Traveling Healthily Part I: Essential Supplements and Skincare for Air Travel
If you travel a lot, you know by now how much a day in the air can throw off your body and mind. Let's fix that.
Hello friends! I'm leaving Scotland for a couple of days tomorrow, and since I'll be in the air for 16+ hours over the course of 4 days, I need to make sure I'm making it as healthy as possible! No jet lag or dehydration for this gal.
You know the feeling, after a long long travel day, of dry skin, a bloated tummy, sore under-used muscles and ligaments and probably a breakout here and there. I do. While I'm not jetting off to new destinations weekly, I've had my fair share of seemingly infinite and treacherous travel days, and I've felt this a lot. I hate the way airplane travel makes me feel, but wherever I'm going most often makes up for it. That's because travel is extremely stressful on your body. It's easy to become dehydrated and under nourished from being up in the air (needless to say in a claustrophobic, unventilated tube) so it's our job to take care of our bodies during that time to combat the stress our bodies go through. That being said, there's totally ways to make your travel day easier on your body and more productive for your schedule. Let's not let the day go to waste and most importantly, let's not allow that body to shrivel up...
In this series I'm going to share with you some of my travel tips and products to a) make sure your body is hydrated, nourished & happy and b) show you how to make the most of your time stuck on that airplane. It's about more than just extreme hydration (though very important!). Here's what you'll find in my carry on. This post will start by highlighting supplements and skin care...totally essential for keeping your bod happy on the plane!
- Natural Vitality Natural Calm Magnesium: This. Is. My. Favorite. I've talked at length about this product before in my Superfood Spotlight, and I can't express to you enough how much I love it! If you don't know, Natural Calm is a powdered, effervescent magnesium drink, that you can make simply by adding water, with many benefits, including anti-stress and anti-anxiety. Decreasing stress is essential for a long travel day that's taking a toll on the bod. Side note....magnesium gets that peristalsis going (you know...digestion). I thiiiiiink it's normal to have digestive issues while traveling (or just me?) and that might honestly be my least favorite side-effect. I need my digestion, because it's so finicky, to be on point, always. Magnesium is definitely my answer to that. So pack your bottle, or just put a bit in a bag for convenience, and before you board the plane, go to a coffee shop and get some hot water to mix it into. Not only will it calm you down before the flight (if you get flying anxiety) but it will nourish your cells and muscles.
- Herbal Tea: Pukka has been one of my favorite teas recently. Not only do they have so many varieties, but they're all full of healing herbs and spices like ginger, turmeric, peppermint, echinacea. All that jazz. Definitely guzzle on herbal teas over black just because your body is a little less hydrated up in the air than it's used to.
- Chlorophyll and Spirulina: These two green babes are fabulous at keeping your blood clean and oxygenated. Chlorophyll is a huge detoxifier, which is necessary as we encounter the many many toxins in airports, foreign cities, small confined spaces.... Basically, it's a necessity. Get yourself a little bottle of liquid chlorophyll, drop a few drops into some water and chug. Before, during, after your flight. Like a mini-hangover cure. Yes, I get travel hangovers. Spirulina is also a great detoxifier, the best benefit for travel, especially of heavy metals found a lot these days in Asia. Take a few of those tablets alongside your chlorophyll and you'll be good and green to go.
- Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee: Whaaaatttt..?? I know. I ordered this off Amazon, and my sister (we share an account) immediately inquired about what appeared to possibly be a not-so-discrete drug trade. Nope, just me trying out another crazy-weird superfood. Anyway, if your travel day has got you feeling a bit run down, try not to head for the commercial coffee as its typically loaded with chemicals, not to mention coffee is dehydrating. Not ideal for optimizing your travel health. BUT, I love coffee so I had to have an alternative. This Mushroom Coffee is coffee, but with some added mushrooms which are apparently the new superfood. The health benefits of these mushrooms are endless, but essentially the coffee is really low in acidity and won't jolt your adrenals. This means less bodily stress. This means happy travel body. Just add it to hot water (you can get from most airport cafés) and you have a healing coffee for your flight. Still chug that water, though!
Skincare/Makeup: Travel can also be rough on our skin. I tend to dry up like an old prune and then break out like crazy after a flight, so I try to balm-up before to avoid flakes at all costs and keep my face FRESH. Here are my favorite travel-friendly skin must-haves.
- LeahLani Bless Balm: I've raved about this line on my Instagram before, but this balm in particular, is gold. I use it daily as a moisturizer, even for the day. It's oil based, but is super absorbable and still gives a lovely dewy glow. I know, I'm so trendy. I use it all-purpose for travel: dry nose, dry cuticles, dry lips. Everything.
- Rose Water: This spritz is such a pick me up when I'm feeling dry or foggy. Rose water is anti-inflammatory which is perfect for air travel; it gets rid of redness and irritation and removes excess oil and dirt from the pores. PERF.
- W3LL PEOPLE Narcissist Foundation Stick // RMS Un-Cover Up: I'll take about these guys more in a full natural skincare and makeup post, but they're is basically the perfect travel makeup. Both are light, easy to reapply, easy to carry and nourishes your skin while not caking on the foundation pre-flight. No junk or gunk in them either.
- I also love to keep my Juice Beauty Blemish Be Gone stick for emergency eruptions; natural deodorant because we always could use more of that, and Glossier Generation G lip color for a little spruce of color never hurts!
That's what I bring to keep my skin feeling as fresh and clean as possible as you never know what you'll come in contact with while running through airports and sitting on airplane chairs for hours. Gotta stay fresh, you know?
SO, that's all I've got for my essential supplements and skin care products. This is going to be a 2 part series, so stay tuned in the next couple of days for a post on how to make the most of your flight and get stuff done, productively. I mean, what else are you going to do for those hours? Sleep?....
What do you always bring for traveling? I'd love to hear any recommendations to stay healthy and hydrated while traveling in the air!
Stay tuned for more travel tips!