A STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO BEAUTIFUL, GLOWING FESTIVAL SKIN
June 4th, 2015
What once started off as a haven for music fans in the 60s and 70s, festivals now cater for almost every music taste and have come a long way since the days of Woodstock. Today the number of music festivals here and abroad has grown twofold. As festival season gets underway we will look at ways of keeping our skin looking its best despite the mud and mayhem.
Prevention is always better than cure so give your skin a head start and maintain a good skincare regime in the run up to festival season. There are a few simple steps we can all take to ensure our skin is in optimum condition. Firstly, as simple as it sounds resist the temptation to touch your face. This sounds easy enough but many of us touch our skin throughout the day without even realising it. Bacteria, viruses and allergens on our hands can transfer to our face. This contact can trigger acne, especially if you are already prone to it. Kick the habit and you could see an improvement in your skin. It is also important to determine your skin type and establish a skincare routine that suits your skin.
We have previously looked at how to determine your skin type here. This is important because if you use products not suited to your skin type it can be ineffective and could worsen the situation. Lastly, hydration, hydration, hydration! Our body is made up of over 60% water. Every cell in our body needs water to function efficiently. Water also helps to remove toxins from our body and keeps our digestive system working proficiently. Ensure you are drinking the recommended amount of water (according to the NHS this is 8 glasses a day for women and 10 glass for men).
During festivals it can be tricky to keep on top of your skincare regime. However, there are some simple steps you can take to ensure your skin is looking its best. Festivals pose a myriad of potential skin problems from lack of clean water, lots of mud, being exposed to the elements and the issue of having to downsize your toiletry bag. Whilst festivals do offer clean, running water the queues can often be incomprehensible. It is worth considering switching to a micellar water to cleanse your skin. The advantage of a micellar water is that it removes the most stubborn of makeup and cleanses the skin without the need of rinsing. They are also a lot less harsh than makeup wipes which can dry skin out.
Weather at festivals is notoriously unpredictable, especially in the UK! Scorching temperatures or heavy downpours, it’s important to protect your skin from the elements. Invest in a high SPF sunscreen to prevent burning and skin damage. Remember to apply sunscreen to places such as your ears, hands and feet and don’t forget to apply a lip balm with SPF to protect your lips. If your skin is in need of soothing from being exposed to sun try our Soothing Skin Balm. It contains Aloe Vera to help calm irritations and provides much need moisture to skin exposed to the elements. If you’re unfortunate to be at a festival with rain and wind keep your skin covered and try to seek out shelter where possible. Wear a hat, scarf and gloves to protect areas often difficult to cover but more susceptible to wind burn. Insect bites may also pose a problem at festivals. Look for products containing Tea Tree Oil which is a natural antiseptic. It will help to cleanse and cure the area quickly whilst stopping itching.
After returning from your summer festivals you may notice that your skin is dry and flaky. Give skin a much needed moisture boost with our Skin Balm. It helps to relieve irritations, dry, damaged and flaky skin. Treat skin to a hydrating body scrub. Look for scrubs rich in emollient oils to help restore hydration. Scrubs containing natural fruit acids will remove dead skin cells leaving your complexion looking radiant and glowing.
Lastly, even though you may be tempted to have a hot shower after returning from a festival try to have a warm shower instead. Hot water is dehydrating and will strip skin of natural moisture. The heat from the shower makes the skin's oils soften meaning the skin's oil barrier will be stripped away. Without those oils, the moisture in your skin easily escapes, leading to dry and itchy skin. The longer and hotter the shower, the faster this process takes place and the more moisture you're likely to lose.
Whether you’re at a festival here in the UK or abroad knowing how to protect your skin can make all the difference. Follow our top tips to keep your skin in the best possible condition this summer.
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