Skin Care in the Great Outdoors

June 11th, 2015 | Bug Bite, Fun, Sunburn

Getting ready for a wilderness adventure, or maybe a summer roadtrip? Along with packing up the daily items you know you will need, it is also important to recognize the adjustments that need to be made when traveling in an unfamiliar climate. You may find yourself spending long periods of time without immediate access to running water or climate controlled conveniences. These circumstances can be tough on your skin, especially if you deal with sensitive skin or conditions like psoriasis or eczema.

Wherever the trip takes you, use this check-list to make sure you are prepared for anything!

Dry Shampoo & Towelettes

Stay fresh by keeping an arsenal of no-water-needed wipes at the ready. It may be a surprise how often they come in handy- so keep some extra stashed in your car or purse.

  • Facial wipes are a lifesaver when it comes to eliminating extra oil or dirt. Keep your skin clean and avoid excessive buildup and clogged pores. You can find a cleansing wipe for every type of skin. Assess whether your skin is oily or dry, and find the brand that works best for you. Also, look for antibacterial hand wipes for when things get messy and there is no where to wash your hands.
  • Dry shampoo has the ability to extend the feeling of fresh hair between washes, and requires no water. Everyone will be amazed at how great your hair looks- even when roughing it! Dry shampoo comes as a spray, and it contains ingredients that absorb any extra oil buildup that accumulates throughout the day.

Waterproof Sunscreen

Sunscreen is important all the time, but especially when you are away from home. Keep the following points in mind when using sunscreen.

  • Waterproof sunscreen is best for warm weather travel, it provides the best staying power.
  • Use sunscreen even on a cloudy day, as UV rays are still present.
  • Reapply your sunscreen throughout the day, especially when you come in contact with water.
  • When you wipe-off sweat, you also wipe-off the SPF you applied.
  • There are many different types of sunscreen, select one according your activity or skin type.

Bug Spray

If insects don’t tend to bother you at home, it may be a different story when you travel to a new environment, so it’s good to prepare for them. In other regions, there may be at higher risk for contracting a serious illness, like encephalitis, yellow fever, and malaria, from an insect bite. Keep these factors in mind to fend away pests:

  • Use insect repellent with “DEET” to protect against mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, chiggers, leeches, and many other biting insects.
  • For a more natural repellent try a mix of essential oils.
  • To shield your skin from bugs wear long-sleeve shirts, and pants.
  • Some bugs are attracted to the scents in perfumes and products.
  • Dusk and dawn are when insects are most abundant and bite most.
  • Avoid lingering near standing pools of water, that is where mosquitoes lay their eggs.
  • Periodically check your own body and others to ensure it is free from ticks or bites.
  • Be sure to pack an after-bite treatment just in case!

Itch Relief

Don’t ruin time spent outdoors by coming in contact with a nasty plant like poison ivy, oak, or sumac. Bring an itch relief cream, like Terrasil Itch, Rash & Pain Relief. If symptoms seem extreme, head to the emergency room. Other helpful tips include:

  • Learn how to the identify poisonous plants.
  • Wear barrier clothing like long sleeves and pants.
  • Avoid mixing up dirty clothing with clean clothing, as oils from these plants can transfer and infect unprotected skin.
  • Apply a cool compress and topical anti-itch cream to affected area.

First Aid Ointment

Battle wounds are a common part of camping and outdoor activities. As long as the injury is minor, just think of it as a badge of how much fun you are having. A cut or scrape will just be a minor bump in the road as long as you are prepared.

  • Bring along a germ-fighting, first aid ointment like Terrasil Skin Repair and different all-purpose bandages.
  • Don’t bury emergency supplies too deep in your bag, make sure your supplies are easy to find in a pinch.
  • Pack supplies in a bright colored travel case, so your eyes can spot it quickly in your bag.

Don’t let a skin care emergency ruin your outing- keep these tips handy as you prepare. For any of the products listed, instead of bringing along one bottle of products, fill several small travel bottles with essentials like sunscreen and bug spray. Give each of your travel companions a bottle to stash in their pack- that way you can ensure that everyone will be protected, even if away from the group or basecamp!

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