To those who love aviation, the sky is home.”-anonymous
The sky is indeed the home to millions of people working hard in the aviation industry. They are the ones who make your experience pleasant, the flight safe and say goodbyes with a smile at the end of a long journey. And, we envy their jobs.
Flying as a career has its many perks but it comes with skin and hair issues which often become a problem.
Before seeking expert guidance on treating them, here are a few pointers that can go a long way in having healthy skin and hair while having a high-flying career.
1)UV radiation is always higher when flying at a higher altitude. Since cabin crew are required to be groomed and be presentable with makeup and hair-do, the appropriate sunscreen is an important part of their routine: A water-based gel-like sunscreen is apt for acne prone oily skin while oil-based moisturising sunscreen is best for dry skin.
2) Dehydration due to lack of humidity is another issue faced
by the crew. Apart from drinking more water, avoiding caffeinated drinks and alcohol helps. Applying a good moisturiser as a base for the face and body helps combat dryness.
3) The erratic flying times mean irregular eating and sleeping habits. This leads to insulin resistance, metabolic melanosis, acanthosis nigricans, pcod etc which simply put means more of pimples, loss of hair, dull skin, darker face and neck folds.
The practical way to combat these is to have power naps when possible, carrying home-cooked food and easy snacks such as dry fruit, fruits, yogurt, cheese slices etc. Also to exercise as and when time permits.
4)The rush of being on time, well-groomed and always being pleasant in spite of demanding passengers can lead to stress-induced issues such as lichen simplex chronicus or an itchy patch or rash area which refuses to stop itching. Breaking the itch-scratch cycle by having the right medication and de-stressing with some yoga or meditation is useful
5) Waiting long time for airway clearance during peak hours, especially in summers, can result in fungal issues which happen due to excessive sweating. This is characterised by extreme itching, reddish rashes or boils in the groin and armpit regions. Nowadays fungus is very resistant to therapy, so its crucial not to pick up a steroid cream over the counter from a pharmacy. This practice has led to fungus growing resistant. Say no to steroids for fungus and say yes to pure anti-fungal creams.
6)Use of heels and snug-fitting footwear leads to corns and calluses, always make sure your uniform foot wear isn’t too snug and doesn’t have hard surfaces so as to prevent those callouses and corns.
This way air crew can address their skin health issues which happen with frequent flying.
Dr.Tina Ramachander consults at SkinSolutionz, 11/12, Sahakarnagar, Bellary road, via Bangalore International Airport road, Bengaluru 560091.
For more queries on the treatment for skincare, call Dr.Tina’s Skin Solutionz at 080-4091 3394 or 9035098652
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