At Bath & Unwind, we have been focusing on travel and how it affects our beauty regimes. Being on a flight and in a new foreign climate can play havoc with your skin, however, we are in the fortunate position that we have access to the best beauty products in the world. To have the glowing, dewy skin that we all crave is also hugely down to your diet and lifestyle. Always striving for the perfect skin we asked the fabulous Fiona Campbell (a registered Nutritionist and Sky News and BBC Broadcaster) to give us her tips on how to look and feel your best when travelling. This is what she suggested:-
- Keep fresh water with you at all times to sip on throughout the day. I always buy a bottle for my flight in duty free, just in case there are delays.
- Start your day with hot water – it’s great for liver and digestive function, particularly if you add a squeeze of fresh lemon.
- Caffeine can easily disrupt the movement of food through your digestive tract, so if you suffer with irritable digestion, avoid drinking caffeinated drinks until mid-morning to allow your breakfast to go down first..
- Who doesn’t love a nice glass of champagne or wine on a flight? I do! But stick to just one every 3-4 hours if you can, as alcohol and flying are a double whammy where hydration and the health of your skin are concerned.
- Travelling to hot country? Coconut water is sold all over the world and is a good way to stay hydrated in the heat.
- Take a good probiotic complex with you. Your digestive tract is where 80% of your immune system tissue lives, so it’s important to keep it healthy.
- Make sure you get enough fibre – not the tough insoluble fibre you find in Bran Flakes, but the soluble fibre you find in things like oats, beans, lentils, and fresh fruit. If these foods don’t feature in the local diet of the country you’re visiting, make room in your suitcase for some ground psyllium husks – just make sure that you take one daily serving between meals, and with plenty of water.
- Take the time to chew your food thoroughly and eat in a relaxed environment – being on holiday is the perfect time to practise this! In my experience up to 70% of symptoms of IBS and digestive upset are resolved through mindfulness practise alone.
- Try to eat your last meal 3 hours before you go to bed, so that your body can focus on healing and repair during sleep instead of digestion. You’ll soon find that you wake up feeling much more refreshed and energetic if you do.
- Start your day with a protein rich breakfast. Omelettes are a great source of protein and healthy fats which will take much longer to break down into sugar so you’ll stay fuller for longer. I take my own homemade granola, or a bag of Lizi’s Granola which is renowned for its low glycaemic load – check out my 60 second videos with the makers of Lizi’s Granola below.
- You’re bound to drink a bit more on holiday but remember to have a glass of water between each alcoholic drink to keep you hydrated.
- Wondering how to beat a holiday hangover? My favourite go-to breakfast is a big glass of water, followed with an omelette with fresh greens. The healthy fats in the eggs help your cells to recover, and the B vitamins in the greens provide the nutrients that your body has lost during the night.
- If I’m planning to indulge in a few drinks on holiday, I always pack a bottle of Nutri’s Plant Source Antioxidants. It’s got things like milk thistle which help to protect my liver. Taken before you go out, and first thing in the morning, it really makes a difference!
- Perricone MD Omega 3 Supplement – helps lift the mood and regulate weight
- Dr Jackson Herbal Detox Tea – flushes out toxins after a little overindulgence
- Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist – Instantly hydrates tired, dull looking skin
- Caudalie Draining Organic Herbal Tea – quenches thirst and helps with indigestion
You might also be interested in our blog post by First Class Flight Attendant, Gail, who shares with you her top travel tips.