Friday 21 July 2017

8 in-flight beauty and skincare tips from a long-haul pilot

Travel tips & advice

BA Senior First Officer Cliodhna Duggan
BA Senior First Officer Cliodhna Duggan
LONDON, UK: (L-R) Cliodhna Duggan (Senior First Officer) and Aoife Duggan (First Officer), sisters and pilots for British Airways. Photo: Nick Morrish/British Airways

Cliodhna Duggan

How can you look after your skin and hair on a flight? Who better to ask than a pilot?

Cliodhna Duggan has been flying with British Airways for almost 12 years. She's a First Officer with the airline's long-haul, Boeing 777 fleet.

Although originally from Dublin, Cliodhna lives quite close to Gatwick. Her sister Aoife is also a pilot with the airline. Here are her top beauty tips!

1. Keep your make-up in place

Use a good primer - you can sleep soundly in it and it will keep everything where it should be ready for a perfect landing. An eyeshade is also a good idea to stop you rubbing your eye make-up off if you're nodding off.

2. Invest in a good foundation

I find Bobbi Brown Foundation a perfect foundation to last for a full flight, which gives you a clear complexion and will boost your confidence without feeling too heavy.

3. Moisturise those feet...

If you're planning to go to sleep for a few hours, why not take the opportunity of being sat down to moisturise your feet? Smother your feet in a layer of moisturiser, then put on a pair of old thick socks (or BA ones) and enjoy a mini pedicure inflight.

4. Stock up on lip balm

LONDON, UK: (L-R) Cliodhna Duggan (Senior First Officer) and Aoife Duggan (First Officer), sisters and pilots for British Airways. Photo: Nick Morrish/British Airways
LONDON, UK: (L-R) Cliodhna Duggan (Senior First Officer) and Aoife Duggan (First Officer), sisters and pilots for British Airways. Photo: Nick Morrish/British Airways

Scientists have proven that the atmosphere inside an aircraft is as dry as the Sahara Desert, so lip balm is a must on a longhaul flight. Carmex not only smells fantastic but soothes chapped lips keeping them soft and well hydrated.

5. Stay hydrated

It’s an old favourite, but when you’re travelling don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Alcohol and hot drinks can dehydrate you and will have an effect on your comfort levels and your skin, aim to drink at least two glasses an hour.

6. Dry shampoo is a saviour...

If you suffer from greasy hair, dry shampoo is an absolute saviour. You can buy travel size versions now, which will fit perfectly in your handbag and are easy to use just before landing. Batiste is a favourite of mine.

7. Hands up

If your hands are fresh, you will feel fresh. There are a whole range of great hand sanitisers available, but my all time favourite hand cream is Clarins. It smells fantastic and leaves my hands feeling really soft.

8. Hide your sins!

And if all else fails... make sure to always carry a good lipstick, some sunglasses and a pashmina, which will hide all manner of sins as you make your way through the arrivals hall!

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