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Must-have products for camping to look and feel good

Summer is a great time for camping, with the hotter and drier weather. It’s great to get out in nature and be close to hiking, swimming and other outdoor activities. But, for those who hate being sweaty, dirty and not being able to take a shower, camping poses some challenges. Here’s a list of must-have products for camping to look and feel good.

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Camping is a time to take a break, so don’t worry about lipstick or mascara. Keep packing to a minimum by just bringing the essentials. This is a good time to try a no-makeup challenge.

Keep things simple with a tinted moisturizer that has SPF. If you want to downplay imperfections, pick one that evens and improves skin tone, like Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF. Look for multi-tasking products, like Benetint which provides cheek color and lip tint. Maybe bring along some mascara if you can't go without: waterproof, if you’ll be enjoying water activities.

Facial cleansing wipes are great for removing oil, makeup and sweat from the day. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes are convenient, and they remove dirt and oil without drying skin out. They also soothe mosquito bites.


Keep hair as natural as you can, forgo the hairspray and mousse because they can add build up and make your hair oilier, plus anything that smells perfumy will attract mosquitoes. Opt for easy styles like ponytails, buns and pulled back with headbands. Consider getting hair cut into an easy to maintain style that you don’t have to worry about.

Dry shampoo can be very useful to absorb oil. Sprinkle some dry shampoo in at your roots, comb it through, and you’re good to go.

Body Essentials

Cottonelle Fresh Care moist wipes are great for not only their intended purpose, but for freshening your underarms and cleaning off dirty feet.

To cut wetness use antiperspirant, plus some body powder. Using a body powder helps absorb wetness. Sprinkle or pat it onto spots that sweat the most, including underarms, upper thighs and feet.

You might be tempted to bring body spray to freshen up, but don’t. Fragrant smells that you like will also attract bugs. Bring plenty of mosquito repellant to keep the bugs away and the red, swollen bumps you can end up with. Also bring some anti-itch cream to help calm down any itching from bites. Benadryl anti-itch cream has a topical analgesic and histamine blocking itch relief that helps to relive insect bites.

Sunscreen is a staple that you shouldn’t forget. It should be used each day between the peak hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., to protect skin from sun damage. Look for a lightweight sunscreen that isn’t oily, like Coppertone Clearly Sheer. Clearly Sheer dries quickly, with a matte-like finish.

It’s possible to enjoy the outdoors and enjoy nature, even if you normally have a hard time leaving the house without makeup. Some planning and strategic packing can make things easier. You don’t need a bunch of luggage to look good outdoors, pack simply and remember to have fun au natural. Washington State Parks also has some yurts and cabins for rent, which make camping a nice experience.

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