Camping Skin Care Tips

By Amanda Moore

Exploring the outdoors doesn’t have to mean neglecting your skin. As your body’s largest organ, your skin protects you from dirt and debris, and at the end of a long day by the lake or hiking in the woods, it deserves plenty of love and attention. Camping may limit your usual stockpile of skincare, but it’s important to bring along the necessities to protect your skin during your time in the wild.

 

Just follow these camping skin care tips…

 

Camping Skin Care Tips 1

Before Your Trip

When packing skincare products in preparation for your camping trip, you’ll need to be extra conscious of space, scent, and quantity. Although at home your skincare routine might involve several steps, it could be more practical to limit it to the basics:

  • Cleanse
  • Moisturize
  • Sun damage prevention.

Consider Climate

Be sure to consider the climate you’ll be camping in. If you’re in an arid location, bring extra moisturizer and lip balm to keep your skin from tightening and flaking. If the lake is calling or you know you’ll be out all day in the sun, make sure to pack and use sunscreen regularly to prevent burns.

Consider Convenience

Consider bringing two-in-one wipes for your face and body to wipe away grime, and pack airplane-regulation sized bottles of your favorite face wash, moisturizer, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Avoid bringing large glass jars or heavy containers to spare yourself the weight. If you want to stay glam while camping, bring waterproof versions of items like mascara or eyebrow gel, but keep your skin clean and natural.

Consider Nature

Most importantly for the outdoors, be sure that all these items are unscented and biodegradable. Fragrances attract mosquitoes, which means you’ll be itching like crazy if you bring along your favorite scented wipes; stick to clean, simple smells. Practice your new, adapted skincare routine the few days before your trip so that you have some time to get used to it before you’re busy in the great outdoors.

Camping skin care tips 3While You Are Camping

At some point in a long day spent lounging by the water or hiking up a mountain trail, it might be tempting to wipe your face free of the dirt, sweat, and bugs. But be careful: cleansing your skin too many times dries out and damages your pores.

Instead, follow a strict routine of cleansing only in the morning and at night as you usually would at home. Make sure not to skip washing your face and applying moisturizer or sunscreen, even if you’re exhausted.

Built up residue can contribute to acne and breakouts, and even a slight sunburn can contribute majorly to skin damage.

Care for Lips

If you find that your lips are particularly suffering during your camping trip, lip scrubs are easy to make and will cure peeling. Grab some brown sugar and honey and mix it together in a small sealed pot, and you’re good to go.

Care for Face

To some, lugging around used wipes during your camping trip sounds annoying, so consider a more DIY method of cleansing your face. Small, reusable cotton rounds are easy to find in stores or make in advance; you can use your favorite face wash on a pad, rub your face clean, rinse, and repeat, without ever adding to your trash pile. You’ll keep your skin clean, healthy, and clog-free without overdoing it.

Once You Are Home

Returning home to a hot shower after a camping trip is a magical experience, but don’t end your pampering there. Book yourself a facial at a local spa and relax into some much-needed skincare that can help repair any damage or dryness post-camping.

DIY’s for Face

If you’re looking for even more skin care goodness, cook up your own DIY face mask at home. Rejuvenate dry skin with a face mask recipe that includes mashed banana. Simply combine the ingredients and applied directly to the face; just wait for ten minutes before rinsing with cold water.

 

Camping Skin Care Tips 2

 

To smooth and clean out inflamed pores affected by dirt and sweat, use a rosewater yogurt mask: one tablespoon plain yogurt mixed with one teaspoon honey and two tablespoons rosewater.

DIY for Sunburn

If you didn’t make it out of camping unscathed by a sunburn, try an oatmeal mask to calm redness and help the peeling process. Just mix half a cup of hot water with a third of a cup of oatmeal, two tablespoons of honey, and one egg white, and let sit for ten minutes before rinsing. Your skin will be refreshed, renewed, and ready to return to its normal routine.

 

Camping outdoors doesn’t mean sacrificing skin care; in fact, it’s absolutely essential to protect your skin from the harsh elements in order to avoid damage, dryness, and acne. Pack light before your trip, and don’t skip on any cleansing routines during your time camping. Whether or not your skin seems dry or damaged after your trip, be sure to take extra care of your skin when you return with a facial or DIY face mask. It went through a lot on that trip!

 

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Amanda Moore is a freelance writer from Phoenix, Arizona, USA. She spends most of her time hiking, camping or hanging out at the lake with her fiance and two dogs. 
 
