14th June 2018

Your Festival Skincare Guide

Summer seems to have finally arrived here in the UK, and not a moment too soon! Festival season is well underway, and there’s nothing better than escaping for a weekend with your favourite people, making memories that will last a lifetime. Amongst the music, the late nights and the unpredictable weather, it can be all too easy to neglect your skincare routine while you’re having so much fun, especially when you’re a world away from the creature comforts of home that you’re used to. Luckily, it’s easier to maintain your skin health at a festival than you might first think.

Sun Protection

I can never stress enough the importance of sun protection all year round. The sun never sleeps, and shielding your delicate skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays is crucial for the prevention of premature ageing and other skin concerns, such as dryness, sunburn, pigmentation concerns, and even skin cancer. I recommend a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above, applying regularly throughout the day to ensure your stay protected as you spend hours at a time beneath the unforgiving sun.

Make-up Removal

As a rule, you shouldn’t ever sleep in your make-up as this can clog your pores and lead to unsightly breakouts. Be sure to remember to pack your wipes and make a conscious effort to cleanse your skin before you zip yourself up in your sleeping bag at night. Why not minimise your carbon footprint by investing in eco-friendly wipes and join the effort to cut down on single-use products and plastic waste.


Partying throughout the day and well into the night can leave your skin looking and feeling a little thirsty. It’s important to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated from within and combat the effects of alcohol consumption and sun exposure. Packing a basic skin moisturiser can give your dull, dry skin the boost it needs from the outside.


At a festival, your feet are put through hell! Be sure to let them breathe at every opportunity in between constant walking and dancing. Pack appropriate footwear, including comfortable trainers and wellies to help you navigate treacherous muddy fields without getting your feet wet and dirty. A supply of clean, dry socks is essential for minimising the risk of fungal infections and blisters, among other concerns.


Packing a travel size hand sanitizer is always very handy! Sickness and diarrhoea are a constant threat when your hands are faced with a barrage of mud and dreaded portaloos, not to mention the effect this can have on the health of your skin.

If you’re at all concerned about your skin health, don’t hesitate to schedule a skin health check with Dr Firas for expert, bespoke treatment and advice.

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