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How to Keep Your Skin Clear While Camping

Whether you’re powering up your campsite with a generator or getting your hands dirty, camping is a great way to get closer to nature. But with nature comes dirt. It’s important to keep your skin healthy and clean even when you’re out getting dirty, but how can this be accomplished?

The best way to keep your skin clear while camping is to continue your skincare routine the best you can. Plan ahead by watching the weather, use a sunscreen with at least SPF 30, wash with soap and water, and be sure you know what kind of products you’re putting on your skin.

You may have to change your routine slightly if you lack the room to bring everything with you or don’t have access to running water. It’s important to know what kind of care your skin needs so you can make appropriate substitutions. Read on to learn more about keeping your skin healthy and clear.

Know Your Skin

You should know how your skin needs to be taken care of before you go camping. A simple at-home test can reveal how oily or dry your skin is. Dab your face with some oil blotting paper and check its transparency to determine how much oil is present. Depending on the results of this test, you may have to wash your face twice a day if it’s oily, or use moisturizer if it’s dry.

If you have acne, this will also affect your skincare routine, as it may require specialized face and body wash to treat it. Going camping could cause you to change your routine due to limited space and water. Take this into consideration so you can prioritize which cleaning products you can take with you on your trip.

If you know how to care for your skin, keeping it clear while camping will be second nature, even if you have to change up a few things.


Preventive care might be the best way to keep your skin clear. Once you’re at the campsite, you can’t go back to the store to buy the things you left behind, so it’s best to plan ahead. Know what kind of resources you will have, what the weather will be like, and what kind of clothing you should wear.

Location, Location, Location

Know your destination and what amenities will be available, if any. If you know that warm, running water will be difficult to find, plan on packing extra jugs of water or face wipes.

Knowing where you’re going will allow you to make smarter decisions while packing, too. If your typical skincare routine requires running water, you may have to find an alternative method for the trip. Test new products ahead of time to make sure it won’t irritate or damage your skin. Failing to test a new product could result in a bigger problem than if you had skipped the routine altogether!

Check the Forecast

Once you know your location, you should get an idea of the weather and what outdoor activities you’ll be partaking in. You should always wear sunscreen outdoors, but knowing how sunny and hot it will be will give you a better estimate of how much sunscreen to pack. Applying toner that works well with your skin type before you put on sunscreen can work as an extra layer of protection. Toners tighten pores and fight off damage from UV rays, which is a great preventative step.

Dress Appropriately

What will you do outside? Are you going fishing, hiking, or hanging around the campsite all day? Be sure to pack appropriate clothing for the activities you plan on participating in. Wearing cotton can cause chafing and hold moisture, which will undoubtedly clog your pores.

Cleaning Your Skin

The skincare routine that is specific to your skin is important, but when you’re camping, basic washing is the most crucial step. At home, it’s easier to track how dirty you’re getting, but it’s more complicated outdoors. Dirt is everywhere, and if you track it into your tent, you could potentially spend the night resting your face on it.

Find some environmentally-friendly soap to bring on the trip that you can use with running water. If water is hard to come by at your location, try dry shampoo and cleansing wipes. Even just washing off once a day will relieve your skin of dirt and germs that clog your pores.

Bring along hand sanitizer to your trip to cut back on how much dirt comes near your face. Be sure to rinse off all the visible dirt in some water first before you apply it. Hand sanitizer is great to carry with you since it is travel-sized and can fit in your pocket. Remember to use it before you touch your face so less dirt gets transferred.

Remember that your skin type determines how often to clean your skin. You may want to use your routine twice a day if you have been especially active on your trip, but your skin may suffer by doing so. Alcohol-based cleansers and toners can make dry skin suffer, and moisturizers can make oily skin worse. This is why it’s vital to know ahead of time how your skin will react to certain products over time.

It may be wise to save your routine for the end of the day so you can go to bed feeling refreshed, rather than using your routine in the morning only to get dirty for the rest of the day. 

Be Careful What You Put On Your Skin

You’re careful about how you treat your skin at home, so you should be careful while you’re outdoors, too. Necessary items like bug spray and sunscreen can be harsh on your skin and cause the pores to clog. 

Don’t avoid these items, but be diligent in your research. If possible, try finding natural products instead of the ones that are filled with chemicals. Home remedies such as citronella candles and citrus oil could be effective around the campsite to help eliminate how long you have to wear sprays and lotions.

Consider wearing long sleeve shirts and pants tucked into your socks while out in the sun or water to minimize contact with UV rays and bugs. Covering as much skin as possible will allow you to wear as little repellent as possible. But remember, don’t avoid these items if you need them. At the end of the day, you can wash and nourish your skin before going to bed.


Skincare is important, even on a rough-and-tumble weekend trip. You shouldn’t have to compromise your skincare routine, so know your skin and plan ahead. You can avoid several problems if you know what substitutions you can make that will be safe for your skin.

Be sure you have a general idea of what the weather will be like where you go camping and pack appropriately. Strong sunscreen will protect your skin from damaging UV rays while appropriate clothing can prevent chafing.

Wash with soap and water as often as you can, but feel free to use substitutions such as baby wipes as needed. Try to wash at the end of the day and follow up with your skincare routine to feel fresh and rejuvenated. 

Avoid repellents and sunscreens with harmful chemicals. Opt for home remedies when possible, but never compromise the safety of your skin!