4 Beauty Tips to Beat Jet Lag

The days of summer came to an end, but travel season never comes to a close. Jetting around the globe may sound fabulous in theory, but describing a transcontinental flight as “fun” is a bit of a stretch. The biggest pet peeve? Near debilitating jet lag that turns your natural body clock upside down.

Fortunately, there are a few ways to make an unbearably long flight (and arrival) just a little better. So sit back, relax and get ready for your well-deserved vacation thanks to these 4 beauty tips.

Slip Into the Tub

Proven as a sleep and relaxation enhancer, lavender-infused scents can help you hit the hay faster. You can even travel with a mini bottle of the essential oil to apply to your neck pillow or eye mask up in the air. When you arrive, treat yourself to a nice warm bath. “Getting the adequate rest is important even when your body is fatigued,” explains Tara Reid, vice president of sales at ILLUME.

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Skip the Wine

As tempting as it may be to enjoy an in-flight cocktail (or two), the drying effects of alcohol simply aren’t worth it. You will look and feel dehydrated. We promise, chugging regular water or tea will ensure you look refreshed post-flight. “Most of your body is water, so it is an essential part of nutrition and overall health,” explains Avon’s Executive Director of Global Innovation Marketing Alina Gonzalez. “If you’re looking to lock in moisture, you would want to go with a product that contains hyaluronic acid. I like Avon’s Anew Clinical Overnight Hydration Mask, which contains hyaluronic acid and shea butter beads to deeply replenish and lock in moisture.”

Get Moving

Can’t sleep? Hit the hotel gym, go for a run or beat the rest of the tourists. Getting some vitamin D will instantly trigger your body into thinking it's time to get moving. “Try to get some sun exposure via walking, running, etc. to help adjust to a new time zone — this always helps when I suffer from major jet lag,” explains Reid, who’s traveled to Las Vegas, New York, Barbados, Germany, France, and England in the past few months.

Pack the Ultimate Beauty Bag

Airplane bathrooms aren’t quite known for being super spacious, so make your on board items truly count. Board the plane fresh-faced (aka sans makeup) to allow your skin a chance to breathe until it’s time to deboard. “A good moisturizer, a rich lip balm, blotting paper, baby wipe, mascara and a brow pencil will keep you ready to face the world again upon arrival!” testifies Kapil.

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