FESTIVAL SKINCARE!!

Credit: www.boardmasters.co.ukI 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:

  1. Baby wipes downloaddon’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.
  2. You can have lots of fun sober!!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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…
No glitter for me (second from left) this year 😦

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!!

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DRY SKIN TIP

Coping with dry skin is something you become pro at when on roaccutane – everything from drinking lots of water to exfoliating (which I have now started doing night and morning and have been super pleased with the results) and rigorous moisturising becomes a big part of any roaccutane routine.

Eucerin_Dry_Skin_Replenishing_Face_Cream_Night_5__Urea_with_Lactate_50ml_1410349858One of my favourite things to combat dry skin is Eucerin’s Dry Skin Replenishing Face Cream for night time – I thought night creams were something that only few could afford to use and at £11 this stuff isn’t cheap, but it’s totally worth it! It makes you very shiny and contains some slightly weird-sounding ingredients (urea and lactate?!) but it is honestly amazing how hydrated it makes your skin.

I also put a tiny bit on my nose in the mornings as it’s still a bit peely from being in the sun in Croatia 2 weeks ago🙄 – my make up goes on to it well but I wouldn’t put it everywhere because it does make you very very shiny, so much so that it reminds me of my pre-roaccutane days when I looked like a light bulb and refused to be in photos that used flash…

One thing I will say is that I am in the later stages of my roaccutane course – although this stuff is non-comedogenic earlier on it could cause breakouts as it’s so intensive, but I could be wrong as I never tested it when I was more prone to spots, and of course it does say it’s non-comedogenic.

I put it on top of my ordinary daily moisturiser before bed and it honestly works like a dream!! 🙂