One of the side effects of spending lots of time in nature is that you may find your skin reacting to some of the things you encounter.
It can feel so good to soak up the sun and spend long afternoons swimming in the pool and dashing around outside with the kids. Too much of it, however, can give you a sunburn that can dampen your whole trip. Sunscreen is important and it’s readily available for adults and kids, in multiple levels of SPF.
If you’ll be swimming or running and working up a sweat, use a water resistant brand. Remember to reapply it often and make sure you cover all areas of skin that will be exposed, like the tops of your feet which seem to be a common place forgotten when applying sun protection.
You may be someone who isn’t particularly sun sensitive but it is still a good idea to be cautious, especially the first few times out, as your skin becomes adapted to the exposure. Wearing a hat and sunglasses is also a smart way to protect yourself from over exposure to the sun.
Some of our campers arrive from distant areas of the country and others are from within our state of Maine. It matters because we may have plants and pollens your skin and sinuses are not accustomed to. Maine is known for its clean air but due to our beautiful forestation, pollen can be a problem for some.
You can find Poison Ivy in Maine, though we work hard to keep it out of the campground. Be aware of your surroundings if you are out exploring. Poison Ivy will can cause quite an itchy rash and we sure wouldn’t want you to brush up against it. It grows in a three-leaf cluster and can be a vine or look like ground cover. The leaves are serrated along the edge and almond-shaped with the middle leaf being the largest.
Be sure to pack Calamine lotion and any sinus medication you suspect you’ll need if you experience a flare-up.
We love our wooded state and so do mosquitoes and ticks. Most campers have success with citronella candles and plenty of them rave about Avon’s Skin-So-Soft for keeping mosquitoes at bay. If you use commercial bug spray, try to spray it on your clothing instead of directly on your skin. At night, you can place a lantern away from where you and your group are sitting to draw them to the light and away from you.
For ticks, if you are walking in the woods, be sure to tuck pants into socks, and check yourself and the kids frequently. We don’t see a lot of them here in the campground but you may encounter them if you do some hiking through heavily wooded areas.
If you think ahead and take a few precautions you skin will love you for it. It’s been covered up all winter long so you will have to baby it a little in the spring when it gets to be shorts and t-shirt weather.