Staying hydrated and healthy can be a challenge in our daily lives, let alone while traveling. Whether you are taking a long haul flight across the world, hopping your next business flight or heading on a weekend getaway – you need to follow a few simple tips to stay hydrated and healthy. These are my go to rules for flying the friendly, and sometimes not so friendly skies.
1.) Water, water and more water. Grab your water bottle before boarding to ensure you can stay hydrated in flight. To reduce waste and cut costs on expensive water bottles at the airport you can take your own empty bottle and refill at the numerous water bottle stations available. It’s nice to have something with you at all times because the minute you start to feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. If you don’t plan to bring water, try to at least drink 8-12 ounces prior to flight. However, don’t plan on the mini sips of water provided on the plane. Water in flight is barely enough to wet your whistle, let alone provide sufficient hydration. Come prepared.
2.) Get your sleep. Yeah you can get a mini snooze on the plane however that barely warrants sufficient sleep. And what if you are lucky enough to be seated next to a chatty Cathy or a crying baby? Your sleep time is over before it began. So, do yourself a favor and get a good night’s sleep before jumping that flight or hit the hay a little earlier that night if possible. Your skin will thank you.
3.) MOISTURIZE. There’s no such thing as over doing it. To prep my skin before flight, I use an anti-aging serum, moisturizer and I also bring along a tube of ARTISTRY CC cream because is moisturizing and provides a light coverage. Keep the makeup light and use extra moisturizer. More on this topic to come….
4.) Ease of up on the in-flight makeup. I get you want to look good if you are heading to a meeting shortly after arrival, but use a good moisturizer as a base and avoid a heavy makeup or powder. You can always add makeup once you land. Keep it clean and your skin will return the favor. I keep mascara, lip gloss, and ARTISTRY cc cream in my bag at all times.
5.) Pass up the processed. I know airports are carb and sugar haven’s but that doesn’t mean you need to subject your body to the destructive properties of such foods. At the very least, reach for fresh ingredients like a piece of fruit. I typically make and bring my own snacks, but no matter what airport you are flying to, you can find a banana, apple or orange. Now fruit may not be your first choice but trust me the fiber will help the flying bloat and you will thank me for passing up the bloat inducing bagel. Trust me, this is something you won’t regret. Opt for fruit and grab yourself a plain yogurt or oats to go and your tummy and skin will thank you.
6.) Lay off the coffee. We all reach for the caffeine when traveling, especially for those early flights! It get it. Caffeine is necessary when you are up at 3:50am to catch a 6am flight. I do early flights regularly where my eyes are still puffy and my brain isn’t yet functioning. However, if you are going to do coffee, drink at least 8oz of water to compensate for the dehydration your body will experience. Try to limit coffee and maybe try to drink tea, a green juice, pop a B12 vitamin or grab an XS Energy drink to help combat the morning haze for those early flights.
7.) Keep it clean. Wash your hands! I’m not a huge fan of antibacterial sanitizers but at the very least give your hands a thorough wash with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds to kill germs that can lead to infections. Laying your head on a germ infested pillow or blanket on top of being exposed to so many people keep your hands clean. Not only will it help you stay healthy but if you touch your face you avoid spreading the germs to your skin.