Do you have any holiday travel plans?
There’s nothing better than seeing friends and relatives this time of year — especially ones who live far away.
The only drawback? Traveling can do some serious damage to your appearance.
Dry airplane cabins and blasting car heaters lead to dull, flakey skin… flat (or frizzy) hair… and red, watery eyes.
Sitting for long periods of time can leave you with swollen ankles, and drains the color from your face.
Not to mention, when it comes to food, you’re often limited to some of the fastest beauty-destroyers in the snack world (more on that later).
But here’s a little secret: Whether you’re flying or driving this holiday season, these frustrating beauty setbacks can be prevented.
Just use the “travel tricks” below…
They’re really simple and most won’t cost you a penny — but they’re guaranteed to help you look your BEST upon arrival!
(By the way, these are the same tricks my jet-setting celebrity clients use to stay flawless on the go.)
1. Before Departure:
Fortify your “moisture walls” before heading out.
Prepare for super dry air with a heavier-than-usual dose of moisture from head to toe.
- Put a little extra leave-in conditioner in your hair before blow-drying.
- From the neck down, treat your skin to a generous helping of body butter or body oil — they might be too heavy for everyday use, but they’re ideal for travel.
(Note: If you use our Crepe Correcting Body Complex, you’re in luck — the formula is powerful enough to handle even the harshest, driest conditions. Just use a slightly larger amount, and you’ll be good to go!)
- Apply a DOUBLE layer of your richest moisturizer (like Lift + Firm Sculpting Cream) to your face and neck right before leaving the house.
2. Fight Off “Sick Face”:
Travel hubs like gas stations, rest stops, and airplanes are hotbeds for viruses and bacteria as it is. But when you add stress and exhaustion to the mix, the risk of getting sick is even bigger.
So, since no one looks good with a cold — or worse yet, the flu — I recommend taking a high-dose vitamin C supplement on every trip.
Immunity boosting powders and capsules are inexpensive and available in any pharmacy, so there’s no reason to let “sick face” (a red, runny nose; bleary eyes, clammy skin, and fever blisters) ruin your holiday look.
Not to mention, Vitamin C also happens to be one of the best anti-aging nutrients for your skin.1 It promotes collagen production for a firmer complexion, helps prevent dark spots, and has been shown to fight wrinkles… so the more Vitamin C, the better!
3. Drink Like a Flight Attendant:
You already know that water is essential to staying hydrated, healthy, and youthful. But did you know you need even MORE of it while traveling?
Flight attendants aim to drink “at least 8 or more ounces per hour” while traveling 2 … so you should too (they’re the experts, after all).
4. Get Up to Walk Around/Stretch Once an Hour:
This will keep your blood flowing and help oxygen circulate more efficiently — which you need for rosy, healthy skin. Plus (and this is a BIG plus), it helps to reduce the risk of blood clots.
5. Avoid Salty Snacks:
Salt can cause bloating and under-eye bags.
Eating sodium-rich foods alone can be enough to leave you looking and feeling puffy. But travel issues (like dehydration and being sedentary for a long time) amplify these unsightly effects.
So, not only will those chips and peanuts lead to a bloated belly, you can expect to see some serious under-eye bags as well…
No joke — under these conditions bags can show up very suddenly, and look bigger than ever!
Unfortunately, healthy options, like fruits and veggies, aren’t always available while traveling (especially if you’re in the air). But even minor changes — like opting for unsalted peanuts and skipping that Bloody Mary — can help lower your risk of swelling and puffiness.
I’ll be following these simple tips myself this holiday season…
And if you don’t want travel conditions to wreck your look, I advise you do the same (I promise, it’ll make a big difference).
Of course, you should also keep in mind that, yes, holiday travel can be stressful…
But friends and family are always worth the journey.
Your Beverly Hills MD,
Dr. Payman Danielpour
PS: Do you have any travel-related ‘beauty hacks’ that aren’t on this list? If so, hit ‘reply’ and tell me about them. I’d love to try them out!
1 Masaki, Hitoshi. “Role Of Antioxidants In The Skin: Anti-Aging Effects”. Journal of Dermatological Science 58.2 (2010): 85-90. Web.
About the Author
Dr. Payman Danielpour
Dr. Payman Danielpour grew up in Beverly Hills, California, where he first developed his passion for community service. A standout student during his undergraduate education, Dr. Danielpour went on to attend medical school at The Chicago Medical School, and trained in surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center.