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Here's How 5 Pinay Flight Attendants Keep Their Skin ~Clear~

They reveal all their skincare secrets here!
PHOTO: (LEFT) Instagram/moxy_arima, (RIGHT) Courtesy of Janine

With all the germs and super dry air in planes, covering your pores with makeup = acne. So how do flight attendants, who wear makeup in-flight for hours, manage to always look fresh thousands of feet up in the air?

We interviewed five F.A.s—Moxy Arima, Veronica Javier, Janine Santarina, Kathleen Legata, and Ruth Ramos—to learn more about their skincare secrets + routines!

Moxy Arima

Age: 22

Airline: Cebu Pacific

Makeup routine: Primer, foundation, eyebrows, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, concealer, contour, blush, lip balm, lipstick, and powder.

Skin type: Oily

How long have you been a flight attendant?

Moxy: One year and six months!

How do you take care of your skin when you're working and not working?

Moxy: When I'm not working, I let my skin rest and apply face masks during the day. My current favorites are the Aztec Secret Clay Mask and the Alya Skin Mask! At night, I make sure I exfoliate before my usual skincare routine.

However, when I'm working, I just make sure I keep my face oil-free by patting it with tissue or oil films. I sometimes use an aloe vera face mist in-flight so my skin won't get too dry from the air inside the aircraft. Also, when I get home from work, even if I am super sleepy, I NEVER sleep with makeup on.

Morning skincare routine

  1. Thayer's Witch Hazel Toner

    It helps my skin feel refreshed and extra clean. My skin is oily, which makes me prone to acne, so this toner keeps pimples at bay.

    Thayer's Witch Hazel Toner, P695, Healthy Options

  2. Foodaholic 97% Snail Firming & Moisture Soothing Gel

    Most moisturizers I've tried in the past just make my skin more oily, so this lightweight one has been my go-to lately. It makes my skin feel refreshed and somewhat tighter after application. It also has a nice scent and quickly dries once applied!

  3. Bioré Aqua Rich UV Essence SPF 50+

    Sunblock is important since it protects my skin from harmful UV rays. This product is great because it's not too greasy and it dries quickly, which is perfect for people with oily skin like me! And unlike other sunblocks that I've used before, this one feels light on the skin.

    Biore Aqua Rich UV Essence SPF 50+, P445, The SM Store

Evening skincare routine

  1. Mentholatum Acnes Facial Foam

    This facial foam got rid of the little bumps on my forehead and it always instantly dries up any unexpected pimples. After wearing makeup for more than 12 hours, the feeling this facial foam gives after washing it off is just ~*divine*~.

    Mentholatum Acnes Facial Foam, P400, Lazada

  2. Eskinol Pimple Fighting Facial Deep Cleanser

    I can't sleep without applying this because I would expect a pimple the next day if I don't. This toner is able to get rid of the leftover dirt and makeup in my pores. It may be too strong for some, but for people with oily + acne-prone skin, it's worth trying.

    Eskinol Pimple Fighting Facial Deep Cleanser, P84/225ml, Watsons

  3. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

    It keeps my skin blemish-free, bright, and healthy. It has also helped in making my dark circles less obvious, which is a need for any flight attendant who often joins red-eye flights!

    The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, P595, Pretty Girl Manila

  4. DHC Lip Cream

    It makes my lips feel super soft and helped treat the windburn I got from a long-haul flight months ago. So this is a must-try for anyone whose pout gets easily chapped! 

    DHC Lip Cream, P380, Shopee

What are your in-flight skincare products?

Moxy: Lucas Papaw Ointment, Nature Republic's Aloe Vera Face Mist, and oil blotting sheets.

How has your skin changed since you became a flight attendant?

Moxy: My skin has become fairer since I'm rarely exposed to the sun, and the texture has improved because I constantly receive advice from my co-flight attendants on how to take better care of my skin.

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What are your in-flight skincare tips?

Moxy: Always keep your hands clean and your face oil-free. My next tip is to make sure your face is always moisturized via a face mist, and keep your lips chap-free with a lip balm. Last but definitely not the least, drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated!

Veronica Javier

Age: 25

Airline: Philippine Airlines

Makeup routine: Primer, foundation, concealer, eyebrow pencil, eyebrow gel, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush, highlighter, powder, setting spray, and red lipstick.

Skin type: Combination

How long have you been a flight attendant?

Veronica: Three years.

How do you take care of your skin when you're working and not working?

