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Essential Personal Care Products to Pack for Coachella

Essential Personal Care Products to Pack for Coachella

If you’re lucky enough to have scored wristbands to Coachella this year, pat yourself on the back as you’ll soon be breathing in the same air as some of Hollywood’s finest. With only days left to make critical decisions around creative outfits and camping gear to pack, the common concern about hygiene creeps across your mind: “How on Earth am I going to take care of my skin and body in the middle of the desert?” Anticipating that there will be alcohol consumption and lack of sleep in the equation, you realize that waiting for you in Coachella Valley is the perfect formula for a skin catastrophe!

Anyone who has been to a music festival knows that it offers an experience like no other. With that said, you must be ready to battle extreme weather conditions, aggressive crowds and less than ideal bathroom situations. Though these factors are inevitable, personal hygiene does not have to be compromised if you’re simply prepared. Be sure to pack these essential items and follow this skin care regimen so you can have the time of your life, worry-free.

Start with a Deep Cleanse

With the desert comes heat and with heat comes sweat. Sweat will not only interact with the dirt and debris that is in the environment but also the makeup on your face, which will lead to clogged pores and high likelihood of breakouts. For this reason, you’ll want to give your face a good clean, preferably with a gentle cleanser and an exfoliating tool. Try Page Ashbury Jasmine & Neroli Facial Cleanser ($25) which contains all natural ingredients like soothing aloe vera and evening primrose extract, perfect for skin that’s been out in the sun.

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Tip: Don’t bother bringing your Clarisonic to the middle of the desert. That already sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Try a konjac sponge ($19), which originally hails from Japan and has been deemed to be more economical and just as effective!

Nourish with a Light-Weight Moisturizer

Once your face is nice and clean, apply a light moisturizer to re-hydrate your skin. Try Page Ashbury Jasmine & Neroli Facial Moisturizer ($25) which is all natural and non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores). It has a light, tantalizing scent of orange blossom and jasmine that isn’t too overpowering and provides a wonderful matte base for either liquid or powder foundation.

Tip: You can add a few drops of the line’s facial serum to give your face a gorgeous glow all day long!

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Suncreen (Face)

This is a no-brainer. Use a sheer sunscreen over your moisturizer to protect yourself against the harsh UVA and UVB rays! Wrinkles, age spots, sun spots; not worth it! Try Sunology Natural Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 50

Tip: Keep tabs on your SPF! Make sure you apply 30 minutes before going out in direct sunlight and then reapply every 2 hours. Try a spray version to keep re-application from ruining your makeup.

Sunscreen (Body)

This is equally as important. Follow the same guideline above and remember that reapplication is especially important when you’re at a festival because you’re outdoors and constantly sweating! Pick up Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50 ($38).

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Deodorant

Just imagine, you’ll be hot and sweaty in a sea of tens of thousands of people. At some point, you’ll want to throw your hands up in the air and dance to Major Lazer, but just remember one thing: Wear deodorant! As bohemian as the whole music festival experience is, love thy neighbor and sport a scent that’ll be pleasant for all. You’re already doing all kinds of bad things to your body that weekend, so do one less and use an aluminum-free deodorant made with non-toxic ingredients. The essential oils in the natural varieties are actually more effective at keeping you fresh longer thanks to their antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Stay away from heavy fragrances and opt for more subtle, fresh scents like Page Ashbury Natural Deodorant in Lavender Bergamot ($15). It smells like a spring meadow and will keep B.O. at bay all day.

Thermal Water Spray

The scorching sun will be your archenemy. Keep your skin cool and fresh by misting it with thermal water, containing low levels of minerals and designed to soothe and comfort irritated and sensitive skin. Look into Avene Eau Thermale Thermal Water Spray ($16).

Personal Wipes

Please don’t forget, there is NO toilet paper in the porta potties (at Coachella). To keep yourself fresh, try the Dude Wipes Toilet Paper & Wipes Combo. They’ll help to keep you clean and you can use them to wipe down your face, hands, neck and more. It’s really the closest you’re going to get to an actual shower while dancing in the middle of the desert.

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You’re all set for Coachella; now go have an amazing time! Remember to live in the moment and not through the lens of your iPhone.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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