DIY Beauty Hotel Hacks


I love to travel--I've been all over the US and have visited 19 countries (so far!), and sometimes things don't go as planned. We've all been there: luggage gets lost, flights get cancelled, bad weather happens, and more unexpected events have popped up, no matter how prepared and well-packed we are. And so over the years I've figured out little tricks here and there to help. Enjoy my Beauty Hotel Hacks below:


F A C E & B O D Y
  • For exfoliating facial scrub, use a packet of sugar and 1 vitamin E capsule mixed together. Scrub away the grime and rinse. 
  • To instantly soften skin, get a cut lemon (I get mine from the hotel bar or a restaurant), and rub on elbows or knees. The rough spots will disappear, thanks to the acid in the lemon. Add a packet of sugar for an exfoliating scrub.
  • Plain oatmeal mixed with a little water is wonderful at relieving itchy skin. It can be used as an exfoliant, too.
  • Use tea bags and tie under tub faucet for an easy DIY bath treat.
  • Take plain Greek yogurt from the breakfast bar and use on face to relieve tired skin. Great for sunburns, too.
  • Keep baby wipes in the mini-fridge for an extra refreshing feel after a day of traveling in the heat. I've also done this with a wet washcloth. It's a great way to wake yourself up, too!
  • Use baby wipes as a makeup remover.
  • Try dabbing on Mylanta to soothe razor burn, rashes, or sunburn (make sure skin isn't broken). 
  • Try Milk of Magnesia as a primer for oily skin.
  • Use shadow or bronzer as a liner in a pinch. 
  • Use powder bronzer as a shadow.
  • As a treatment, dab some Pepto-Bismol on a zit. After 30 minutes, wash off.
  • Crush a couple of aspirin (use the glass in your hotel room) and add a few drops of water to make a paste. Dab on zits, leave overnight, and rinse away in the morning. Bonus hack: this can also be used as a scrub!
  • If your zit has popped, squirt some Visine onto a cotton ball/tissue and dab onto the zit. The zit will shrink and the redness will be gone. Cover with a skin-matching cover up.
  • Raid the mini bar--pour iced tea on cotton pads and leave on eyes 20 min. to relieve tired eyes.
  • An oldie but a goodie: use hair conditioner or lotion for shaving.
  • Chapstick (plain only): rub on heels to prevent blisters, rub on a stubborn zipper, tame unruly eyebrows, instant moisturizer for elbows or knees, or eye makeup remover in a pinch.
  • Depending on the brand/type of deodorant you have, deodorant is great at stopping nicks from shaving.
  • For a fizzy soak (I like this on my feet after a day of traveling) pop some Alka Seltzer (effervescent antacid) in the tub. The bubbly goodness will have you feeling relaxed in no time!

  • This is crazy, but it works! If your scalp is oily, and you're without dry shampoo, try a packet of plain oatmeal on your roots. Just massage in and brush out. And no, it doesn't leave oats in your hair.
  • Another idea born out of desperation/boredom: Tear up strips of a paper bag. Wrap around hair, like a hair roller. Roll up to ears, knot and spritz hair with water. Let dry and unwrap for instant curls. Socks will curl hair too!
  • I've used mascara, shadow, and bronzer to hide my grey roots. Check out more Ways to Hide Greys here.
  • Go to the hotel (or any) restaurant. Ask for a cup of olive oil--I've never had anyone charge me for it. Heat in the microwave in your room until warm (or use one in the hotel). Pour the warm oil on your hair and wrap your hair in a towel. Leave at least 30 minutes before shampooing out.
  • Leave your diffuser at home! Put a thin sock (like a dress sock) over the nozzle of your hair dryer and dry hair as usual.
  • Use the tiniest bit of lotion as a defrizzer if you're in a jam.
  • After shampooing hair, pour tea on your hair to make it shiny. Rinse out.
  • Use a shower cap when doing a hair mask or treatment--I take these home with me, too!

  • Dry shampoo is not only great for second day hair, but helps take the stink out! Spray some on armpits of shirts or in stinky shoes. Let dry before wearing.
  • Use those shower caps to cover your dirty shoes! Rain, dirt, and mud happens, but that doesn't mean your clothes or suitcase should get dirty. 
  • Use a razor to remove pills off of shirts/sweaters.
  • Use as a baby wipe to get rid of deodorant stains.
PS: Check out my Starbucks Beauty Hacks!

While all tips have been used for years by me, please avoid any ingredients if allergic or sensitive.


  1. This is fantastic!! The baby wipe hack would have come in handy on my trip last week...totally forgot my makeup remover but used facial scrub and body wash to remove it lol!! We use the shower cap trick all the time!! xo

  2. These are great tips! I travel a fair amount for work and am taking off again this weekend, I'll definitely be bringing a few baby wipes with me!

