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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.

Plate of 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.

Bananas hanging

Bananas
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

Pineapple
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
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.

Woman using a hydrating mask

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. You can also make your own mask out of all natural ingredients like yogurt and honey and apply the night before. Body brushes are also a great way to stimulate circulation and get rid of dry skin to create a smooth glow.

In-Flight Wellness

Woman working out

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. Check out a few stretches you can do right from your plane seat on our inflight exercise page.

Tea cup and saucer

Time for Tea
Try digestive tea bags. The combination of Fennel & Peppermint is great to calm your stomach. If you don’t have an emergency supply of indigestion tablets, these are great for relieving that bloated/full feeling.

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 soaking cotton pads in your favourite eye cream, preferably with cucumber extracts.

Post-Flight Wellness

Man in a robe brushing his teeth

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.

Slice of lemon in water

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.