How Not To Break Out While Camping - Foolproof

How Not To Break Out While Camping - Foolproof

Skin Health While Camping

I have participated in MS rides for life, played baseball 6 days a week and camped for years while competing, as well as trekked through Algonquin Park, Ontario with only a backpack and a canoe.  But, if I'm being honest I began Glamping prior to my back injury, which is a whole 'nother world.  During that time I learned a thing or two about my on-the-fly skin care needs.  Everyone's needs will vary, but these are some tips and tricks that can be adopted anytime you find yourself with limited choices for skincare.

Camping Skincare Essentials

First things first, there are essentials I always travel with:

  • Exfoliating Cleanser
  • Bottled Water
  • Hair Tie
  • AHA/BHA Astringent
  • Cotton Rounds
  • Chemical Sunscreen SPF 60 (my preference, can be physical or chemical)
  • Mineral Powder
  • Waterproof Mascara
  • Ball Cap
  • Sun Glasses
  • Body SPF Spray
  • Bug Spray
  • After Bite
  • Bandaids

While camping, obviously your routine will be abbreviated.  There is no need for retinols, exfoliating scrubs, eye creams or masks.  The main daytime goal should be to have your skin protected 100% from harmful UV rays.  For the nighttime routine the main goal is removing oil, sweat, sunscreen and dirt as thoroughly as possible while keeping it hydrated.

Nighttime Regime

  1. I normally use my hands for cleansing but you can use a soft washcloth.  Be careful with the delicate skin around your eyes and make sure you are washing (not scrubbing) for 2-3 minutes.  If you wear a full face of makeup, it's recommended that you wash 2 times before you apply your astringent/toner. 
  2. Astringent/Toner is pretty straight forward.  Apply a little to your cotton round and apply evenly on face.  I prefer to use upward strokes so you are guaranteed to remove any oil from the underside of your vellus hairs.
  3. If you use a moisturizer you would apply here.  I typically do not use a moisturizer as I have found they make me break out.  I usually use ZO Skin Health Growth Factor Serum as it is extremely hydrating, smells amazing and has been clinically proven to take 6 years of my face...

Morning Routine

  1. If you can, use a little cleanser to remove residue from the night before if not don't sweat it.
  2. I have a smart spf that is a chemical 60 spf.  It's smart because it will change to any tone of skin.  I use this usually all by itself when I'm "on the go", with a mineral powder and mascara, then I'm done. It is not water/sweat proof so if you are hiking or in the water you will want to layer a waterproof every couple of hours.
  3. For the bod, I use a spray SPF throughout the day. I am fair skinned so this maintenance is imperative or I will blister within 30 minutes lol

I hope you find these tips helpful - happy camping and have a great summer!

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