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Do You Feel Dry While Flying?  
User currently offlineUAEflyer From United Arab Emirates, joined Nov 2006, 1015 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5598 times:

I was always asking my self why the skin become very dry while flying and even the eyes.
I know it is always good to drink plenty of water during the flight, but is there any system or mechanism that can let your skin normal while flying. Lotions, water, and other moisturisers i know they can do the job. What else can help, anything through the AC or anything else.

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User currently offlineGuyBetsy1 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 839 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5590 times:

Inflight air, although cool only contains about 10-20% humidity level.. which can be as dry as a desert.

You basically have to drink lots of liquids, and put on moisturisers inflight. And avoid alcohol and caffeine.


User currently offlineWing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1559 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5590 times:

What I do is, before every flight I take a bottle of water and fill it with lemon.I try to drink all of it during the flight.The natural way of moistrising yourself.I am generally against any artificial form of anything if it can be done naturally.


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User currently offlineUAEflyer From United Arab Emirates, joined Nov 2006, 1015 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5558 times:

Quoting GuyBetsy1 (Reply 1):
Inflight air, although cool only contains about 10-20% humidity level

20% is nothing, but is their a research that took place recently studied this case?
Cant they increase the humid level in the aircraft AC

Quoting Wing (Reply 2):
before every flight I take a bottle of water and fill it with lemon

LooL i loved the idea i will do it in my next trip


User currently offlineBuyantUkhaa From Mongolia, joined May 2004, 2856 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5520 times:

Quoting GuyBetsy1 (Reply 1):
Inflight air, although cool only contains about 10-20% humidity level.. which can be as dry as a desert.

Isn't it even less than that still? I always thought it was about 1-3%, especially on longer flights.

"Edit:"
Seems that literature is divided on the issue, but this article may shed some light on cabin environment (interesting reading!):

http://www.boeing.com/commercial/cabinair/ventilation.pdf

It gives a range of 5-35%.



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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5419 times:

Quoting GuyBetsy1 (Reply 1):
Inflight air, although cool only contains about 10-20% humidity level.. which can be as dry as a desert.



Quoting UAEflyer (Reply 3):
20% is nothing, but is their a research that took place recently studied this case?

I live in the desert and we get as low as 3%, especially now, in winter. Onboard: drink lots of water. Avoid alcohol. Stretch and walk a bit, too.

There are times when I fly, long haul mostly, I still get bloody noses. Mostly because I don't drink enough water. Dryness affects everyone. Even crew.



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User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5387 times:

For me it is especially noted when I wake up after sleeping an hour or two. The effect feels worse, I drank alcohol before. Big grin

Question: Is it the same on all airplanes? Cause I am sure I read somewhere that newer develop airplanes boast higher humidity levels hence a more comfortable cabin.



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User currently offlineHAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2552 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5349 times:

Quoting UAEflyer (Reply 3):
Cant they increase the humid level in the aircraft AC



Quoting UAEflyer (Thread starter):
What else can help, anything through the AC or anything else.

It affects everyone, including the us (the crew). I fly longhaul (5+ hrs) for Hawaiian, and if I don't drink a lot of water I feel it after we land.

The problem is that the air itself at altitude is very dry, so the only way to increase the humidity is to actually introduce moisture into the air as it enters the aircraft. That introduces all sorts of other problems when dealing with the average bleed air/AC pack system on airliners. If you put the water in before it got to the AC system, the moisture would freeze and destroy the AC system. Put it in after, and you risk creating puddles in the ducting that could leak on the passengers. Carrying all that water around would cost the airline in fuel and payload penalties. It would also be another system to service and certify, the moisture would lead to additional corrosion problems, and it would be difficult to prevent mold and bacteria growth problems in the system. I know that Boeing will do something about it in the 787, but they have a different type of pressurization system, and a composite fuselage (no corrosion problem).

In today's aircraft, the only thing to do is drink lots and lots of water, and avoid caffeine and alcohol. Good luck!

