and clog up pores, cause inflammation and breakouts, and dull the complexion. To make things worse, skincare won’t absorb as readily as it’s unable to penetrate the skin properly. The solution? Exfoliate gently at least once a week to slough off dull, dry skin.
NEXT: Use makeup with skincare ingredients →
Sometimes, skincare just isn’t enough to hydrate skin, and since makeup will sit on your skin for the bulk of the day, you might as well use those that offer skincare benefits.
NEXT: Always remove makeup before sleeping →
It doesn’t matter whether it’s 2am in New York or 6pm in London. Before these SQ girls hit the sake, makeup must be thoroughly removed. Depending on the flight, they might’ve been wearing makeup for up to 16 hours before they finally reach their hotel for the night, so no matter how tired they are, they always make it a point to remove their makeup so their skin can be free of impurities.
NEXT: You are what you eat →
It’s thought that some foods like chili, chocolate or oily foods can cause blemishes, although there is very little scientific studies on how some food can affect skin adversely. You can, however, improve skin condition with skincare supplements like collagen drinks, oral sunscreen and antioxidants.
NEXT: Seek professional help →
Besides sticking to a regular skincare regimen, it’s also vise to visit a therapist once in a while to pamper your skin. With proper techniques and technology, they’re ably to help clarify pores and allow skincare to penetrate deeper.
NEXT: Always wear sunscreen →
By Arissa Ha, The Singapore Women’s Weekly, April 2017
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