Friday, January 15, 2010

Land on the Runway, Arrive like a Model

Several months ago we shared our tips and tricks for traveling with Jet Set Style. Whether you're traveling for work or play, looking and feeling your best are invaluable when on the road. The week before you head out, try a few of these steps:

-- Skin. Whenever you travel, especially leisurely, you're bound to take a cornucopia of photographs - and you want to look your best. Put your best face forward and prep your skin a week before you leave. In the winter months particularly, your skin tends to be more on the dry side than normal. After exfoliating and cleansing like normal, I use Origins Drink Up Mask. In just ten minutes, your skin is instantly more radiant and hydrated, and feels amazing. I actually use this mask 6 days prior to departure, and then again 2 days before departure to insure optimal skin condition. To make sure you avoid problem skin, I use their Clear Improvement mask as well - it's active charcoal and heroic ingredients purify and detoxify the skin from the inside out. I'll use Clear Improvement 7 days prior to departure, and then again 3 days out as well. For random blemishes, I cover and treat them wit Murad's Acne Treatment Concealer - it clears and prevents blemishes and skin breakouts flawlessly.

-- Moisturize and Bronze. No one wants to look like a ghost. Unless you live in the tropics or are naturally tan - invest in a good sunless tanner for face and body. I'll usually start this process about two weeks before departure (in case you have any freak tanning accidents - you can recover from any streaking or orange effects in about this time frame). I've had great luck with Dove's Energy Glow, but to be honest, I don't know if it's still available. It's very lightweight, subtle, and builds over time. A beauty expert friend of mine also highly recommends Fusion's products as well.

-- Stay Regular and Healthy. I don't want to be gross - but I must address it. When you travel, especially to foreign countries, you're likely to not be on your same eating schedule. You might try new foods, new tastes, and not eat as balanced as you would at home. So prep your stomach before you go with Good Belly. Their probiotic juice drinks and products improve your digestive health and immunity! I can't say enough good things about their products. They work and taste good, too! What more could you ask?

-- Manicure/Pedicure. I know it's hard to spend money on a "pampering" event like a mani/pedi before you go on vacation - but consider this preventative maintenance. Shorter toe nails, with a strong coat of polish, will hold up so much better than unkept toes - and make for easier mobility. If you're going to be porting your own luggage and such - you'll also appreciate shorter finger nails as well. Plus, they'll be so much prettier in all of your photographs!

-- Haircut. Right before a big vacation is generally not the time to experiment with new hair styles. Get your hair trimmed a week or so before you leave - that way you avoid the "just cut" look, and have refreshed the look and style you love.

Traveling is an adventure. With these quick tips, you're sure to stay en vogue even on the road.

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