Burning Man Tips & Tricks #25: SKIN CARE
– I’m Halcyon and this is another addition of Burning Man Tips and Tricks. I wanted to just share a couple things about skin care. Now if you’re unfamiliar, the Black Rock Desert is a harsh alkaline dust.
It is so bothersome for me that I wear gloves everyday, I buy a pack of 10-12 band gloves, like color guard, and I just put a new pair on everyday to avoid getting more dust than I need to onto my hands.
So what I do, is I have coconut oil that I put into a squeeze pump bottle. Now, often it’s too hard to put into a squeeze pump bottle so when it’s warm, I pour it into a bottle, I buy like an empty squeeze pump bottle that you can fill it with whatever you want.
Something like this, you know? So you can just, with one hand walking buy, clunk clunk, into your hand. Now I should note that this is not coconut oil this is lubricant and it’s almost gone which you can judge me or applaud me depending on how you think I used it.
But what I’m saying is I, everyday, many times a day, I will take a pump or two of coconut oil, put it all over my hands, do a pinky up my nose, and if that seems gross or weird to you, you probably have not been to Burning Man because your fingers will be up your nose frequently as you try to get the dust accumulation out, or just, it’s kind of like a flirty thing, you can be like, “hey baby, hey, guess who can breath through both nostrils,” but the coconut oil helps and there can be frequent lubricating of all your holes, is a basic and important part of playa skin care.
Remembering to lubricate your nose is key, cause never before in my life did I find the process of nose blowing to be so entertaining and fascinating, like, “how did…this was all…wow.” What I also do is I put a diluted solution of either vinegar or some other ph to counteract the alkaline dust, so I do like one to four and just have it in a spray bottle so I can do the same thing, like if my fingers, I just put spray, kind of like clean off, counteract the alkaline on my hands then put a pump of the coconut oil on it.
When it is time to get yourself cleaned that can be a huge challenge. If you’re in a big camp with some fancy shower system, well good for you, and don’t rub it in our faces. Well, I mean, I guess you could rub your cleanliness in our faces, but don’t rub the fact that you got a cool shower and we don’t in our faces.
A good idea to bring a tub or something that you can stand into, put a little bit of water into it, something like Dr. Bronner’s soap is a great thing to dilute that little bit of water with, and then bring a bunch of washcloths or one of these dealios, scrub things, get it soapy and with water in it and rub off, scrape, wipe down your entire body with the solution of diluted Bronner’s soap.
It gets the film off, it cleans you up a bit, and then you can rinse out that washcloth and kind of do the rinse that way, or if you’ve got enough water and a little solar shower, you can do the same thing and clean yourself off.
That takes very little water compared to other options. You can always use Wet-Naps and I frequently do, if you do get Wet-Naps, I recommend getting the non-scented or sometimes you can get those fancy ones that have melon flavor, you don’t really want to be smelling like baby butt all the time, maybe you do.
At the same time, better get used to the taste of Wet-Naps if you have any desire for amorous interactions when in the desert. So, if you’ve got tips for keeping yourself clean or keeping your skin good while you’re out there or after the fact, please share them and we will make this an ongoing information and knowledge bank for everyone to get better at.
Ooh! Jennifer Ong’s saying, “women’s pantyliners “in the armpit of your favorite jacket “that you plan to wear all week.” (gasps) I should have done that before I put this jacket on! Cause I was thinking, “huh, how quickly am I going to “baptise this particular cloak in my particular scent?” Thank you for that tip! Amy Little suggesting essential wipes, which are, if I remember, this little, teeny, look like a big tongues and you get it wet and it puffs out and it’s got a refreshing fragrant and can wipe you down and cool you off and get you clean in a pinch.
(laughs) The great tip of, “make sure your cooler water “doesn’t have salami in it before you use “it for a rinse off,” (groans) yes, that’s a good point. If you have very low water reserves, the cooler accumulation of water is a great way to make it work double-time.
Ice melts, use that melted water for bathing, highly recommend using Ziploc’s for your food and for your ice, when you get a bag of ice, fill each big Ziploc bag with the ice and then as it melts it’s isolated and it’s still drinkable.
At the very least, you can use it for bathing. You can even take that bag, place it on your roof of your car, and it will get warm enough that you can bathe with it and it won’t be quite so shocking as cooler water over the top of your head.
Oh, Tim’s also saying, “latex gloves with coconut oil in them for sleeping, it will rehydrate your fingers.” A lot of you people seem to be sleeping with gloves on and that’s like the only time of day that I take my gloves off.
Cordelia’s saying, “a spray bottle of one-to-one white vinegar and water gets a lot of playa off after you mist down and wipe off, then follow with water and whatever wipes make you smile.” It says she also uses a lot of Vaseline on hands and feet every night at bedtime.
So, maybe this is a known thing, you just lather up with Vaseline or coconut oil at bedtime, who knew? I’ve been doing it all day long, you’d think, finally, the sun goes down, time for bed, you think finally you get a break from all this skin care, but no! All right, so as things come up, as you just think of things or let’s make this an ongoing, knowledge bank of ideas and tips for keeping our skin and bodies clean-ish, but mostly comfortable and undamaged, because there’s so many wonderful ways to hurt yourself and damage your body at Burning Man, let’s just let basic skin care be low on the list.
(claps) I can’t wait to see you at home, I love you. (techno music) You could also always carry around the Wet-Naps and use it as a pick up line, say, (seductively) “I can’t “reach my back can anybody, can anyone clean my dusty back?” Don’t do that though, cause that’s really creepy.
Don’t do that.