Cramped seats, super dry air and long hauls — airplane travel isn’t the most comfortable, but this is how I make sure I arrive to my desired destination feeling my best!
Drink plenty of water slowly to decrease water retention and avoid things that can dehydrate you (like coffee and alcohol).
I personally buy a large bottle of spring water and a small bottle of coconut water (it’s high in potassium, which helps flush sodium out of the body) for my flight.
If I’m on a short flight, I prefer not to eat during flight as I try to reduce the amount of stress I put on my body.
Sitting for long periods of time, the dramatic change of pressure or crossing multiple time zones is considered stress, and adding hard to digest foods into the mix can put a lot of added stress on your body – which is why many travellers become bloated/constipated post-flight.
By fasting, not only will you reduce physical stress – but you can have an easier time syncing both internal/external clocks (which will help regulate your hormones, digestion, blood pressure etc) by simply just waiting to eat shortly after landing based on local time.
During flight, I make sure to get up and walk around/stretch at the back of the plane (calf raises are a personal fav haha). I also put my feet on the metal frame below me while I’m seated. It sounds weird but by doing this, it can help ground you to the airplane frame. This will allow you to discharge excess positive charges you are accumulating during flight, inevitably thinning your blood and decreasing inflammation from flight.
Moisturize your skin
Moisturize! I personally like to use an oil based lotion. In a dry environment, not only can your skin become red, dry or trigger an inflammatory skin condition flare up (eczema etc), but your skin actually tries to counteract the dry air with increased oil production (aka greasy skin). I’m currently using an oil-based face balm from my skincare line that is coming out in the coming weeks!
Do your best to go “make-up free”
Heavy face make-up can dry your skin out even more! Make up is known to hold onto environmental toxins (I try not to think about what is recirculating in cabin air) which can result in collagen breakdown (aka how wrinkles form). I personally just pack my makeup bag in my carry on and apply my make up when I land!