Over the years of Beauty Bible, we’ve done a fair bit of travelling: Jo has countless relations in the States and Oz and now even Sarah (who once upon a time only went as far as a horse, car or train could take her) has been to Australia twice! (Her about-to-be-husband has a home in Fremantle.)
Our mission, however – whether it’s a short train hop from Hastings to Charing Cross or a major trans-Continental flight across multiple time zones – is to travel happily, so that we can arrive gorgeously. So as the holiday season looms, here’s what we shared on the subject in our last-but-one book, The Green Beauty Bible – which happens to feature many travel beauty-boosters that you’ll find on VH…
• Build up your oomph to catch that early plane or flight – ad help fight off other people’s germs – with Pukka Chywanaprash, a totally delicious Ayurvedic blend of fruits, honey, herbs and spices. Take a teaspoon or two daily, from a week before travelling (and whenever you’re stressed, come to that).
• To reduce jet-lag, our friend Kathy Phillips, founder of This Works and Beauty Director of Condé Nast Asia (who is a frequent long-haul flier) recommends Enada by FSC: this form of vitamin B3 is proven to reduce jet-lag-induced brain fog and sleepiness. She takes it 30 minutes before the end of a flight on an empty stomach – that should be enough, but if necessary you can take one a day until your body clock is regulated.
• Always travel in loose, non-crush clothes (cashmere is perfect) and comfy shoes. Above all, avoid tight waistbands and pointy shoes.
• Pack necessities, such as good books/music/change of shoes, in a rucksack (you can get chic ones now), so that you don’t end up having to carry heavy bags the other end.
• Don’t wear make-up: if you’re flying, slather moisturiser on face and hands constantly. Slick on tinted moisturiser, mascara and lipstick/gloss just before you arrive. Remember to check in-flight regulations on liquids, creams, etc., before travelling.
• Eye masks are the business on trains and plans if you want to catch up on sleep or repel chatty space-invaders. (Jo swears by sleep masks by an American brand called Bucky, which completely block out the light and are made of soft, padded fleece, with a little flap for earplugs to nestle in between use!)
• If you’re prone to travel sickness, try acupressure Sea Bands, which slip on the wrist and work on pressure points that ease nausea.
• Flight socks (a.k.a. compression stockings) help prevent swelling and reduce the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis).
• Dr. Scurrs Zinopin Long Haul is a scientifically-proven natural remedy with ginger and Pycnogenol (a potent antioxidant), to prevent DVT, travel sickness, swollen ankles, calf cramp and sluggish circulation.
• Sip lots of water – cabin air in planes is drier than the Sahara – and avoid alcohol on planes (aside from maybe one glass of holiday-spirit champagne, unless of course you’re driving when you land…)
• Take fruit and crudités to snack on; on planes, pre-order a veggie meal and/or fruit platter.
And have a fah-bu-lous trip…!