Summer’s here. It’s time to hop a flight to the Amalfi Coast, or Tulum, or Bali—somewhere with clear water, sandy beaches, and a very weak wifi connection.

You work hard to cash in your vacay time—and you deserve to put on your email autoresponder and soak up every last minute of it. But if you’re relying on air travel to get to your destination, you might have an unfortunate guest crash your precious time off: jet lag.

Jet lag manifests itself in so many different ways, both physical and mental. Think fatigue, bloating, insomnia, irritability, digestive issues, and general stress. None of the symptoms are fun on a normal day, let alone on your dream vacation. And then there’s the damage that dirty airports and pressurized air cabins can do to your complexion. We’re talking dehydrated skin and clogged pores galore. You want to come back from your break looking like a refreshed, glowy, and relaxed supermodel—not like you’ve been to hell and back again trying to make it through customs.

It’s possible to make it through all of your summer travel looking great and feeling even better. It’s all about fighting the dreaded jet lag bloat; and with the right products, foods, and supplements, you should be just fine. Keep scrolling to get the skinny on how to beat jet lag and keep your skin looking fresh no matter how far you travel this summer.

What Causes Jet Lag?

You’ve gotta know the enemy in order to properly defend yourself. Jet lag, or desynchronosis, is a temporary circadian rhythm disorder that often occurs when a person travels across time zones. The body’s internal clock is disrupted, and major symptoms include insomnia, fatigue, bloating, anxiety, malaise, and emotional disturbances.

When a traveler crosses a few time zones, the body uses natural cues like sunlight and an eating schedule to try and acclimate to the appropriate time. But because travel is disorienting for the physical body, it can take a few days before all the natural processes even out and become normalized.

Jet lag is usually worse when moving from west to east because travelers lose hours of their day. If you’re traveling from New York City to Mykonos (hi, take us with you?), you’ll lose seven hours of your day. Meals, sleep, and bathroom schedules will all be pushed by seven hours, which certainly messes with your routine and your body’s ability to adapt to a new place.

Travelers also tend to underestimate the toll that airports and planes have on their wellbeing, too. Stressful security checks, unhealthy airport food, and omnipresent air conditioning can wreak havoc on the most resilient complexions. If you’re prone to breakouts, touching grimy bathroom doors and tray tables and then rubbing your face can exacerbate acne. And even if you are getting sleep on the plane (or in the airport) it’s likely not high quality zzz’s. Rest is incredibly important for cell turnover and skin recovery—in fact, regeneration happens three times as quickly during sleep as opposed to waking hours.

Feels like everything is working against you when it comes to gorgeous skin while traveling? Fortunately, that’s not the case. When you know what to do to combat jet lag, you improve the chances that you’ll enjoy your time off … and that when you do land back at home, you’ll still be rocking that “I-just-spent-a-week-without-conference-calls” glow.

5 Steps to Prevent Jet Lag

Try to Land in The Evening

If possible, try to book a flight that lands later in the evening at your final destination. Your goal is to basically hop off the plane and jump into your hotel sheets—getting sleep is the best way to acclimate to a new place. If you’re totally topsy-turvy when you land, grab a little something to eat. A light meal that’s rich in carbs will trigger serotonin release, and that can help you fall asleep more quickly when you do finally get to bed.

Before you retire, try giving yourself a light peel treatment. We love the Fresh A Peel Multi-Acid Resurfacing Peel because it’s gentle but effective. The peel will obliterate any dry skin or dull skin that may have happened as a result of air travel and makes it easier for your skin to drip up a rich moisturizer like our Plant Profusion Night Cream. The plant stem cells in our night cream will encourage cell turnover and recovery, so you’ll get more bang for your buck as you sleep even if your REM cycle isn’t as long as normal.

 

 

Amy’s greatest joy in her floral work is to use her years of formal training, vast industry experience, unique visual aesthetic and passionate sourcing of the best materials to bring each of her clients’ vision to life. She accomplishes this through listening to clients needs and we have that first hand experience as she recently created the florals for a recent event (see below, as they are STUNNING!).

Her studio mantra is “nature first” as she takes great care to design within the seasons and uses locally grown flowers whenever possible. Hence, why we took an immediate attraction to her and her work.

