Long-haul flights can be both inconvenient and boring for some air passengers. They can also take a toll on your appearance that many people might not realize. Dehydration is a particular concern during a long flight – but this cannot be solved just by drinking more. British Airways flight crew Rob Staines told Business Insider what passengers should avoid.
He explained that travelers should never dry their skin while traveling long distances.
Cabins on commercial airliners are maintained at a humidity level of 20 percent.
This is five percent lower than the relative humidity of the Sahara desert, which could lead to health problems related to dehydration such as headaches and sore throats.
To combat this from the outside, Staines recommends keeping the skin hydrated.
"Always have a good moisturizer," he told Business Insider. "It doesn't have to be expensive.
"What I use is Clinique for Men because it's light, it's oil-free and it's very intense."
It is advisable to hydrate before the flight, during and after to keep the skin hydrated.
Another way to keep cool, according to Staines is to use a facial mist.
"They are so easy to use," he said. "They are always in really small packages, so they fit perfectly to your bag for liquids.
The flight attendant also advised not to drink too much alcohol for a long-haul flight.
"We offer fantastic wines," Staines told the US website, "but I would try not to overdo the alcohol. It's really dehydrating."
If passengers become too dehydrated, the risk of health problems during and after the flight increases.
The Aerospace Medical Association advises passengers to drink at least one cup (250 ml) of water during the flight.
Alcohol may also affect you much more in the air than on the ground.
"When on an airplane, the barometric pressure in an aircraft cabin is lower than it normally is," Dr. Clare Morrison, of online doctor MedExpress, told HuffPost UK.
"This decrease in pressure means that the body finds it more difficult to absorb oxygen – this can produce vertigo or hypoxia."
"In other words, the lower level of oxygen in the blood means you can look drunk in the air than you would on the ground after consuming the same amount of alcohol."
It is worth considering drink activated carbon before flying tor combat the unpleasant effects of long-haul flights. Experts from the travel company The Teletext holidays revealed that drinking the unusual substance can help with digestive problems.
"It sounds (and savors) strange, but activated charcoal can solve most stomach problems, giving you relief as you travel," they said.
It is also a good idea to walk around the airport before a flight to help you stay updated.