How to Beat Jet Lag: 7 Tips to Help You Travel Like a Queen
If you ever traveled between different time zones you might be familiar with that terrifying monster called (*don’t know if you’re ready for it*) jet lag.
Sleepless nights, under eye circles, dry skin. Ughhhh, sounds like a nightmare. But if you feel like you just wanna spend eternity in bed after the long flight, we are here for you. We can’t give you a jet lag cure. But we can definitely share some tips on how to exit the plane after a long flight and feel like it was all just (a little shaky) dream.
Lil' disclaimer. We are by no means any specialists. All advice comes straight from our personal experience, research and loads of love.
First things first: know your enemy
What is jet lag? While traveling long distances, our body clock becomes temporarily out of sync with the new timezone we are traveling to. This means that our body expects sunset and sunrise to fall at certain times. But because of the sudden change of the timezones, it gets confused. That affects not only sleep, but also body temperature, blood pressure, hormone regulation, when we get hungry and how hungry we are. Jet lag also dehydrates us and our skin.
1. Shake things up
It’s all about the prep. And you can prep your body before the flight! It might sound a little weird. But try to live within the timezone you’re traveling to at least two days before your flight. What does it mean? Try to go to sleep and wake up in the time frames you would do in the new timezone. It will help your body get used to and the time change won’t be as extreme. Digital nomad approved. 🙋
2. Prep your skin
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. We could repeat that over again, but you get it.
Flights are dehydrating for your skin. Especially the long ones. The air on board is super drying. Why? Water evaporation occurs 2.4 times faster in an airplane than on land. This means your skin barely gets any natural hydration.
It’s not the end of the world and your skin will eventually get back to its normal balance. But it’s better to do something to prevent the damage. Or at least reduce the negative impact. That’s why few days before the flight try a new, more hydrating skincare routine. We won’t tell you which products to use exactly, as everyone has a different skin type. Try to work out what works best for you focusing on hydration.
Believe it or not, your skin knows if you’re stressed and stresses with you. Flight-related stress can actually have a negative influence on your skin. It can impact with dullness and dryness. So try to relax, meditate or go for a massage. Whatever you need to do to stress less before the flight.
Don’t leave packing or any other important travel related stuff to the last minute. Try to organize your holiday gear instead. Organization = relaxation = happy skin = beating jet lag at least a bit. 😉
4. H2O magic
Drink your water, Sis!
According to the Aerospace Medical Association you should drink about a glass of water (8 ounces) per every hour you're in the air. So get yourself a seat not far from the toilet and hydrate not only your skin but also yourself. Your skin will be thankful too.
5. On board spa
DIY airplane spa. How does it sound? We know. Lush.
Get yourself your favorite face cosmetics in travel size + sheet mask. If you can’t fit more liquids into your regular set, reserve some space at least for rose water and your favorite oil or moisturizer. A sheet mask will take literally no space and you can put it in a book or magazine you’re taking on board.
When you’re at least halfway through the journey and feel like you’ve seen every movie on the onboard entertainment - that’s the time. Pick out your DIY spa and let the magic happen. It will not only keep your skin glowing but it will also keep you occupied! So thank us later.
If you are worried what your plane neighbor or other passengers think about you while you're rocking out full ghost mode - don’t. They won’t care. They might give you a double glance, to make sure it’s a person wearing a face mask, and they are not hallucinating after so many hours in one plane seat. But the truth is no one cares. And if it makes you happy: the chances of seeing those people again are minimal. Your skin will be with you for a while. 😉 So keep it happy.
6. Get your beauty sleep
Try to sleep on the plane. A lot.
If you’re flying for ten hours or more pack your favorite blanket, sleeping mask, and neck pillow. Download some relaxing instrumental music or just white noise onto your Spotify playlist.
Why? The key factors to get good sleep on the plane are light, temperature, and noise. We are going to add comfort to that list. Duh. So make sure you’re in a comfy position, with your neck pillow and blanket on hand as it tends to get cold onboard. A sleeping mask will make it feel like it’s night time. The relaxing playlist or white noise will block the sound of the engine (and your seat neighbors who decide to gossip a bit during the flight). And you’re ready to sleep through the flight. 💁
7. Don’t let coffee fool you
You think coffee will give you energy? No, no. It’s not your best friend. Actually the exact opposite. Caffeine can actually rob your body of available energy reserves. Which is not ideal, especially while trying to beat jet lag. So in general, try to avoid any caffeinated and alcoholic drinks.
Follow these few steps and you will walk off of the plane a fresh-faced beauty ready to take on the day. If it all sounds a bit overwhelming, don’t ya worry. To sum things up it’s all about moisturizing, drinking water and relaxing. You got it.
There’s no one yet who has found a jet lag cure. It would be cool though. We can’t guarantee our tips will erase your jet lag, but they will definitely help you feel and look more refreshed. Go ahead and give these tips a try. Nothing to lose, right?