From the legendary Glastonbury to up-and-coming Latitude and everything inbetween, the festival season is in full swing. That mixture of serious sunshine, mighty music, good food and of course late nights means there’s often far too much going on to put skincare first, but it really shouldn’t be overlooked.
Keeping your skin healthy at a festival is possible, even if bathroom space is at a premium and you’re staying in a tent!
Here’s our guide to some of the best ways to be kind to your skin this festival season.
It’s easy to neglect the harmful effects that come with those bright sunny rays but this is a number one priority when it comes to summer festival season. Ultra-violet (better known as UV) rays can be harmful on skin, causing long-term damage alongside premature aging and the increased risk of developing skin cancer. Whatever the forecast, staying out of the sun during a festival isn’t always an option, so protection is a must to offset any sun exposure.
Choose a sunscreen with extra moisturising and UV-blocking properties, such as cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil or vitamin E oil. Ingredients such as cocoa butter and shea butter provide longer lasting protection, helping to sustain sunscreen on the surface of the skin and naturally filtering UV-B radiation. Coconut oil has a natural SPF of 4-5 and contains antioxidants that help protect the skin from harmful radiation. Vitamin E oil is also known to be an effective neutraliser of the free radicals that cause cell damage following UV exposure.
Dehydration can pose a real problem for partygoers during the festival season and not just to the health of the skin. Drinking an adequate amount of water is important for overall wellbeing, particularly for digestion and circulation, and it’s easy to forget this when there’s so much happening around you. Claims have been made that drinking water provides a radiant, healthy, younger-looking complexion. Like any other part of the body, your skin is made up of cells that predominantly consist of water. Without enough water, your skin can turn dry and tight and is more prone to wrinkling.
A great way to boost your healthy fluid levels is with coconut water; a drink that can be just as hydrating as water but is packed with electrolytes, helping to regulate fluid balance in the body. Not only that, research suggests that the potassium in coconut water can help lower blood pressure as an added benefit.
Fresh running water isn’t easy to come by at a festival so to keep skin cleansed and grime-free, choose micellar water. Unlike other water-based cleaning solutions, micellar water requires no rinsing thanks to the micelles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) that naturally lift impurities out of the skin without drying it out.
Cleaning your skin with oils is fast becoming a preferred method of choice for many consumers. Natural oils such as jojoba and argan oil offer a gentle way to cleanse and moisturise. Jojoba oil is similar in structure to our skin’s natural sebum, which means it not only moisturises but absorbs faster and is suitable for all skin types. It’s also full of nutrients like vitamin E and B, as well as antioxidants, which are important when your skin is exposed to the environment. Similarly, Argan oil is noted for giving skin a youthful glow, as well as being rich in vitamin E, omega fatty acids and linoleic acids, all of which work to lightly moisturise the skin and soften dry patches. These ingredients and properties have made it a popular choice for skincare routines over the years.
In the household and car cleaning worlds, the microfibre cloth is anything but new, but for the beauty arena they have found a new relevance. Reusable make-up removers might be the next frontier for eco-conscious beauty buffs. So ditch the wet wipes and get yourself a reusable cleansing cloth too, such as the WipeOut! It offers a deeper clean and is more environmentally friendly as it can be used over 1000 times.
In a world of heightened consumer awareness, sustainability is far more than a buzzword and must be at the forefront of manufacturers’ minds. True sustainability means taking steps to ensure every bit of the supply chain thrives, which is why Kerfoot caters for the ever increasing sustainability concerns of our client base – whether that is the sourcing or production of our oils, or the manner in which we deliver them.
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