Traveling any time of the year -- and particularly during the holidays -- is enough to make even the most relaxed among us look frazzled and feel like we've seen better days. To the rescue: these rapid radiance- and sanity-restoring tips for before, during and after your trip, from the people who know best -- top hotel and airport spa directors. The emphasis here is on simplifying and de-stressing, so wave goodbye to that weary traveler staring back at you in the mirror!

Fight stuffy air with aromatherapy

"When you fly, recirculated air can cause sinuses to feel stuffed up," explains Marilyn Tomaso, spa director of D-parture Spa at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. What can help: invigorating oils delivered with massage or steam.

- On the go

Rub a drop of peppermint, rosemary or sage essential oil onto temples with fingertips; at your destination, add 10 drops of oil to a warm tub, making sure to close the bathroom door to allow nasal-cleansing steam to build up. (You can also try an essential-oil blend like E'SPA invigorating oils, $35; 202-787-6100.) Even if there's only time for a quick post-travel shower, you can still nab the benefits by using Jurlique Aromamist Skin Refresher Travel Blend ($24;, a mix of bergamot, grapefruit and lavender essential oils, which can be sprayed all over to invigorate.

- At the spa

While at Newark Airport's B or C terminals, opt for D-parture Spa's Sinus Relief Facial (60 minutes for $75; 973-565-9900); a blend of essential oils is used during the pore steaming and facial massage to help clear nasal passages.

Boost skin's moisture for a radiant glow

Another unfortunate effect of plane air: dry skin. Step up your moisturizing routine before and during travel to feel more comfortable and look better. "The only way to get a dewy, beautiful look from makeup is to start with well-hydrated skin," says Los Angeles-based makeup artist Shalini Vadhera, who works on CBS's The Early Show with well-traveled clients who often come straight from the landing strip to the set. Vadhera suggests sleeping with a hydrating mask on skin the night before you travel (best bet: Chanel Précision Continuous Hydrating Mask, $32.50; Intensify the impact of such products by prepping skin with an exfoliator (sloughing off dead cells allows moisturizers to better hydrate the skin); try Biotherm's Biosource Clarifying Exfoliating Gel ($16; with algae powder to help polish away impurities and soybean extract to soften skin and get it glowing.

- On the go

Tote along H20 Plus Oasis 24 Hydrating Booster ($28;, designed to increase the skin's ability to retain and absorb moisture. You can also boost the moisture quotient in your makeup regimen by switching to light, nourishing formulas like tinted moisturizers instead of heavy foundations. (Try Clinique City Block Sheer Shimmer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 15, $15.50; Also opt for cream, rather than powder, makeup; it's more hydrating. We like Longcils Boncza Lumiere Touch 3 in 1 ($22; 800-753-2038), a creamy pencil that can be used on cheeks, lids and lips and blended with fingers or a brush.

- At the spa

You'd be hard-pressed not to find a hydrating treatment at the Absolute Spa, located inside Vancouver International Airport at YVR Domestic Terminal. One pampering treatment we love: the E.T.A. Hydrating Express Facial ($60 for 45 minutes;, which uses active ingredients like panthenol, chamomile and wheat bran to rehydrate skin.

Use makeup to wake up your eyes

"Red eyes triggered by dilated blood vessels, caused by dry air and lack of sleep, can add years to your face," Vadhera explains. To freshen up your eyes, steer clear of black liners and opt instead for navy ones, since blue makes the whites of your eyes look whiter. Then blend a creamy peach or white highlighting concealer beneath eyes to conceal dark circles and brighten the overall area. Lauren Hutton's Passport to Africa kit ($60; has all the makeup you need for a trip, including sheer concealers, spot concealers, lip balm, eyebrow shadow, eyeliner and blush in easy-to-use colors that work on nearly everyone. Another must-have is NARS' The Multiple in the peachy shade Portofino ($35;; it's a chubby tube of sheer cream-to-powder color that works to brighten cheeks and lips.

- On the go

Don't leave home without La Prairie's Cellular Anti-Puff Eye Gel ($125; with lemon balm, or Dr. Gendler's Skin Appointments Eye Assist with Matrixyl, an ingredient that helps promote production of the skin-firming tissues collagen and elastin while smoothing and de-puffing ($25;

- At the spa

At the La Prairie Spa at the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, the sleep-deprived can rejuvenate with Jet Lag Therapy ($265 for 90 minutes; 212-521-6135). It's designed to banish the effects of time-zone changes, dry airplane air and uncomfortable seats with aromatherapy massage, foot and hand reflexology and a de-stressing facial.

Adjust to time shifts

The key to feeling like yourself during long-distance travel is getting your body adjusted to a new time zone (changing your sleep schedule so that it works with your destination's time zone is the best way to do this), says Anna Doyle, director of Molton Brown Travel Spas located in the British Airways lounge (Pavilion T4 in London's Heathrow and Terminal 7 at New York's JFK airports). Citrus and grapeseed are naturally invigorating botanicals, so stock up on energizers like Miller Harris Tangerine Vert Eau de Parfum Spray ($98; 888-8BARNEYS) or Molton Brown Purifying Grapeseed Anti-Oxidant Dry Oil spray ($29; Or try Bath & Body Works' Aromatherapy line ($5-$20; for store locations), which contains everything from massage oil to hair care in scents like Energize Orange Ginger and Relax Eucalyptus Spearmint.

- On the go

To get some much-needed z's when traveling by plane, skip the alcoholic beverages; they dehydrate you and prevent restful sleep. Also be sure to pack a soft eye mask (try one in a fashionable Pucci-like print by Cris Notti, available for $20 on, socks to keep feet warm, earplugs and smoothing lip balm to quench dehydrated lips. Comfort is key to being able to rest, Doyle says.

- At the spa

For British Airways clients in business or first class, complimentary treatments at the Molton Brown Travel Spa make use of the oils ylang-ylang, Indian cardamom and French lavender, which, among other oils like eucalyptus and rose, have relaxing properties to promote sleep. Going coach? You can stock up on the company's retail Yuan Zhi set that includes bath and shower gel, body cream, Air of Sleep mist and a votive candle ($49;

Hydrate thirsty strands

"Hair is extremely susceptible to the stresses of flying," says Bonnie Baker, spa therapy manager at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., which frequently caters to long-traveling hotel guests. If you travel a lot, you might notice more dry flyaway strands as well as more split ends.

- On the go

Leave-in conditioners are must-haves for any traveler, as even those with oily hair can suffer from split ends. These conditioners add moisture to your hair and also protect it from environmental damage that could lead to additional moisture loss. Try Matrix Biolage Smoothing Shine Milk ($13; for salon locations) with hydrating botanicals such as rice milk, bamboo milk and milk thistle, or KMS Daily Fixx ($5; for salon locations), which helps soften stressed hair and restore strength.

- At the spa

The Indian Head and Scalp Massage at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental ($75 for 20 minutes; 202-787-6100) is centered around the application of E'SPA Pink Hair and Scalp Mud, which is massaged in to moisturize hair and scalp. The E'SPA pink mud ($60; 202-787-6100), also doubles as a rapid-results leave-in conditioner.


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