the acne safe guide to burning man & desert camping
- how to kick elevation sickness' booty: drink your water! the official burning man website recommends 1.5 gallons per person per day.
- how to keep your face and body fresh: wash your face by generously spraying rose water on your skin, dry with clean 4x4's (cotton wipes, or a clean dry towel) and reapply sunscreen when you wake up, as well as any other time you've had a solid sweat stream for more than an hour. sweat can induce AND irritate acne, and also make it inflamed and sensitive.
- how to keep your skin from cracking, flaking or burning: use your safeguard spf 40 to moisturize and protect your skin throughout the day. remember to cleanse with rosewater and reapply spf if your face gets wet or sweaty. if you feel particularly dry you can layer hydrating cream under your spf. at night cleanse and moisturize with hydrating cream. (tip: throughout the day, you can spritz your skin with the rosewater spray anytime! just make sure your sunscreen doesn't start to drip off).
- for your lips: to prevent cracking and chapping, pick up an sS lip balm with spf. staying hydrated and eating healthy fats like avocados and almonds will also help maintain moisture in your lips.
- for your body: we just started carrying an awesome line of body sunscreens called goddess garden, which comes in a sport formula to stay on through sweat and sand. i guarantee after a day in the sun and sand, your skin will be parched. quench it with a layer of raw organic shea butter. you can pick this up in a travel friendly jar (big enough to share) at whole foods, or any other hippy dippy shop along the way.
- a hat will keep the sun off of your face. if you can, get one that has a tie or strap for wind storms. keep the strap tight enough to keep your hat from flying away, but loose enough that it doesn't aggravate your skin and cause inflammation.
- a dust mask will keep sand particles out of your face, nose and mouth. again, make sure it isn't too tight. a bandana or a silk scarf tied around your face can also work well.
- hand sanitizer is essential for a place where there is no running water and you're in contact with tens of thousands of people. we like clean & well. make sure to lather your hands up (and rinse them, if you can) before touching your face!
- don't forget the ice! you can purchase ice at arctica throughout your stay. icing will not only feel amazing on your face in the desert heat, it will also keep inflammation at bay.
- have fun! the burning man experience is all about love, discovery and adventure. embrace it and it will be good to you.
- sleep. there will be people up at 3 am having fun. you can join them or you can get your full 9 hours of sleep and feel awesome all week long. burning man is a lot of physical stress on your body, so it's important to give yourself to to rebuild and reset. at the very least take (or add) a midday nap. it will be really hot around 3pm and a siesta under the shade of your tent will feel awesome.
- stick to your acne safe diet. if there's any place that it is easy to avoid dairy, soy and coffee, it is the middle of the desert where there are no restaurants. just be sure to pack nutritious snacks and avoid the processed foods as much as possible. some good options are: krave jerky, egg white protein powder, fresh grapefruit, apples, raw almonds, steel cut oatmeal, whole grain crackers or organic corn/veggie chips.
- come in to sS for a treatment 10-7 days before you leave to make sure that your skin is completely healed and done peeling and/or 7-10 days after you get back to let us do a thorough cleaning and get you back on track! we recommend waiting at least a week to give your body time to rest and rebuild after vacation so that your skin properly extracts and heals after treatment.
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