I apologize for the lack of post last week. My husband and I were unplugged and in Colorado. Our bucket list is to see all the National Parks. We started last year with Glacier National Park and have already been to Big Bend National Park in 2016, too. For our summer vacation, we took a road trip to Colorado and knocked off Rocky Mountain and Great Sand Dunes National Parks. It was lovely; the weather was in the 60’s and the mountains were beautiful as always. We were pleasantly surprised at how much fun the Great Sand Dunes are and decided they are very underrated.
My husband and I are big campers. We love to pitch a tent and sit by a fire while we watch the sunset. It also makes going places sigfnicantly cheaper (once you have all the camping supplies, at least). We camped in Rocky Mountain National Park for 3 nights and it was about $70 total! You can’t beat that while also staying inside a park. We loved it. But there are no showers at a lot of campsites we go to. I’ve developed some nifty tricks that help me stay clean(ish), cute(ish), and prevents me from feeling like I’m just a big ole flesh of sweat. I’ve been working on going completely cruelty free and vegan with my beauty and household products. (I love Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap and Method body wash.) All the items in the picture below are 100% cruelty free and vegan, except for my deodorant. This change has been happening very slowly, and I can’t justify not using the stuff I already own. So once it’s time for new deo, I will buy cruelty free! Anybody have any great suggestions?
I have struggled with acne for years. I’ve gone to several dermatologists over the years and tried all sorts of pills and topical treatments. Recently, I started Juice Beauty’s Acne Regime (more on that next). However, I didn’t want to haul the cleanser, tonic, mask, etc etc. with me and have to work through that every single night and morning. Enter these wipes! They are incredibly soothing and take any make up that may be on your face (I wore none this trip, but some campers do!). It cleans all the dirt and sweat, too. I not only used them on my face, but my arms, legs, and any part of my body I felt needed a little cleaning after hiking all day. I felt assured knowing that my pores weren’t going to get clogged with sweat and dirt so my acne wouldn’t at least get worse while we were away from home.
In place of my normal Juice Beauty routine, I bought these pads. They act as the serum to clear away blemishes. I wiped these all over my face each night and morning and just threw them away with the facial wipes I used, too. So easy! I followed up with the 30 SPF moisturizer each day to ensure that the sun wasn’t affecting my acne or giving me a sunburn. (Of course we used sunscreen, too, but I always have an extra layer of SPF on my pale skinned face, usually in the form of make up.) I can’t stop singing Juice Beauty’s praises. It’s a little more expensive, but it really works on clearing up that stubborn hormonal acne that so many women are prone to.
This one probably goes without saying – every morning, every night. Helps you smell and feel clean.
The biggest thing for me while camping is hating when my hair feels all grimey and oily. I knew I wasn’t going to be showering for at least 4 days, and I was dreading feeling all gross with my hair. Plus I knew we would be taking pictures….so enter dry shampoo. I’ve had good experiences with dry shampoo and bad ones. This stuff, though, is great. And the size I got from Ulta was travel sized for like, 3 bucks! Super score. Just spray this in your hair, massage it in, and brush! Voila! Good to go for pictures and looking semi cute on hikes!
I hope some of these tips help you feel fresh and clean while camping and enjoying nature. Here are some pictures from our time in Colorado:
What are your favorite cruelty free and vegan products? How do you stay clean while camping?