Jet lag can make even the best of vacations leave you feeling like garbage for days to come. Too many people assume their first day will be made worthless by jet lag. Don’t prematurely condemn yourself to zombie-dom. Try to alleviate the symptoms—and the occurrence—with these tips.
Hydrate. Flying can be extremely dehydrating to the skin due to dry conditions aboard the aircraft. Humidity is as low as 20 percent and air is recirculated throughout the cabin. This means that air is forced to draw moisture from wherever it can, including the skin. If you have dry skin, it will dry out even more, and if you have oily skin, your chances of experiencing a breakout greatly increase, because your skin produces extra oil to compensate for the sudden dryness.
Stay Awake. Try to stay awake when you arrive in a new time zone. If you’re feeling drowsy after a long flight, resist the urge to nap. By going to sleep in your new time zone’s normal bedtime hours, you’ll adjust quicker and better fend off jet lag.
Keep Moving. Flying can be a very sedentary activity, but it doesn’t have to be. Take a walk up or down the aisles from time to time and stretch in the back.
Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol. Alcohol will dehydrate your body even more, and although caffeine itself isn’t proven to cause dehydration, it is a diuretic, which can have a dehydrating effect. Resist the temptation to read a book or watch a movie. Instead, try your best to get some sleep during the flight.
No Salt. Avoid salty foods. Everyone likes to snack when flying, but high salt content causes dehydration. Choose an apple or banana instead.
Exfoliate. When arriving at your destination (hotel, home or other), cleanse your skin and use a mild facial scrub to remove surface dry skin cells caused from flying. Be sure to avoid facial scrubs containing natural grains such as apricot kernels, walnut husks and almonds, as the sharp edges can scratch and irritate the skin. Instead, use scrubs containing polyethylene, jojoba beads or micro-beadlets.
Re-Set Your Sleeping Pattern. To do so, stand facing the sun (make sure your eyes are protected and you are sunburn protected) for 10-15 minutes so that you get a healthy dose of sunlight.
Compress. Compression socks and/or pants will also help with improved blood circulation in your legs and feet. Use them during the day, or sleep in them for one or two nights.