Amanda is passionate about inspiring women of all ages to try new things, see new places and meet new people. Amanda has always been adventurous and spent most of her childhood camping with her family. She hopes that someday she will be able to provide the same childhood memories for her future family.

52 thoughts on “Camping Skin Care Tips

  • June 25, 2019 at 5:00 pm
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    These are such useful tips. It’s very important to take care of your skin when you are outside. Its so important to use items which are unscented and biodegradable. I loved the oatmeal skin care tip of yours. I am going to try these tips for sure.

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    • July 1, 2019 at 4:15 pm
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      Parnashree, thank you for the comment. I am happy that you also find skin care very important. I would love to hear what you think of these tips when you get a change to try them out.

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  • June 25, 2019 at 2:51 pm
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    Such great tips. Thanks for sharing. These will be useful for ourselves when we take our little ones travelling this summer.

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    • July 1, 2019 at 4:14 pm
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      Sabrina, thank you for the comment. I am happy that you found this useful. Have fun with the kiddos while traveling this summer!

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  • June 21, 2019 at 10:25 am
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    For some reason I used to forget about skin care during my travels, but lately I do not go out without sun protection.

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    • July 1, 2019 at 4:12 pm
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      Elena, that is awesome! Sun protection is so important. I hope you get a chance to try out some of these DIY as well! Thank you for the comment.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:25 am
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    Well, there’s nothing we can’t really do especially if we choose to do it. So going outdoors or camping is not really an excuse to not do skin-care. There’s always a way indeed. You got great tips there. Now I don’t have a reason to sacrifice skin care when going out camping.

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    • July 1, 2019 at 4:10 pm
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      Cat, I am glad you like the idea of skin-care being possible even while camping. Thank you for commenting.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 4:41 pm
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    first of all, thanks for these wonderful tips. I go camping often, but do not take care of my skin while camping or even before I head out. Its only when I return from camping, I think about my skin. I would definitely think more about skin care during camping now.

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    • July 1, 2019 at 4:06 pm
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      Amrita, amazing! I am so glad you found this to be helpful. I hope you are able to try some of these DIY’s out. Thank you for the comment!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 5:01 am
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    Such valuable advice, even if you aren’t camping.
    I find the outdoors can actually be the best thing for my skin sometimes.

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    • July 1, 2019 at 4:02 pm
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      Laura, I completely agree! Something some fresh air is exactly what we need. Thank you for the comment!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 1:44 am
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    Such a wonderful post to think about. I loved every top specially the tips about what to do regarding skin care.

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    • July 1, 2019 at 4:00 pm
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      Aditi, aw thank you so much! That means a lot. 🙂

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  • June 18, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    Thanks for the tips! However, one thing I’d be careful with is the banana thing! I’ve heard mosquitoes are more attracted to you after you eat a banana, so, I’d assume it would be the same if you put it on your skin. I’m not a bug scientist though, so, I could be wrong haha! Really awesome tips, though!

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    • July 1, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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      Lynn, wow that is such an interesting fact and very good to keep in mind! Thank you for mentioning it. I really appreciate that!

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  • June 18, 2019 at 8:08 pm
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    This sound like wonderful skincare tips for camping! Definatly something to remember if planning a camping holiday!

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    • July 1, 2019 at 3:51 pm
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      Melissa, I am happy that you are willing to try these out eventually. Thank you for the comment and I would love to hear what you think when you get a chance to try them out.

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  • June 18, 2019 at 6:25 pm
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    The tip on odourless products is such a good one! Thanks!

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    • July 1, 2019 at 3:48 pm
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      Cindy, thank you for the comment. I am glad to know you appreciate that odorless products idea.

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  • June 18, 2019 at 4:48 pm
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    These tips are really mindful! I think it’s so important to think about what will attract bugs, as well as biodegradability. Camping doesn’t mean taking a skin care day off, but maybe just a little compromise.

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    • July 1, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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      Sabrina, thank you for the comment. I am happy that you value these things as well. There is a way to meet in the middle when taking care of yourself and the earth.

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  • June 18, 2019 at 4:15 pm
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    I love your tips. Skincare is so important and primary thing to take care of. Thanks for sharing!

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    • June 25, 2019 at 11:11 pm
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      Neha, thank you for the comment!

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  • June 18, 2019 at 1:57 pm
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    There’s so many considerations before and after camping. I agree that we need skincare before and during the camping trip. Sometimes, the conditions during camping can destroy or harm our skin. I love doing DIY facial masks!

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    • June 25, 2019 at 11:08 pm
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      Emman, thank you for the comment. I am happy to hear that you agree with the importance in skin care. I hope you are able to try these DIY examples I provided.