  3. LOVE this post!! You have some great ideas. I will have to try the chapstick for blisters!

  4. these are great tips! thanks so much for sharing.


  5. i always carry baby wipes with me (in the car etc) ....they're more for just using them on your kids!

  6. Great tips my dear, love them <3



  7. These are really good tips! Saving it so I can remember the next time I travel!

  8. You are a genius!!! So smart, lady!

  9. I LOVE all these amazing tips! Thank you for sharing! I love the lemon and sugar packet idea!

  10. Great tips!!! Definitely good ideas!

    <3, Pamela

  11. WOW! This is definitely one of your BEST post, Elle! Thank you, thank you for so many brilliant tips! xx

  12. Awesome post! Definitely keeping these hacks in mind.

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  13. Great hacks! I didn't know about a lot of these!

  14. Wow! So many great ideas. Thanks!! I will have to bookmark this post!

  15. These are all great ideas! Going to bookmark this so I can come back to it when I'm on vacation in Charlotte!

  16. So much awesome tips, Elle:) TY for sharing as always. That dry shampoo for clothes...mind.blown.

  17. So many great tips! That is such a smart idea to use Visine to reduce redness for a pimple!

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  18. Great tips, thank you for sharing:)

  19. such a great post, thanks for sharing!

  20. These are amazing tips! And you have so many of them! Loved this post!


  21. The clothes hacks are awesome. Wish I had this post before my recent trip.

  22. great hacks!! pinning this for future travels :) xo jillian - stop by cornflake dreams, I'm hosting a giveaway! 

  23. love these. Going to have to remember them for my next upcoming trip here in a few weeks.

  24. Wow, every tip is seriously better than the last. Love it and thanks so much. We'll totally be using these!!

    xx 365hangers

  25. I love these Travel friendly beauty hacks- but what I am even more interested is: you have been in 19 countries? Oh wow! How about a blog post about that? Kisses, Sissi www.beauty4free2u.com

  26. These are awesome! I'll definitely remember these next time I'm on the road and need something in a pinch.

  27. These are some great tips! Never heard of a number them, so thanks for posting!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  28. These are some awesome tips!! My grandma used to do my hair with rags for those Shirley Temple curls. The socks tip made me think of it!

  29. This is an awesome post Elle!! Great tips! I totally didn't know baby wipes get off deodorant stains and I am totally going to try that oatmeal for dry shampoo! Wow 19 countries you've been to, that's amazing!

  30. SO now I have to invest in a good bronzer! I had no clue there were so many uses for it! I have been eyeballing a few brands, so I will pick one up this week! Thanks! Susan

  31. Definitely pinning this! So cool!

  32. I didn't know you could use dry shampoo on your clothes! Interesting!

  33. Great tips! I just put up my beauty tips on my blog too!

  34. Fantastic tips Elle! Very useful for pinning :)

  35. Oh my goodness, 19 countries?! I am so jealous! And these are all fabulous tips. Traveling has become so much more of a pain with all the carry on / liquid restrictions anymore.

  36. so many fabulous tips! i cant even. dry shampoo on clothes?! brilliant.
    19 countries? so jealous :)

  37. Very cool set of tips and I didn't know that about the aspirin! I'm always up for learning new ways to fight those blemishes!

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  38. Nice tips. You really have everything covered.

  39. The Visine trick really does work!! I've used it before and it's a lifesaver!

  40. so many awesome tips here - thanks for sharing. might need to try those zit treatments even at home :)

  41. I have never heard of oatmeal for dry shampoo... might be tempted to try that for everyday use! I'm also a huge fan of sugar as an exfoliant even when not traveling. I like it best mixed with honey.

  42. Elle, you are the queen of DIY. I can't even dream of so many creative ways to use such simple ingredients. I especially love the oatmeal for hair and the greek yogurt. So simple, yet ingenious.

  43. You are so smart and I learned a lot. It is really interesting about the dry shampoo. That stuff is my best friend but I didn’t know it had other purposes too.

  44. These are some great tips and hacks to know!! Thanks for sharing!!

  45. these are GOLD! thank you so much for the tips!! You've inspired me to pack less for holidays and use more natural products!

  46. This is amazing! The lemon hack is really cool, I want to try it right now :) Thank you, great post!

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  47. Great tips and tricks for simple things to reach on a vacation. Loved them :-)

  48. What a great post! Love so many of these hacks---- definitely going to refer to it during my trip to Germany in 3 weeks (cause I will forget something!)

  49. These are seriously AWESOME tips. I didn't know you could use Chapstick to remove makeup! And I really should use lotion for shaving my legs more often, since they get so dry.

  50. My god, these tips are worth a fortune! Elle, what a great post! :) Now I just have to stop being lazy and do all that! :)


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