I was at Boardmaster’s Festival (so much fun – I highly recommend it!!) in Cornwall last weekend and I was a bit worried about how my skin would cope – my usual festival skincare routine from previous years consisted mainly of sleeping my makeup and getting through an awful lot of baby wipes, and still, after all that being covered in glitter, but this year I was bit more careful. It helped I was a lot more sober than usual this year (no drinking on roaccutane!!), so I was in a perfectly capable state and could take my make up off at whatever hour and put lots of moisturiser etc etc on.
There were taps around the campsite so if I had been a bit less lazy I could have gone and exfoliated my face – it was having its usual dry panic after all the sun in France, where I had just been on a sailing holiday (almost impossible to avoid the sunshine…) with my family, and also because I hadn’t been drinking enough water, and so make up wasn’t going on to it very well (despite the industrial amounts of moisturiser I slept in and put on in the morning, it was still crazy dry).
So here is what I learnt about doing a festival on roaccutane:
Baby wipes don’t cut it – if you don’t want to look like you’re shedding your skin like a snake, that is. Otherwise they’re perfectly good at replacing your twice-a-day face wash!
Go to the water taps (however cold they may be!!) and scrub your face at some point so you can put foundation on without it gathering in all your dry skin and making it look worse than it actually is.
You can have lots of fun sober!!
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water – my drinking had slipped just before I went and I noticed a massive difference as my skin became a lot more dry. There’s usually water taps around at festivals so there’s no excuse.
If you can, take your make up off (try the Garnier or Nivea make up remover or the Simple pads which are ideal for festivals, although not so good at getting waterproof make up off) before you go to sleep, whatever time of night it is!!
The festival body clock may be a bit messed up but you’ll benefit from keeping up your routine – your skin is more sensitive on roaccutane and there’s a risk you’ll become allergic to products, particularly if you wear them for long periods of time. I myself have been lucky and so far (touch wood) I’ve not developed any allergies but a friend of mine did, so be careful. It also gives you a chance to put lots of moisturiser on and give your skin some breathing time.
As much of a festival staple as it is, I avoided glitter – I’ve always found in previous years that taking it off felt like I was grating my skin on my face, so I didn’t bother with it as the idea of grating my already dry and roaccutany skin didn’t seem particularly enticing. That being said, it could have been the exfoliation I badly needed…
Here’s a video from Boardmaster’s last year – it wasn’t quite so sunny and warm this year (the British summer has been a bit disappointing 😦 ) but it was still so so much fun, I really recommend going!!
Foundation is something I wear every day because I have lots of small red scars on my cheeks from my ‘initial breakout’ when I first went on roaccutane – they’re slowly fading but I like to cover them up. My favourite cover ups are as follows:
Garnier BB Blur Cream is what I wear every day – it contains moisturiser so it stops your skin from getting too dry over the course of the day and it’s nice and light – you don’t have to apply very much for it to cover everything up. It works best with a little bit of setting powder on top (the best ones are the MAC setting powder if you’re willing to spend a bit more money or the Rimmel ones).
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Foundation is the only foundation I have ever used!! I have it in the ‘champagne’ shade and it’s nice and light and looks really natural (if you don’t put layers and layers on!) and is a little thicker and nicer for nights out and one-offs than the every day Garnier BB cream (especially because it costs a bit more). I still use a setting powder on top of it but you really don’t need to.
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation is good for speedy touch ups or even as a setting powder – it’s light and the colours are great (I have it in NW25) and it doesn’t gather in dry skin areas too drastically, especially when applied well.
Don’t forget to moisturise (and even prime if it’s a smart occasion) lots before you put foundation on and take it off before bed so you don’t break out or even become allergic to it!!
Roaccutane makes your skin burn easily – indeed, a friend of mine who took roaccutane last year reported even managing to get slightly sunburnt on cloudy days…
So, suncream has become my best friend – I wear it on my face most days when I go outside and the sun is out, particularly when playing sport or doing something that involves being outdoors for a long period of time.
I was on holiday in Croatia last week and I managed to get through and entire bottle of suncream so I didn’t burn!! I’m a big sunbather so I reapplied super often, particularly when fresh out of the sea or after lying on one side of my body (i.e rubbing off half the suncream I had spent ages putting on…). I’m a big fan of Garnier Ambre Solaire Moisturising Protection Spray in SPF30, which avoids your skin getting too dry in the sun and salt as well as protecting it effectively if you reapply regularly.
Happy summer!! X
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Photos from Croatia – we stayed on the island of Pag, which is a place I thoroughly recommend visiting!! A little tough if you’re partying lots on the amazing Zrce Beach because you can’t drink on roaccutane, but I still managed to have some great nights out!!