The lure of a shit load of Devonshire cream teas and mountains of clotted cream also hasn’t gone amiss, but it does mean I’ll have to scale down my beauty regime a bit (a lot) as if you’ve ever camped, you know how much of a faff double cleansing is when you’ve got a 5 minute walk to a shared bathroom. Fun times.
It’s one of the few times in the year when I actually end up using makeup wipes *ignores death stares* - I normally pack some from Bioderma, YesTo or Ole Henricksen as they tend to be the best of the ones I’ve tried. A bottle of Micellar water is also really useful for a quick morning cleanse or a bit of makeup removal when you really can’t handle a full on face washing session. I love the Garnier and B. versions as they do a really good removal job without stripping the skin.
Travel-sized products come in SUPER handy if you’re camping. Not only does it mean you don’t need a trolley to wheel your skincare down to the shower block, but you can also throw bits away as and when you finish them. The same goes for multi-purpose items – the less stuff you have to take, the better.
I’ll be getting a lot of use out of NUXE’s Huile Prodigeuse as you can slap it on virtually anywhere. It’s great for treating dried out hair, as an all over body oil or even to hydrate tired feet. This cute little kit from KMS has got my shampoo, conditioner and styling product all sorted, with enough product to last about a week with daily use. A bottle of Fudge Urban dry shampoo is also a must-have as tents seem to have a really sexy way of making the cleanest of hair seem limp and flat. I spritz this onto my roots every morning to give them a bit of a lift and help refresh my blow dry.
I try to double up on cleansing/moisturising products to avoid a giant washbag, so avoid taking different ones for night and day. Fresh’s Soy Face Cleanser is a firm favourite as it’s refreshing in the mornings, but also does a great job at taking the dirt of the day away at night. Similarly Weleda’s Almond Moisturiser is great for sensitive skins and provides plenty of hydration morning and night without being too heavy or greasy.
Camping usually means plenty of time outdoors, so I’ll be taking several SPFs. Even if the sun isn’t particularly strong, it’s still far too easy to get burnt without realising it! Dermalogica’s Oil Free Matte SPF30 is my favourite to wear underneath makeup as it gives great protection that doesn’t interfere with my foundation on top. I also tend to pack a slightly tinted version from La Roche Posay to use for days at the beach when I don’t want a full face of makeup, but do need a slight hint of colour to even my skin out a little. Aesop’s Protective Body Lotion is perfect for all over the body – it’s SPF50 but non-greasy and doesn’t leave me feeling horribly sticky after application. The bottle is also nice and compact, so you can shove it in your beach bag without it weighing you down.
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The last part of my camping survival kit comes in the form of the new Carmen by Samantha mini cordless straighteners. I know that camping is meant to be low maintenance, but a girl has to have some luxuries! These are around half the size of a normal pair of straighteners and can be charged up in advance and used cordlessly for around 25 minutes. Although they’re better for touch ups than for a full on straightening session, it’s more than enough for a quick once over in the tent first thing in the morning! They also come with their own little heat proof bag, so are perfect for popping back in your travel bag once you’ve used them.
Are you a fan of camping? What are your must-have beauty essentials?
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