By Cristina Alcivar, creator of app Vane Airport
Traveling often involves annoying beauty problems: dry skin, make-up confiscated by the TSA, chipped nails, and food that makes you bloat.... Who knew sitting motionless and doing nothing for so long could put such a damper on your look? Since no one wants to arrive at their destination feeling and looking like a zombie, we’ve asked the wonderful Cristina Alcivar, creator of Vane Airport app and online magazine, to share five important tips to keep you looking and feeling beautiful on your layover.
Problem #1: Chipped nails
Every self-respecting lady needs to provide her nails with some TLC on a regular basis. A nice mani is essential to complete an elegant and stylish look.
Solution: To combat the chipped nail look, either fix nicks and imperfections yourself at the airport, or consider indulging in a full or express manicure. There are various places you can get a manicure at the airport. Our favorites are Xpress Spa, with 56 locations worldwide, and Be Relax Spa with locations in North America and Europe.
Problem #2: Tense shoulders, tense neck, tense muscles all over!
The unknown gate changes, fear of flying, and delays can put stress on your muscles, not to mention all the damage that lugging those bags around does!
Solution: A massage is always great way to reduce fears of flying and travel anxiety. Why not have 10 or 20 minute chair massage? You can also try coin-operated massage chairs. Although lacking in human touch, some of these chairs offer super pressure-point power to help reduce tension. Munich airport has 5 designated areas with massage chairs to help alleviate tightness.
Finally, if you have an extended layover, an hour table massage is just the answer. I recently experienced a thoroughly soothing and relaxing one hour massage at Las Vegas Airport at Xpress Spa last year. It was marvellous. And I was so serene and calm the rest of the layover.
Problem #3: Confiscated HG makeup and shampoos
We have all been there - we forgot to put are fave makeup in our suitcase or brought the wrong size in our bag.
Solution: Look for airport beauty vending machines - not the old school vending machines selling tampons in bathrooms, but a whole new modern machine with all the essentials to get some beauty on the fly. Award winning make-up artist Cheryl Gushue came up with this handy list of brands at airports.
Problem #4: Logistical stress
I love to travel, but I also dread the stresses that hit me on the day I have to fly. I start thinking about all the things I forgot to do, checking repeatedly that I have my passport, or wondering if my flight will be delayed, again.
Solution: Tap into your inner Zen and stay grounded with some meditation, listen to some audio recordings or start some deep breathing exercises. There are an increasing number of yoga rooms popping up at airports. Follow the hashtag #airportyoga to get inspired and get your downward dog despite the stares.
Problem #5: Hungry and thirsty
Human basic needs must be met to feel and look great. Food and water are expensive and hard to find at the airport. I’ve often found myself asking, “The pre-packaged $14 salad - to eat or not to eat?” and my answer is usually a resounding ‘no, thanks!’ We all need our beauty essential – water - but that’s difficult when full water bottles are never allowed though security.
Solution: Stay hydrated. Plane air is very low in oxygen, and this dries out the eyes and skin. Slather on a super-rich moisturize (don’t forget your hands!) and drink at least a liter of water every four hours. Spritz on rose water throughout the flight; it will help keep the face and eyes moist. Caffeine, salt and alcohol add to dehydration and are best avoided.
You can choose to buy an overpriced bottle of water or bring your own water bottle and fill it at the various hydration stations at airport. San Francisco has 6 hydration station located through their airport. Their water comes from the Hetch Hetchy reservoir located in Yosemite National Park and from within two protected local watersheds in the Bay Area. It is considered the purest, safest and best tasting water in the world.
In general, avoid airport food unless you know where exactly where to eat. Otherwise, bringing your own snacks is your best healthy and safe solution. You know who made it, what’s in it, and when it was made. Plan ahead and you will feel happy to nourish your body with your own farm–to-table treats.
Here's to traveling beautifully!