The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival countdown has people on edge -- ready to embark on the road trip to Indio, California, but overwhelmed by the uncertainty of whether or not they'll ever really be prepared to take on the epic weekend.
The lineup is on fire for Coachella 2016; the fashion statements will be next level, and the art installations of 2016 are set to be out of this world. There's so much that goes into the excitement and planning of going to Coachella, but among the buzz, it's easy to disregard health in favor of optimal party time.
The added stress and damage to your bodies and skin as a result of spending a fun-filled weekend in the desert sun can both ruin what you anticipated to be one of the best weekends of the year and have lasting consequences.
So, how can you really prepare for what's to come? For starters, start guzzling down water. There's no better way to equip your body from the inside out than to stay hydrated throughout the weekend.
While you're out sifting through the racks for days and nights of outfits, scan the hat and accessories section. Hats are not only a fashion statement, but they're also a staple when spending hours under the sun. Protect your skin from UV rays and look good while doing it.
Not to mention, if you have not yet packed the sunscreen or the thought of bringing it has not even crossed your mind, listen up and listen good.
Your health is paramount leading into the weekend, and if you want to make it out on the other end feeling like your best self, replenish your skin from head to toe with SPF a few times a day.
Once you're on board with all of the above, here are five essential skincare products you'll absolutely need at Coachella.
SPF Lip Balm
Your lips are a precious commodity. They draw attention to the face, especially while having a conversation. And just as the sun has the super strength to dry and fry your skin, it will cruelly turn your lips to a cracked, peeling, painful mess.
Protect your smackers from drying out with an SPF lip balm.
You can go as over-the-counter, drugstore-style as it gets with a brand like Carmex with SPF 15. Or, you can shop your options and try out a brand like Supergoop!, which offers a mint-infused, SPF 30 balm that will satiate your thirsty lips and leave your breath smelling fresh.
If you already bought a new lip color specifically for Coachella, don't worry. Supergoop! also has a product called Shine On Lip Screen with SPF 50, which glides on clear to top whichever color matches your look.
SPF BB Cream or SPF CC Cream
Whichever your skin prefers, BB (beauty balm) or CC (color correcting) cream, both options offer products that contain SPF. Lighter than your regular foundation, either BB or CC cream will provide minimal to medium coverage while protecting your skin from the sun's harmful rays.
Not to mention, these products cater to the needs of your skin. So, if you're acne prone and looking for a product that will cover your pimples and protect you from the sun, look no further than Clinique's Acne Solutions BB Cream with SPF 40.
If you struggle with redness and shine, seek a CC cream, like new NARS Cosmetics Velvet Matte Skin Tint with SPF 30, which provides fuller coverage and an airbrushed look.
There are a number of products on the market both in drugstores and beauty supply outlets. Take the time to look for the sake of your skin.
Protect your skin threefold with this three-step process every morning: sunscreen, SPF moisturizer, SPF BB or CC cream.
Don't skimp on the level of protection you apply to your face every day before embarking on hours worth of sun. While you're out frolicking on the Coachella grounds, throwing back drinks with friends or enjoying yourself at the off-site parties, you're not going to be pulling out your sunscreen to re-apply. Take care of it first thing.
Rely on sunscreen first and foremost and before you apply the aforementioned SPF BB or CC cream, use a product like Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15. This moisturizer will soothe your skin when it becomes irritated by the heat and sun, as well as reduce redness from inflammation.
While you're swimming in both the heat and the pool, you want your makeup to last, not run. You'll be all over the place during the day, and the last thing you want is to be walking around looking like a zombie because you're exhausted and have raccoon eyes.
Grab a waterproof mascara that has the whole package -- volumizing, lengthening and non-flaking or -rubbing -- and will get the job done.
Benefit Cosmetic's They're Real! Lengthening and Volumizing Mascara comes in black, brown and blue and works wonders in every color. Don't fuss with under-eye smudges throughout the day, causing you to constantly tug at your sensitive eye area. This mascara will last without a worry.
Perfect for overnight trips or on-the-go moments, facial cleansing wipes will come in handy during those desert sandstorms and sweaty dance sessions. Handy cleansing packs will keep you feeling fresh, no matter what time of day.
Try Josie Maran Cosmetics Bear Naked Wipes with argan oil, cucumber extract, vitamin E and (bonus) aloe vera. Not only will these wipes remove any makeup, residue and impurities, but they'll also soothe your inflamed, red skin and take care of sunburn.