Travelling (especially long-haul) wreaks havoc on my hair, face and body.
The sun and cold weather cause my hair to become dry. Travelling long hours results in tired, dull looking skin on my face. I gain excess weight from all the delicious meals out. And my skin ends up feeling neglected and in need of a bit of TLC when I’m back home.
If this sounds even a little bit like you, then read on for my top post travel detox tips for your hair, face and body.
Honey & Lemon Deep Condition
I’ve recently become accustomed to treating my hair to a very natural cleanse after travelling.
With 2 tablespoons honey and 2 tablespoons lemon juice mixed together, this is a natural way to soften brittle hair as well as reduce flakes you may get in your hair from any stressful travelling you’ve done.
I normally leave this mix on my hair for 30 minutes before rinsing and washing normally with my mild coconut shampoo and conditioner.
Natural Face Masks
I am a huge advocate of natural face masks! But even more so after travelling to brighten up my dull and tired skin.
I try to do a face mask once a week.
Some of my favourites include Planet Spa mud face masks such as this new Volcanic Iceland mask I’ve been using, as well as most fresh face masks from Lush (all totally natural and have tons of benefits depending on your needs). I love the Brazened Honey one for its rejuvenating effects to brighten skin!
Another of my favourites is the Lanocreme Manuka Honey face masks I’ve recently splurged on. At about £3 per mask, these are a luxury just for post travels as opposed to every week.
Natural Skin-Friendly Soap
I also ensure I wash my face with an all natural soap such as Honey I Washed The Kids soap from Lush or my most recent purchase of Orange Blossom and Ginger soap bought in Marrakech from Herboristerie Bab Agnaou.
Honey is one of those miracle products for skin and hair as it’s such a natural moisturiser. I knew there was a reason why it’s found within my hair cleanse, face masks and soap – I clearly can’t get enough of the stuff!
Last but most certainly not least to look after is the body – both inside and out.
Regular Yoga Sessions
After travelling, you should frequently partake in a short Yoga session 3-4 days per week to help relieve stress, cure your post travel blues and stretch out all those muscles after long journeys.
You should also try meditating or stretching out on the plane as well to help keep your mind and body rejuvenated.
Special Body Exfoliation
After travelling, I always recommend doing an extra special exfoliation of your body to help remove all the dirt and grime that can come with travelling.
One of my favourite products is this Citrus Blush body scrub by Champney’s.
Lemon and Lime Detox Water
I’ve also recently tried lemon and lime water as part of a 7 day detox and this will now join my post travels detox routine as I’ve really felt the benefits.
Lemons are said to aid digestion and detoxification, provide your body with plenty of Vitamin C, rejuvenate and brighten your skin, help with weight loss and boost your energy and mood.
While limes are thought to aid weight loss, improve digestion, help with gut and urinary disorders and relieve constipation.
Here’s the recipe, which makes 1 litre:
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 litre mineral water
- Pour the mineral water into a jug (to be kept in the fridge).
- Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into the jug. (Make sure you don’t include the pips)!
- Squeeze the juice of 1 lime into the jug. (Mind those pesky pips)!
- Stir vigorously.
- Store in the fridge for 3-5 hours or overnight.
- Drink and enjoy!
Include daily glasses of this miracle juice as part of your post travel detox and you will be back to your refreshed self in no time. It’s much tastier than just drinking plain water, should make your skin brighter and give you a mood boost.
7 Day Post Travel Detox Diet
This 7 day post travel detox diet is by no means an attempt at losing weight, but purely in aid of cleansing your body following all the tons of rich food, delicious treats and alcohol you likely had while travelling.
The detox follows both the Body + Soul 7 day Detox Plan as well as a fruit and vegetable meal plan.
How to do it
Primarily, it’s a week’s worth of fruit and veg with a very tiny bit of meat thrown in and hardly any dairy.
Although the plan itself is quite strict, you’re welcome to substitute some vegetables for others and stuff like that. For instance, I can’t stand tomatoes so I substituted and had broccoli instead.
Here’s the plan:
- Day 1 – Fruit Day – Eat all the fruit you want except bananas.
- Day 2 – Veggie Day – Eat lots of vegetables: fresh, raw or cooked. No beans allowed, but you can have a baked potato with butter.
- Day 3 – Fruit & Veggies Day – As above but no potato allowed.
- Day 4 – Bananas & Yoghurt Day – Eat as many as 8 bananas or 8 pots of low fat yoghurt today.
- Day 5 – Fowl & Tomatoes Day – Chicken, turkey and tomatoes throughout the day (yes, even for breakfast).
- Day 6 – Fowl & Veggies Day – Eat all the chicken, turkey and veggies you want today but no potatoes allowed.
- Day 7 – Miracle Soup Day – Feast on a homemade miracle soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
If you’re interested in giving this detox a go or if you want to find out what this miracle soup is, then here’s a link to the plan I was using.
Don’t forget your lemon and lime detox water as well… drink this daily! I also recommend drinking green tea for several days of the week as it’s totally loaded with antioxidants and natural caffeine for energy.
Does it really work?
Everyone is different, so I’ll just tell you about my own personal experience.
I lost about half a stone in a week and found I was way less sluggish than I normally am despite not changing my daily habits in any other way. This meant I had more energy to do the things I wanted to do such as reading more, playing Wii with my boyfriend and writing my blog.
Also, I now find that I don’t need to eat half as much as I used to and yet feel full after every meal. One of my previous bad habits before was not really understanding portion control and I hope that this means I’m getting there.
Now, all of this sounds amazing but I’m not going to lie – there were very hard days. The first couple of days were the hardest with my body screaming at me “Where’s the meat?!!”
After that came the ‘detox’ part – please don’t make me go into gross detail here, just accept that when they say detox, they mean detox!
But despite all of this, the benefits were still so great and I had fun trying out something different and seeing how both my mind and body changed. I hope it works for you too!
There you have it – my top post travel detox tips for your hair, face and body. What did you think? Have you got any tips for detoxing after travelling? Share your thoughts in the comments section below…
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