By Laura Medina
Yes, sunscreen or anything with sunscreen in it, is obligatory at Coachella, a.k.a. "Party-ing in the Desert."
However, you can still prep and fortify your skin to make it better to withstand the UV/UVA solar rays.
Pre-Coachella, you can build up your epidermis with Nutricosmetics or Cosmeceuticals, vitamins or supplements that aim to improve skin healthy on a cellular level, "beauty from within," rather than topically for more direct results.
ZSS Skin Systems can prep your skin for the burning desert sun with its Method No. 1 for Radiant Skin, an one-month supply kit of vitamins and a night-time serum to prep and soothe the skin. The kit formulated to support healthy aging of the skin by addressing skin photo-protection, epidermal thinning, dehydration, loss of firmness/elasticity, uneven skin tone, and redness caused by environmental exposure.*
The key ingredient, Zeaxanthin, is a carotenoid found in leafy green vegetables, yellow and orange peppers, corn and eggs that is scarce in the typical daily diet. Zeaxanthin is a strong antioxidant, clinically evaluated to lessen the inflammatory response of skin exposed to environmental stressors such as the sun and promote even skin tone – resulting in improved radiance and glow. The all-natural Zeaxanthin is derived from paprika peppers, in levels that have been clinically evaluated to promote healthy skin, inside and out.
The key ingredients are: Zeaxanthin, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil, and Gotu Kola Seed.
Nutri-Serum, with Seabuck Thorn, contains the key ingredient Zeaxanthin along with other key ingredients clinically evaluated to promote skin health. Paired with each Method’s nutricosmetics packet, Nutri-Serum is formulated to improve skin glow, radiance, hydration, firmness, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and overall skin tone.
This can be used before, during, and after Coachella.
Used daily. Each nutricosmetic packet should be taken daily, preferably with a meal. Nutri-Serum should be used either in the morning or before bed but for best results should be used both in the morning and before bed, after cleaning.
After cleansing, apply a pea sized amount of the Nutri-Serum to face, neck and décolleté in the morning and before bed. Follow with your normal skin care routine. Take one dietary supplement packet (one soft gel, one capsule) daily, preferably with a meal.
For what you can pack for Coachella, you need a basic but decent facial and body wipes for those camping out on the fields (doing it the traditional and the cheapest way) or RVing (doing the second wave), Korres Pomegranate Daily Cleansing & Make-Up Removing Wipes remove dirt, makeup, and oil from face and eyes. Great for all skin types especially oily and combination, each pre-saturated wipe eliminates impurities, tightens pores, and offers antioxidant protection ($15; Sephora.com).
Can't braid and need a cool headband to cool off the nape of your neck? Hairdo by HairUWear French Braid Band will keep your hair pulled back with a fashionable accent! Available in 6 salon inspired colors, this one piece headband slides on in an instant and stays put. (Available for $10 at Ulta.com ). You can discreetly match or go hip-cool mismatch for a fake braid or twist and tuck for a chic updo which this scribe might do after long day and night at the festival.
All-natural but decently scented, Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Deodorant allows you to take freshness on-the-go with a mini version of Lavanila’s best-selling deodorants. This All-Natural, freshly scented deodorant provides superior, long-lasting odor protection ($8; Lavanila.com). Believe this scribe, fellow festival-goers will be thankful.
Eventually, your foot will be sore, dry, burning, and cracking. Smooth and hydrate rough cracked heels with Curél Foot Therapy Cream. This lotion features highly emollient shea butter, rich coconut milk, and naturally healing vitamin E and works to smooth and soften dry cracked skin in just two uses, significantly improving the look and feel of dry feet and cracked heels – and exposing your best feet yet! ($5.99; Drugstores)
For some serious relief and repair for both the face and chest, especially your chest, you just have to go scientifically. Clinique's Repairwear Uplifting Firming Cream repairs from the forehead down to the chest to repair the collagen. The moisture-rich cream boosts natural elastin and collagen-the stuff that gives skin its snap-then helps organize it into a tighter, stronger network. Helps rebuild elasticity and firmness, helps visibly smooth out "laugh lines." It's seriously "repair the damage."