The key to a successful, restful flight is to start hydrating a few days before you travel. Preparing for long flights is like preparing for a marathon. The hydration doesn’t only happen on the plane or during the run, it happens days before too.
Before the flight:
The main goal before flying is to actively hydrate the skin.If you start off hydrated and continue to hydrate while on the flight your skin, body and brain will thank you when you land and for days to follow. Hydration is extremely important to keep the body balanced and functioning at a high level. Dehydration leads to headaches, constipation and inability to get on a new time zone. Choose water or coconut water as your beverage of choice during the duration of the flight. DO NOT drink alcohol or caffeine (this includes tea) as they both promote dehydration. Although having a glass of wine seems like the smart choice to induce sleep, it is actually the worst choice. Try taking Melatonin to help induce sleep.
Most planes have 10-20 % humidity levels, which can lead to dry throat, dry + scratchy eyes and dry skin. Low humidity also ups your risk of catching a respiratory virus (a cold), and since about 50% of the air on flights is recycled, germs are rampant.
In-Flight: Take precautions!
You can wear a mask, nostril covers, or simply cover your face while sleeping. Another smart way to protect yourself from germs, is to wipe down your seat area. Pack disinfectant wipes and use them on the seatbelt, tray table, armrests and remote controls. Also try not to touch bathroom handles, faucets etc. You can also put down your own blanket or wrap, so you have a clean seat.
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When it comes to taking care of your skin on a long flight, hydration is the name of the game. If you wear makeup you’re going to want to remove it before going to sleep. Invest in quality facial wipes or a gentle hydrating cleanser. After removing all makeup, apply a hydration oil to clean skin, followed by eye cream and hand cream. Traveling with a facial mist is a good way to stay hydrated and feel refreshed while traveling. Look for ingredients such as Rooibos, rose or aloe.
Post Flight: Get Moving
Exercise is another key factor in feeling good on a long journey. In addition to exercising leading up to the trip, get moving as soon as you get settled in your location. Exercise relaxes the mind and body, increases circulation and produces sweat. Sweating releases endorphins, which make us, feel good and also mitigates our jet leg.
Travel bag necessities:
- Eye drops
- Hand cream
- Lip balm/also works in the nose to protect against dryness + germs
- Hydrating face oil
- Compression socks
- Slip Eye mask
- Oribe dry shampoo
- Something warm to wrap up in
- De Manual Altitude Oil
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