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!!
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!!
I always use a face wash to wash my face, night and morning – it removes make up, dirt, sweat etc from the day better than plain water, and it’s good at keeping imperfections and blemishes away.
On roaccutane I’ve been using another La Roche Posay Effaclar H product, and this time it’s their ‘hydrating cleansing cream’ (£9.50 on Feel Unique), which is great because its creamy texture doesn’t dry out my skin at all (and works well with the Efflaclar H moisturiser).
I also exfoliate every now and again – it keeps dry patches away and makes it easier to put make up on because your skin is a bit smoother, and it also makes you a bit more radiant!! No need to go crazy on the highlighter!!
My favourite exfoliator is the St. Ives ‘Nourish & Smooth‘ Oatmeal Scrub – I think it’s a new one and it’s much more gentle than their famous apricot scrub, so it’s perfect for sensitive roaccutane skin! Smells nice too and only a fiver in Boots.
I use it maybe two or three times a week minimum, often before I put make up on for a night out. It’s nice as a mask when you’re relaxing in the bath too 🙂
If your face gets dry and peely from not moisturising, it becomes really uncomfortable, and if you’re a self-conscious person like me, it’s also quite a hard thing to cover up, because make-up catches in the dry bits of skin and makes it look even more obviously dry!!
The discomfort is the worst part – if I go out in the cold with really dry skin I find my skin stings in the chilly air, and is really sensitive to touch.
To avoid this, I moisturise religiously at night (even after a night out I’ll be there, moisturising away at 4am) and in the morning after washing my face.
The best moisturiser for this is the La Roche Posay Effaclar H moisturiser, which the dermatologist who prescribes me the roaccutane recommended – it’s designed for spot prone skin so it’s non-comedogenic (not too oily or sticky) but it’s really soothing, and hypoallergenic.
La Roche Posay claim that after 4 weeks, 30 of their patients taking isotretinoin (roaccutane) saw a 64% reduction in their dry skin when they used this moisturiser 🙂
It’s comes in a bit of a small bottle but that does mean it’s easy to carry it around in pockets, handbags, kit bags etc, especially in cold weather when your skin dries out in what feels like 5 seconds. They sell it in Boots so it’s not hard to get hold of either (although it’s £15 there instead of £9.50 on feelunique.com…).