I’m writing this on a flight as I’m starting to feel my feet swell, my rings tighten, and the puffiness around my face begin to worsen. It’s that point in my travels where I feel really uncomfortable and may have 1 hour or 12 hours left to go. I chug down water to release the retention, try to avoid salty foods (despite the Chinese food I had last night), and even spray some sort of mineral spray on my face (thinking, who knows, that may help!).

I’ve read several beauty blogs, magazines, and health reports on why my body reacts this way, reading a different verdict each time. I thought I’d come to you lovely readers to get some realistic advice. Does anyone experience similar symptoms? Is it too much to ask to arrive at my destination fresh-faced and ready to go (just like every super model/actress photographed at the airport)?