There are many things that come with the holiday season. Stuffing yourself full of your aunt’s sugar cookies – which she just so happens to ONLY make during the holidays – and drinking more glasses of eggnog then you care to admit. Hey! It’s the holidays, after all. Trying to find that perfect winter coat that keeps you warm without making you look like a shapeless packet of fluff.
For those whose mothers made them wear puffer jackets as a child, you know what I’m talking about.
But the holiday season also entails traveling for many of us. A lot of traveling. Anyone who has ever been on an airplane or train for an extended amount of time knows that it’s no walk in the park, nor is it very nice on our appearance.
And while I am one of those people who want nothing more than to wear my pajamas on the plane, I know I have to look somewhat professional while traveling. Okay, I’m in my twenties and it’s no longer ‘appropriate’. Aka, I can’t get away with it anymore. But with these tips and trick for traveling, it makes looking and feeling presentable just a tad bit easier.
Wrap Your Hair
When you are flying or traveling for an extended period of time, the best way to keep your hair nice is to wrap it. And I don’t mean that you need to wear a bonnet circa 1950s (we are still in public). Instead, invest in a good quality silk hair wrap. By wrapping your hair during your travels, it prevents your hair from getting dirty (remember, air is circulated in planes and most trains), while also keeping your hair in place. And don’t worry about looking ‘weird’. Most hair wraps today are beautiful and look like accessories.
Fruits and Veggies
Try to reduce your diet to only fresh fruits and vegetables. And when I say fresh, I mean it. I’m not talking about sauteed broccoli with breadcrumbs, EVOO, and garlic. Just fresh and raw produce. This tip is to be done one – preferably two to three – days before you travel. This tip is for the sack of both yourself and the passengers around you. As we know, the foods you eat have a tendency to reveal themselves in our scents. That’s why your breath may smell ‘strong’ when you eat to make animal proteins. According to a study done at Macquarie University, men who ate only fruits and vegetables had a more agreeable smell. So be a good co-passenger and eat your fruits and veggies!
You’re not alone when you think your skin becomes drier on planes. Between the air cabin’s low humidity level, the same air circulating, and the increase in altitude pressure, the air found on planes is a recipe for dry skin. Even those of us who have oily skin – such as moi – are a little flaky by the first hour of the flight. But there are many tricks you can use in order to combat the dryness. The top three things you can do are
- Skip the powder foundation and use liquid or cream foundation.
- Apply deep absorbing moisturizers. I recommend coconut oil because it has a tendency to get deep into your pores without clogging them.
- Use an under-eye mask. They are amazing and my favorite is found at Sephora.
Water! Eau! Acqua! Wody! Vand! I can not stress this enough. Drink as much water as you can – but not if you’re sitting in the window seat because that can get a little awkward – and drink ONLY water. Don’t drink soda or juice. And don’t drink coffee or tea whiel trying to rationalize with yourself that it was made from water. When it comes to traveling and being in cramped dry places, water is the king of drinks. Not only will it help prevent your skin from drying out (see above), but it will also prevent you from breaking out and getting dark circles under your eyes, which are both common during flying due to a combination of dehydration (coffee and tea dehydrate you!) and toxins. So drink up!