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  • June 18, 2019 at 1:45 pm
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    These are some valuable tips on taking care of your skin while camping. It is really so essential to take care of the skin especially more so when you are outdoors. One of the most challenging of issues is that of sunburn. Your DIY in this regard seems really useful and something that I will try when we are in the outdoors next.

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    • June 25, 2019 at 11:00 pm
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      Sandy, thank you for this comment. I am happy to hear that you are interested in trying these DIY.

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  • June 18, 2019 at 11:33 am
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    We go camping quite a bit and at the end of it we are always gross and sticky from the layers of sunblock, bug spray, and the dirt that then sticks to it. These are some helpful tips for sure. I am glad you mentioned lip care too. We can’t live without chapstick so I like the homemade lip scrub you mentioned.

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    • June 25, 2019 at 10:28 pm
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      Cecilia, thank you for your comment. I am happy you enjoyed this topic and these tips.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 1:28 pm
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    I always struggled with what to bring with me while camping since it had to be a different routine. I don’t think I ever considered that fragrant products attracted mosquitoes – yikes! But so important to consider our impact on the environment and the pampering when we get home. That masque looks easy. And don’t forget sunscreen people!

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    • June 25, 2019 at 10:12 pm
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      Annick, thank you so much for your comment. I am glad you found this information helpful!

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  • June 17, 2019 at 1:01 pm
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    Anyone who’s been camping will know that your skin often suffers due to the increased exposure from being outdoors. This is a really useful article on how to avoid that happening even when camping. I particularly appreciated that you mentioned being environmentally friendly and not using products that could harm wildlife. This is so important whether camping or travelling generally.

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    • June 25, 2019 at 10:01 pm
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      Angela, thank you for the kinds words. I am happy that you agree with this topic and the tips I provided.

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  • June 16, 2019 at 10:11 pm
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    Great tips! My skin really suffers during camping as I don’t take care of it as much as I should and the weather can take its toll.

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    • June 25, 2019 at 9:54 pm
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      Laura, thank you for the comment. This is a really important point. Weather can really take a toll on your skin and it is good to be prepared.

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  • June 16, 2019 at 5:56 pm
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    Great tips for me as I am about to embark on a glamping trip with some girlfriends. Thank you!

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    • June 25, 2019 at 9:48 pm
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      Autumn, yay! I am so happy this is the perfect tips in time for your trip. I hope you have an amazing time with your girlfriends.

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  • June 16, 2019 at 2:18 pm
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    love this topic! every single one of them is such an important tip. Skincare is really important especially for us who loves to do an outdoor activity.. Thanks so much for sharing

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    • June 25, 2019 at 9:43 pm
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      Alexandra, I am so happy you liked these tips. Thank you for the comment.

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  • June 16, 2019 at 1:01 pm
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    At my age, I don’t go camping anymore, but both my sons and their friends love this activity. I should send this to them. These camping skin care tips work for both men and women, right?

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    • June 25, 2019 at 9:39 pm
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      Kristine, great question! Yes these could work for both men and women. However, everyone skin is different from person to person.

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  • June 16, 2019 at 9:43 am
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    Amazing skincare tips,even if you don’t go camping. Simple natural yogurt also helps with sunburns!

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    • June 25, 2019 at 9:37 pm
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      Elena, I am happy you liked these ideas. The simple natural yogurt is such an easy alternative. Thank you for that!

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  • June 15, 2019 at 11:29 pm
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    These are good tips to follow. I feel like my skin is a mess when I go camping!

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    • June 25, 2019 at 9:34 pm
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      Marysa, a different environment can definitely irritate your face and cause breakout. Following and sticking with a good skin care routine is so important even while camping.

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  • June 15, 2019 at 3:18 am
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    Camping has been very difficult for us in some parts of Asia mainly because of the mosquitoes, a citronella oil is something we would recommend. Skin care, suntan lotions are important as you have mentioned.

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    • June 25, 2019 at 9:31 pm
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      Nathan, that is very good to know. Thank you so much for your comment!

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  • June 15, 2019 at 1:20 am
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    These are some great skincare tips for camping. I’m currently camping, so I’ll have to use your tips right away.

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    • June 25, 2019 at 9:29 pm
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      Brandy, I appreciate your comment. I glad you like these ideas. I hope you are able to try them!

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  • June 14, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    These are great tips. You’ve gotta take care of your skin even when you’re “roughing it!”

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    • June 25, 2019 at 9:21 pm
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      Rachelle, thank you for the comment. I am happy to hear that you also agree that skin care is important!

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