With spring officially upon us, that means it’s music festival season!
I live in Southern California, so the two big ones coming up in April are Coachella and Stagecoach.
As you can see from the stat above, many people will trek to the other festivals happening across the country this summer.
Many of these take place over the course of 2-3 days, which can be a lot for your skin (and body) to handle!
Your daily routine will be interrupted, you have to brave the elements, and you won’t be sleeping as much.
In today’s blog post, I’m covering the essentials to bring with you on your trip to help you look and feel your best.
My Festival Tips
I know what some of you are thinking.
“I’ll be outside for a few days – it’s a prime opportunity to tan!”
But is it really worth the risk of skin cancer?
If you’re even somewhat familiar with my blog, you know that I think that applying SPF is the #1 skincare step.
There are so many lovely sunscreen formulas out there nowadays that applying it doesn’t have to be a chore!
I understand wanting to get a nice glow going on before summer – I really do.
So how about a compromise?
I recommend getting a spray tan or use self-tanner beforehand!
Water keeps your skin in tip-top shape and hydrates it from the inside out.
Not to get into TMI, but I know that at music festivals, it can be a hassle to go to the restroom.
This shouldn’t stop you from drinking water, though!
It’s especially important as the air will be dry and you’ll be on your feet for a majority of the day.
And, let’s be real: music festival attendees will probably end up drinking at some point.
Alcohol is a diuretic, so more water is lost than taken in.
It can cause dullness, redness, enlarged pores, and fine lines due to inflammation.
So, after you finish an adult beverage, drink some water!
Amp Up the Moisture
Sun exposure, dry air, and lack of water can suck out the moisture from your skin.
This leaves it dehydrated, resulting in dryness, flakiness, tightness, or itchiness.
And, when your skin senses that it’s losing hydration, it actually produces more oil in an attempt to protect itself.
This means your skin might be showing the signs I mentioned above plus a layer of oil.
The best way to prevent this?
You guessed it – drink water and don’t skip out on your moisturizer!
Whether it’s from the wind or the crowds of people just walking around, things can get dusty.
You don’t want to breathe that in!
Tying a bandanna around your mouth and nose when needed can make a world of a difference (especially if you have allergies).
Trust me, dust and dirt can get everywhere.
This also leads me to my next point.
It’s essential to wash your face every day, but especially so when you’ve been outside for 8+ hours!
Dust, dirt, and bacteria can hang around in your pores and cause dullness, redness, irritation, and acne and eczema flare-ups.
Plus, if you’re going to wear foundation, it can sit on top of the skin and absorb free radicals from pollution.
Bring a cream, oil-based, foaming, or gel cleanser – please, anything!
If you didn’t clean your face after a music festival…ugh…I don’t even want to think about it!
Rock a Fanny Pack
It may not be the 80’s anymore, but fanny packs are always in festival style!
It can get annoying to carry around a purse all day.
Fanny packs are such a convenient way to bring all of your necessities and you don’t have to worry about leaving anything unsecured or unattended.
Bring Comfortable Footwear
You’ll be standing…a lot.
Your feet will be feeling it after the first day!
Instead of trying to find a place to sit down, you should get to enjoy as many sights and sounds as you can.
I recommend bringing a few pairs of shoes so you can wear what feels best each day.
Sneakers may not look the most aesthetically pleasing in your Instagram photo, but you’ll feel so much happier!
Products to Pack
For Moisture and Hydration: Alana Mitchell Moisture Boost Serum
No need to bring a crowded makeup bag! This aloe-based serum for daily use absorbs quickly, promotes instant skin hydration, and can serve as a primer! Alana Mitchell Daily Vitamin C Moisturizer
Protect your complexion from the dry air with this daily moisturizer that absorbs quickly and has soothing and calming properties.Osmosis Harmonized H2O Hangover
This water will be your new drinking buddy! It sounds strange but it’s true – it helps to prevent hangovers, headaches, and nausea if you happen to over-indulge.
For Moisture + SPF: Suntegrity 5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30
This lightweight, tinted sunscreen comes in 5 different shades so you can be photo-ready.Image Skincare Prevention + Daily Ultimate Protection Moisturizer SPF 50
Made with zinc oxide, this sunscreen offers UV protection from head to toe and smells yummy!
For Lip Care + Protection:Coola Mineral Liplux SPF 30
Protect lips from the harsh UV rays of the sun and provide tinted moisture that keeps going strong from the opening act to the headliner!
Complete your festival makeup look while keeping your lips soft and supple.
For Hair Care:Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
Give your desert ‘do a refreshing pick-me-up with this fabulous dry shampoo infused with sea buckthorn berry!
Music festivals can be a great escape from the daily grind.
It can be easy to forget about your regular skincare routine with so much excitement going on!
But being consistent can prevent problems from popping up when you return home.
My number one rule is this: be safe and have fun!
Beauties, what are your favorite music festivals to attend and why? Do you have any tips that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!