Is there anything better than hiking through a pristine trail, listening to mother nature sing her song? Maybe a few things, but hiking as a hobby is incredibly healthy for the mind, body and soul. The only real problem is the havoc the elements can wreak on your skin. There are steps you can take to protect your skin while enjoying yourself on your favorite hiking trail, so considering adding a few of these to your prep list before you head out the door.
Whether you choose to hike in the hot summer sun or the snow banks of winter, you burn up a lot of water in your system when exerting yourself walking trails. More than likely you won’t be near any kind of civilization, as having a 7-11, on the side of a beautiful mountainside trail would ruin the take away from the experience. Be sure to pack plenty of water, using whatever suits your needs. Reusable water bottles or a water skin are convenient and good for the environment. The important thing is to drink plenty water to keep your body hydrated.
Fun in the Sun
It has been common knowledge for quite some time that the sun’s rays damage our skin. It gives us wrinkles, can cause cancer and of course, the annoying sunburn. Always put on sunblock before heading out on your trek, using a minimum of SPF 15. This will protect your skin from burns, but your skin may still get red and inflamed depending on the temperature and wind. Using a high quality lotion before and after your hike is recommended to keep skin looking healthy and glowing.
Don’t Get Bit!
Unless you’re hiking in the wilds of the northern climes in the dead of winter, chances are you will have pesky insects to contend with on your hike. It may seem like common sense but be sure to put your bug spray on last, after your lotion or other skin care treatments. Keep a travel bottle with you in your backpack in case you need to reapply. Sweat and other moisture in the air may wash away the pest repellent so keeping a spare in your pack is critical.
Hiking is a great way to escape the daily madness and disconnect from all the devices in your life. Be smart and care for yourself before you go hit the trails. Cheryl Lee MD has a great line of moisturizers and skin healing lotions. Stock up now for Christmas They make perfect gifts and stocking stuffers.