It doesn’t matter how you sugar-coat it a long-haul flight is draining and no matter what class you travel in you rarely touch down on top form. But that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. With some simple travel and beauty hacks you can get to your overseas destination not only feeling great but looking fantastic too.
It’s not really surprising that cruising at 35,000 feet on a packed overnight plane doesn’t leave you well rested. While it can be exciting jetting off to a foreign country – especially if sun, sea and sand are at the other end – nobody looks forward to the way they look and feel stepping off that plane.
Rather than accept your dehydrated, weary fate though try adopting some of these tips to give you a fighting chance of looking ‘runway’ ready.
The meals and snacks you decide to tuck away 24 hours before your flight can have a big impact on the way you feel. Avoid heavy meals loaded with fat, salt and spice to bypass jet bloat and opt for something light and fresh instead.
While it can also be tempting to tuck into the a tasty cocktail pre-flight or onboard it really is best to steer clear. Alcohol dehydrates you and it’s effects are heightened at altitude too.
If you’re looking for something to help you drift off though, cherries are a fab snack to take on board. They are one of the only natural food sources of melatonin – the hormone that helps regulate sleep – so they could even help you get some shut eye and stave off jet lag too.
Another way to assist in resetting your circadian rhythm – otherwise known as your body clock – is to try intermittent fasting while flying and avoid the plane food and snacking situation all together.
Don’t forget to pack your hand luggage friendly 7-day sized travel pack of Lumity’s supplements. They’ll help to give you all the nutrients you need around the clock while you’re away.
Skin can get so dull and tired looking on a flight, not just because you’re weary but because of the dry air. Treat yourself to a facial massage using Lumity’s Skin Nutrients Facial Oil before you leave for the airport and help lock moisture in and protect it from environmental damage.
Even better you can even take a travel sized bottle of the nourishing oil on board and follow A-list facialist Nichola Joss’s amazing facial massage from your seat. This will seal your skin from the cold, dry air that’s blasted out on board and protect it from dehydration and oxidative stress, leaving you positively glowing.
We don’t mean raising your glasses filled with wine, we mean drink up your water. Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do on a plane for your body. It’ll help keep your circulation going and lessen the chances of getting a cramp.
While it might be annoying to have to get up for toilet breaks your skin will certainly thank you for it once you touch down.
Attempt to drink an eight ounce glass of water every hour on board if you can and hydrate yourself well before you get on the plane too.
If you struggle to drink plain old H2O then sip ginger or lemon tea which will also help reduce bloating and travel sickness as well.
Easier said than done but getting some decent shut eye makes the world of difference to how you look and feel post flight. It can be frustrating when you can’t nod off – or it happens during the last 10 minutes of the descent – but if you invest in some sleep aides like a quality eye mask, ear plugs and maybe even tuck into those cherries before bed time it can help you drift off.
Tempting as it may be, back away from the nighttime movies if you can too as reading a book will likely help you fall asleep better than the blue light from screen will.
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Perhaps even download the ‘Headspace’ app or something similar and slip in a bit of meditation to help you relax and potentially fall asleep.