Veronica: When I'm working, I pack on the moisturizer and sunblock on my face. I even add a few collagen drops before I put on my makeup! Throughout the day, I need to have my lip balm handy because long hours of wearing lipstick can feel like the desert.

When I'm not working, I still put on moisturizer and sunblock but with minimal makeup. I still keep my lip balm with me. I take advantage of my days off to wear lipsticks with lighter formulas.

Morning skincare routine

  1. Céleteque Hydration Facial Wash

    I cleanse with the Céleteque Hydration Facial Wash. It's water based and mild on the skin so my face doesn't feel dry after the wash.

    Céleteque Hydration Facial Wash, P140, Zalora

  2. Céleteque Hydration Facial Moisturizer

    Next, I apply Céleteque's moisturizer. Again, gentle on the face and doesn't feel greasy!

    Céleteque Hydration Facial Moisturizer, P231, Robinsons Department Store

  3. Bioré Aqua Rich UV Essence SPF 50+

    The Bioré UV aqua rich sunblock is a staple fave. My skin absorbs it well and it has SPF 50!

    Biore Aqua Rich UV Essence SPF 50+, P445, The SM Store

  4. Yadah Collagen Ampoule

    I add around three drops of the Collagen Ampoule. It's a Korean brand, plus the fact that it has the word "collagen" in it made me instantly want to try it. I noticed my skin feels more supple compared to days when I skip this step.

    Yadah Collagen Ampoule, Beauty Bar

Evening skincare routine:

  1. Bioré Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets

    I remove my makeup with Bioré facial wipes. It takes a lot off with just one swipe. Sometimes I'd remove the excess makeup with virgin coconut oil.


    Bioré Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets, P99, Robinsons Supermarket

  2. Eskinol Refreshing Facial Deep Cleanser With Pure Cucumber Extract

    A step I will never miss out on is applying Eskinol's Facial Deep Cleanser (the cucumber one). I have been using this since the seventh grade and it has helped in fighting pimples. You'd be surprised how much dirt is still in your pores after cleansing! 

    Eskinol Refreshing Facial Deep Cleanser With Pure Cucumber Extract, P74/225ml, The SM Store

  3. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

    Once my skin is all clean, I go in with the Midnight Recovery Concentrate. A few drops will go a long way with this one.

    Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, P2,880, SM Megamall

  4. The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Eye Concentrate

    After, I put on the Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate from The Body Shop. I liked the packaging for this one because it has a small roller specially made for the under eye area where you can gently massage the product in.

    The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Eye Concentrate, Robinsons Galleria

  5. Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream

    The Kiehl's super multi-corrective cream makes my skin feel super soft! This was a recommendation from a friend who looked 10 years younger than his real age.

    Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream, P3,650, SM Megamall

What are your in-flight skincare products?

Veronica: For a little pick-me-up, I spray on the Vitamin C Energizing Face Mist from The Body Shop. When oil starts to kick in, I use the Gatsby oil blotting paper. And again, I can never survive a day without my Burt's Bees lip balm! It keeps my lips from feeling parched.

How has your skin changed since you became a flight attendant?

Veronica: Since I work very odd hours, I noticed more bags under my eyes. Hence, I put extra care in that area. Also, the air inside the cabin is very drying which may make the skin sensitive in the long run. That's why I look for products that are gentle and mild on the skin.

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What are your in-flight skin care tips?

Veronica: This is a cliche, but drink lots of water! Even I can forget this and I just end up feeling really tired and dry. Also, I've stopped retouching my makeup with powder because I noticed I just end up looking patchy and cakey. Instead, I just use an oil blotting sheet, spritz on my face mist, and I'm good to go!

Janine Santarina

Age: 26

Airline: Air Asia

Makeup routine: Primer, full coverage foundation, concealer, cream contour, loose powder (for baking), powder (for the whole face), bronzer, brow pencil, eye makeup, blush, highlighter, lipstick, and setting spray. If you are not used to a full glam look, you might think my routine is too much but that's really how it should be. I wear makeup for more than 10 hours a day, so every day is a full glam day!

Skin type: Normal to dry

How long have you been a flight attendant?

Janine: Five years.

How do you take care of your skin when you're working and not working?

Janine: When I'm working, I try my best to drink lots of water at least every hour during long-haul flights. I also use a facial spray to keep my face moisturized every hour, too. I never forget to do skincare from the neck down 'cos my skin gets very itchy when it's dry in the aircraft. When it does itch, I use hand cream and low-key scratch it with my palm.

