Long haul flights can be very grueling and also dangerous especially for those flying in coach with a health condition. Sitting for too long is actually bad for circulation and can possibly lead to blood clots (or in a more technical term, a pulmonary embolism). But did you know that being on birth control can make you more susceptible to a blood clot? Yes it actually happens. I know someone who got a clot and it freaked me out so much that on my first international trip, I researched the heck out of ‘preparing for long haul flights’.
Some things to consider:
Get up and walk around as much as you are allowed to. Use the bathroom. Stand up in your seat and stretch a bit. Just get up.
If you can’t get up, try doing a few exercises in your seat. Do some leg raises where you raise your knees to your chest, and then also extend your legs out in front of you to lift them up. Be extra careful not to hit the person’s seat in front of you or else you’ll get a very angry seatmate. Point your toes and flex your heals. Then do circles in one direction and then do circles the opposite. The whole point to it all is to keep your blood circulating and to prevent any blood clots.
It also helps to be in comfortable loose fitting clothing. When I fly, I like being in leggings, a big shirt to cover my bum, and a jacket to keep me cozy on the plane.
Other tips for long haul flights:
Stay hydrated. Bring your own water bottle to fill up after you pass security. Or buy a big bottle of water before boarding the plane.
Don’t forget your motion sickness pills if you’re susceptible to motion sickness. It does knock me out, but flight attendants are usually good about serving meals and snacks that I don’t stay asleep for too long.
Bring your own earbuds so you don’t have to use the ones they pass out (only if you’re a germaphobe).
Shower before you fly for the sake of everyone on the plane. I usually like the aisle seat because I only like sitting next to my husband and I remember a lady walking past me who smelled really bad (like the smell of poop bad).
Bring a sheetmask and put it on after take off to keep your skin hydrated. Or if you’re too embarrassed bring a face mist.
So these are all the skincare products we’re going to use on our upcoming trip (I’ve also included hair oil in the picture for me). I still have some face masks coming in, but this is pretty much it. I got 2 free samples from Soko Glam of the Neogen Cleansing water that I plan to use to remove makeup in addition to the makeup wipes. I checked the price for the Neogen Cleansing Water and it’s pretty expensive compared to Garnier’s Micellar Water. If I like it enough to justify the price of it, then I may just buy it but we’ll see.
I purchased these items last week on Amazon and they got to my door this morning. I bought a new blusher just so I have two with one dedicated for traveling only. I also bought a shower cap so I can start using hair masks, and also a hair oil. I figure it doesn’t hurt to try several hair products to find my holy grail.
My other order from Peach and Lily arrived via USPS. Thankfully they arrived intact. These items are intended to be used on our upcoming trip with the exception of the sheetmasks. Those were included for free in my order. Again as previously mentioned, I bought travel size eye cream, moisturizer, cleanser, and makeup face wipes (all products from Mizon except the makeup wipes).
My second order from Soko Glam just came in. I’m trying to buy all the skincare my husband and I will need on vacation, and sunscreen is of top priority. I recently bought one from Derma E but unfortunately it exceeds the liquid limit to pass through airport security. The Neogen Day-Light Protection sunscreen however is only 1.65 fluid ounces so it’s okay to fly with. This product comes highly recommended since it uses zinc oxide in place of chemicals like oxybenzone, which is known to cause cancer and other side effects when it enters the body.
For anyone interested in learning about sunscreen protection, Google it. Look for sunscreens that don’t use oxybenzone. When I learned about this, I was previously using Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Moisture Sensitive Facial Moisturizer with 15 SPF. When I found out it had oxybenzone as one of the active ingredients, I dumped it right away. Luckily, I wasn’t using it for too long and I was only on my second bottle, which was still half full when I threw it away.
Most of us here in the U.S. probably don’t have to worry about air pollution the way others who live in China or South Korea have to worry about air pollution. Mega cities like Seoul or even Beijing have to battle unhealthy levels of poor air quality on a regular basis, but for us on the other hand with the exception of Los Angeles and New York City, we just don’t deal with this quite so often. I mean we have Spare the Air days here in the Bay Area to encourage people to take public transit when the Air Quality Index gets above an unhealthy level. Other than that, I personally don’t think about air pollution until after I stumbled across a section of skincare dedicated to this problem. So I had to ask Google, and sure enough got some interesting search results. New York Times even did a piece on it here, and so did Forbes here.
So what does air pollution do? Basically fine particulate matter get into our pours and breaks down our skin barrier. It’s true how the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is a pound of cure”. Now that I’m in my thirties, I’m only sadly thinking about these things, which then raises the question of how I cleanse my face at night –currently only removing makeup with a wipe or micellar water. After reading these articles though, I should probably start cleansing my face with an actual cleanser, and then figure out what product to add to my morning skin routine that protects from air pollution and also anti-aging.
For those traveling abroad, it’s also good to think about skin care protection especially if your destination is an urban environment where air pollution is inescapable.
I sort of regret spending $10 on the GPS sheet mask from Troiaureke when Cosrx clearly has something similar for half the price. This sheetmask kit from Cosrx not only includes a sheet mask, but also comes with a toner pad and cleanser. It’s basically great for travel and very convenient on a plane ride. The ‘kit’ includes a sheetmask, cleanser, and a toner pad. All you need to do is carry this into the airplane restroom, proceed by cleansing your face followed up with the toner pad, and then apply the sheetmask. Voila!
For germaphobes who would rather not wash their face in an airplane restroom, spritzing your face with a face mist would probably be the way to go. Some mists I would consider buying would be: