Glamping: Summer Skincare Tips for Campers

Camping is a popular summer pastime among society. Whether it be a luxurious glamping experience, a tent in the middle of the woods, or sleeping along the beach in a sleeping bag under the stars, camping is a way to shut off from the world and be closer to the outdoors. Kayaking, fishing, boating, and hiking are just a few of the many activities you can enjoy in the great outdoors on a camping trip. Being out in the woods and potentially away from running water can keep you from your normal skincare routine, so we’re here today to discuss some of the things you can do to help protect your skin and keep it in tip-top shape while on your wilderness adventure.

As we’ve talked about before SPF is the most important part of your skincare routine when it comes to being outside. One of the main appeals of camping is being off the grid and out in the sun, so making sure to have enough sunscreen readily available to you is important. Reapply every two hours, and don’t use anything less than SPF 30. If you’re spending your entire day on the lake fishing in the piping hot sun, or any other activity directly in its rays, try an SPF 50. Wearing a hat can also help to protect your face and head from the UVA and UVB rays coming from the sun.

Another important skincare staple for any camping trip is bug spray. It is important to protect yourself from bug bites, as many can lead to diseases such as Lyme disease and West Nile Virus. Utilizing your bugspray is especially important if you’ll be around large bodies of stagnant water for an extended period of time. Not only can insect bites lead to disease and sickness, but they can be itchy as well which isn’t necessarily great for your skin. Some bug sprays can cause irritation and redness in skin, but for the most part it won’t affect your skin. While DEET is the most effective bug spray, there are an array of other options including citronella and lemon eucalyptus oil. Washing it off after you are finished with your outdoor activities is highly recommended.


Now often times camping means no running water, which can throw a wrench in your skincare routine (and when it comes to rinsing off bug spray and sunscreen). One of the most important skincare products to have handy on a camping trip are cleansing wipes. Wipe the dirt, sweat, and leftover product from your face and the rest of your body. If you are prone to bug bites and irritation, aim for using cleansing wipes devoid of fragrance. If you do have water, using your normal cleanser twice a day as usual. With all the pollen and campfire smoke coming in contact with you skin, keeping it as clean as you can is important when it comes to preventing breakouts and dull or dry skin. If you’re unsure about the cleanliness of the water at your campsite, or if you’ll even have water in general, Micellar water is another option for helping to keep skin clean and fresh. Micelles help draw out dirt from under the skin, making it a great cleansing option on your annual summer camping extravaganza.

An unscented moisturizing lotion is another staple for any camping trip. Keeping skin hydrated while spending each and every day in the sun can be hard, so using a moisture packed lotion on the skin after a long day helps combat dryness. Bring along a chapstick or lip balm that can help keep your lips from getting dry and chapped out in the sun as well. Having an aloe-based sunburn relief cream or gel is another good product to throw in your backpack as well. While you virtually shouldn’t experience any burn if you keep up with your sunscreen, it can be challenging to remember in the middle of all your outdoor excitement that it’s time to re-apply that SPF. After you return from your time in the wilderness use a hydrating face mask to restore moisture and then jump back into your skincare routine as per usual! While your skincare routine may not be your priority whilst camping, following this tips can keep your skin fresh and glowing even if you did spend a week in the woods.

SSLA Writer