Beauty And Health

Healthy Travel Tip 1: Boost Your Immune System

Supporting your immune system is a powerful way to help prevent travel-related sickness and disease. The foundation of a strong immune system is a healthy diet. Boost your immunity by eating a healthy travel snack like fruits and vegetables, especially dark leafy greens like kale and brightly colored fruits such as berries. You can easily grab a salad or fruit cup at the airport, or pack some along in a cooler if you are traveling by car.

Healthy Travel Tip 2: Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is essential to our health and well-being. Research has revealed that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold virus. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick. So, getting proper sleep is very important before and during your travels. Consider packing a travel pillow and earplugs or noise-canceling headphones to help you sleep more soundly on airplanes and drives.

Healthy Travel Tip 3: Stay Hydrated

When traveling by air, the lack of humidity in the cabin air can lead to dehydration. Planes have extremely low humidity levels of 20 percent or less, which can dry out mucous membranes and make you more susceptible to germs. For this reason, it’s very important to keep yourself hydrated while you’re on a plane. Pack an empty water bottle in your carry-on. Once you’ve made it through security, fill it up at the nearest water fountain and aim to drink 8 ounces of water for every hour you’re in the air. Potassium-rich foods and drinks like bananas and coconut water are also great options to help keep you hydrated, and can often be found in airport convenience stores.

Healthy Travel Tip 4: Try To Stay Active

Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, one of the best ways to stay fit and healthy and fight off unwanted infections is exercise. Exercise will boost your energy and mood while traveling. Make time in your travel schedule to do something that gets your body moving and your heart racing, so you can reap the benefits of a healthy mind and body. You can start by scheduling your workouts into your traveling scheduling. Take advantage of the hotel gym. If there is no hotel gym, go for a walk or run to explore your new surroundings.

Healthy Travel Tip 5: Wash Your Hands Regularly and Sanitize Surfaces

This might seem like an obvious way to stay healthy, but it is surprising how many people forget how important it is to follow through. When you travel, you can come into contact with surfaces that many other people have touched. Using handrails, touching counters and opening doors are all things we do without much thought. Often, those surfaces are the dirtiest. Even if you don’t think your hands are dirty, they probably are if you’re traveling.

If you are traveling by plane, train or bus, it is important to sanitize your seating area. This is especially true if you are traveling with children. An adult might refrain from touching all the surfaces in an area, but the same cannot be said for children. Sanitize your seat, armrests, table back, headrest and airflow nozzles and buttons. It is uncertain how often these areas are cleaned.

Just a little common sense and a tiny bit of preparation can help you stay healthy during travel.

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Packing Travel Makeup: 1-2 Pieces

When packing makeup, my rule is to only pack 1-2 pieces max. When choosing which makeup to pack, you have two options:

  1. If you want to wear makeup every day, pack the basics. Choose neutral colored makeup that will go with everything.
  2. If you only want to wear makeup for nights out, and are totally fine sans-makeup day-to-day, go for bold. Go for the bright red lipstick, or whatever it is that matches the one nice dress or top you’ve already packed.

A good middle ground is to have the one item that’s good every day (eyeliner) and the one item that’ll instantly spice up a look (red lip stain). Remember, few people will see you more than once — it’s OK to repeat looks.

Packing Hair Products : 1 Product and Small Accessories

When talking with a few girl friends, we all agreed that for hair products we always pack bobby pins and extra hair ties. In addition to conditioner, we also allow ourselves to pack the one hair product we use most often — in a small, travel sized container, of course.

Finally, ditch the brush for an easy to pack comb, preferably with a wide tooth on one end, and small tooth on the other. What you end up packing will depend a lot on personal preferences, but for some ideas, take a look in our bags.

Travel hair hack : Most tutorials on hair-teasing will tell you to use a brush. Truth is, an easier to pack, small toothed comb will work just fine in a pinch.

Go Extra-Mini

You’re allowed to bring 3oz of liquid on the plane, but you really don’t need that much hairspray, perfume, or face cream for trips of one month or less. So go extra mini — like 1 ounce or less mini — with your beauty products.

For this, you could buy smaller sized travel bottles, like the Nalgene 1 ounce leakproof container for creams and gels, or reuse mini perfume sample bottles or old lip gloss tins. No matter what though, aim for everything to roughly fit in the palm of your hand.

Note : Avoid aerosol products when you can. They’re harder to transfer into smaller containers and you’ll have to keep buying travel sized versions of these products.

Simplify Hairstyles

Sometimes while traveling, you want to look nice. Be it for a night out or just feeling more put together on a plane, it happens.

