Airplane Essentials

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Snacks– I’ve never been a fan of plane food (show me someone who is!) even more so now so I usually make sure to stock up on a bunch of snacks I can tuck away in my carry-on. This time I’m taking coconut chips, paleo granola bars, popcorn, homemade granola, and my favourite, chocolate! I also really enjoy grabbing my own meal at the airport from the best place I can find and taking that on board. Flying out of Gatwick, I usually head to Pret A Manger and grab one of their superfood salads and a green juice.

Water– I like to buy a big litre bottle of water once I’ve cleared security so that I can stay properly hydrated before flying. Airplanes play so much havoc on our skin and we dehydrate quite quickly so it’s always good to have water on hand at all times.

Lip Balm– I usually have more than one kicking about in my handbag and the same goes when on airplanes. I love my Nova Scotia Fisherman lip balm and I also love to take a little of May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon on board which not only smells heavenly but also doubles as a moisturizer and eye cream.

Rose Water– I really love rose water at the moment. It’s been really great for calming inflammation on my skin and keeping it hydrated before applying a moisturizer. Plus it smells really lovely and the size is acceptable to bring onto the plane.

Anti-Bacterial Spray/Gel– Hundreds of people, several hours, all cramped in one small space does not make for the most hygienic place! It’s good to carry something extra and I love this Dukha To Sukha spray (actually a yoga mat spray) because it’s multi-purpose and makes a great hand sanitizer.

Oregano Oil– Without fail, around this time of the year I tend to come down with a cold and I’ve been fighting this off by taking oregano oil. It doesn’t taste that great but it really is one of the best things I have found to take for the immune system. Any sign of sniffles or sore throats disappears when I take this and I’ve been having it everyday in the lead up to flying.

Essential Oils– I don’t wear perfume but I do love the scent of many essential oils. I find them a lot subtler and they’re really lovely to have either to relax before a flight or freshen up with just as you’re landing. I have a blend for stress and anxiety that I love from this little apothecary shop I found in the New Forest.

Eye Mask– I can’t always sleep on planes but I make sure to pack one of these anyway just in case! This one is from Saje Wellness and smells of lavender and chamomile.

Big Comfy Socks– I usually find myself getting super cold on airplanes so I always pack a big warm pair for the journey.

Books– If I don’t already have one, I really love going into the bookshop before boarding and seeking out a book I know nothing about to read with all the spare time I know I’ll have. If I don’t find a book, I often grab some magazines and even a word search puzzle book (which I secretly really enjoy!)

Notebook– I also take along a notebook to write down anything and everything that comes to mind. Being disconnected from technology and having so much time on your hands is a really good reason to keep this on hand.

Headphones– The in-flight ones just aren’t the same as pulling out my own pair that I know are guaranteed to work to watch movies and listen to my music.

Gum– This tends to already be in my handbag so I just pack some more for a longer journey; I love Pur gum.

Scarf– I love scarves and always have a hard time choosing which ones to take with me when I go anywhere! I always pack a bigger, warmer, cozy one like my cashmere one which doubles as a blanket.

Sunglasses– Always pairs well with jet lag and even works to hold up messy hair before you get the chance to grab a shower.

Tili Bag– I loved these bags from the first time I saw them. They come sized and ready to go through security and come in really cute patterns to carry all of your liquids. You can find them here.

Travel Documents– Of course you can’t go anywhere without these and they are the most important. I have a travel pouch that I keep my passport and tickets in so they’re easy to access.

I know all of this seems like a lot but it really isn’t when it’s all packed and in your bag. Traveling between the UK and Canada no longer feels like a huge trek to me and I find having these items tides me over and keeps me happy on my journey until I arrive at my destination.

 

Honey & Cinnamon Face Mask

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If you’re new to trying out natural skincare and don’t know where to start, this is a great place! This is a really easy, simple, natural remedy to try that’s inexpensive and great for your skin.

When I first ventured out into trying some more natural and holistic things in the beauty department, I came across many books and articles all about using honey. Honey is incredibly beneficial to consume but it’s also fantastic for so many other things! You can use honey to wash your face, heal a burn, to reduce spots, fight colds, and as a face mask in this case.

All you need for it are two ingredients: honey and cinnamon. Cinnamon is equally beneficial for you. Consuming it can help to control sugar cravings and helps with your circulation which is why it’s so great in this mask. The honey and cinnamon combined created a slight tingling across your face bringing warmth as your blood gets flowing! When you wash this mask off, your skin might be slightly red but that goes away after a few minutes. It’s just a sign that your skin has been warmed up by the spice.

If you have sensitive skin, you may want to hold off on the cinnamon, but you can still use the honey as it can be very helpful and soothing to irritated skin.

For the mask:

1-2 teaspoons raw honey (local and organic is best- try and avoid those squeezy bottles from the grocery stores, they tend to be heavily processed)

Pinch of cinnamon

Directions: 

Mix the honey and cinnamon together in a small dish. Apply to your face with your fingers avoiding your eyes. Allow to sit for a minimum of 10 minutes before gently exfoliating the skin in circles and rinsing off with water. Pat dry and use your favourite oil or moisturizer.

Remember to start slowly with adding the cinnamon, you can always add more the next time and you’ll still get the benefits from this mask. When I first started using this, I only used a pinch of cinnamon because that was plenty for me! Now I use about ¼ teaspoon each time.

I love to make this mask a couple times a week and then just let it sit on my face while I take a warm bath. You can just relax and let it do its thing. Added bonus: it smells amazing!