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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 September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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