The ONE multi-purpose beauty item every traveler needs for their next flight (and How to Make it!).
Have you ever noticed how dry and uncomfortable your skin feels during a long flight? Well, there is a reason for this. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the air’s Humidity in an airplane’s pressurized cabin is often under 20%. This means that the air is lacking enough moisture, causing your skin to become dry and flaky.
So if you want to avoid excessive stress and skin damage (which leads to premature aging!) it's important to keep your skin hydrated . What if I told you that there is a multi-purpose product that can help you combat this problem, and it’s easy to make?
The trick is to use a home-made hydrating mist/spray! I’ll show you how I make the perfect concoction to fit in your airline-approved spray bottle. Most of these ingredients can be found at your local drugstore/pharmacy. First, let’s talk about why this mist is so effective and how you can use it to make your flight (or any commute) more comfortable...
1. Fights dryness with Hydration
Hydration is an essential part of protecting your skin from damage. The air’s low humidity can also cause your hair to feel dry and brittle. Aloe Vera is known to hydrate and protect the skin as well as hair. The 2-in-1 moisturizing combo is what makes this hydrating mist full of value with less ingredients. Spray it all over your skin and hair, or use it as a toner by spraying it onto a cotton-pad before wiping your face.
It’s important to note that in order to achieve the maximum desired protection for your skin (and body), you should make sure to moisturize the evening and morning before your flight. Some passengers go as far as using facial masks during their flight. I typically prefer using my mist because it's much more discreet (be careful not to spray your neighbor) and simple to use. I don’t have to worry about leaving my seat to wash my hands, or dealing with messy masks.
2. Calms the mind with Aromatherapy
In practicing Aromatherapy, lavender and tea-tree essential oils are known for their relaxing and calming properties. For centuries, people have used the scent of these oils to relieve stress, calm the mind, and improve sleep. As an added bonus, Chamomile tea aids in calming and soothing your skin. Perfect for combating inflammation-a symptom triggered by dry air.
3. It’s a natural surface cleaner!
Witch hazel cuts through grease and the essential oils have antibacterial properties. It won’t kill your local virus, but it will clean your surfaces to prevent attracting more harmful viruses/bacteria. If you don’t have an appropriate disinfectant available, use the mist to spray some product over your desired surface (I recommend the airplane’s tray-table) and wipe with tissue or cloth.
How to Make your own Multi-purpose Hydrating Mist:
What you will need:
● 1 x 100ml Travel Size Spray Bottle
● A cup of brewed Chamomile Tea (Added bonus if you brew it with Distilled Water)
● 6 tbsp. Witch hazel
● 2 tbsp. Pure Aloe Vera juice (or 3+ drops of Vitamin E oil)
● 3 drops Lavender essential oil ● 3 drops Tea tree essential oil (Optional)
Fill a 100 ml Travel Size bottle with the Aloe Vera Juice and Essential Oils. Then top up the rest with Chamomile tea. Shake and spritz. That’s it!
You can choose to make this in larger batches (Multiply the amounts as needed), and store it in the refrigerator for 3 months. Otherwise, always store it in a cool and dry area- it will last for up to 1 month.
There you go! There are endless ways to customize this mist into an item that suits your needs. Sometimes I like to substitute the essential oil or tea flavors to experiment with its properties and enjoy different benefits. Do you have a suggestion for alternative ingredients to try? Or did you enjoy our DIY multipurpose hydrating mist?
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