While staying at Auberge Saint-Antoine in Quebec City over the weekend for a press trip, I discovered one of the best travel beauty secrets there is. As you may have seen from my recent post about what I like to pack to stay compact but still bring the feeling of home to a hotel, there was a clear lack of exfoliator and/or body scrub. Since I was only going for a weekend, I thought I could live without it, and the bulk it would take up in small carry on luggage. But after a couple of nights filled with a lot of fun, food and wine, my skin was aching to be refreshed. At this point I remembered my friend Glenda saying something about sometimes using coffee grinds as an exfoliator, and then my mind jumped to the coffee beauty products I found at Atlas Espresso over the summer. I looked at the Nespresso pods next to the coffee maker in my room, and then to my trusty Soy Face Cleanser from fresh. Surely I could make this happen I thought, and so I did! What I came to discover was a super easy DIY that would be possible to make in practically any hotel room since they all come with some version of a coffee maker these days. The scrub itself was gentle and extremely effective, leaving my skin feeling softer than a baby’s bottom. The grinds even added a faint glow! Here’s how to make your own Hotel DIY Coffee Scrub:
What You Need:
– Coffee grinds from a coffee bag or pod
– A face cleanser or gentle soap
What To Do:
What’s great about this scrub is that you really don’t need much to make it. Put a quarter sized drop of cleanser into your palm and slowly rub in the coffee grinds little by little until you get the consistency of a nice exfoliator. You really don’t need all of the grinds from a packet, but you could definitely mix the rest with a good soap or cleanser for a great full body scrub!
When ready (this should take approx 10 seconds) apply the scrub to your face in circular motions and cover your face and neck. You’ll notice the scrub looks like a self tanner when applied which is why I believe it leaves you with a slight glow afterwards. Once scrubbed, simply wash off as normal. You may want to use a wash cloth at the end just to make sure you’re able to clean off any remaining grinds, and also because using a warm wash cloth is always good for a deep cleanse. Then you’re done! Tone and moisturize as normal afterwards. Trust me, your skin will look and feel amazing!