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Monday, 19 June 2017 | MYT 6:22 AM

Forgot your toiletry kit? Here’s how to make do with hotel basics

In an emergency, your creative juices can start flowing. And if you have for some reason forgotten to pack your toiletry kit, then that qualifies as an emergency.

But then there’s the chance to turn creative about your personal hygiene needs – with the help of the toiletry articles provided by your hotel. Here are some “how to” tips from German fashion blogger Silky Sohal:

1. No shaving foam? Not to worry: Hair conditioners and body lotions provided by most hotels can also be used for shaving.

2. Coffee filter paper really can serve as a cosmetic blotting sheet, smoothing the skin and absorbing oil and fat. Normally blotting sheets are used to smooth out the skin’s glistening shine. But in your hotel, the coffee filter can do an adequate job of clearing away perspiration and moisture from the skin.

3. You’ve checked all the drawers and closets for a hair straightener or curling tongs and only found a kettle? You can still create some gentle curls with cosmetic tissues.

The hair should be slightly damp and the tissues should be kept in the hair at least two hours – overnight would be better. The trick is to fold the paper into a kind of papillote or curling paper, wrapped around the individual strands and knotted at the top.

4. Hotel soap can be used as hair wax, using an eyebrow brush to gently apply the soap to the eyebrows.

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Looking tired from the night before? A used tea bag can be used as a concealer to alleviate those swollen eyes and dark rings. Photo: dpa/Christin Klose

5. Looking tired from the night before? A used tea bag can be used as a concealer to alleviate those swollen eyes and dark rings. “Boil the bags with green or black tea, let them cool off and then places them on your eyes,” Silky Sohal advises.

6. Peeling masks are only rarely found in hotels. But with a bit of sugar from the hotel bar, you mix it with your shower gel and use it to similar effect.

7. If in doubt, ask. Many hotels are prepared to provide guests with such basic hygiene products as toothbrush, tooth paste and occasionally a shaver. – dpa