It's this time of year: the season of music festivals.
And while we know that skin care is probably not the first thing that comes to your mind when you are about to go to the desert for Coachella (or any other festival), you should not ignore. Think about it: you risk being in the sun all day, dancing and sweating without access to a sink or shower, and then camping in a tent.
We do not say that your skin needs a complicated 10-step routine, but it still deserves some love while you live your best life.
We spoke to three dermatologists who shared their best tips for keeping your skin happy and healthy throughout your favorite festivals. Unsurprisingly, wearing sunscreen is at the top of the list, but it's not the only thing to know.
Continue reading to learn more. Your skin will thank you.
1. Wear – and reapply – your sunscreen all day long.
This one is a datum. If you are going to a music festival, especially if you have to stay outside for most of the weekend, it is important to protect your skin from the sun's rays.
"Always look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen," HuffPost spokesperson Robyn Gmyrek, a New York-based dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology, told HuffPost. Broad spectrum means that the sunscreen covers both ultraviolet A and B ultraviolet rays. SPF is only an indication of protection against UVB radiation; the sunscreen must therefore be labeled broad-spectrum to also protect against UVA rays. "
Mr. Gmyrek also suggested opting for a water-resistant sunscreen because dancing and sweating is the norm in summer festivals. She and Dr. Devika Icecreamwala, a dermatologist with headquarters in Berkeley, Calif., Recommended Elta® Broad Spectrum EPS Clear 46.
Dr. Rita Linkner of Spring Street Dermatology in New York City said her predilection was the broad-spectrum HydraTint Pro Mineral Alastin Sunscreen, SPF 36.
"If I want to recommend this to people, it's because it blocks infrared heat," Linkner said. "When you go out in the sun and feel good, what you feel is infrared heat. It's really responsible for melasma, skin discoloration and aging of the skin. "
If you wear sunscreen anyway, said Linkner, you can also choose one that will protect you from aging and prevent this discoloration.
Finally, the three dermatologists emphasized the importance of reapplying the sunscreen every two hours if you stay in the sun all day. It is also important to ensure that your application is complete and that you will not miss forgotten areas such as the top of the ears and feet (which is particularly important for sandal wearers).
2. Take wipes for the face.
Face wipes should not replace your daily cleaning routine, but they are handy for camping weekends in a music festival with limited (or no) access to a sink or shower.
"I like micellar wipes a lot because you're in the sun all day long, very moist, [exposing your face to] pollution … micellar-based wipes are a very simple way to clean, moisturize, remove make-up, remove dirt from your skin, remove your sunscreen, "said Icecreamwala: "This is my date for a music festival – the only thing you should definitely take with you."
Her favorite face wipes are Kind's Skin Micellar Cleansing Wipes, which are affordable, easy to use and hypoallergenic.
The wipes to use from Linkner are Effaclar oil-free cleansing wipes from La Roche Posay. "[They’re] What we use on our patients to make up their face during cosmetic procedures or full body exams so we can see their skin, "she said.
You can also use bottled water with cleaning wipes for a more thorough cleaning, said Gmyrek, especially if you can not use a sink or shower. If you wash your face (and your body) while it's still fine, do not forget to reapply the sunscreen, she added.
3. Add a hat to your wardrobe ready for the festival.
Hats, especially those with wide brim, protect the face by providing shade, but they also physically prevent the sun's rays from reaching the scalp, one of the areas of the body often neglected in sun protection.
According to Linkner, hats are particularly interesting for men or for people with fine or thin hair.
"[You] do not realize how much you are exposed directly to the sun without a hat, and the top of the head is so exposed to the sun, "she said, adding," I treat a lot of precancerous diseases and cancerous spots in men in their fifties, sixties, and sixties because they played golf without a hat earlier in life. "
"It's so long to get a nice brimmed hat and always wear it when you're in the sun," Linkner said.
4. Do not forget your lip balm.
Lip balm is a must during the coldest winter months, but it's also important to stay on hand when it's hot. In addition, dry weather, as in the Coachella Valley, can also wreak havoc on the lips. It is therefore good to protect them.
As Gymrek emphasized, the importance of applying SPF lip balm is "often overlooked".
She recommended the use of a broad-spectrum lip balm with an SPF of 30 or more "as often as you like, but at least every two to four hours. Sugar Sport lip balm with SPF 30.
5. Avoid skin care products with acid and retinol.
A sunny weekend spent all day outdoors, every day, does not really call for an elaborate skin care routine based on acids and retinols, Linkner said.
"It's not the right time to use medicated compresses containing glycolic or salicylic acid, or even vitamin A, because they make you sensitive to the sun," she said. . not medicated. You can resume your beauty routine once in the comfort of your own home.
6. Do not forget your hair.
Wearing the hat is the easiest way to protect your hair and scalp, but it's always a good idea to take some extra care, said Gmyrek.
"The sun will degrade proteins and hair pigments [which] leads to weaker, duller, drier hair, "she said. "Protect [your hair] with a product like the daily UV protector against Ultrasun hair.
Once you are equipped with your skin care essentials, you can dance day and night.