Whether your next vacation will be spent strolling along cobbled streets in Rome or relaxing on a beautiful sun-bleached beach in the Maldives, chances are travel will be on your agenda. But, as any frequent flyer knows, the notoriously dry air in an aeroplane cabin can take a toll on the organs, including the skin, leaving it dehydrated, dull and puffy.
Drinking water and avoiding diuretics, such as tea, coffee, and alcohol, will help the skin stay hydrated. But due to the extremely low humidity-less than 20%, when normal levels are usually above 40% - your complexion may need an extra boost to stay ultra-hydrated and nourished.
Here are a couple of tips that will help take care of your skin and prevent that uncomfortable “jet bloat”:
The hydrating sheet mask is one of the most effective ways to infuse moisture back into the skin. Opt for masks that are drenched with potent moisture-binding ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, aloe vera or marine collagen. My favourites include Mandom Barrier Repair Facial Mask Super Moist and Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Facial Sheet Mask. Apply it mid-flight, keep it on for 20 minutes, then remove and pat the remaining excess onto your face and neck. When you arrive at your destination, your skin will look plump and dewy!
Tissue Salts, the “Super Hydrator”
Tissue salts are naturally occurring, essential minerals found in the human body, as well as in rocks and soil. Required for cell regeneration and repair, they are vital for the body to function optimally. Toxins, radiation and stress from air travel, however, can lead to a depletion of these highly necessary minerals.
The homoeopathic tissue salt remedy Nat Mur, the "water balancer", is a biochemic vitaliser, moisturiser and water distributor, responsible for hydrating the cells and directing fluids to the areas in our body where it is most needed. To replenish your system, dissolve 10 tablets of this homoeopathic tissue salt remedy in 1 litre of water and sip on it during the flight. This “super hydrator” will keep your skin glowing from the inside out.
Rid that “Jet Bloat” With this Trick
The change in air pressure and lack of movement while flying can cause your digestive system to become sluggish and slow, which can cause bloating, gas and constipation.
By fasting, your system will be given a break from its regular duties, aiding you to avoid the associated symptoms. Opt for a light meal prior to flying and stick to liquids in-flight. If that’s hard, try modified fasting by including fruits with high water content: cantaloupe, grapefruits, strawberries, to name a few. According to recent studies, fasting is a diet trick that may also prevent jet-lag by naturally resetting your body clock.
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Nomita is a certified, Integrative Nutrition Consultant. She helps women heal their gut and skin through a combined approach of Ayurvedic nutrition, facial diagnostics and mineral therapy. Her unique healing method is for women who are looking for a natural, effective and holistic approach towards beauty and wellness.
In her early twenties, she was diagnosed with a hormonal imbalance (PCOD) which led to chronic acne flare up's, poor digestion, weight gain and brittle hair. She tried several allopathic therapies and unable to find a 'cure' she immersed in the self-healing knowledge of Ayurveda and nutrition. Within four months of implementing healing foods, herbs and making lifestyle changes her hormones functioned optimally, her gut healed, and her skin cleared.
"In Ayurveda (The Science Of Life), the inner and outer beauty is intimately related. The more we nurture ourselves, the more radiant we become physically and expressively"
This incident further enhanced her faith that ‘food is medicine’. It encouraged her to explore her passion and study holistic nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, biochemic mineral therapy and other ageless techniques that invoke natural beauty from the inside-out. Apart from her one-on-one practice, she enjoys spreading awareness through educational workshops, articles and is a contributor to wellness platforms, including mindbodygreen and Harper’s Bazaar.