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Add These Vacation-Inspired Ingredients To Your Beauty Routine

By Kathryn Streeter

The magical memories of tropical vacations that have enchanted us with pink sunsets, white-sand beaches, gentle breezes, and colorful cocktails make it tough to get back into life’s rigorous rhythm. Instead of souvenirs, try at-home tropical spa treatments and DIY facials, which offer a way to genuinely summon all the “feels” of the tropics until you can return. Here are some ingredients to consider.

Add These Vacation-Inspired Ingredients To Your Beauty Routine

Brown Sugar

Thailand’s favorite desserts most always include brown sugar, a core ingredient produced using sugar cane — which is one of the country’s most economically important crops. With robust levels of production, Thailand is easily one of the world’s primary sources of the natural sweetener, making it a logical place to prompt unconventional thinking about brown sugar’s usefulness — including as a skincare product. Ready? Evoke the heaven-on-earth vibes of Phuket’s Club Wyndham Sea Pearl with an at-home spa treatment using brown sugar as a base ingredient for a gentle, natural scrub. 

Benefits of brown sugar

  • Exfoliates naturally
  • Dissolves easily
  • Gentle enough for lips


Coffee is off-the-charts as an antioxidant when consumed — but is just as impressive as an all-over-body skincare rescue agent. Inspired by Hawaii, the only state which grows coffee, awaken your island sensibilities and channel the über popular Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas by using coffee grounds to stimulate circulation, regulate pores, and support even skin tone. Ready to glow?

Benefits of coffee grounds/oil

  • Reduces appearance of cellulite
  • Minimize dark circles under the eyes
  • Helps correct uneven skin


Growing effortlessly in Curaçao, papaya is added to smoothies as well as spicy meat stews. But as a beloved treasure in the tropical fruit kingdom, papaya not only tastes divine, it supports healthy skin because of rich amounts of vitamins A, B and C. Dwell on Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino as you bring a bit of Curaçao back home with a DIY facial featuring papaya, which is chock-full of hydration and enzymes.

Benefits of papaya:

  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles
  • Battles breakouts
  • Energizes collagen


A rich superfood, avocado is native to Mexico and, in fact, technically a fruit. Find yourself transported to the sugary beaches of Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa of Riviera Maya through this prized Mexican produce which promises to naturally enhance skin — as well as magically nourish tresses. Expect smooth, less frayed hair — thanks to a healthy dose of fatty acids plus vitamins E and K.

Benefits of avocado

  • Moisturizes hair
  • Naturally fights dandruff
  • Protects and strengthens hair