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Destination Wellness

Tips for a healthy and relaxing flight

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At Virgin Atlantic, your well-being is our top priority. Our very own Global Chief Beauty Officer, Rebecca Creer, shares her top tips to ensure you arrive at your destination looking and feeling your best.

Pre-Flight Wellness

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Hello hydration

We know our cocktails are deliciously tempting, but it's wise to balance a sip from the complimentary bar with a glass of something softer. While alcohol can create relaxation initially, it can also make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Staying hydrated is shown to significantly reduce feelings of jet lag, so make sure you drink plenty of water (coconut water is also great). And don’t forget to check out our latest detoxifying Virgin Cocktail offered in our Clubhouses.

Healthy green salad

The right bites

Avoid that icky bloating feeling by eating light before take-off. Grab a salad from the airport or if you’re traveling in Upper Class, we recommend the new Turbo Salad - with spinach, rocket lettuce, broccoli, olives, carrots, and red cabbage. If you have any special dietary requirements, go to manage your booking and let us know at least 48 hours before you fly.

Bananas hanging


If traveling stresses you out, bananas can ease your mind! Eating bananas boosts serotonin which stabilizes your mood and has a calming effect on the brain. You’ll be relaxed in no time.

Fresh pineapples


This tropical fruit contains high levels of vitamin C that helps improve your immune system. Pineapple juice also helps with digestion and aids in flushing your system.

Wheatgrass powder


Wheatgrass powder contains the same green pigment found in plants, and helps detox the liver as well as regulate digestion. You can buy organic powder wheatgrass and mix it in with fruit juice to create a natural flush.

Check out some of our detoxifying menu options on our new enhanced clubhouse menu.

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Pampering is a Plus

Before setting foot on a flight, Rebecca suggests you protect your skin against dry cabin air with a hydrating mask. Rebecca loves the Dr. Hauschka’s Firming Mask, as it’s packed full of essential soothing rose oil. Exfoliate your skin the night before using a scrub or a Body brush, this is a great way to stimulate circulation and get rid of dry skin to create a smooth glow. You can even make your own scrub by mixing salt with olive oil! However, regularly applying moisturiser and lip balm will keep your skin feeling soft and supple throughout your flight.

In-Flight Wellness

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Let’s Get Physical

The best way to stay comfy and minimize the risk of clotting disorders like Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) at bay is to keep moving. So try to change your sitting position regularly, and avoid crossing your legs. Check out a few stretches you can do right from your plane seat on our inflight exercise page. It’s also a good idea to stay comfortable by wearing loose fitting, comfy clothes and shoes.

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Take care of your ears

Cabin pressure changes can be painful if you’re flying with a heavy cold, sinusitis or ear problems, so we advise against travelling with these conditions if possible.

If you experience problems during the flight, suck a sweet or hold your nostrils and gently blow through your nose - this should equalise the pressure. If it doesn’t do the trick, have a chat with a member of cabin crew for some more advice.

Woman using eye pads

Be Kind to Your Eyes

Avoid having that “jetlag” look by using eye pads. On night flights, Rebecca suggests using products like Dr. Hauschka’s Eye Solace pads on the whole flight as this helps brighten up your eyes and reduce redness, irritation and puffiness. You can also make your own by applying your favourite eye cream onto damp cotton pads.

If you wear contact lenses, it’s a good idea to bring your glasses with you, as your eyes might feel drier than usual.

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Just say no (to sleeping pills)

Tempting as it may be, especially if you’re a nervous flyer, we advise you don’t take a sleeping tablet on your flight. It will reduce the chance of you moving about during the flight, which isn’t good news for your circulation, and you’ll feel much groggier when you arrive.

The only exception is if your doctor is aware that you are flying and has expressly recommended that you take a sleeping tablet.

Post-Flight Wellness

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Awaken your senses

Revitalizing with a hot shower always helps fight off jet lag and fatigue. You can freshen up in our Revivals lounge with Dr. Hauschka’s Lemongrass body wash. It’s wonderfully refreshing with zingy lemon and lime to stimulate the body and mind.

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Rise and shine

Starting your day with a cup of warm water and a slice of lemon or a splash of lemon juice first thing will kick start your system and banish grogginess.