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By Michelle Rostamian
Between low humidity levels and recirculated air, flying can have a drying toll on your skin.
Who better to recommend hydrating moisturizers than the people who spend their days and nights in the moisture-sucking environment of an airplane? We reached out to flight attendants from all around the globe to learn what their favorite moisturizers for combatting dry, dull, sensitive skin are.
Keep reading to find out what made the cut.
Looking for a moisturizer that plumps as it hydrates?
Jenna Buettner, a flight attendant for American Airlines, is a fan of this one from Glow Recipe. “This moisturizer keeps my skin hydrated and plump even after spending hours exposed to the dry airplane air,” she says. “It’s also perfect for wearing underneath makeup because it’s so lightweight, and it makes my skin look so young and refreshed all day.”
The stars of the show here are hyaluronic acid and polyglutamic acid, which work together to attract moisture to the skin and seal it in. This fan-favorite also boasts a whipped gel-cream texture, which delivers dewy, glowing skin no matter your skin type.
Besides being conveniently packaged (read: no messy pump that’ll dirty your carry-on), American Eagle flight attendant Marisa Elias is loyal to this water sleeping mask from Laneige. “I like to use this after a long day of flying because it adds moisture to my skin overnight and leaves my face soft and rehydrated come morning,” she says.
It uses squalene and a probiotic-derived complex to get the job done, and because it has a lightweight consistency, works for both oily and dry skin types.
Teodora, a flight attendant with six years of experience, says she always carries this moisturizing cream on board. “This is a really good moisturizer for combating the dry skin that most flight attendants struggle with,” she says. “It contains hyaluronic acid and shea butter, and has a thick consistency that I find to be plumping on my skin.”
Not only does the ceramide-rich cream rev up skin hydration for those who need it, but it also replenishes the skin’s moisture barrier—aka your skin’s first line of defense against the dryness-inducing environment of airplanes.
Plus, the squeeze tube packaging makes it easy to travel with.
Have combination skin? Tori Lynn, United Airlines flight attendant, recommends this cream from Arbonne.
“I’ve been using this moisturizer for the last year and it has made a world of difference in my skin,” she says of the quick-absorbing cream. “It keeps me from becoming oily yet soothes my dry skin at the same time.” And, because it contains SPF 15, it’s great for using in-flight, too. (FYI: you’ll still want to keep your skin protected while flying, as studies have shown that you’re still vulnerable to UV radiation at higher altitudes.)
For corporate flight attendant Sofia Polanco, this moisturizing cream from Rodan + Fields is an essential part of her daily routine. “My skin is naturally dry, but being a flight attendant who works in a low-humidity environment, this can cause my skin to dry out even more,” she says. “I always recommend Rodan + Fields because the packaging is easy to manage, the ingredients are natural, and the product keeps my skin moisturized.”
This cream is made up of skin-soothing colloidal oatmeal (perfect if you suffer from dryness-induced itchiness, redness, and irritation) as well as ceramides to help lock in hydration.
Cristiana Silva, Ryanair flight attendant, uses this skin hydrator as both a serum and moisturizer for her dry skin.
“I love this because it contains hyaluronic acid and vichy volcanic water, which provides deep hydration and makes my skin luminous and healthy-looking,” she says. Have sensitive skin? This is a great option, as it only contains 11 ingredients and is free of irritating parabens.