Virgin Australia flight attendant Lauren Gaynor has shared her best mid-flight beauty tips. Picture: Virgin Australia
Virgin Australia flight attendant Lauren Gaynor has shared her best mid-flight beauty tips. Picture: Virgin Australia

$25 product flight attendant swears by

How is it after a gruelling flight, as the rest of us shuffle off the plane looking close to death, the flight crew still look fresh and flawless?

There's good reason for it - flight attendants know how to cope with the tough conditions of the aircraft cabin, and most of us don't.

There's less than 20 per cent humidity in an aircraft cabin, which is less than the humidity level in some deserts, let alone what we're used to at home.

And those conditions zap all the moisture from our skin, leaving us feeling haggard and puffy - not the best way to start a holiday.

Virgin Australia flight attendant Lauren Gaynor knows all about it - she flies the airline's long Sydney-Los Angeles services.

These are the products she always packs in her carry-on bag to make sure she arrives at her destination looking fresh.

Flight attendant Lauren Gaynor currently flies Sydney-Los Angeles with Virgin Australia. Picture: Virgin Australia
Flight attendant Lauren Gaynor currently flies Sydney-Los Angeles with Virgin Australia. Picture: Virgin Australia

The products she uses are reasonably affordable and easy to find - and she absolutely swears by them.

"After six years in the skies, I've curated a skincare ritual during flight and beyond to combat the potential atmospheric consequences," Ms Gaynor told news.com.au.

Here's what she'll never board a flight without.

DURING THE FLIGHT

The first thing Ms Gaynor makes sure to pack is a face cleanser, and she has discovered the ideal product for travelling that is reliable and mess-free.

"I've always subscribed to the theory that cleansers are only in contact with your skin for a minimal amount of time, so I prefer to keep this step relatively simple and inexpensive," she said.

"My favourite method of makeup removal is Face Halo. It's a microfibre pad that lasts up to 300 washes, so it's as convenient as a makeup wipe whilst being much more sustainable.

"All you need is water. It's an excellent option for travelling too as it takes up minimal space."

Serums are great for dehydrated skin, especially those with hyaluronic acid, which has extraordinary water retention qualities and is ideal for air travellers.

Products by affordable cult brand The Ordinary can be found at Myer and online. Picture: The Ordinary
Products by affordable cult brand The Ordinary can be found at Myer and online. Picture: The Ordinary

The serum Ms Gaynor is "obsessed" with is Buffet by cult beauty brand The Ordinary.

"Not only is this serum very affordable, it also contains hyaluronic and amino acids to hydrate and nourish your skin," she said.

"I slather this on during our crew rest period and wake up looking dewy and rested - even when I'm not."

Ms Gaynor said she liked to use a rich moisturiser to lock in the serum and hasn't found anything better than Jurlique Moisture Replenishing Day Cream.

"This is designed to protect your skin from the everyday environment. It feels luxurious and has a slight honey scent that I adore," she said.

"A little goes a long way. Plus it's nice to support a brand that began on a farm in South Australia."

Ms Gaynor said she also generously spritzed her face with a face mist during the flight - specifically, Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist.

"[It] smells like Monet's garden and wakes up full, tired skin," she said.

Pop a sheet mask or two in your toiletries bag and your skin will love you for it.
Pop a sheet mask or two in your toiletries bag and your skin will love you for it.

AFTER THE FLIGHT

If a flight has been particularly harsh on her skin, Ms Gaynor has a couple of extra tricks up her sleeve.

"If I'm feeling like my skin needs a little extra something post-flight, after removing my make up I'll apply a sheet mask," she said.

"Skin Republic COQ10 + Caviar is bursting with ingredients to intensely nourish and replenish any lost moisture."

And another must-have is a good coffee scrub, so make sure to sneak some into your toiletries bag to use in the shower after you arrive at your destination.

"My most beloved post-flight ritual is giving my body a good scrub with Frank Body Coffee Scrub," she said.

"The coffee grounds are exfoliating and invigorating, they get your blood pumping while also making you feel silky smooth. Plus each of the Frank blends contain oils and vitamins to restore softness, hydration and glow."

BONUS TIP THAT COSTS NOTHING

It might sound boring, but there's one more way to ensure you look and feel fresh after a flight - and that is to watch what you drink.

"Drink plenty of water during flight and try to limit coffee, tea and alcohol," Ms Gaynor said.

"Yes, those are some of life's greatest pleasures but perhaps best saved for when you're back on solid ground. Just a thought."


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