I need a vacation from my vacation’ – Self-restoration and travel

‘I need a vacation from my vacation’ – Self-restoration and travel

We’ve all been there. Long trip, maybe a delay, jet lag, dehydration….travel can be glamorous but it can also take a toll on your body. Ever heard of vthe phrase ‘I need a vacation after this vacation?’ Its a thing. So what can we do the other side of our trip or even in preparation for our journey to aid the above? Whether preventative or restorative here are some great options to aid your travel aches, pains and fatigues. 

HEAL YOUR BODY:

Hours in any position, never mind in an uncomfortable or unusual position can cause our bodies to cramp and muscles to pinch. Aside of hydration (mentioned below) a GREAT way to end your journey is with a massage. This will help relieve toxins, re-energize you and prep you for whatever lies ahead on your trip away or on returning home from your trip. A great option in NYC is Exhale Spa. Try a deep tissue which focuses on those overworked muscles living well below the surface with this intensely therapeutic massage. Designed to relieve pain associated with muscle knots, heavy physical activity, and everyday stress, this therapy is deliberate and customized, targeting specific areas in need of relief. Starting at $120 and WELL WORTH IT See exhalespa.com/

FIX YOUR LOOK:

You can do everything but no amount of makeup can hide a post travel-groggy feeling. However, there is one part of your look that can really change everything – your hair. Scrap the foundation and trying to put makeup on in an airplane toilet. Instead, buy some great sunglasses and get a blowout before your journey or on arrival the other end. It might sound crazy, but it will completely change how you feel about yourself traveling, and no matter what anything else looks like, your hair will be stellar and ready to go! A great NYC option is DreamDry where for as little as $45 and in 30 minutes you can choose from a selection of easy breezy blowouts. See dreamdry.com/


HYDRATE YOURSELF AND YOUR SKIN:

It goes without saying – hydrate hydrate hydrate. It will completely change how your feel the other side of your journey. Air travel in particular causes havoc on skin as it dries it out faster. Drink plenty of water throughout your journey, limit alcohol, or don’t drink at all, and carry some cleansing wipes to freshen up on arrival at your destination. A good, natural all-in-one cream for your hands, face or body is a great tool to carry along. Essentiel by Adele, is a new all-in-one moisturizer that can help you stay fresh-faced, radiant, and completely hydrated with essential oils to tone, balance, relax, cleanse and invigorate the skin, even at 32,000 feet. TSA approved travel  bottles starting at just $13 can be purchased at EssentielByAdele.com

All natural beauty bargains under $50 for the holiday traveler

All natural beauty bargains under $50 for the holiday traveler

As we sink into to the thick of the holiday season, our lifestyle becomes one ‘on the go’ from parties to gift shopping and travel plans. Keeping up our beauty routine in the mayhem can be taxing – never mind lugging around products in purses, travel bags and desk drawers (we’ve all done that work-to-drinks party fix in an office toilet.) When it comes to traveling we also have an additional problem with baggage and liquid allowances. So how do we keep our holiday look clean, convenient and stress free? Below I list some of my favorite natural beauty products that fit perfectly into any ‘on the go’ lifestyle.

RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer – $38: This little pot of organic goodness is your holiday glow in a perfectly sized jar, that is both portable and compact. The Luminizer is the ultimate illuminator for creating a sensuous, sheer glow that enhances the skin’s natural youthfulness without being sticky, greasy or glittery. With a translucent, satin-pearl finish, this highlighter works great on all skin tones, making this a must have beauty product for the holiday season.


Captain Blackenship’s Dry Shampoo
 – $24.00
: There’s nothing worse than trying to revamp day old hair for a night out or maintain your locks after traveling. A miracle worker, this chemical free, talc-free dry shampoo (made with organic arrowroot, white clay and scented with essential oils) is the perfect solution to lifeless, unwashed hair. A powerful combination of powders absorbs oil, adds volume and gives life to your hair, plus it smells like the beach. Sprinkle a little in whenever your hair needs an instant pick me up. The best part is, because its powder form, this dry shampoo is both light in weight and safe to travel with…bring on fresh hair – without the wash!

Meow Meow Tweet’s Migrator Kit – $48: An all-in-one kind of deal this natural and organic travel size kit comes with everything you need this season, including a complete facial and body care regime to cleanse, moisturize and nourish your skin. Available in Citrus and Lavender, indulge in products from the geranium palmarosa toner to the lavender and lemongrass body oil or bergamont deodorant stick. Complete with a little exfoliator pack and a whole lot of natural aroma, this travel pack is the perfect mini spa for you or a loved one (if you can bare to gift it away.)

Vapour Beauty’s Atmosphere Luminous Foundation $49 and Aura Multi Use Classic Stick $36: Vapour’s luxury natural and organic makeup line produces some of the best pocket friendly products around. Their Atmosphere Foundation’s Luminous formula in a compact precision stick is an Allure Best of Beauty Award winner – it perfects texture, smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and delivers moisture. Made with organic and wildcrafted antioxidant-rich ingredients (including Frankincense, Tulsi and Lotus) this liquid free, no hassle, foundation is the perfect travel companion. Finish your look off with Vapour’s Aura tool to create fresh pop of color anywhere from you cheeks to your lips, and you’re ready to rock your holiday look.

Super-Flyer Tips….the go to tick list

The Best Flight Tips

This summer, many of you will be doing your fare share of flying. While flying doesn’t come however without its fare share of stresses and strifes, there are great ways to make the most of your transport time, and hey, even enjoy it! So here are some tips to help you get from A to B at your best.

DRINK BEFORE YOU GO

The humidity on planes is only around 10% and this dry air can cause headaches and groggyness, so down at least 10 ounces of H20 preflight. In flight consider some seltzer water with a splash of ginger ale to keep you hydrated and and travel sickness at bay.

CREATE A CATNIP KIT

Stow in your carry on a neck pillow, noise-cancelling headphones, and eye mask and a (lightweight) microfibre blanket. You will use them all at one stage, trust me.

EXERSIZE

Flying can cause feet to swell and the body to ache, so every hour walk the length of the cabin to rev circulation. Once at your destination, see what your hotel/accommodation has to offer fitness wise, rent a city bike to explore or utilize a national gym chain if applicable. Keeping healthy and fit when traveling keeps your immune system going and your mood positive.

SNACK SMART

Cut out the carbs which can make you bloated during pressure changes, and instead opt for nuts, dried fruits or cheese. If you do get a sandwich, pull out the meat and veggies for energizing protein without the drowsy causing refined carbs. Equally when drinking steer clear of the sugary drinks that will leave you tired on arrival.

MEDITATE

It can be tempting to watch your favorite series re-runs but flying can provide you time to do what you might normally put off or don’t have time for at home. Jot in your journal, go over your monthly calendar, or take some time to meditate (download tranquil music and from toes to head imagine each part of your body relaxing one by one.)

STAY COOL

Yes flying can be stressful but have perspective. Cancellations and delays can happen, but the most important thing is that you are SAFELY. Focus on extending love to other travelers even in the midst of small agitations or annoyances and offer assistance; it will leave both you and them with a smile and good sense of well being.