“A fit, healthy body—that is the best fashion statement”
― Jess C. Scott
Let’s face it traveling whether it be for vacation or for work can be exhausting. Your schedule changes, packing and unpacking are a hassle, and everything you left behind is still waiting for you when you return. I know I always have a check list of things that need to be done when I return and remembering to take care of my body is not always the first thing on my mind. However, over the years I have come up with some great practices that help with recovery from jet lag, change in diet (even if it is only for a couple of days), sleep deprivation, tired feet and general fatigue that comes with travel.
Bath Salts: I personally always want to take a shower or bath as soon as I get off a plane. There is two reasons for this. First, I generally have long haul flights meaning I really just need a shower. Second, when you are flying or sitting in a car for any significant period of time your legs tend to swell. The best remedy I have found it taking a bath using 1 to 2 cups of Epsom Salt. Epsom Salt is known for relieving aches and pains, soothe tired muscles, and draw toxins from the skin. It really works miracles on a tired body!
Essential Oils: I have been using essential oils for a little over a year now and swear by them. My go-to is the Immune Support Synergistic Blend from Wyndmere which you can pick up at Whole Foods. At night I put a couple of drops of this into my humidifier which screws onto any plastic water bottle and uses a USB plug. It’s great for travel! I also found putting a couple drop of Lavender Oil into the bath helps to relax me after traveling and the eucalyptus I use the next morning in the shower. Just a couple of drops on the floor of the shower will help to wake you up!
Skin Care: Traveling can be incredibly disruptive to skin care routines. I personally have forgotten to take off my makeup a couple of times after being out late some nights. The other concern is you are often getting up early ready to explore, or sitting in the sun all day, and/or walking around an incredibly polluted city. All of these factors have a major effect on your skin. My go-to’s are: Chanel Ultra Correcting Lift for when traveling leaves me sleep deprived; Karma Clarifying Mask when I’m in need of some extra moisture and clarifying treatments; SkinCeuticals Clay Mask to help take out any impurities and always Chanel Sublimage Eye Cream.
Food: I’m the first one to admit whenever I get home from traveling the first thing I want to do is grab something quick, easy, and often greasy to eat! This is probably one of the worst things you can do. Flying leaves you bloated so lemon water is my go-to. Just one cup of hot water with the juice from half a lemon when you get home and one the next morning will leave you feeling so refreshed and normalized! I also now tend to grab some blueberries, raspberries, avocado and/or banana to eat on the way home. Blueberries and raspberries are great antioxidants that will help speed up any kind of skin damage you may have sustained traveling. Bananas are great if your stomach is a little upset and needs to be soothed. Avocado’s are great fats that fill you up fast!
Stretching: I really can’t stress this enough: sitting for long periods of time wreaks havoc on your body. You don’t need any equipment or a fancy gym just make sure to do a couple minutes of stretching as soon as you arrive home. You will sleep better and feel so refreshed the next morning!
Other Tips: Most women I know tend to get pedicures before going on vacation. I always get one when I come home. Whether I have been at the beach or in the city my feet get destroyed from all the walking and standing I do which is abnormal from my normal schedule. Helping to relax your feet and therefore the rest of your body is really beneficial to any post travel recovery. I also try to avoid any caffeine for a couple of days post travel. This isn’t always feasible because life doesn’t stop and waking up early or staying up late happens. But, try to limit the intake. Hydrating is always key to a quick recovery. Drink lots and lots of water! Seriously!