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The weather is warming up (finally!) and pretty soon spring and summer will be here before we know it, bringing festival season with it! Festivals are huge staple during the spring and summertime – especially here in Southern California.
Festivals are a ton of fun with new friends, food, music, games, and experiences for everyone. However, music festivals can also be really exhausting and can drain your health. When you’re out in the sun all day, sometimes camping on a festival ground, doing a lot of physical activities like dancing and walking, and often drinking all day, it is important to practice some self care out on the festival grounds.
Practicing self care while out at a festival can be difficult with minimal resources and packed itineraries. However, with these few simple tips you’ll be able to take care of yourself without missing any fun!
1. Sun Protection
The best part about festival season is the warm, nice, sunny weather!
This lovely sunny weather means you have to be on your top sun protection game to take care of yourself. Sunglasses, sunscreen, and a lot of water are all your friend when you’re standing out in that hot summer sun.
Featured above are some of my favorite sunglasses right now, which I customized from Zenni Optical. I’ve been wearing these eyeglasses a lot around my university, pairing them with a simple pair of jeans and a tank top.
Make sure to pack your sunscreen (bonus points if your makeup also contains sunscreen!), chap stick, a huge water bottle, and a sunhat for maximum sun protection.
2. Alone Time
If you’re camping on the festival grounds you are going to be surrounded by people constantly. Making sure to get some alone time and some silence (bring ear plugs for sleeping!) will be key to keeping your sanity. Consider booking a hotel room nearby for at least one night of the festival to give yourself some time away to unwind, take a shower, and relax.
3. Simple Beauty Routine
When out at a festival, simplicity is key. Especially if you are camping on the festival grounds, it will be difficult to do a full beauty routine. Keep things simple and easy, while still taking care of yourself.
Make sure to pack your essentials: facial cleanser, mascara, shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush, and body wash. In addition to these basics, take care of your skin by packing this Algenist POWER Recharging Night Pressed Serum. This fresh smelling solid serum provides you with a smooth, supple, and radiant complexion.. key for recharging your exhausted skin after a long day at a festival!
When styling your hair for the festival, make sure to protect your hair with this LumaBella Keratin Dual Touch Styler. The cool thing about this styler is that it is infused with keratin micro-conditioners to protect your hair and there is a heat sensing strip which adjusts the heat on the styler if it senses damaged or dry hair. Flat irons like this are great for straightening or curling hair, I personally love the curls that flat irons create!
When at a festival it can be easy to overlook the importance of eating right and getting the nutrition that your body needs. If you’re at a music festival, set reminders on your phone to take breaks from the entertainment to eat and hydrate. Bring a big water bottle to refill, some multivitamins to make sure you are getting what you need, and a few snacks to eat in between big meals.
5. Comfortable Clothing
No matter if you’re walking around trying new foods or dancing to your favorite music all day, you’re going to want to be comfortable. Festival season is known for being fashionable… who says you can’t be fashionable and comfortable?
Opt for a comfortable undergarment like this Jockey Retro Stripe Collection’s cotton bralette which I would pair with a super cute flowy white or black top. Comfortable shoes may be the most important part of self care at a festival, since you will be on your feet all day everyday. These Earth Shoes are some of the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn, while still being super stylish. These specific shoes are their Primrose style in bright red and are both comfortable enough and stylish enough that I can wear them both to work and walking around campus at school.
What festivals are you planning on attending this season?