When I'm not working, I always feel the need to exfoliate my face at least twice a week. I wear heavy make up five days a week for more than 10 hours a day, so imagine how clogged my pores could be! That's what I religiously do during my off days.

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Morning skincare routine

  1. iWhite Korea Whitening Facial Wash

    This became an instant favorite because it is really an effective brightening facial wash!

    iWhite Korea Whitening Facial Wash, P159, Watsons

  2. Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Toner

    This toner—I love it so much! I've been wanting to try it since a lot of K-beauty fans were raving about it. Now I know why! My pores got tighter and it also lightened my acne scars.

    Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Toner, P1,150, Althea

  3. Dear Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream

    I had the "Where-have-you-been-all-my-life?" kind of reaction after using this. My skin is like the fluffiest skin there is whenever I use it! I love using it at night because when I wake up the next day, my face is super soft and smooth!


    Dear Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream, P1,280, Althea

  4. Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel SPF 50+

    I love to use this as a daily sunblock for both no-makeup and full glam days because it's non-sticky. This never appears white on the skin, and it absorbs pretty well, too.

    Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel SPF 50+, P485, Watsons

  5. Belo SunExpert Tinted Sunscreen

    I put this on when I want to apply minimal makeup.

    Belo SunExpert Tinted Sunscreen, P449.75, Watsons

Evening skincare routine

  1. iWhite Korea Whitening Facial Wash


    iWhite Korea Whitening Facial Wash, P159, Watsons

  2. Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Toner


    Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Toner, P1,150, Althea

  3. Dear Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum + 3 drops of Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Drop Vitamin C Serum

    These two are my skin savers, especially the Vitamin C serum. It claims to be anti-aging, and we all know using makeup is one of the reasons why we look twice older. Since I started using this, people who see me always say "Jaja, why is that everytime I see you, you look younger and younger?" It's Vitamin C!

    Dear Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum, P1,200, Althea

    Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Drop Vitamin C Serum, P1,200, Althea

  4. Dear Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream

    Dear Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream, P1,280, Althea

  5. Dear Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream

    I only use this when I feel like my skin is kind of irritated and pimples are starting to show up.

    Dear Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream, P1,280, Althea

  6. Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine + Skinfood Black Sugar Exfoliating Wash-off Mask

    I turn to these products for exfoliating.

    Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine, Beauty Bar

    Skin Food Black Sugar Exfoliating Wash-off Mask, P645, Trinoma

What are your in-flight skincare products?

Janine: I use the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater every hour to keep my face moisturized and fresh looking. For my hands and arms, I use any hand cream, no specific favorite brand, but I'm currently using Vaseline Dry Skin Repair Lotion. Also, I know water is not really a skincare product, but it's really good to keep yourself hydrated, especially during long-haul flights.

How has your skin changed since you became a flight attendant?

Janine: Honestly, I wasn't really taking care of my skin until I became a flight attendant. My skin type is normal, and I experience occasional dryness. But I learned that I can actually prevent the dryness by using the right skincare products. So, from then on, I started to really invest in my skincare.

What are your in-flight skincare tips?

Janine: Water intake is very important. Make sure you drink water every hour during the flight. And don't touch your face, you have no idea how much germs you can get from the aircraft.

Kathleen Legata

Age: 24

Airline: Qatar Airways

Makeup routine: Primer, foundation, concealer, powder, eyebrow pomade, eyeshadow, blush, contour, highlighter, mascara, lipstick, and setting spray. Depending on the length of the flight, I can opt not to contour and use setting spray. Sometimes, I even swap my foundation for a tinted moisturizer or I just use a full coverage powder. With makeup, less is more. 

Skin type: Sensitive combination

How long have you been a flight attendant?

Kathleen: Almost two years now.

How do you take care of your skin when you’re working and not working?

Kathleen: I try to stick to organic and natural products with no fragrance in them. I have a ton of products I use, depending on what my skin needs or what my skin type is at that time. Working or not, I try to stay hydrated and drink a lot of water. When I am working, there is not much I can do since I'm wearing makeup, so I just use facial sprays. After flying, no matter how tired or busy I am, I always make sure to at least fully remove all my makeup, cleanse properly, moisturize, and use sunblock.

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As a general rule, I make sure I properly cleanse my face to avoid clogged pores and allow my skin to fully absorb everything. 

When I find that my skin is getting problematic (pimples, clogged pores, or redness), I use fewer/more gentle products to let my skin ~breathe~. I avoid touching my face at all costs, and I use silk pillow covers. But skincare is more than just the products you put on—I also eat a proper diet and avoid sweets and greasy/fried food.