HAL



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User currently offlineZRHnerd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5338 times:

Has anybody ever been to the Maledives? When you walk out the door at Male Airport after a 7 hours flight you feel like walking into a wall as humidity in Male is about as high as it can get Big grin

User currently offlineHiJazzey From Saudi Arabia, joined Sep 2005, 863 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5295 times:

Quoting ZRHnerd (Reply 8):
Has anybody ever been to the Maledives? When you walk out the door at Male Airport after a 7 hours flight you feel like walking into a wall as humidity in Male is about as high as it can get Big grin

Haven't been to the Maldives (would love to though), but I get that whenever I fly in to JED. It's like a steam room when the doors are open, you sometimes have a mist of condensating air around the door Big grin ! Horrible. You feel sticky before you even reach the bus at the bottom of the stairs.

Regarding dehydration. There are no easy solutions now with the restrictions on liquids. I guess we have to just hassle the attendants a bit to get us more water.
The lemon idea sounds interesting.


User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9466 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5195 times:

Quoting UAEflyer (Reply 3):
Cant they increase the humid level in the aircraft AC

The airplane would have to carry the water, which would be expensive since water is so heavy.

Also low humidity is good since it reduces corrosion. Humid environments promote corrosion and bacteria growth which are bad to have on airplanes.



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User currently offlineArticulatexpat From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2006, 156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5133 times:

I go to extremes, but I don't want to get sick. I got this tip from my stepmother, who's a nurse. Dry sinuses my crack and permit airborne germs may enter. If I'm not in such a hurry that I forget, I stop in the men's room before boarding to put antibiotic ointment in my nose. (In a stall. This is not something I'd want an audience for.) A dab of Neosporin or its equivalent, some tissue... it works like lotion on dry skin, but it will also kill anything bacterial that ought not to be there.

I take a 1L bottle of water with me when I fly. Always. More (1.5 or so) if it's a long-haul flight. Without my caffeine fixes, properly timed, I get pounding headaches, so I permit myself the necessary minimum, but I don't binge. No alcohol unless I'm on a good carrier and I'm not feeling parched, and then only one small glass of wine with my dinner.

Lotion for the backs of my hands. Moisturizer for my face. And I shave before I leave home: if I don't, the dry skin plus the razor stubble looks kinda gross. Partly this is self-care; partly this is vanity. Besides, going through customs and immigration these days, it doesn't hurt to be presentable.


User currently offlineIflyswa From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 154 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5084 times:

Quoting UAEflyer (Thread starter):
Do You Feel Dry While Flying?

Ladies, this sounds like a personal problem! If it includes itching, irritation, discomfort or pain, you may want to consult with your physician or a gynecologist. Where indicated, products like Vagisil and KY Jelly have demonstrated proven efficacy in relieving these symptoms.

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

Just some mild humor, don't flame me!

 duck 

iflyswa



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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5044 times:

Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 5):
Onboard: drink lots of water. Avoid alcohol.

Bah... Whats the point in flying? I get a free bar at 38,000ft...!



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User currently offlineUAEflyer From United Arab Emirates, joined Nov 2006, 1015 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5005 times:

I heard somewhere that Boeing did introduce a system that increase humid in the aircraft and it is fitted on one of the private 747-400, not sure which one.

User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2178 posts, RR: 28
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4932 times:

Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 5):
There are times when I fly, long haul mostly, I still get bloody noses

Exactly the same for me. It can last for a few days afterwards occasionally.

I usually fall asleep with my mouth open on long flights, and wake up with a dry mouth, not nice  boggled 

Tom Big grin



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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39672 posts, RR: 75
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4925 times:

Quoting GuyBetsy1 (Reply 1):
And avoid alcohol

Are you kidding?!?!?!  Wow!

I like drinking on flights, especially longhaul.

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 15):
I usually fall asleep with my mouth open on long flights,

Ever have a prankster sit in front of you? Big grin



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User currently offlineBA787 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 2596 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4916 times:

I always have a dry throat after a flight, but then I get dry throats a lot anyway so they don't bother me

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