My 2016 travel season has begun so many of my posts will now be centered around travel tips and destinations (past and current).

I love travel. I live for the long flights, meeting new people, immersing myself in new cultures and shoveling as much food as possible into my mouth.

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I can do it alone (Buenos Aires), with my husband, Keith (Around the World Trip), with my best friend, Linda (Eat Pray Love Trip), or a group of friends – you know who you are (Miami, NOLA, LA…). The truth is, for me, travel represents risk and that’s living! If you’re not a little scared or uncomfortable, then you’re not living life. I fear missing opportunities by merely existing in my comfort zone.

Because of this mentality, I forced myself to travel anyplace I could get to in my early 20’s and the bug hasn’t stopped. If anything, the urge has gotten stronger. I find it my best educator and one worth the investment.

So to kick off these weekly 2016 summer posts on travel, I am going to start with some of my favorite ‘tips.’

Enjoy, stay inspired, and remember, we are always ¾ There….

Tips For How To Look Good After A Flight

I am an ugly flyer. For me, its more about comfort at this point and not looking like too much of a train wreck when I land. I know I will never look like a million bucks when I walk off a plane, but there are some very good tips to keep it together.

SLEEP

It’s a universal fact that flying wreaks havoc on your appearance. Can we say under-eye bags, wrinkled clothes, dry, lifeless skin, and don’t get me started on the hair.

Before the Flight:

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Stay away from caffeine and alcohol
  • I am a huge fan of alkaline water, which balances your PH levels. I carry the drops everywhere. You can put them in your bottled water, coffee/tea, soups, etc.
  • I see people get so jiggy and it only makes the airport / boarding situation worse. I always tell my companions, “In airports, move slower and you’ll go faster.”
  • No make up! This is important for +5 hour flight because make up gets trapped under the dehydrated top layer of skin. This translates into blotchiness and breakouts.
  • If anything, where SPF moisturizer. Yes, you may be inside but the UVA light is still there. Trust me on the sunscreen.

During the Flight:

  • Say no to alcohol! Unless you’re flying first/business class where they serve premium liquor, I’d recommend steering clear of alcohol. Cheap booze causes puffy face syndrome as well as fatigue.
  • Did I say hydrate? I always position myself on the aisle seat for bathroom breaks. I chug water with my alkaline drops. Try and stay away from caffeine, but if you need it, opt for matcha green tea because it contains 1/3 less caffeine than coffee but also contains antioxidants that help fight free radicals.
  • Bring an eye mask and noise cancellation headphones to sleep. To top off this attractive look, I usually wear a hoodie. With all this gear, how could I not pass out?
  • No salt! Say no to the cookies and pretzels. Not only do salty, spicy and greasy foods cause disturbances in your gut balance, they will also cause facial puffiness and bloodshot eyes.

Almost Time to Land:

  • Give yourself a mini-facial: grab one of those pre-moisturized cleaning towels and wipe all that airplane grime away. Moisturize with an SPF moisturizer and pat on some lip balm.
  • I take my pill pack very seriously. No matter where I go, these bad boys come with me. Take your vitamins!!!!! During a flight, the most essential ones are: Vitamins C, D and the Omega 3s with a glass of alkaline water. You can also just add lemon or lime to water and this will give the same result.
  • I love aromatherapy so will take a sniff of either a lavender or frankincense scent to chill me out.
  • I always look like a fraggle rock character when it comes to my airplane hair. My solution? My DogPound Hat. But of course, feel free to use whatever hat works best for you. Add some sunglasses to the mix and you walk off looking refreshed, yet mysterious.

DP