Jet lag can be such a buzz kill after a long, international flight. Sometimes you feel pretty great, but of course, there are times where you didn’t catch even a minute of sleep, making you feel like a total zombie! Been there. Done that. I’ve flown internationally a few times now and have experienced both ends of the spectrum! I’m slowly getting better at preparing for long flights and finding a solution for transitioning comfortably when I land. So, with my trip coming up this week, I figured I would share some of my best tips for preventing and battling jet lag!
I’m sure you’ve noticed this first hand, but your skin can drastically dry out on long flights! My first tip for beating jetlag and feeling comfortable as soon as you get to your destination is to moisturize before you leave the house! Try to pick a moisturizer that’s thick and extremely hydrating, like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream or Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, or Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Face Cream Moisturizer. You want to keep your skins natural moisture in for as long as possible!! I’d also recommend using an eye cream as well. I really like Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Eye Cream or Boscia’s Enlivening Amino-AG Eye Treatment
Try to catch as many zzz’s as possible on your flight if it’s overnight! Most international flights offer free booze, so take that free glass of red wine, throw on your eye patches (like the Iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask), and try to get some shuteye! I always aim to sleep for the entire flight. If you’re taking an early morning flight, however, try to stay awake. That way, you won’t feel overly refreshed and unable unwind so late in the evening.
Water is KEY 🔑 . Try to drink some before the flight, and especially throughout the flight, if you’re awake! Upon arrival, a great big swig of juice will have you feeling ready to take on the day in no time at all! And of course, make sure you throw in a nice big coffee, too! #caffeine
Wash your face and re-apply your skin regimen as soon as you land! This is the most important step for me. Nothing makes me feel better, whether I’m traveling or not, than washing my face. Doing this when you land will help you feel refreshed and awake. I’ll even wash my face during a layover (which is a great excuse for you to go to an airport store and apply some of the amazing products you may not be able to afford IRL! How else do you think I know that I love Chanel’s Hydro Beauty Gel Cream? )
Simple and to the point. I repeat: don’t nap! Do your best to stay awake and go to sleep on local time! Skipping naps and avoiding going to bed at an abnormal time will help get your system adjusted to the time difference faster! Power through with coffee, people!
And there you have it!! I hope you find these tips helpful, and of course, if you have anything to add, throw your suggestions in the comment section below!
*this guide is based on overnight travel from the East Coast to Europe*