Occupational Hazards vary in different jobs! No doubts, one of most draining jobs is being an air hostess. The regular strenuous drill, high altitude, occasional unruly passengers and several rounds down the aisle- however is not the focus of the article. Human genius and resilience has found ways withstood the occupational hazards in almost all spheres of jobs.
The art and science of living through the air hostess drill and manage to look absolutely fresh and glamorous throughout the flying hours, do hold a lot of handy tips for the commoners. Luckily, Virgin Atlantic cabin crew, renowned for being able to step off a 12 hour flight looking as fresh as a daisy is happy to share there best kept secret to look and feel fabulous at even 35000ft. Now one can too, thanks to these tips from Virgin Atlantic can work use these in daily lives or to look ones best at even 38,000ft, and arrive at ones destination feeling fly.
For the uninitiated, Virgin Atlantic was founded by entrepreneur Richard Branson over 30 years ago after he decided the UK aviation industry needed shaking up and an injection of style. On 22nd June 1984, Virgin Atlantic’s inaugural flight to Newark took place, on an aircraft filled with personal friends, celebrities and the media. The airline has pioneered a range of innovations setting new standards of service. For example, Virgin Atlantic was the first airline to introduce the Premium Economy product, include a bar in every aircraft for Upper Class customers, offer seatback TVs on every seat in every cabin, develop a fully flatbed seat and fly a commercial aircraft on biofuels. Despite Virgin Atlantic’s growth, the service still remains customer driven with an emphasis on value for money, quality, fun and innovation. Today, Virgin Atlantic flies to 33 destinations worldwide, including UK, locations across the United States, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Tips compiled by Virgin Atlantic aimed at women passengers are here below (male passengers though will have to wait longer to have such tips):
- How to combat dry cabin air- Before setting foot on a flight, make sure to protect ones skin against the dry cabin air in advance. On the night before you fly, start by exfoliating your skin with a fine abrasive cream or body brush to remove dead skin cells, simulate circulation and give you a smooth glow. Follow this with a natural moiturising mask with rose to hydrate your skin and calm any redness, so that when you wake up at 3am your face is awake and glowing – even if you’re not!
• How to let skin breathe and prevent it drying out– Face wipes are a pre-boarding essential before any lengthy flight. Pack them in your hand-luggage so you can remove your make-up after boarding which will give your skin the chance to breathe and prevent it drying out. This also allows for easier moisturiser application throughout the flight, and be sure to reapply moisturiser all over your face, neck and décolletage each time you get a fresh glass of water. This will minimise the effect the dry cabin air has on your skin and prevent a dull flaky complexion. It will even help keep those wrinkles at bay!
- Use of mineral based foundation- If you’d like to look as glam as our cabin crew on your flight, we recommend investing in a mineral based foundation. Mineral foundation contains fewer chemicals and ingredients than oil based foundations and allows the skin to breathe whilst still providing good coverage – perfect for looking flawless on-board. Also, as it’s a powder you don’t have to worry about carrying extra liquids in your hand luggage.
• A handy lip balm helps– The drying cabin pressure isn’t just bad news for your skin. As well as moisturiser, pack a small pot of Vaseline or lip balm in your hand luggage to prevent your lips from drying out. You can also apply it to your cuticles to keep them soft and hydrated, so that pre-holiday manicure won’t go to waste.
• Stay Hydrated – One of the most important parts of looking fresh on a flight is to stay hydrated. You should drink at least one litre of water before, during and after your flight. A top tip to help with hydration is to have an electrolyte drink as well. But treat yourself to a tipple after boarding; you are flying Virgin Atlantic after all!
• Finishing touches – For when you step off the plane, use a few of our trusty Virgin Atlantic cabin crew secrets – first, bring a lipstick in your hand luggage so you can apply before you leave the plane. This will immediately brighten up your face and leave you looking fly and fabulous. To give tousled hair a boost, use a tumble dryer sheet to remove static and leave it smelling fresh. Finally, keep a change of clothes with you on the flight, so that when you step out into your destination, your clothes will look fabulous and wrinkle free.