While camping in the arid regions your skin and hair need extra care so you don’t feel like a dried out piece of jerky by the time you get back to civilization. Guys can benefit from most of these “beauty” tips as well as the gals. Here is my list of top ten items to bring:
- Carry a large cotton bandanna which is handy for everything from wiping your face, or blowing your nose, to making an emergency bandage or sling. I like to water down my bandanna to wear around my neck on a hot day to keep my skin cool.
- After a few days I get what I have dubbed “desert nose” in which the inside of my nose can crack and bleed. To prevent this, my favorite remedies are to use a good saline spray to rinse out the dust and then to simply apply olive oil or coconut oil in the nostrils using a cotton swab. Simple but effective.
- Bring a good hydrating hand and face lotion and apply it before going to bed. Again, Mother Nature offers coconut oil as a soothing solution to dry skin.
- Protect your eyes with UV rated sunglasses. I really like the polarized bifocal sunglasses with “cheaters” so I can see to tie a lure on my fly rod or to take out a cactus sliver. My eyelids will sometimes get itchy or develop a hive from sand in the desert wind. Good ‘ol coconut oil is soothing and easy to bring along in a leak proof container or single packets from Trader Joe’s.
- Sunscreen is an essential in the desert sun. Use one that won’t run into your eyes and sting. The sports type seems to work well with an SPF of 45 or better.
- Lip balm applied throughout the day is essential to keep your lips from cracking and peeling. I carry one in my pocket to keep it handy.
My hubby and I both like to have a light colored, wide brimmed hat to protect the top of our heads as well as our neck and face.
- Static electricity is common in the desert and can make it hard to brush my long hair. Bringing a rub in conditioner really helps me to make combing out tangles easy. Olive oil will also tame the ends of dry fly-away hair.
- Ladies, while camping I usually keep my hair in a braid to prevent tangles or put it up and back with a Lilla Rose flexi clip. This lightweight clip won’t break your hair and stays put all day while hiking or riding the bumpy back roads. I also like that the clips are “flat” and don’t hit the backrest or camp chair like a claw clip. I have actually forgotten I was wearing one and slept with a clip in my hair. Find out what a flexi clip is at my personalized website.
- And last but not least drink plenty of fluids to keep your skin hydrated. Remember that coffee and tea are natural diuretics and not as hydrating as water.