(Image courtesy of Nick Tam: L-R; Leizel and Me)
Backpackers are quite hardcore when it comes to traveling, they don’t care much of the material world that is popular to what most people called “The Real World”. I really don’t have an idea of what the real world is really. Going back to my point, backpackers are up on most adventures that comes their way but I think they should not forget the skin care tips for a clear skin.
The most common is walking, climbing, caving, swimming, diving, and a lot more that mostly involve being under the sun for a long period of time. Most backpackers will just go and forget to get something to protect themselves from the sun. I think it is okay sometimes, but if they are really active on activities that needs to be under the sun I think sunblock is a must.
I heard many backpackers complaining how tanned they have become after few weeks of backpacking specially Southeast Asia (Tropical Weather). I myself have gone really tanned,I know you may think it’s natural for a Southeast Asian like me but I am quite fair skinned Asian (and being tanned is such a big deal in Southeast Asian culture), everyone that knew me are reacting seeing my recent photos on Facebook. I really don’t care much if I get tanned anymore, not like before that I would even get upset and feeling unpretty with a tanned skin. I have learned to accept my natural skin behavior under the sun, but don’t get me wrong, I still use sunblock once in a while to protect my skin from the UV rays.
Although sunblock is not a 100% protection, at least it will helps to protect skin from harmful UV rays that could cause skin cancer and other skin allergies or diseases. I know sunburns and tan are the mark of your travels but make sure you don’t get too roasted!