Mind & Body

11 Ways The Beauty A-List Beats Jet Lag

From MIRANDA KERR’s grounding walks to WINNIE HARLOW’s pre-flight facial – NEWBY HANDS asks frequent flyers to share their top tips for a post-flight glow

Winnie Harlow

Winnie Harlow, model and vitiligo inspiration

“My best travel tip is to pack a sheet mask to use when you arrive and try to get on your new time zone – don’t fall asleep if you land at 4pm or you’ll be up all night and exhausted the next day. Also, do a full skincare session at home before your flight; when you land, your skin will thank you for the extra love.”

Alexa Chung, designer, model and presenter

“For me, jet lag is horrific – I just have to wait for my body to catch up. I nap, which is absolutely the wrong thing to do, especially if you are going from London to LA and you have to meet someone for dinner that night – it’s game over. But if you do push through, you can have the most fun night ever; you’re so tired you get almost psychedelic around 2am.”

Alexa Chung
Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr, model and skincare entrepreneur

“I like to go for a walk outside when I arrive and, if possible, go barefoot on the grass to reconnect, ground myself and have a bit of time to rebalance. Melatonin is also great to help get you in the time zone.”

Charlotte Tilbury, makeup artist and beauty entrepreneur

“I use the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask in-flight, while my Magic Night Cream is very rich and amazing post-flight for getting back the plumpness and glow. If you get especially wrinkly around the eyes, just use it there.”

Charlotte Tilbury
Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham, designer and beauty entrepreneur

“Jet lag is really difficult. I try not to use any sleep medication – instead, I’ll take magnesium and have a herbal tea and try to go to sleep, but it’s easier said than done. If you are a working mum, you have to get up and power through. And I always do my workout – I never skip it, even when I feel incredibly tired, because it gives you more energy and gets you back into your routine. I don’t have the luxury of napping in the day, so I land and get straight into the time zone.”

Huda Kattan, makeup artist and beauty entrepreneur

“Jet lag is really challenging for me, but I’m obsessed with magnesium, as it keeps me calm and helps me fall asleep. I used to lie awake, but now I take magnesium, then listen to Native American flutes or audio books.”

Huda Kattan
Joanna Vargas

Joanna Vargas, aesthetician and skincare entrepreneur

“Travel really affects my skin, so, as soon as I can, I do a mini facial, starting with my Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask, followed by my Twilight Face Mask, while also working on the pressure points around my eyes to open them up and get the lymph going. Once I’ve taken the masks off, [I use the] product left on my skin to complete a facial massage – working upwards and outwards to stimulate the lymph and boost blood circulation.”

Kate Somerville, aesthetician and skincare entrepreneur

“After a long flight, I always check into the hotel spa before I check into my room. I go straight to the pool, then into the steam room or sauna, and then I take a cold shower – I do this three times and I don’t get jet lag; the hot then cold water helps to ground you. When I fly home, I also head for the ocean, as being in water helps me to stay balanced.”

Kate Somerville
Diarrha N’Diaye-Mbaye

Diarrha N’Diaye-Mbaye, beauty entrepreneur

“I travel back and forth between Senegal and New York a lot and now, as soon as I land, I wash my face and apply Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum.”

Olivia Palermo, fashion influencer and beauty entrepreneur

“I always fly a day early, so I can wake up ready to go, feeling refreshed. When I fly, I don’t use anything on my face – instead, I have a shower and do all my skincare when I arrive.”

Olivia Palermo
Shani Darden

Shani Darden, aesthetician and skincare entrepreneur

“After flying, I use a chilled sheet eye mask – either the Shani Darden mask, [which is a product] I’ve been making, or one from Shiseido. And I love the NuFace device, too, as microcurrent is so good for the face.”


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