Summer vacation for many means time outdoors camping and hiking. Whether you’re “glamping” in a cabin or traditional camping in a tent, it is possible to maintain healthy, radiant skin while in the great outdoors with a modified skin care routine. Make sure you pack travel-friendly sizes of these skincare essentials.
Sunscreen is the most important skincare product you can bring to prevent sun damage which can lead to skin cancer, sun spots, freckles and early signs of aging. Make sure you use a “broad spectrum” sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays and a water-resistant formula will hold up better against all the sweating that comes with camping. Protect your lips with SPF lip balm.
It’s important at the end of the day to remove all of the sunscreen, insect repellent, oils, sweat and dirt from your skin. If you won’t have access to water, bring a small pack of cleansing facial wipes into your backpack for quick cleanup. The good news is that if there are no showers you can also use on the rest of your body to wipe away the sweat that can clog pores and irritate your skin.
To combat heat and humidity, opt for a summer lotion with SPF, or alight serum vs a heavier moisturizer. There is no real need to wear make-up while hiking or camping, but if you are looking for a little help evening out your skin tone, think about bringing a BB cream instead. It is a moisturizer, SPF and tinted moisturizer in one.
Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac are the most common causes of contact dermatitis in the United States. Steroid cream is necessary if you have come into contact with one of the plants and notice a rash, redness, swelling, small bumps or blisters (all signs of an allergic reaction). Treat your skin immediately with the following steps:
* Wash the skin. As soon as possible after contact with a poisonous plant, rinse the skin with soap and water.
* Apply a compress. Once blistering sets in, apply a cold compress for 15 to 30 minutes several times a day for the first three days following contact.
* Treat with topical cream. Relieve redness and itchiness by applying a steroid cream. For the face or mild conditions, use a gentler hydrocortisone cream.
Bug bites not only irritate skin with itchiness and inflammation, they can pose the danger of other more serious illnesses like yellow fever and West Nile virus. Using bug spray will help limit exposure.
For more tips on how to keep your skin healthy follow us on Facebook or sign up for our newsletter. For personalized skin care coaching including diet, lifestyle and product recommendations, get OKU. Learn more at getoku.com!