It’s time for your well-deserved holiday or yearly Christmas get-together. The last thing you want is to arrive at your destination looking a wreck. But we all know being on the road can leave us feeling far from our best.
Here are some first-class tips to help you look immaculate and feel fabulous when you’re on the road.
Prevent Parched Skin
Wherever you’re headed this holiday season, a change in climate can really mess with your complexion, especially if you’re flying, since low humidity on planes suck the moisture right out of your skin and lips. Add dehydrating alcohol and/or caffeine to the mix, and you’ll arrive at your destination looking pasty, blotchy and tired.
Flight Plan: Since dryness is the biggest travel skin threat, it’s important to hydrate to keep your complexion dewy fresh. Exfoliate lightly with a gentle scrub before the flight to prep your skin for a moisture boost. Smooth on a good moisturizer or a leave-on mask with hyaluronic acid.
It’s advisable to ditch the makeup on the flight to make reapplying moisturizer easy, and to allow your skin to breathe and rest (ok…maybe just clear mascara, a tinted moisturizer with SPF and tinted lip balm, so that we don’t feel naked).
You may have to constantly reapply moisturizer to your face and limbs while you’re on a long-haul flight. For those with oily skin, use a facial mist. Don’t forget your lip balm, since fragile lips can get flaky and chapped.
Finally, drinks lots and lots of water (about 8 ounces for every hour). But hold the salt, as that’ll cause water retention which translates to puffy eyes and faces.
Fight the Breakout
Not only is skin at risk for dryness when you travel, many people also experience dreaded pimple breakouts.
Flying is stressful, and stress has been shown to worsen acne or even stress-exacerbated conditions like rosacea and eczema. Lack of sleep, jet lag and restless children (or the thought of facing your mother-in-law at Christmas dinner) further contribute to the problem.
Flight Plan: Arm yourself with potent but less irritating pimple fighters to help shrink travel-related eruptions.
Reduce stress to your skin and body during merry-making season by keeping your alcohol intake to a minimum.
Even if you had nicely coiffed, squeaky-clean strands when you began your trip, they often feel and look less fresh upon arrival at your destination.
Flight Plan: Your fix? Dust on some dry shampoo or baby powder nearing touch down. Brush out the excess powders soak up excess oils from your scalp while boosting volume and revitalizing your tired tresses.
Fend off the Holiday Flu Bug
You don’t have to know the in-flight safety demonstration by heart to know that public places like planes are germ-coated petri dishes. Among the dirtiest areas are tray tables, seatback pockets, and the bathroom (faucet and door lock handles).
What about the passenger sitting next to you who is coughing and sneezing? Passengers are 100 times more likely to catch a cold on the plane, according to studies. That’s not going to be a pretty sight.
Flight Plan: Once seated, turn on the aircon above your seat to a low-medium stream. When you put your hand out in front of your face, you should feel a current, but not so high that it’s blasting cold.
Clean your hands with a sanitizer or anti-bacterial wipe. Give the arm rests, tray table and seat-belt cover a good wipe down as well (they can look and snigger – let’s see who gets the last laugh).
Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose unnecessarily to reduce the risk of transferring the flu bug (and holiday destroyer) directly to your mucous membranes.
Other than the usual rest well-lotsa water tip, try some elderberry extract or North American Ginseng, both of which have some science behind their immune-boosting effects to keep you healthy throughout your precious getaway.