Little Known Airplane Windows UV Fact – Wear That Sunscreen!

Airplane windows are not UV (ultraviolet) proof!!!!!!

To make matters worse for every 1,000 ft/ 304.8 m UV levels increase by 4%!





On an average  flight UV rays can be up to 156% stronger than at ground level!





The solution wear sunscreen on your flight even if you are


in a middle or aisle seat and pull down the shades on the window!

Finding Home: Our Soul Cultures

Finding Home: Our Soul Cultures.

Though my blog tends to focus on external beauty, I occasionally like to touch upon internal beauty and the soul.

I found this blog article from Trading Places to pose an interesting topic:  a Soul Culture

A place that resonates deep inside you; a place where you feel more like yourself than you’ve ever felt before.

Great article Trading Places!

My Soul Culture would be Italy!

The Article (below)!


Have you ever had that moment when traveling to a new and unfamiliar place—maybe you’ve already journeyed all over the world, maybe it’s one of your first experiences—but suddenly, you are somewhere you know you were just meant to be. A place that resonates deep inside you; a place where you feel more like yourself than you’ve ever felt before.

A place that causes you to breathe a sigh of recognition, deep inside yourself, and say simply, “Yes.”

That place is called a “soul culture,” a phrase coined by my friend Mariellen Ward. For Mariellen, her soul culture is India—which happens to be mine, also. Mariellen has written about this on her own beautiful blog, Breathe Dream Go, and on Travel + Escape. It cannot be engineered, the moment you discover that corner of the world you feel most at home. As Mariellen says:

192573_10152300818350720_168143492_oIt is often in a country and culture far away ― and far different from their own. Often, it doesn’t make much rational sense. Nor does it have to.

You cannot make it happen. I call it soul culture, and finding it is a lot like falling in love: it just happens.

I, like Mariellen, was drawn to India from the beginning; in a way I’ve never quite been drawn to another place. A place and culture that I was not born into, had no previous connections with whatsoever; I never even really had a burning desire to go to India for very long before I did for the first time, in 2005.

I could say that first journey to India changed me, but that wouldn’t be quite correct. I was transformed, yes, but it was more subtle than that; it was as if something inside me had shifted, and I had somehow discovered a truer part of myself, something that had been in me all along. I had become more fully myself. I felt, simply, home.

Perhaps it was fitting that Mariellen and I met, for the first time ever in person, in India. I live in Austin, Texas and she lives in Toronto. We have struck up a close virtual friendship over the past several years, and despite several missed opportunities had never managed to meet face to face. As fellow India soul culture sharers, it seemed entirely appropriate that the first time would be in Agra, India at the footsteps of the Taj Mahal.

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Mariellen, my mother Sandy, and me at the Taj Mahal, Nov. 2012

After that first journey I made to India, in 2005, I have continued to go back almost every year. The draw is many things to me: first and foremost it is the people. Not just the people in general, who are warm and welcoming and amazing for the most part; but a particular group of people, in a state called Odisha, who have become my second family.

399233_10152292273630720_1113346512_nBesides the people, it is the way that everything is so raw and vibrant; the good and the bad, no pretense, everything right out there. The food, the colors, the smells, the architecture, the history, the culture…everything. It is simply the most alive place I have ever been.

I just returned from my seventh visit to India, and as soon as I was back in “my” home land, I began missing it immediately. It is my soul culture, my second home, and it calls my name softly, every day, deep inside my heart.

I may have left India, but
India has never left me.

Beauty 101 for Airplane Travel!

  • Moisturize – Apply a heavier moisturizer (night creams are great) the night before you are going to fly. This will help increase hydration in your skin.  Helping your skin to fight the dehydrating effects of cabin pressure.
  • Don’t Forget Hand Cream– Never leave home without hand cream in your bag, and use it liberally throughout the trip.  This will not only keep your hands from drying out, it will help counter the effects of harsh soaps found in public restrooms.
    A Boeing 737 airliner – an example of a fixed-wing aircraft
  • Skip Foundation –  Wear only moisturizer. Before you land, add a tinted moisturizer before you land.
  • Mist With Mineral Water -To refresh makeup while traveling, never glob on more foundation or blush. Instead, use a mister of mineral water and add a dab of moisturizer.
  • Blot  Oily Skin -To keep oily skin from getting out of control while traveling, bring blotting papers or rice papers and pat as often as necessary.
  • Add Some Shimmer – Perk up a tired complexion with a soft shimmer powder or cream. Stroke it lightly on the tops of cheeks, bridge of the nose, and lips for an instant pick-me-up no matter how tired (or queasy) you feel. Apply just before landing.
  • Skip Long-Lasting Lipsticks –  They will only dehydrate and parch your mouth. Color your lips with several coats of a lip stain, let dry, then top with a clear gloss or lip balm. Reapply  throughout the trip. Apply lip balm liberally through out the trip.  Yes, your kisser gets dehydrated too!
  • Cool Down Puffy Eyes -To reduce under-eye puffiness after a long trip, put crushed ice in a washcloth and apply it under the eyes.  Do this when you get to your hotel or ask for ice from the flight attendant and wrap in a napkin.
  • Bring Eye Drops – They will lubricate and soothe eyes if you’re reading or watching a movie, and refresh and wake up your eyes if you nap.  The ones that take the red out can be used temporarily to reduce redness in a surprise white head on the plane.
  • Avoid Wearing Mascara & Eye Shadows – they can move around on your face as you sleep.
  • Avoid Bright Nail Polish– Skip the brightly colored nail polish when traveling. It chips too easily and leaves you looking unfinished.  Instead buffing and polishing nails or apply a neutral, sheer color or clear polish that won’t call attention if it does chip.
  • Keep Your Hands Off Your Face – To minimize breakouts while you’re on vacation avoid touching your skin while you travel (this is good practice in everyday life!) You can pick up any number of unknown bacteria that can result in any number of skin problems, as well as food residue (potato chip or fries anyone.)  If you’re going to apply makeup while you’re in transit, use an antibacterial hand wash, wipes, or hand sanitizer on your hands first.
  • Take Your Cleanser With You -If you can only take one skin care item from home, let it be your cleanser. An abrupt change in cleansers can disrupt skin’s acid balance (pH) and cause your skin to breakout.  Put your cleanser in small travel sized container.
  • Facial Wipes – Use to wipe makeup off if on a long flight and you want to get some sleep for a few hours and to refresh yourself when waking up.
  • Get Your Beauty Sleep – If you’re going to nap on the plane, dab some super-rich night cream around your eyes, wear a sleep mask, ear plugs, and neck pillow. They will help you look fresher and more relaxed when you wake by helping to give you better quality sleep with less interuptions.
  • Pack Your Beauty Products – in a see-through cosmetic pouch so you can see what you’re reaching for.
  • Manage Your Hair – To keep hair looking good keep a natural boar bristle brush (to prevent static in your hair), a great hat or scarf to hide the sins of plane hair and dry shampoo (it cleans and deodorizes hair and adds volume in your carry-on. It comes in shades to match or blend with your own hair color.)
  • Wet Ones Pocket-Sized Hand Wipes – multi-purpose product stain remover (in a pinch), antibacterial, alternative for “washing” your hands, wiping down the armrest.
  • Keep Your Teeth Clean -Colgate Wisps  –  These single-use mini teeth cleaners have a pick on one end to scrape any gunk out of the chompers. They don’t require water or spitting so you can brush your teeth without getting up.
  • Mini tissues – Compact packet of tissues always a must! So many uses!
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