Grooming guide for the Frequent Flyer
Travel essentials for the man on the go.
Most middle and senior level professionals spend more hours than they can recall jetting from meetings to more meetings. Air travel has its own grooming challenges especially because jet lag and pressurized cabin air can play havoc with skin and hair. Check out the no-fuss survival guide below to ensure you look as sharp when you arrive at your destination as you did when you got on the plane.
Give your skin some TLC before the trip
This is particularly important for men who have normal to dry skin. Since cabin air can have humidity levels at under twenty percent, it’s important to prep and hydrate your skin in advance. Use a hydrating face mask the night before or on the morning of the flight to boost moisture levels in your skin so that it can withstand dry air during the flight. Take your pick from L’Oreal Paris Hydra Fresh Mask In Lotion, Thalgo Moisture Quenching Mask, Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque and Remy Laure Hydravive Mask.
Take your skin survival kit along
Liquid restrictions on what you can take along in your handbag can play havoc with a man’s skincare routine. The way to deal with it is getting a set of travel sized plastic bottles you can use to squirt or scoop your favorite skin care products into that can last you for the trip. As any well-travelled gent knows, good quality skin care potions cost mucho. Besides, there’s no bigger waste than having to ditch your precious serums and lotions at airport security.
Drink up on the flight
Keeping yourself sufficiently hydrated during the flight is easier said than done. Drinking tea, coffee or alcohol is actually dehydrating so make sure you drink a liter of water for every three hours you’re in the air. Drinking enough water or herbal tea is the best way to keep your skin hydrated when you’re in the air.
Slather on some moisturizer
There’s nothing manly about dry, flaky or peeling skin. Since low humidity levels rob your skin of essential moisture, it’s important to slather on some moisturizer every couple of hours or each time your skin feels dry or itchy. You could opt for Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream or H2O+ Unscented Hand And Nail Cream. Use a different moisturizer on your face, ideally a lighter formula like Gillette Men Series Facial Moisturizer, Bio Oil or L’Oreal Paris Men Expert White Activ moisturising Fluid SPF 20 PA+++. It’s also a good idea to use this formula immediately after shaving or washing your face to seal in moisture and prevent dryness. During the flight, don’t use the moisturized face wipes and hot towels on your face because they rob it of essential moisture.
Carry some spray on moisturizer
It’s a good idea to carry along a facial mist like Terrake Energising Sparkling Mist, H2O+ Oasis Mist or Kaya Rebalancing Mist especially if you’re going to spend a lot of time outdoors. These products are formulated with plant extracts like aloe vera and cucumber, and vitamins to hydrate and refresh your skin on the go.
Restore your skin overnight
There are countless studies that show maximum skin regeneration occurs overnight when you’re asleep. That’s also the best time lavish deep treatment skin creams on your skin so that your skin is hydrated from within as it switches to reboot mode. You could use H2O+ Sea Results Deep Sleep Recovery Cream or H2O+ Sea Results Deep Sleep Recovery Serum.
Grab a power nap any chance you get
Poring over reports all through the flight can leave you tired and irritable. Doing without sleep through the flight also plays havoc with your immune system. For instance did you know that losing just three hours sleep can lower your immunity by fifty percent? The best way to tackle this is to grab a power nap any chance you get. Any little siesta that lasts under thirty minutes qualifies as one.
Set your body clock to your destination
One of the easiest ways to cheat jet lag is to set your body clock to your final destination. This is particularly important for long haul flights when you’re travelling across time zones and continents. This means eating meals or sleeping on the flight according to your destination’s local time.
De-frizz your hair
Low humidity also plays havoc with your mane. Use a moisturizing shampoo like Sebamed Anti-Dry Revitalizing Shampoo or Toni&Guy Cleanse Shampoo: For Dry Hair before the flight to reduce frizz and static. It’s also a good idea to carry along a dry shampoo like L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni Art Fresh Dust Dry Shampoo to refresh and revitalize strands after a long journey especially if you have to rush to a meeting directly from the airport. No one will believe you’ve just flown halfway round the world.