If you want to have a cute hairstyle while traveling without having to pack a travel blow dryer (seriously, just don’t even pack a travel blow dryer), learn a few hairstyles that don’t require much more than a hair tie. For example:

  • The fishtail braid — or any braid for that matter. Braids are in, so rock them. Also, fishtail braids are great travel hairstyles since they stay in place and don’t get in your way when you’re trying to sleep on a plane or bus. Check out the tutorial on Pretty Designs.
  • The architectural ponytail — I fell in love with this hairstyle when I stumbled on Refinery29’s article on work hairstyles for long hair, but it works surprisingly well for travel as well — and especially work travel.
  • Messy chignon — This hairstyle works great if you haven’t had time to wash your hair. Pull it into a side pony, tease it a bit (optional), and wrap it all up into a slightly messy bun. Full tutorial can be found on Coconut Robot.
  • Headband tuck and cover — Put your stretchy hairband on and tuck your hair into it. And voila, an easy but impressive-looking hairstyle for a last minute night out.  See home and heart’s tuck and cover tutorial for more details.

Use Scarves

If you travel with a light scarf, these work great as impromptu hair wraps when your hair is looking just a little meh, or dirty (like when the water at your hostel goes out) or you have short hair and throwing it into a bun isn’t an option.

For the scarf trick, place the middle of the scarf on the back of your head, loop it together at the front, then tie in the back.

Don’t Pack a Hair Dryer… Ever

Even travel sized hair dryers take up a lot of unnecessary space, and if you’re traveling internationally, you might need a special adaptor for it. Instead, learn to do without and take advantage of hotels that give you one. Lots of hostels will have one you can borrow as well. Just ask!

Fly, Travel, or Sleep With Your Hair in a Bun

Get nice looking waves without a curler or blow dryer by putting your hair in a top bun (like the one mentioned above) or braids before going to sleep. In the morning, let it down, shake it out, and head out the door to go exploring!

Try Solid Perfumes

I just recently discovered solid perfumes (specifically, the Pacifica solid perfume line found at Whole Foods) and love them for travel. They’re only 0.33 oz, about the size of a quarter, they don’t break any TSA rules, and last forever.

Also, they’re super easy to put on discreetly at the end of a long flight — rather than spraying perfume into the air and choking everyone around you.

Just because you’re packing light, doesn’t mean you can’t keep up a minimalist hair and beauty routine. Always pack 1-2 makeup products and allow yourself 1 travel sized hair product plus conditioner. Pack everything in extra-mini containers of 1 oz or less.

For makeup, stick to basics or pack one bold item you can use on nights out. For travel hair, rely on simple hairstyles, get creative with the items you’ve already packed, and don’t ever bring “travel sized” blow dryers, straighteners, or curlers.

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Natural soaps beat the everyday drugstore options for more reasons than you might think. When it comes to choosing between liquids and bars, however, you might want to consider these four specific factors.

Though the labels often allude to lovely natural elements like coconut and lavender, most common soaps aren’t nearly as “clean” as you might think. Bodywashes and other liquid versions tend to contain synthetic ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate, a foaming agent that is extremely drying to the skin and can be contaminated with carcinogens. Bar soaps, meanwhile, are based on synethics and petroleum products, which are equally drying as well as toxic to the environment. (When those suds wash down the drain, they ultimately wind up in bodies of water where they stunt plant and animal ecosystems.)

On the other hand, all-natural soaps are typically formulated with organic vegetable oils as their main ingredients. Bodywashes might include some vegetable glycerine and a little guar gum to add thickness, but that’s just about it. Compared to conventional versions, the natural options obviously represent the wiser choice – but is it better to go with liquids or bars?

Below, we’ve broken down four factors to consider when choosing your next sudsy product for the shower or the sink, plus a few surprising tips and tricks.

1. Which lathers best?

Although bars and liquids tend to make the same volume of suds on bare hands, liquid soaps usually create a richer lather on loofahs and washcloths. Regardless, you’ll get more bubbles for your buck and conserve the soap for longer if you use one of those scrubbing tools instead of applying the formula directly to your hands.

2. Which lasts longer?

Bar soaps last longer than liquid soaps. To further sustain a bar’s lifespan, store it in a dry, well-drained spot instead of a damp dish, so it doesn’t melt away when it’s not in use.

3. Which is more sanitary?

A lot of people believe that liquid soaps are more sanitary than bar soaps, but let’s debunk that myth. Numerous studies have shown that even though there’s a tiny bit more bacteria on a used bar of than a brand new one, it all gets rinsed off as it’s being used, right along with the grime on your hands. In other words, we can call this one a wash.

4. Which is best for the environment?

Bar soap usually comes in less packaging, which is a plus. But bodywash in environmentally friendly packaging can definitely hold its own. Look for a bottle that’s made of an eco-friendly material like PET plastic—it’s produced without leaving any toxic chemicals behind, and it’s the most easily and widely recycled plastic in the world.

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