Now that winter’s officially over, hiking and other outdoor adventures are probably beginning to fill your weekend getaway calendar. So if you’re already organizing your hiking gears and apparel, make sure that you also include your outdoor skin care essentials.
Of course, hiking is not the time to be pretty, but because you’ll be exposed to different elements and unpredictable weather conditions, this activity, though fun and exciting, can really pose a lot of danger to your skin. So aside from my favorite Teva footwear, protective sun glasses, snack bars, and water, I do bring a lot of beauty travel essentials to keep my skin clean, hydrated and protected throughout the trip. Here are my favorite beauty-on-the-go items:
Sunscreen. The last thing you need when nursing sore muscles the day after a hiking expedition is sunburn. It doesn’t matter what time of the day you hike or how cloudy it is. The closer you are to the top, the greater your sun exposure is. Slather on a powerful sunblock at least an hour before the hike, and re-apply every 4 hours.
Lip and Skin Moisturizers. Exposure to cold mountain wind can also strip off essential oils on the top layers of the skin and lips and cause windburn, which is equally as painful as sunburn and can last for a few days. This is why I really like La Roche-Posay’s SX Daily Moisturizing Cream with Sunscreen because it’s not just a moisturizer but also a broad spectrum sunscreen that stays 95% active even after 5 hours.
Antibacterial Gels. Most trails, if not all, only have restrooms or portable toilets at the base or at the end of the trail. Rolls of tissue and hand sanitizers will surely come in handy.
Insect Repellent, Anti-histamine Spray and Band Aids. Nature in its unspoiled form is gorgeous, but that would also mean you’d have to deal with bugs and insects, poison oaks, and thorny bushes.
Hydration Mists. I wouldn’t have survived my hiking trips without Avene Thermal Spring Water. Spraying it on my face and arms is so refreshing. It makes me feel like I’ve just taken a shower—and that is really something especially on a hot, humid day.
Brave Soldier also has a skin care kit for athletes that can also be used for outdoor adventures.