By Mikkel Hyldebrandt
Chances are that your upcoming summer plans involve a flight or two. If you’ve ever flown, you know much a flight can dehydrate you and deprive you of sleep, so here are a few tips on how you can arrive feeling (somewhat) rested and above all look good.
If there is a time difference where you are going, start by adjusting to the new time zone even before you leave.
Eat a more substantial meal a couple of hours before your flight, so your food has been digested when you board. It will help you sleep better and improve your overall comfort.
During the Flight
Change into some comfortable clothes on longer flights. Bring sweatpants and a t-shirt in your carryon, so your clothes can be folded neatly and stay fresh for when you land.
Most people feel flying equals a free for all on alcohol, but alcohol dehydrates you and multiplies the dehydrating effect of the flight itself. Drink water to prevent your skin from tiring.
Coffee and sugar will keep you awake, so avoid those – if you’ve eaten before the flight, it should be easier to bypass these altogether.
Skip In-Flight Movies
… at least until after you’ve had some sleep. The bright and blue light from the screen impacts your sleep and will potentially keep you awake.
Your skin will appreciate a little extra care during the flight. Use a facial wipe and apply a moisturizer to clean skin a couple of times during the flight depending on its duration – ideally the last time about 30 minutes before landing.
A quick cardio workout immediately after you’ve landed is ideal for getting the blood and energy flowing again. Start by walking through the terminal to the baggage claim area.
The best way to beat jetlag and adjust to the new time zone is to observe meal and sleep times at your destination. Eat relatively light meals, and aid your sleep by taking a Melatonin supplement, which is the hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles.