Jo Lam

Travelling may be nourishing for your soul but it can turn out to be a nightmare for your health and skin. Plane travel is a combination of very low humidity and decreased amount of oxygen to the bloodstream, neither of which are ideal for your skin.

Crossing time zones and continents wrecks havoc on the body clock, negatively impacting your beauty sleep and appetite.

Most of us make some compromises during travel and that commonly includes a good diet and regular exercise. The immune system also has to work over time when we travel, as our bodies are introduced to different strains of bacteria. All the above factors take a toll on the state of our overall health and wellbeing.

The good news is there are many ways we can protect ourselves whilst traipsing around new and wonderful places.

Here we focus on a few natural, multi-­‐functional and slightly unconventional travel buddies that can help reduce the toxic overload during travel.

Blossom face spritz and toner from Orli.

Blossom face spritz and toner from Orli.

It goes without saying that hydration is key particularly during plane travel, but sometimes drinking water is simply not enough to help the skin overcome the shock that comes with the sudden drop in humidity.

Using a natural face spritz infused with skin calming ingredients ensures an immediate boost of hydrating and nourishing ingredients, directly to the skin.

These spritzers can be used frequently and applied over make up, although it’s best to go make-­up free during plane travel.

They’re also handy to keep in your bag to use on the go. We recommend Blossom’s Organic Face Spritz -­‐ with a hint of vegetable glycerin for that extra   hydration!

Use essential oils as a natural antibacterial and immunity booster.

Erica Brooke Saviour Salve

Erica Brooke Saviour Salve

Essential oils are a great alternative to chemical hand sanitizers that usually contain harsh alcohols that dry out skin. Plus essential oils have so many other great benefits and uses.

They are full of phytonutrients that are scientifically proven to possess antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, antioxidant and decongestant properties.

Tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint or lavender are some examples of popular essential oils that can be used in many ways, including clearing congestion, relieving nausea, boosting immunity, and as a natural antiseptic.

A convenient travel option is Orli’s Eau Well. This blend of 9 essential oils plus magnesium in a base of peppermint floral water will have you feeling and smelling amazing during travel.

To manage frizzy hair and super dry skin, equip yourself with a natural oil-­based serum, for example organic jojoba, rosehip or argan oil.

These oils are packed with essential fatty acids, proteins, vitamins and minerals. They are the perfect multi-­‐functional all-­‐rounder for conditioning, nourishing and moisturising the face, body and hair. Plus, they come in handy as natural make up removers and facial cleansers!

Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (ACV) is another excellent multipurpose travel buddy.

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid that can increase your body’s absorption of important minerals from food. ACV diluted with water also helps optimise the pH level for scalp, skin and hair. It balances sebum production, cleanses, prevents itchy scalp and helps detangle hair.

The antibacterial and antifungal properties of apple cider vinegar together with its high AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) content help alleviate acne and skin infections. Use ACV diluted with water as a facial toner or add it to the bath for all over skin benefits.

Lastly, pack a high performance, multi-­use natural balm that can be used on the whole family like Erica Brooke’s Saviour Salve.

What are your favourite beauty products for a long-haul flight?