We’re convinced that air hostesses are privy to some sort of sorcery, how else do you explain cabin crew being able to step off a 12-hour flight looking as fresh as a daisy while the rest of us look like a puffy, bloated mess? The great news is the secret’s out – thanks to these tips from the Virgin Atlantic cabin crew you can be sure you’ll arrive at your destination feeling fly.

Don’t forget to prep

The key to looking great onboard is to make sure to protect your 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 moisturising 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!

Dare to go bare

Makeup remover 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. 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!

Invest in the magic of minerals

If you’d like to look as glam as the cabin crew on your flight, then we recommend investing in a mineral based foundation or concealer (like Bodyography’s Cover and Correct Under-Eye Concealer Duo – read our review here). 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 because most mineral foundations come in powder form you don’t have to worry about carrying extra liquids in your hand luggage.

Hand luggage essentials

The drying cabin pressure isn’t just bad news for your skin. As well as a moisturiser, pack a small pot of Vaseline or a great lip balm in your hand luggage to prevent your lips from drying out. We recommend Dr Paw Paw balms – you can also apply it to your cuticles to keep them soft and hydrated so that pre-holiday manicure won’t go to waste.

Drink up!

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 the 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.

For more tips on wellbeing in the air and looking fabulous onboard visit the Virgin Atlantic website.