You know me, I have a bit of a travel bug and love to explore new places. But, lets be real, there really isn’t anything better than coming home to your own bed (and your dog). However, when you do come back, there’s that dreaded cloud of reality hanging over you thinking about the week ahead. And how you’d much rather be tucked in bed and take a 3 day nap. So a big ol’ pamper can do the world of good in these sort of situations. Give yourself a refresh and pick-me-up, and get your mojo back. So I thought I’d share what was on the menu for my post travel pamper routine to get back on track and ready to dive back into reality.
So after my recent trips, I headed over to the newly opened Superdrug at Banbury Gateway to grab a few essentials. It’s always my go to for shopping trips as it has such a good range of stores, from Primark, Next and M&S. So if you’re in the Oxfordshire area definitely hit it up!
However pretentious it may sound, light exercise works a dream post travelling. Whether the journey was an hour or 13, your muscles can get so tight and achey. So just Pinterest search some basic yoga stretches and spend 10 minutes doing a few and trust me you’ll feel so much better for it. If you really want to stretch out, do a few after a warm bath or shower whilst they’re still loose.
I think we can all agree, having a deep cleansing session can make you feel like a new person. Get all the dirt and pollution from your pores and give your skin a pick-me-up. I remove any makeup and double cleanse using the Superdrug Vitamin E hot cloth cleanser, which cleanses so deeply and is only £5! And gently exfoliate with the vitamin E oatmeal scrub. Of course, a face mask is essential. I go for anything pore cleansing in this sort of situation, so a clay mask is always a good option. I don’t tend to reach for my luxury bits on the daily. But if I’ve been travelling and need an extra boost, I’ll opt for a bit of luxe. I love using the Anne Semonin serum and eye cream to help brighten my skin. And finish it off with a moisturiser to hydrate my skin, as after travelling it’s definitely needed.
I’m not actually much of a bath person, however I like to have them every once in a while. Especially after travelling. Even if I’ve spent a few days in London I feel like a warm bath just helps get all the pollution and dirt out, and helps wind me down too so I’m ~well rested~ for the week. No need to get fancy, just some bubbles, a good exfoliation and a shave. Maybe a glass of wine and some Netflix if you’re feeling just a ~little~ fancy.
I also like to do a hair mask. If you’ve read any of my previous haircare posts, I don’t use conditioner on my hair. However I do like to use a hair mask every so often to give my locks a bit of life. I’ve been loving the Garnier Ultimare Blends 3-in-1 masks, they smell uh-mazing and make your hair feel so soft. Also who doesn’t love a multi-use product?
A FRESH TAN
Well, never thought I’d be saying that quite frankly. As we all know I’m a bit of a ghosty. And, for some lucky ducks, if you’re jetting off to some hot country you won’t need this step. But this gal does. Give me the ‘well travelled’ glow, when in reality, I’d just burn. And, I don’t know what it is. I don’t know if anyone does. But having a bit more colour to you definitely gives you a bit more of a boost of confidence, and you’ll feel so ready to take on the week. Like I said, I’m very new to this whole tanning malarkey, but I’ve been using the Bondi Sands liquid gold oil with their mitt and it works a dream.
I’m not a big reader. But having no tech evenings are great for a bit of self care and to feel more rested. I’ve been trying to have them more anyway, but they’re perfect for a good pamper evening. And is a great way to end your post travel pamper. Currently, I’ve been reading ‘A Very Large Expanse Of Sea’ by Tahereh Mafi. Highly recommend as well.
What are your post travel rituals?