5 Expert Tips for Beating Jet Lag

July 2, 2013 | By | Comments (2)

Illustration of two airplanes

The downside of flying off on vacation: jet lag and all that comes with it (puffy eyes, a dull complexion, water retention, and crushing exhaustion). Didi Gluck, Real Simple’s beauty and health director, shares the symptom-alleviating tips she recently picked up from Anne-Claire Doucet, the spa treatment supervisor at The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Paris:

• Don’t nap more than 45 minutes to an hour total throughout the day—force yourself to adapt to local time. Any longer and your body will think it’s bedtime.

• Steer away from caffeine, which can exacerbate the dehydrating effects of airplane travel.

• To ease swollen ankles, soak your lower legs in the bathtub for five minutes (when water on your skin evaporates, it takes with it a lot of the water you are retaining just below its surface). Then rest on the floor with legs elevated on the bed for 20 minutes.

• Puffy eyes? After showering, give yourself a mini facial massage to disperse fluids pooled under your eyes. The easy technique: Use pinkies to lightly press under the eyes from the inner corners and angled up to the temples for 10 seconds at a time.

• Just before bed, apply a gentle hydrating face mask in place of your moisturizer and keep it on all night. (Or try a thicker-than-normal coat of regular moisturizer.) In the morning, your complexion should be good to glow.

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  1. Ultimate Skincare & Beaute Report
    July 2, 2013 at 11:49 am
  2. Brian

    Jet lag is difficult to overcome when traveling. Thanks for the tips!

    July 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm

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