Going on vacation or planning a holiday is always fun and exciting, but keeping up with your daily beauty regime can be daunting. With different weather patterns and time changes, extra care must be taken to make sure that you still look and feel good. Sitting for hours in a plane leaves the skin dehydrated and a simple skin care routine must be followed.
Firstly, when travelling long distances, I make sure that the clothes I wear are crease free and comfortable. A pair of pump shoes is ideal if you suffer from swollen feet. Slacks with no belts and loose t-shirts or cotton shirts are more comfortable. Since some flights do offer a pair of pyjamas, a quick change into soft, comfy clothing makes any journey seem like a breeze. Hydration is important so consume enough water during your journey. This helps the body inside and out. Keep away from caffeine and alcohol. Raw nuts as a snack is better than having anything salty like pretzels or chips.
A make-up bag containing travel essentials like face wipes, moisturiser, deodorant, perfume and a natural moisturising lipstick is always necessary. Since you are not allowed to carry more than 100ml of any product, a simple solution is to decant all your favourite products into travel-sized bottles. An indulgent shower gel can make you feel refreshed and the journey an even better experience.
Before the flight take-off, remove make-up with refreshing cleansing wipes and apply an extra-firming night cream. This will keep the skin hydrated and less prone to the harsh air from air-conditioners. My favourite is Eucerin Aquaphor, which hydrates the skin and also acts as a barrier. It is also not necessary to eat everything from the flight meals. It is far too much and in most cases un-appetising. Cut fruit is better than a chocolate mousse and water is better than a fizzy drink. You need to feel comfortable and not bloated, so less is more.
Long flights are very tiring, so a walk down the aisle or just standing up for a few seconds helps with circulation. Even when you are sitting, try and rotate your ankles clockwise and then anti clockwise; this prevents swelling of the feet. My secret is to recline my seat and put the massagers on, in this way I can get a full body massage and feel totally relaxed. If you are travelling economy, ask for a change in seats that are near the exit. The leg-room space is bigger and you can stretch your legs and stand up comfortably.
Before you arrive at your destination have a quick shower, apply a daily moisturiser and sunscreen for your new climate and surroundings. Try to incorporate some exercise in your daily routine, which will make you feel energised. Going on vacation is always fun and you can still look and feel good if you just follow a simple body and beauty rule that is fuss-free and quick.