Morning skincare routine:

  1. COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

    During the morning, I prefer a gentle cleanser to wash off any remaining residue of last night's products.

    COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, P515, Lazada

  2. Obagi Professional-C Serum 15%

    I put three to four drops of Vitamin C morning and night because it brightens and protects my skin, and evens it out. This is a "must" in my routine.

    Obagi Professional-C Serum 15%, Bought abroad

  3. Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin

    I don't use cotton pads for toner. I just put the product on my hands, rub it and warm it up a bit, and pat it on my face. I skip the cotton because it ends up absorbing most of the product and I tend to be rough on my skin when I use it. Plus, it's less waste!

    Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin, P928.13, Innisfreeworld.com

  4. First Aid Beauty 5 In 1 Eye Cream

    I use my ring finger (the weakest finger) to rub it and warm it up before gently applying to my eye area.

    First Aid Beauty 5 In 1 Eye Cream, P1,776, Sephora.ph

  5. The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boost Moisturizer

    It's a lightweight gel moisturizer that does not leave a tacky or oily feeling after, making it a good base for my makeup. But whenever my skin is dry I add a bit of my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion.

    The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boost Moisturizer, P1,795, Lazada

  6. Bioré Aqua Rich UV Essence SPF 50+

    This is the sunscreen I use on most days because like the moisturizer it does not leave a tacky or oily feeling. Plus, it doesn't smell like sunscreen and doesn't leave a white cast.

    Biore UV Aqua Rich Essence SPF 50+, P445, The SM Store

Evening skincare routine:

  1. Bioré Cleansing Oil

    I start my triple cleanse with a cleansing oil. I gently massage the product into my face to remove the makeup and then rinse it off. It easily melts off all my makeup so I don't really need to rub hard.

    Biore Cleansing Oil, P320, Robinsons Department Store

  2. Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser

    I use Shiseido Perfect Whip or Aesop's Amazing Cleanser to wash off the remaining oil and makeup. I sometimes use my Clarisonic MIA 2, especially after long-haul flights to help me get rid of everything that has been sitting on my skin for a long time.

    Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser, Bought abroad

  3. Lush Don't Look At Me

    I try to exfoliate at least once every two weeks, depending on how clogged my face feels. I either use Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque, or Suisai Beauty Clear Powder, or Lush's Don't Look At Me face mask. Whenever I exfoliate, I don't use my Clarisonic, cleanser, and toner.

    Lush Don't Look At Me, P525, Bonifacio High Street

  4. Neogen Dermalogy Real Flower Cleansing Water In Rose

    After cleansing, if I feel there's still some residue left on my skin, I gently swipe a cotton pad soaked in either this cleansing water or The Saem White Tea Cleaning Water across my face to get rid of any excess dirt and bacteria.

    Neogen Real Flower Cleansing Water In Rose, P845, Lazada

  5. Obagi Professional-C Serum 15%

    Obagi Professional-C Serum 15%, Bought abroad

  6. Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin

    Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin, P928.13, Innisfreeworld.com

  7. Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence

    Sometimes, I either put the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence or Missha Time Revolution Essence (A dupe!) on my hands and pat it on my face. I normally do this when my skin is feeling sensitive or dry because it’s very gentle on the skin.

    Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence, P2,240, Althea

  8. First Aid Beauty 5 In 1 Eye Cream + Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment

    I use two eye creams at night. First Aid Beauty, the same as the one I use in my a.m. routine, and a bit of Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment because it's richer.

    First Aid Beauty 5 In 1 Eye Cream, P1,776, Sephora.ph

    Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment, P1,795, SM North EDSA

  9. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

    Sometimes, I use a sheet mask from Innisfree or Lululun, but usually I apply sleeping masks because I can leave them overnight. I prefer the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask or the COSRX Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask.

    Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, P1,409, Althea

  10. Trilogy Rosehip Oil

    This oil is so lightweight that I can apply it during any season! It's moisturizing and has great anti-aging properties, too.

    Trilogy Rosehip Oil, Bought abroad

  11. Kosé Clear Turn Plumping Eye Zone Mask

    As an extra step, I sometimes use these eye sheet masks and leave them on for a few minutes before I sleep. 

  12. Lucas' Papaw Ointment

    I switch between this and the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask to moisturize my lips.

    Lucas' Papaw Ointment, P499, Watsons

What are your in-flight skincare products?

Kathleen: My only in-flight skin care products are facial sprays and lip balm. I switch between the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater or the Shiseido Ibuki Quick Fix Mist. For my lips, I use the Laneige Lip Sleeping mask or Lucas Papaw.

