Tips for travelers on how to banish puffy eyes, dry skin and other beauty woes.
Traveling any time of the year - and particularly during the holidays - is enough to make even the most relaxed among us look frazzled and feel like we've seen better days. To the rescue: these rapid radiance - and sanity-restoring tips for before, during and after your trip. The emphasis here is on simplifying and de-stressing, so wave goodbye to that weary traveler staring back at you in the mirror!
Fight stuffy air with aromatherapy
When you fly, recirculated air can cause sinuses to feel stuffed up, the perfect thing to fight this: invigorating oils delivered with massage or steam.
- On the go - Rub a drop of peppermint, rosemary or sage essential oil onto temples with fingertips; at your destination, add 10 drops of oil to a warm tub, making sure to close the bathroom door to allow nasal-cleansing steam to build up. Even if there's only time for a quick post-travel shower, you can still nab the benefits by using a mix of bergamot, grapefruit and lavender essential oils, which can be sprayed all over to invigorate.
- At the spa -A blend of essential oils is used during the pore steaming and facial massage to help clear nasal passages.
Boost skin's moisture for a radiant glow
Another unfortunate effect of plane air: dry skin. Step up your moisturizing routine before and during travel to feel more comfortable and look better. The way to get a dewy, beautiful look from makeup is to start with well-hydrated skin and you can start the night before you travel by sleeping with a hydrating mask, such as Epionce's Enriched firming Mask. Intensify the impact of such products by prepping skin with an exfoliator (sloughing off dead cells allows moisturizers to better hydrate the skin). Use products with algae powder to polish away impurities and soybean extract to soften skin and get it glowing.
- On the go - Tote along a Hydrating Booster designed to increase the skin's ability to retain and absorb moisture. You can also boost the moisture quotient in your makeup regimen by switching to light, nourishing formulas like tinted moisturizers instead of heavy foundations. Also opt for cream, rather than powder, makeup; it's more hydrating. We like a creamy pencil that can be used on cheeks, lids and lips and blended with fingers or a brush.
- At the spa- Try a hydrating treatment, one pampering treatment we love: Facials from Caddell's. We customized your facial for you whether your concern is acne, anti-aging, stress & hormone fluctuation, or relaxation.
Use makeup to wake up your eyes
Red eyes are triggered by dilated blood vessels, which are caused by dry air and lack of sleep. These can add years to your face, so to freshen up your eyes, steer clear of black liners and opt instead for navy ones, since blue makes the whites of your eyes look whiter. Then blend a creamy peach or white highlighting concealer beneath eyes to conceal dark circles and brighten the overall area.
- On the go - Don't leave home without lemon balm, an ingredient that helps promote production of the skin-firming tissues collagen and elastin while smoothing and de-puffing.
- At the spa - Banish the effects of time-zone changes, dry airplane air and uncomfortable seats with aromatherapy massage, foot and hand reflexology and a de-stressing facial.
Adjust to time shifts
The key to feeling like yourself during long-distance travel is getting your body adjusted to a new time zone (changing your sleep schedule so that it works with your destination's time zone is the best way to do this). Citrus and grapeseed are naturally invigorating botanicals, so stock up on energizers.
- On the go - To get some much-needed z's when traveling by plane, skip the alcoholic beverages; they dehydrate you and prevent restful sleep. Also be sure to pack a soft eye mask, socks to keep feet warm, earplugs and smoothing lip balm to quench dehydrated lips. Comfort is key to being able to rest.
- At the spa - Treatments that make use of the oils ylang-ylang, Indian cardamom and French lavender, which, among other oils like eucalyptus and rose, have relaxing properties to promote sleep
Hydrate thirsty strands
Your hair is also extremely susceptible to the stresses of flying.
- On the go - Leave-in conditioners are must-haves for any traveler, as even those with oily hair can suffer from split ends. These conditioners add moisture to your hair and also protect it from environmental damage that could lead to additional moisture loss. Use products with hydrating botanicals such as rice milk, bamboo milk and milk thistle, which helps soften stressed hair and restore strength.
- At the spa - Head and Scalp Massages use products which are massaged in to moisturize hair and scalp which help hydrate dry and damaged hair.