These past few months, I’ve been going back to basics (and I mean basic basics). My Zoom-ready makeup routine has dwindled to three steps, my weekday wardrobe now consists of daytime pajamas and nighttime pajamas, and every moment I’m away from my desk (and not in my sweats), all I want is to be outside. To scratch that itch, I’ve been spending a few hours each week at my neighborhood park. But it’s not enough: now, all I want to do is go camping. I’ve already gone on one trip so far, but I wasn’t totally prepared for my time outdoors on the camping skincare and beauty front. I didn’t think through what I would need or what I would use. Now that I know what I know, I’ve sworn that won’t happen again. Read on for what I’ve learned about staying clean and glowing in the great outdoors.
Like any trip, the first place to start is your bag. Keep everything you need in one organized place with a quality makeup and toiletry bag. I recommend something like the Vacationer from KUSSHI, which includes pockets and a concealed compartment with a zipper inside. As you’re building your on-the-go beauty kit, throw in Croon’s Cleansing and Exfoliating Microfiber Circles. With a little water, these will give you a fresh clean face and keep your waste at a minimum (because really, who wants more trash?).
A key thing to remember: keep your camping skincare and beauty routine low-key. After all, the only people you’re going to see are the ones you’re with! Usually a travel-sized version of your favorite cleanser will last you the trip. However, if you want a sustainable alternative, consider aN-hydra’s Powder of Youth No. 1. This powder cleanser is water-activated, so you won’t have to worry about leaking wet product on your gear as you change altitudes. After cleansing, use a traditional moisturizer like Osea’s Advanced Protection Cream if you’re in a dryer climate. If you prefer something lighter, go for a face oil—Supernal’s Cosmic Glow Oil and Drunk Elephant’s Virgin Marula Oil are both great choices.
You won’t require much for your daytime looks, especially if you’re going to be hiking or swimming. All you really need (read: really need) is an SPF like Emma Lewisham’s Skin Shield Daily Face Antioxidant SPF 30. Kinship’s Self-Reflect is a great tinted option, and bonus: it smells like a campfire s’more. After a couple of days outdoors (and without a shower), it’s always great to give your hair a refresh. Opt for a product like Swair’s Showerless Shampoo, which cleans your hair and scalp and repels dirt and grime. If you’re like me, it’s a total win to return home with at only two bug bites. Keep that number on the low end (or at zero, if you can!) with Kinfield’s Golden Hour, a DEET-free repellent that’s sure to replace your standard sprays.
Now that you’ve put together a foolproof camping skincare kit, the only thing left to do is choose your next destination. So, where will it be?