An Outdoor Gals Guide To Beauty Products
Let’s be real. Beauty and skincare aren’t top-of-mind of us outdoor-loving gals. There aren’t mirrors in the woods, and hiking kicks up a lot of dust and dirt … so what’s the point? As someone with super sensitive skin, I’ve always had a super strict skincare routine, even while I’m exploring the wilderness. The sun, wind, snow, dirt and sweat that come with adventures are worse for the skin than spending a day in the city. Taking care of your skin is 100x more important if you spend most of your time outdoors. Let’s talk about a routine that’s easy to manage while on the go!
My skin is always something I’ve struggled with. From the time I turned 13 until about a year ago, my face was dry, oily, and broken out all at the same time. When I graduated from college, I was finally able to get my skincare routine in check. The three most important parts of my routine are moisturizing, exfoliating and sun protection. Those things are especially important for the outdoors. After I use my face wash, I use Cera Ve moisturizer mixed with Rosehip Oil from Pai. Rosehip oil has long been used as a folk remedy to heal wounds. It is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, so it is essential for tissue and cell regeneration. Mario Badescu makes the most amazing facial sprays. I have all three of them, but the Lavender one is great for keeping the skin hydrated, especially when out in the elements all day. Last but not least, Glycolic Acid is like the holy grail for exfoliation. It gets rid of dead skin cells to leave skin looking bright and fresh. I only use it once or twice a week, because it tends to dry out my face.
If you’re a weekend warrior like me, you spend some of your days in the city. Along with my day job, I also go to events sometimes and need to spice up my look a little bit. I’m not a makeup artist, but I think I have my minimalist routine down pat. There are six products that I swear by and four of them are from one of my favorite companies, Glossier. Their motto as a brand is “skin first, makeup second,” and all of their products are wonderful for the complexion. The boy brow, mascara and haloscope give the eyes a little pop and the cheeks a little highlight. I use Cloud Paint in “Dusk” under my cheek bones for definition. The last two products I use aren’t from Glossier, but I still love them. I use Bare Minerals blemish rescue spot concealer and Olio E Osso’s balm on my cheeks and lips. The balm is a beautiful pink color to give that “fresh off the gym” look and the spot concealer covers up small blemishes.