A Camper’s Guide To Keeping Clear

Camping season is in full swing! If you like to spend your warm weekends under the stars, maintaining your skin care regimen can be a real challenge.

Follow these simple tips, and a few nights in the woods won’t throw your skin off track.

Keeping Clean

When we’re in civilization we have easy access to clean and warm water, but campground sinks aren’t the most appealing places to stick your face. so what to do?

When you’re spending so much time outside, you want to go for a cleanser that won’t dry out your skin or make it more sensitive to the sun. this is especially true if you’re at higher altitudes. Use a mild cleanser, like Daily Wash.

To avoid having to put your face in a nasty campground sink (or if you’re really roughing it, using all your drinking water), use a facial wipe to get clean.

Ice, Ice Baby!

If you have a cooler (and it’s not too dirty) you can just sneak an ice cube out of there and ice your face as normal.

If you don’t have a cooler, use your washcloth and cold water to imitate icing. Remember though, real ice (like cold beer) is always preferable.

Don’t Forget the Toner

If you’re planning on spending a lot of time in the sun while you’re roughing it, a swipe of toner before reapplying water-resistant sunscreen mid-day can be a great way to keep your pores clean despite all the extra sweating you’re doing.

If you have sensitive or dry skin, pick up some witch hazel from the drugstore (some stores even have portable witch hazel wipes). If your skin needs more to keep it clear, Purifying Toner is your best bet.

Should you Serum?

It’s important to be careful with exfoliating serums that contain alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids if you’re going to be out in the sun more than usual. Better to skip a day while you’re camping than to risk being out in the sun when your skin is extra sensitive. Just don’t skip a thorough evening cleanse to get the elements off your face and a dollop of acne-fighting Clearing Gel before you hit your sleeping bag!

Moisture and SPF

While being out in the elements, it’s important to make sure your skin stays hydrated and protected throughout the day, so don’t skimp on your moisturizer or sunscreen while away.

If you’re feeling dry you can always use Daily Moisturizer under re-apply your SPF or use a little Hydrating Gel.

Dry Shampoo

Washing your hair on a camping trip can present another challenge if you don’t have access to running water. Instead of packing along bottles of shampoo that can break and ooze all over the contents of your pack, bring dry shampoo.

This powder works by absorbing grease on your scalp and is then brushed away to leave your hair looking and feeling clean and fresh.

My personal favorite because it makes my hair smell great even when the rest of me needs a shower is Cake Dry Shampoo (find it on our approved shampoo list), which comes in different versions for blonde, brown, and brunette hair.

Keep an Eye Out For “Hidden” Cloggers

At home, it’s easier to be diligent about using non-pore-clogging products, but when you’re out in the wild you have to use what you pack. Watch out for the biggest offenders when camping:

Bug Spray:

Nearly all bug sprays are made with soybean oil, which is very pore-clogging.  If you don’t like the smell or feel of insect repellant, Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus DEET-Free Insect Repellent gives short-term protection. The only truly non-comedogenic bug spray we’ve been able to find for serious bugs is Repel Scented Family 15% DEET Insect Repellant.

Body Sunscreen:

Sun protection for your body is just as important as your face, so make sure whichever sunscreen you’re using on your body isn’t pore-clogging.

Even if you don’t tend to break out on your body, when you touch your skin throughout the day, the sunscreen will get on your hands and will almost certainly end up on your face. Making a pledge to keep your hands away from your face will also prevent this kind of transfer.

Campfire Food:

We all know better than to mess with milk, soy, seaweed, and peanuts, so make sure you steer clear of them while camping, too.

Check ingredients in any canned or processed foods you plan on bringing – you’ll find that a lot them have some form of sneaky soy or added peanuts. That means steer clear of salty, dehydrated foods, and soups. Instead, make a batch of GORP with tree nuts instead of peanuts, buy energy bars without soy, and bring plenty of fresh fruits to snack on.

Check out our list of acne-friendly and portable protein bars on our approved supplements list.

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