I am super excited to be heading home to Brazil in a few days, but that involves a 14 hour plus flight from Dubai. I really dislike the effects the flight leaves on my body, I lost count on how many times I stepped out of the plane feeling so bloated and sluggish. After many years of experience, I have come up with a few ways I look and feel my best, after all I am going straight to many bikini days!
1- Drink Lots of Water. Resist the temptation to drink alcohol and soft drinks, instead load up on the water intake. I always take a bottle of water with me, if you have to pass through security just before the gate, then take it empty and fill it up on board. For every hour of flight it is recommended to drink at least 250ml of water.
2- Activated Coconut Charcoal. Add a scoop of activated coconut charcoal to your water, it will eliminate all the toxins from your body and also help with any digestive issues and bloating. I use it on every single flight, even the short ones.
3- Bring Healthy Food. Avoid eating the aircraft food as it processed, and full of non healthy ingredients. Stay clear from carbohydrates and refined sugar, these are the key ingredients that will leave you feeling tired and super bloated after a long flight. Opt for fresh fruits, veggies and nuts, which you can prepare before the flight. Most of the time we eat on a long haul flight is simply because we are bored, and not necessarily because we are hungry.
4- Move Around. It is easy to get comfortable and stay seated for the entire flight, avoid that by using the toilet often and moving your legs even when you are seated. This will help with your blood circulation.
5- Don’t Drink Coffee. Coffee dehydrates you, making your skin feel extra dry. If you must have a hot beverage then consider having a green tea. Herbal teas are also a great alternative, peppermint tea for example is very good for the digestive system.
6- Take a Multi-Vitamin. Load up on the vitamins so that your immunity system is ready to flight any bad viruses, as you are in a confined space with many people from all over the world.
7- Don’t Wear Makeup. The reason this is so important it that makeup combined with the dry air on board will just clog your skin and increases the chances of break outs. If this is a hard one to do, then focus on eyes and lips.
8- Hydrating Oil. I recently discovered a 100% natural hydrating oil from Marie-Stella-Maris that is so perfect to use during and after a long-haul flight. This really rehydrates my skin and prevents the over dryness that usually happens after a flight. There are many other brands that provides hydrating oils, just remember to stick to a natural one and use just a little bit so you don’t leave your skin too oily.
9- Moisturise Lips and Hands. Invest in a good hand cream and lip balm for the flight. For hand creams I prefer the non fragant ones, as I have noticed that scented creams don’t hydrate as much. I apply it often during the flight, specially after washing my hands. My favorite lip balm is chapstick, but any hydrating lip balm should work fine as long as you keep your lips hydrated through out the flight.
10- Comfortable Clothing. Your body will naturally swell on any flight due to cabin pressure. Tight clothes can restrict the blood flow in the already confining space of an airplane seat, instead opt for comfortable clothing made of stretchy material like sweat pants and loose dresses. This will not only make your flight more enjoyable, it will also prevent the possibility of developing DVT. Avoiding high heels or any shoes that are too tight as well.
If you have any questions, please comment below. Happy travels!