I have been living in a van for over a month now (yep…that’s my van on the photo…), and I have an established “go to beauty packing camping list”. My list has products that mainly consist in taking care of a sensitive, thin, pale skin. Living outside for most of the time is tough for your skin and hair: sun, dust, sand can quickly dehydrate them. So I found amazing products to take care of that, and included them into my “van camping” routine.
For protection and hydration in the morning, I use the DeLaCruz coconut oil. It is additive free, you can use it on your face, body, hair, and you smell like a tropical island all day long! Another big plus is that it comes in a small pot so it is easy to pack. I also protect my sensitive skin from extensive sun with a 50+ sunscreen. I chose the AntheliosXL dry touch gel-cream from La Roche Posay. If you have a sensitive skin prone to allergies, this is your go to sunscreen I promise!
When the day is over, I remove dirt and sunscreen with gentle wipes. I like the Burts Bee cleansing towelettes with cotton extract for sensitive skin. They contain no alcohol, parabens or harsh chemical, and they smell soooo good! To sooth, rehydrate, and protect my skin from the night cold, I apply Toleriane soothing-protecting skincare on my face and POSTHELIOS after-sun cream on my body, both from La Roche-Posay. Did I mention that I was a big La Roche Posay fan??
Every 4-5 days…
A perk of camping is that it is difficult to wash your hair! Mine get greasy quite quickly.
I looked at dry shampoo in pharmacies & stores and I wasn’t very excited about using any of them when I saw the list of ingredients. I thus made my own “all-natural” recipe that I share with you.
For one shampoo, I used:
– 2 tablespoons of cornstarch (Cornstarch absorbs the grease without damaging your hair)
– 1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (corn-starch will make your hair VERY white, cinnamon therefore add a little colour to hair, and they will smell amazing)
– 2 drops of tea tree oil (it will clean your scalp, preventing it from itching)
I first brushed my hairs really well. I mixed all the ingredients in a bowl (I did it in my coffee mug…). I sprinkled the powder mix on my scalp with my hands. I massaged my scalp for a few minutes, in order for the cornstarch to absorb grease. I then brushed my hair, brushed again…and again…and again. No need to say, it takes a while to get rid of ALL the cornstarch, but I have to say, it is totally worth it!
My hair ended-up soft, clean, and shiny just like after a shampoo. As I have curly hair, I tight them up into a braid, to avoid tangle, but also get a wavy look the next day.
I will probably use that recipe again at home to avoid damaging my hair once in a while with repeated shampoos.
I hope these tips will help you to get set for your next camping trip!
Hope you having a good week,
Disclaimer: I declare that all the beauty products I mention were bought, tested, approved and reviewed by me only, they were not donated to me by the companies who manufacture them for promotion