What to Pack for a Music Festival: Skincare Edition

Every year since 2002, the city of Austin, Texas brings together music lovers from around the world to Zilker Park for ACL Music Festival. As much fun as Austin City Limits brings in two weekends, the weather can get uncomfortably hot—even in October—which means irritated and inflamed skin without proper protection, preparation, and after-care. This year, don’t let sweat and sunburn get in the way of your music festival experience. Whether you’re a seasoned festival goer or a first-timer, this list of what to pack for a music festival will help you give your skin the attention it deserves. Follow our simple but effective list of essentials to keep your skin protected, clean, and fresh while you dance the day and night away!

What to Pack for a Music Festival: SPF Powder

Eminence SPF Mineral Powder

Before heading to Zilker Park, be sure to slather on a high-SPF sunscreen that will protect your skin from Austin’s harsh sun. For reapplication on top of makeup, we recommend blotting off with a tissue and dusting on SPF in powder form like Eminence Organic No.0 – Translucent Sun Defense Minerals. It’s also great for travel! 

For more sunscreen recommendations, check out The Ultimate Sunscreen Guide: Austin, Texas Edition.

Top It Off with a Hat

What to Pack for a Music Festival: ACL Fest Cowboy Hat Outfit Photo by Cat Cardenas

Complete your festival look with a wide-brim hat that shields your scalp and face from the sun—no skin-protecting festival outfit is complete without one! Wearing a hat is a simple yet effective way to shield your scalp and face from harmful sun exposure. Take action against skin cancer and safeguard your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays that cause premature aging, sunburn, and skin cancer.

Music Festival Lip Care

red nails over lips

Alleviate dry and tight lips from being outside all day by packing a small but potent lip treatment. We recommend SkinCeuticals Antioxidant Lip Repair with ingredients that smooth the surface of your lips and help prevent age spots. And be sure to drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated.

What to Pack for a Music Festival: Hydrating Mist

Eminence Stop Crop Hydrating Mist

Skin feeling hot and irritated after a full day in the Austin sun? Cool off and instantly refresh your skin with a hydrating mist. We recommend Eminence Organic Stone Crop Hydrating Mist for a hydration boost with skin-conditioning ingredients. Bonus: bring a personal fan to bring down the temperature of your skin, calm inflammation, and reduce redness. For every day use in your skincare routine, we recommend spritzing before moisturizer for extra hydration and glow.

Post-Festival Skincare Tip

Viva Day Spa + Med Spa Hydrafacial

After a full weekend of music and fun in the sun, decompress your mind and give your skin the ultimate reset with a relaxing and rejuvenating Spa Package. We recommend our Fall Detoxifying Facial Package which includes a guest-favorite Glow & Go Hydrafacial, lymphatic treatment, upper body massage and more. Or treat yourself to extra relaxation with our Fall Escape Massage + Hydrafacial Package. Book your treatments today at any Viva location today.

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