The Best Travel Skincare Tips a Flight Attendant Swears By

What are the best and hardest parts of your job?

The best part of my job is the inherent perks of private travel. I don’t have to deal with the typical airport hassles like TSA luggage restrictions, travel-size bottles, or body scans. The airport experience is very concierge- and white-glove service. The hardest part of my job can be consistently fulfilling any type of request ranging from food to amenities from any city in the world while on a tight deadline. While it can certainly be a challenge, it’s a role that suits me perfectly. I love the challenge of anticipating the needs of my passengers and providing them with the ultimate five-star experience.

Just by looking at you, I would never know you’re such a frequent flyer—how do you keep your complexion so glowy and youthful-looking?

A long day of flying can be especially brutal on my skin. Not only have I been wearing makeup all day, but I usually haven’t been drinking enough water, either. On such days, I like to treat myself to a layered skincare routine. I always start out with one of my favorite face masks. Once I’ve completed that and used a toner, I like to apply my Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair to help restore hydration to my skin. This serum provides 72-hours of hydration with hyaluronic acid to combat dryness. As a flight attendant, my presentation is very important and I can’t be looking worn out. With just one dropper, my skin looks radiant and plumped with hydration again. In between all of my product layers, I mist my face with rosewater to help my skin absorb all of the lovely products, and my last step is moisturizer or dry oil.

What’s one product you’ve used that has provided the biggest result?

In addition to a healthy diet (that’s skincare too!), I’d have to say that sunscreen has provided the biggest long-term impact to help prevent wrinkles and damage to my skin. And if you’re looking for something to help improve the look of damage, like wrinkles, one of my latest favorite skincare products is Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. I’m just so amazed by the hydrating power of this product! The way it works to protect and restore my skin is a game-changer for my life on the road.

So you obviously eat well, too. What’s your diet like, especially when you’re traveling?

I eat a plant-based whole-foods diet. These are foods that I can easily identify like leafy greens, avocados, and lentils. I don’t eat dairy or eggs as a regular part of my diet, but I will occasionally have a baked good that contains either one of these ingredients. I pretty much avoid processed or refined sugar, butter, and fried foods. I also don’t eat red meat, pork, or poultry and don’t drink alcohol. For the most part, my diet is consistent when I travel. For every trip, I bring along a bag of Tennille-friendly foods like raw vegetables, fruits, hummus, salad, kombucha, and homemade popcorn. On special occasions, I enjoy wild seafood and enjoy sushi dates with my daughters. As disciplined as I am, I think that balance is important, and I’m not hard on myself when I eat something outside of my normal diet. For example, during my last trip to Italy, I enjoyed gelato on the daily! My diet has become a lifestyle for me, so when I stray occasionally, it’s easy to get back into the routine.