Heed This Ultimate Outdoor Skin Care Survival Guide

From hiking around Lynx Lake to floating in a kayak at Watson after pickleball games in the sun, it is officially the season for outdoor activities.

And while running around outside is great for our well-being and our bodies, these long hours spent in the sun can have a damaging effect on our skin. So, before heading out to the field, a hill or lake this spring or summer, make sure you and your skin are prepared.

by Lori Durr, Owner, Sundara Sanctuary

Not sure where to start? Check out our ultimate outdoor activities skin care guide:

RULE No. 1:

Wear sunscreen

Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that is both water-resistant and has a high SPF. You should reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours. But when sweating or swimming you should reapply at least every 40 minutes just to play it safe.

RULE No. 2:

Drink up!

All that running around can work up a sweat and, in turn, dehydrate you. To stay hydrated, make sure you keep a water bottle in tow whenever you head outdoors. If regular old H2O is not your style, jazz it up with some fruit and herbs to give it some flavor.

RULE No. 3:

Wash your face

After sweating with or without makeup on it’s important to wash off that sweat and oil from your skin’s surface. Skipping this all-too-important skin-care step can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. We recommend cleansing your skin no later than 10 minutes after finishing up a sweaty activity.

RULE No. 4:


Once you’ve cleansed the sweat and excess oil from your face, follow up with a hydrating moisturizer, just like you would after cleansing during your regular skin-care routine. We recommend sticking to something light; a lightweight moisturizer floods the skin with hydration while rebuilding the protective moisture barrier.

RULE No. 5:

Pack a facial mist

After running around in the sun all day, your skin could use a little pick-me-up in the form of a facial mist. Facial mists are a great way to hit your complexion’s refresh button with a quick spritz of hydration. Just one spritz delivers an immediate, soothing sensation. For an extra kick of cooling comfort, store your face mist in the fridge. After working up a sweat, you will be instantly refreshed.