Traveling is meant to provoke a change in your daily routine, and that's when your body's largest organ could especially use a little extra TLC. A full day of non-stop exploring under the sun or a mañana that starts off with last night's mascara still applied combined the elements can wreak havoc on your dermis, and it never hurts to be more mindful of your skin.
One thing I've been more conscious of doing as the big 3-0 approaches is taking better care of my skin. Mom's recommendation? Go beyond a simple facial wash and moisturizer by exfoliating to keep your appearance both fresh and vibrant.
Below I've included a twist on a mixture based off of that famous coffee scrub floating around the social networks that you can prepare to take with you or to have on hand for later use.
What you'll need to make about a cup of scrub:
• 1/4 cup coffee grinds (pre-brew, if available)
• 1/4 cup pure cane sugar (Substitute: coconut sugar or brown sugar)
• 1/8 cup coconut oil (Substitute: olive oil)
• A pinch of large grain sea salt (This also might be nice!)
• A dash of cinnamon
It's your call to add some almond or Vitamin E oil If you have it on hand, and you could even throw in some baking soda if you don't have salt/prefer a finer, gentler scrub. I personally wanted a bit of turmeric to my mix (because of one of my fly friends here), but ¡OJO! it stains very easily, so make sure to rinse it off quickly.
Store in a small travel baggie to occupy less space, or transfer to a glass jar to keep it fresh and fragrant next to your other products. Some say to use a wet cloth or towel over the garbage bag so as to not clog the drain when rinsing. Your home, your choice. You can also cover the drain hole with a cheese cloth to catch the granules, but I don't even keep that in myhouse on a regular basis, let alone in my weekender. Just be considerate if you're away!
What are the benefits of this scrub?
The coffee: The grains improve circulation for a healthy glow, while the caffeine literally perks up your skin, (temporary) lessening the appearance of cellulite.
The oil: If you're using coconut oil, it's naturally antibacterial and antifungal, and moisturizing, as is olive oil.
The salt: Draws out impurities and also is a natural exfoliant that's a smidge rougher than sugar on the skin.
The cinnamon: Stimulates the blood vessels and plumps up skin, reducing fine lines. It also complements the coffee scent quite nicely!
What's neat about this is it's easy to collect your everything when you're away, even if you don't have the exact amount or every ingredient listed above. Gather together what you can from your hotel or café pit stops (olive oil, Sugar in the Raw, salt packets, etc.), and prepare individual batches back in your room.
It's just as important to be mindful of the inside of your body too, so be sure to stay hydrated by drinking lots of H20, especially if flying is on the itineary.