The trick to looking fresh after a flight is cheaper than you think

Kristine Tarbert
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

You know the moment when you’re getting off a long flight feeling dishevelled, with bags under your eyes and you see the immaculate flight attendants looking fresh as.

Ever wonder how they do it?

Well it’s all down to a tried and tested skincare routine, which has been revealed by Lauren Gaynor, a crew member for Virgin Australia.

Lauren regularly does the airline’s long-haul Sydney to Los Angeles flights and has let people have a look into what she always packs in her carry-on bag.

What do flight attendants have in their carry-on bags? Photo: Getty

Speaking to, Lauren says her skincare ritual starts with a simple and cheap facial cleanser.

Her favourite method of makeup removal is Face Halo.

“It’s a microfibre pad that lasts up to 300 washes, so it’s as convenient as a makeup wipe whilst being much more sustainable,” she told the publication.

“All you need is water. It’s an excellent option for travelling too as it takes up minimal space.”

It’s all in the skincare routine. Photo: Getty

Next up she swears the trick for dehydrated skin is to use a serum, especially those with hyaluronic acid.

Lauren is ‘obsessed’ with Buffet from beauty brand The Ordinary.

“I slather this on during our crew rest period and wake up looking dewy and rested – even when I’m not,” she says.

Photo: Getty

Lauren then moisturises using Jurlique Moisture Replenishing Day Cream, a local brand from South Australia, followed by a generous spritz with a face mist, and again throughout the flight – she uses Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist.

But the biggest thing Lauren swears by happens post-flight and is a good coffee scrub to re-invigorate the skin.

And of course, she says to drink lots of water during the flight and limit tea coffee and alcohol.

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