We all want to look our best for the holidays, but let’s face it, being jet lagged isn’t a good look. Being jet lagged takes a toll on your body and signs of exhaustion show on your face. We know many of you may be traveling for the holidays, but don’t worry – we have tips to help make sure you’re still looking your best post-flight!
Adjust your sleeping patterns before takeoff. If you’re going west start to go to bed later a few days before you travel. If you’re traveling east start going to bed earlier. This is going to help get your sleep pattern on track ASAP.
As we all know, dehydration leads to fatigue, headaches and grogginess. With your natural body clock already being already be out of whack from traveling, you don’t need dehydration to add to the mix. Tell the flight attendant to keep the water coming, and stay away from carbonated drinks, alcohol and coffee. We’re going to repeat it again - don’t go overboard with the complimentary coffee or cocktails offered on-board! If you’re tempted to calm your fear of flying nerves with vino, only do one glass! The same goes with caffeine. Both will throw off your hydration levels and make your jetlag worse. Instead, opt for herbal teas like chamomile or rooibos, and pair it with lemon.
Water will help hydrate you within, but a moisturizer is going to help repair airplane ridden skin. Low humidity on board unfortunately can do a number on your skin, leaving it dry and flaky. Pre-flight, apply your moisturizer and bring it on board if airport security allows it. If not, you can pack a travel sized hydrating spray to help do the trick. Also apply body lotion and hand cream frequently.
Eat – Eat a light meal to avoid any stomach discomfort.
Sleep – If it’s night time in the destination you’re traveling to, or you must sleep, you want to be comfortable. Bring your eye mask, ear plugs, and a cozy blanket and find a position to rest your head in to avoid waking up with neck pain.
Stretch – Get up and go to the bathroom (even if you don’t have to go) every so often so you can stretch your legs and prevent cramps. Also flip through your in-flight magazine and follow any in-seat exercises provided.
As soon as the plane lends, get some sunshine (with sun protection of course!) Exposure to light helps you adjust to the new time zone quicker and reset your internal clock. Make sure to go for a walk or relax by the pool if you’re going somewhere tropical as soon as you can after you arrive.
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