UAEflyer From United Arab Emirates, joined Nov 2006, 1161 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6066 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.
Wing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1575 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6058 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.
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!
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HiJazzey From Saudi Arabia, joined Sep 2005, 872 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5763 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 ! 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.
Articulatexpat From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2006, 156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5601 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.
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.
Just some mild humor, don't flame me!
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