Backpacks are great, everything you need on your back, leaving you hands free to roam any mountain. However, they leave scarce space for your toiletries. The usual lotions and potions stacking the shelves of your bathroom cabinet are reduced to the bare essentials. But, there are a few cheap and easy DIY tricks that can deliver just as good a treatment as the expensive products you left behind. Pack, or pick up along the way, the below, and let the hostel, tent or plane-ride pamper commence.
– Coconut oil –
So many beauty products in one. Use it as a make-up remover, cleanser, moisturiser, hair conditioner, frizz controller, lip balm, cuticle oil, shaving cream, to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy, and even for oil pulling (rinsing your mouth with oil)! My favourite is Biona Organic Raw Coconut Oil.
– Tea –
Cold green tea bags are great for reducing puffiness under the eyes, and a green tea spritz or applied with a cotton pad twice a day helps draw out impurities, detox the skin and give it a healthy glow. I also like using the good old fashioned cucumber trick for parached eyes. It sorts out redness and jet-lag bags better than any eye drops or expensive creams.
– Baking soda –
It comes in handy sachets which are perfect for rucksacks. Add this to any toothpaste and it naturally whitens teeth! It is also often used as a gentle exfoliator for congested skin, just mix it with water and apply in circular motions to the face and then rinse. And as a desperate ‘in the jungle’ measure it can even be used as a dry shampoo!
– Rosehip oil –
My ultimate skin saviour. Moroccan women have been using it for centuries, and Miranda Kerr hails it as the reason for her dewy complexion. An excellent moisturiser for adding the glow back to travel exposed skin, use it nightly, or add it to your usual moisturiser in hot weather when an oil seems too heavy. Adding a few drops to a water spray makes a great skin mist to refresh and soothe skin throughout the day. Try Trilogy’s Organic Rosehip Oil, available here.
– Coffee scrub –
I’ve raved about this before. Simply mix your used coffee granuals with olive or coconut oil and voila, the best, most organic scrub for your body. Plus, coffee is known to reduce cellulite, so the benefits go deeper than simply glowing soft skin.
– Asprin mask –
This is my favourite rejuvenating peel, which costs just pennies and the results rival £100+ masks. See my how –to guide here!
– Honey –
Honey is one of my staples to carry when travelling. It spruces up breakfast, is a great natural sweetner for coffee, is great for the throat if you get a flu, and works wonders as a natural beauty product. It works wonders on dry skin and as is a versatile ingredient to add to a face mask for an extra soothing treatment. As well as in the aspirin mask, you can add honey to a few teaspoons of milk for a gentle mask. Also, for a mid-trip pamper add a few drops of lavendar oil and honey to a bath and relax!
– Surf spray –
For gorgeous, textured surfer-girl waves, surf-spray is a must. Use on damp ends, and let the beach breeze or your fingers do the work. Keep a conditioning spray to hand to refresh throughout the day to stop your hair from drying out. My favourites are Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, Schwarzkopf got2b Beach Matt Texturizing Salt Spray, and John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray. I prefer however to make my own. Use saltwater and lavender oil and store in a spray bottle… it’s an authentic surfer girl hack!
Let me know if you’ve tried any of the above, and of course feel free to share your own DIY travel beauty hacks!
Go travel and be beautiful!