For many of us, our holiday really feels like it has started properly once we’ve checked in at the airport, boarded the plane and settled down for the flight. It’s time to kick back and relax and start dreaming of blue skies and golden sand – your holiday has officially started! Flying – whether short haul or long haul – can be made even more enjoyable by following a few pointers, which help you to feel more comfortable, entertained and refreshed. If you’re heading off on holiday, read on for ten top tips to make sure you stay fresh while flying.
Preparation is key when it comes to looking and feeling good during and after a flight, and it’s important your skin stays hydrated while you’re sitting under an air conditioner. So, exfoliate your body and face the night before flying and then apply a rich moisturiser to your skin. Apply a hydrating face mask too for an extra boost.
2/. MINIMALISM IS BEST
Take a less is more approach when flying: try to use minimal make-up, and if you use products on your skin, opt for types that are non-drying. If you do want to use products, choose a light, tinted moisturiser, and define your features with a light application of mascara and a tinted balm. Note how most of these products are hydrating too? Bonus!
3/. TIE BACK YOUR LOCKS
Plane air can be a little harsh on your skin and can cause hair to dry a bit too. So, rather than going for the tousled look before you’ve jumped in the sea, run some natural hair oil or leave in conditioner through the ends. Tie your hair into a ponytail or bun to make the most of reclining back on your head rest.
4/. AVOID CLOTHES MADE FROM SYNTHETIC MATERIALS
Avoid clothing made from polyester, opting for natural fibres such as cotton or silk instead: these will allow your skin to breathe. The perfect flight outfit is one that is loose-fitting, helping you to feel comfortable and leaving you feeling fresh too.
5/. SUBSTITUTE PERFUME FOR LAVENDER OIL
Now, don’t overdo it, but a couple of dabs of lavender oil on your neck and wrists will be perfect for that fresh flight feeling. Lavender oil actually kills the bacteria that causes bad smells, can even stop you catching a cold, and is also known to help with travel sickness.
6/. HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE
Keeping hydrated is key to looking and feeling fresh after a flight. Before you board, drink something rich in electrolytes and then continue to drink water throughout the duration of your flight. The first physical signs of dehydration can be seen in your skin and lips, so make sure you keep sipping that H20 and have a lip balm handy!
7/. FRESHEN UP ON DESCENT
As soon as the cabin crew announce that they are preparing to land, freshen up: wet wipes can come in handy to swiftly freshen up your skin and chewing some gum can be a great way to freshen your breath. Now is the time to top up that minimal make-up if you fancy or let your hair down if you prefer it that way. You should be feeling great!
8/. CHOOSE YOUR FOOD
Whether you blame it on the high altitude or the fact that you are sitting still for such a long time, flying can leave you feeling slightly bloated. To minimize possible discomfort, avoid creamy, fatty foods and fizzy drinks. Indulge in a protein rich meal before the flight and stick to healthy snacks throughout.
9/. CATCH SOME ZZZS
Sleep is especially important on long-haul flights. Nothing feels worse than being tired, and while it isn’t always easy to sleep when you’re surrounded by strangers, there are some things you can do. For instance, you could wear an eye mask and use a flight pillow – you’ll sleep like a baby!
10/. PLAN FOR BOREDOM
Most flights offer films and games, but it is best not to rely on this for entertainment, especially when you have children travelling with you. Listening to music is a great way to pass the time for holidaymakers of all ages, so consider putting together a playlist before you take off. You could also play fun games with a pen and paper or take a colouring book for the children – both are great ways of passing the time.