Hiking and tent camping are very enjoyable.
However, you should be aware of external environmental factors which could damage your skin. If you like hiking in various camping grounds, this article is meant for you because I have covered everything you need to understand when you are in outdoor.
Skincare during hiking is not a straightforward activity just like in our ordinary life. The most important thing during tent camping and hiking is to minimize the occurrence of injuries. However, the skin is one of the most susceptible body parts which can easily get damaged if you don’t take necessary precautions.
You need to remember that your skin is the largest organ which performs some essential functions such as:
- Protection against abrasions
- Vitamin D activation
- Thermoregulation which is achieved via sweating
- Excretion of wastes
Why Is Skin Care for Hikers Important?
1. Deal with irritating sweat
Sweats can be annoying sometimes, right? If you are on a hike, it might spoil all the fun. During sunny weather, there is an increase in temperatures which makes your skin pores to dilate because your body is heating up. This might make you sweat excessively.
On the other hand, when the weather turns cold, the sweats get pooled in crevices and creases of your body which can lead to irritated skin and blisters. Therefore, when you are experiencing such a situation don’t panic because I have the right remedy to this.
- If you know that you usually sweat excessively don’t wait until when you are on a hike. You need to seek for higher-strength deodorants and antiperspirants which will be ideal to help you tame the situation.
- Additionally, be keen on the diet that you will take when you are on a hike because some foods trigger excess sweating.
- Besides, clothing is also a factor to put into consideration. During sunny days wear light clothing or dry clothing which allows air circulation to avoid sweat accumulating on the skin which could cause some health problems.
To wrap it up, you need to protect your skin from sweats since it can lead to a corrosive effect on your skin. You need to mop up the sweat the sweat before it gets to some delicate parts of your body in the eyes. Use absorbent material to do this anytime you feel the sweats have accumulated on your skin (1).
2. Prevent Insect Bites and Stings
If you have ever gone for a hike and camping, you know that the wild contains several insect biting insects which could damage your skin because your skin is very reactive to some of these bites.
If you are hiking in areas with very many insect biting insects you will need to prevent your skin against insect bites:
- Use bug head net to shield you from insect bites and stings especially in areas infested with such insects.
- Alternatively, you can use appropriate insect repellents to cushion your skin from the bites. You need to avoid buggiest times of the day where there is a lot of biting insects moving. Biting insects are usually many during, morning hours or later in the evening.
- You will need to wear appropriate clothing for the temperature and terrain which covers most of your skin. By doing this, you will have effectively prevented insects’ bites which could have possibly damaged your skin.
- Essential oils are one of the most effective and safe ways to deal with repelling bugs. It is easy to apply and leaves no worrisome side effects. The key is to know how to use it properly.
Most hikers have reported having been bitten by some of the insects even after taking the necessary precautions. Well if you get bitten by an insect you don’t need to get troubled you need to focus on how to relieve the itch as a preventive measure to your skin. Usually, you will need chemical products to suppress itchy chemicals which were injected into your body by these insects (2).
3. Protect Your Skin Against Botanically Based Skin Problems
When hiking you are likely to run into thorns, sharp pokeys plants and leaves, and spines. These causes skin problems thus you need calamine lotion. Alternatively, you can carry products which are designed to heal skin inflammation and soothe your skin.
You can also carry a small pack that you can activate it when required or look for a reusable cold pack. To be on the safe side, you need to place a thin insulating fabric between your cloud application and your skin.
4. Prevent Ultraviolet Radiation Exposure
Your skin is susceptible to damage because of exposure to UV rays regardless of your skin tone. If you are a hiker you need to be very diligent on this, and you can protect your skin from UV radiations by doing the following (3):
- Avoiding hiking when the sun hot especially during mid-day
- You can use hiking umbrella to create your shade.
- Ensure you have UPF sun protective clothing
- You can wear a vented hat to protect you from the sun rays.
- Choose the best sunscreen.
- Use organic Aloe Vera gel.
5. Protecting Your Skin from Embedded Dirt
When hiking your skin is likely to be filled with dirt as you trail in dusty footpaths. If you are a hiking fanatic, you should not miss having unscented face wipes which lack chlorine and alcohol additives to remove grime and sweat.
6. Protecting Your Skin Against Blisters
Skin blisters are common problems that are faced by most hikers. Well here is a blister prevention tips that helps you to keep your skin in good condition (4):
- Ensure you equip your first aid kit with liquid bandage and moleskin
- Don’t prick the blister in case you notice it because it can lead to the development of wounds.
If you are hiking fanatic, I hope this article will be useful to you. I have personally hiked, and camp severally in the wild and what I have highlighted is based on my experience. Various scenarios can lead to damage on your skin thus before you even think of any preventive measure you need to be very cautious in your daily routine.
Try these tips, and you will appreciate every aspect of it.