We had a chance to talk candidly with Amy about balance and how she manages her thriving career and busy life.

Name:

Amy Balsters, Amy Nicole Floral
What is your definition of balance?
My definition of balance is recognizing that balance doesn’t mean I do a little bit of everything. Rather, I make conscientious decisions and commitments and recognize that I can’t do it all and the sooner I accept that, the more peace I have. I have to let my “yes” be “yes” and my “no” be “no” when dealing with home life, work life and personal life and sticking to my convictions, remaining present and practicing gratitude have played a major role in me practicing balance.
First thing that you do when you wake up, is? 
First thing I do when I wake up is snuggle my toddler. We have a ritual where he climbs into our bed and we cuddle for awhile which usually turns in to some kind of fun rough housing. I love this part of my day as I am often busy and unable to play while I am working a lot of the day but we get to connect first thing and I think it helps keeps us more connected and secure throughout the day.

Last thing that you do before you goto bed, is? 

The last thing I do before I go to sleep is usually deep breathing to relax my body and prayer. I like to fall asleep in a place of gratitude and replaying the day with the mind set that whatever it was that I did, it was enough and tomorrow will have enough troubles of it’s own. For so long I would l fall asleep concerned that I didn’t do enough that day and living in scarcity is so damaging to getting real rest.

How do you balance life + keep wellness top-of-mind? 
I think balance is a moving target, each day, I pray for wisdom to work towards the things that matter the most in that day and trust that it is enough. I practice the art of letting my “yes” be “yes” and my “no” be “no” when dealing with home life, work life and personal life and sticking to my convictions, remaining present and practicing gratitude have played a major role in me practicing balance.
Favorite flower? 
My favorite flower changes with the seasons, I love bulb flowers, lilacs and frittilaria in the spring, I love English garden roses in the summer, I love all the berries and rich toned textural greenery that comes in the fall and I love the branches and muted tones that arrive in winter. There is so much beauty in every season and as a florist, I get the pleasure of seeing that up close and allowing the seasons to be my main sources of inspiration.
How do you create a balanced arrangement? 
Balance in an arrangement is a critical component of a successful design. There is visual balance and physical balance and both are something I consider greatly when I approach a design. There is a cause and effect function happening so when placing flowers, I stay present and aware that when I place one flower or branch, it has a an effect on everything else. I work in a lot of diagonal patterns to keep an asymmetrical and natural feel but everything should feel visually balanced. I also consider color greatly and how each color in the design is affecting everything else. When components of the design are blending well and the eye moves throughout the design effortlessly, I know I have typically achieved balance in that piece.

If you suffer from chronic pain or health issues, you’ve probably considered (or been told to consider) acupuncture or even something more basic as in Chinese Medicine. Eastern alternative medicine is  a healing medicine, merged together with the wisdom of the east and the knowledge of the west, offered for those seeking out wellness, healing and longevity. *Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. In a session, the “needle” is used to stimulate specific, powerful sites (acupoints) along meridian lines, which is though to promote healing throughout the body’s various systems and realign “balance” within the body. Acupuncture has been successfully used to treat pain, PTSD, arthritis, chronic stress, addiction, insomnia, digestive disorders and much more.

VIE HEALING was created by Mona Dan: Acupuncturist, herbalist, tea lover, traveler, mama, holistic lifestyle leader, and passionate health educator. VIE HEALING represents a holistic lifestyle that goes far beyond health fads, juicing and quick fixes.

We had the opportunity to sit down with Mona to talk about balance and how she achieves it daily.

Name: 

Mona Andoot Dan

What is your definition of Balance? 

Balance for me is feeling at peace with whats expected of me and what i’m doing. Living in the moment, feeling present but excited about the future!

First thing you do when you wake up, is? 

Snuggling and bonding for 15 minutes with my son Zac, without thinking about what the say ahead has in store or will require of me.

Last thing you do before you go to sleep, is?

Shower or bath. Every. Single. Night.

How do you balance life + keep wellness top-of-mind?

Through incorporating my rituals: my supplements keep my nervous system chill, and i always slow down for tea in the morning and evening and evening and baths. These self-care habits keep me in check throughout the day.

What are your tips/advice for people to create balance in their life?

Finding a few activities that can take 1-20 min a day that reminds them of the little things in life they enjoy!