Now that the holiday season is over, many of you may be travelling from vacation or trips home. I just arrived back in Boston after spending the winter break at home with my friends and family in Hong Kong. I was so excited to see everyone again, but wasn't very thrilled about the 16+ hour flight to get there. Being 30,000 feet in the air in a dry environment can do a number on your hair, skin, and body, but luckily, I have some travel tips that can lessen the stress and have you feeling and looking refreshed and relax when you land.
To combat the dryness of the air, you want to keep your hair as moisturized as possible to prevent breakage and crunchiness. The day before my flight, I co-washed my hair (cowash = washing your hair using only conditioner and not shampoo) with my favorite OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Conditioner, and then deep conditioned my hair with the DevaCurl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask. The mask contains matcha butter, which retains moisture and seals the cuticle, as well as sweet almond oil, which is rich in vitamins and fatty acids that moisturize and nourish the hair. This is exactly what you want before exposing your hair to a dry change in climate. To use, I work the mask through my wet hair using my fingers and let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes. Then, I detangle and define using my fingers and a Denman Brush, and rinse. I then styled my hair as usual and went on my way.
Another tip I would recommend is to carry an empty spray bottle (I LOVE this one from Muji) with you on the plane. Once in the air or upon landing, if you feel your hair needs an extra boost, just fill the bottle with water and spray!
The lack of moisture in the air on the plane can dry out your skin as well. Even oily skin can be affected by dry climate: the drier the climate, the more your body will work to produce oil to compensate, leaving you more oily than usual. The solution? A long flight is the perfect time to do a face mask! I love using sheet masks because they're not messy, easy to use, and easy to remove. Pick a sheet mask that addresses your skin concerns, and follow the packet instructions. Also, be sure to have a travel-sized lotion/moisturizer in your carry on at all times. Your skin will thank you when you land.
I love LuLuLun masks!
Sitting for hours on end in any environment is not healthy and can lead to a host of health problems. It is especially important to move around every couple hours or so on long flights, to stretch your legs and keep blood circulation clear. Before getting on the flight, during any layover time, my family likes to walk around the airport rather than sitting at the gate, to take advantage of the time to move. The day before my flight, I like to workout (went to my favorite SoulCycle class! Find a class in your city here), to feel good before the flight. I like to specifically book the aisle seat, so I can feel free to get up without needing to disturb people to pass through. Walk around the aisles, do some stretches in the back, or just stand: as long you as you keep moving!
SoulCycle has become one of my favorite things ever
I hope these tips can help make your travel as relaxing as your vacation!
Do you have any travel tips you swear by? Let us know in the comments below!