How has your skin changed since you became a flight attendant?

Kathleen: Ever since I started flying, my skin type has drastically changed and it depends on the season. I used to have oily skin back when I lived in the Philippines. Now, my skin gets very dry in the aircraft and during winter or cold seasons. 

What are your in-flight skincare tips?

Kathleen: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. The air in the plane is very dry. Drink lots of water and less juice, coffee, and soda as those can dehydrate you even more. You can use facial sprays as well. [I suggest] don't put makeup on and stick to moisturizer. I've seen some passengers use sheet masks in-flight. It's a good idea, especially for long/night flights! If you want to freshen up before landing, bring cleansing facial wipes. I recommend using them over washing your face in the lavatory. Also, don't forget to apply lip balm and bring hand cream, too!

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Ruth Ramos

Age: 31

Airline: Oman Air

Makeup routine: Primer, BB cream, loose powder, eyebrows, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush, highlighter, contour, lip pencil, lipstick, setting spray. 

Skin type: Dry

How long have you been a flight attendant?

Ruth: 6 years.

How do you take care of your skin when you’re working and not working?

Ruth: When I'm working, I make sure to drink a liter of water throughout the flight. I also use a hydrating spray like Evian. I religiously apply lip balm, as well, since chapped lips are a given during a long-haul flight. 

When I'm not at work, I try to give my skin a break from makeup. I also do facial masks once a week. Whenever I have a Manila layover, I try to get a facial treatment. If I don't go home to the Philippines, I take advantage of the company insurance that allows us to see a dermatologist. I would usually get a skin checkup and a laser Fraxel treatment.

I also learned that stress can cause breakouts. There was a time my pimples were the worst, and I was on the brink of getting suspended from my flying duties. What I found effective was learning relaxation techniques like mindfulness and practicing yoga. I avoided mirrors too and tried not to stress about each time I saw a new pimple. 

Morning skincare routine:

  1. Ivory Soap

    This was a recommendation from my dermatologist and I find it great for my dry skin.

    Ivory Soap, Watsons

  2. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

    I use a gentle cleanser + my Clarisonic for mild exfoliation. I find this great for increasing blood circulation to my face, which helps keep my facial muscles toned.

    Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, P212, Watsons

  3. T.N. Dickinson's Witch Hazel 100% Natural Astringent

    I'm a huge fan of natural products and I find this astringent balances my skin's pH levels. It also helps keep pimples at bay sans harsh scents and chemicals.

    T.N. Dickinson's Witch Hazel 100% Natural Astringent, P750, Healthy Options 

  4. Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel

    I use this aloe vera gel as my daily moisturizer. It's perfect for my dry skin, the dry weather, and the dry air in the airplane!

    Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel, P295, Festival Mall

  5. Kiehl's Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream

    The best eye cream I have ever tried! I religiously use it to keep my eye area plump and clear of any signs of aging, like crow's feet.

    Kiehl's Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream, P3,675, Greenbelt 5

Evening skincare routine:

  1. The Face Shop Chia Makeup Removal Wipes

    It has a gentle and effective way of removing all my makeup, especially my eyeliner.

    The Face Shop Chia Makeup Removal Wipes, SM Megamall

  2. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

    I use this with my Clarisonic again to get remove all the makeup from my skin.

    Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, P212, Watsons

  3. T.N. Dickinson's Witch Hazel 100% Natural Astringent

    T.N. Dickinson's Witch Hazel 100% Natural Astringent, P750, Healthy Options

  4. Bio Oil

    During super dry seasons like summer, this is the only way I can keep my skin moisturized. 

    Bio Oil, P495, The SM Store

  5. Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel

    I apply it thicker at night and in the morning, my skin looks radiant the next day!


    Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel, P295, Festival Mall

What are your in-flight skincare products?

Ruth: Uriage Lip balm, Evian Facial Spray, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, Hygienix Antibacterial Hand Spray, and Bath and Body Works Hand Sanitizer. 

How has your skin changed since you became a flight attendant?

Ruth: It's drier than usual, so I always make sure it gets the TLC it needs.

What are your in-flight skincare tips?

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Ruth: Having face masks in your carry-on is a must. You can use it while sleeping during the flight. Second, drink as much water as you can. We F.A.s love mixing in lemon, mint leaves, and cucumber in our water for flavor. Third, you can use a facial spray to perk up your skin throughout the flight. And fourth, have an effective lip balm because it's really annoying to have chapped lips!

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