Archive | June, 2012

Around the World in 24 Hours – Metta Murdaya

11 Jun
My Frequent Flights...

USA to Indonesia, my bi-monthly route.

Those of you who like long airplane flights, raise your hands. My guess is yours probably isn’t raised. Over the last year, I’ve been doing the global commute from New York to Jakarta up to 6x a year for not just JUARA research, but also preparing to bring JUARA back to its motherland. So those of you in Indonesia or around, we’re finally available at www.juarabeauty.com for regional shipping. Unfortunately, with the growth and expansion of business also comes the stress and weary-eyed look of frequent travel. These long-haul flights are no joke – 24 hours, including transit, which means 24 hours of movies, limited legroom, and more recirculated air than I’d care to breathe. Exit flight, and enter jet lag and very confused skin. (All you flight attendants who do this all year round, I admire thee!) All in all, in Indonesia, I’ve gotten dengue, typhoid, and numerous fatigue induced aches and pains. In New York, I go from tropical wonderland to allergies, city pollution, and wildly different weather. Sounds exhausting? It is. But do I love it? Absolutely. And my skin and health? Let’s just say people keep asking if I’m in my 20’s. And If that’s the case, then 40 must be the new 30. How I manage? Here are some habits I’ve developed that I recommend to anyone who has a heavy travel or run-around schedule – whether it’s commuting 10,000 miles, or just 10 miles.

1. For international travel, you may have heard it’s best to arrive in the daytime and stay busy/out until the local bedtime to faster adjust to local time. This is true. In addition, and this is a little unorthodox perhaps, since there is a 12 hour time difference from Indonesia to NY, I stay up the night before so I sleep soundly on the plane (if you can,) and secretly I feel I’ve outran jet lag w/ a 24 hour head start. This also makes a 24 trip feel shorter.

2. Water – inside and out. Stay hydrated before, during, and after the flight. Drink water, but also stay moisturized on the plane ride – recirculated air is not thy friend. If you don’t like to wash your face on the plane or put a cream on, take our oil-free Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner (in our travel kit) and splash on frequently. It’s like that Evian water spray on your face – but better since it contains hyaluronic acid and natural tamarind seed extracts to bind moisture to your face and triple tea extracts that act like antioxidants.

3.Make plans – I try to have something scheduled that’s fun to do after I arrive to the destination; the psychological motivation to do something enjoyable does wonders to motivating you to stay awake when jet lag creeps in.

4. Use masks to speed up skin recovery – My skin revolts after a long, exhausted trip, and sometimes it takes days for it to return to normalcy. I speed up that process by double-dosing on my treatment masks. After I cleanse, I use the Rose & Willowbark Blemish-Free mask to exfoliate and clarify skin. Then I follow with the Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Maskto purify further, detox. Together, my skin returns to a healthy, soft, smooth, even-toned state. Follow with moisturizer, or if you’re really dry, alternate days with the Avocado Banana Moisture mask. Do this combo 2-3x a week for a week. Trust me, it works.

Do you have any tips on surviving frequent travel? I’d love to hear them and learn!