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Exploration and adventure put our skin under strain and more risks than usual: dryness and dust in the air, more sunlight than we are accustomed to, heat and wind in places like the sea, deserts and even ice fields may cause diverse skin problems.

Thus, if you venture into an expedition, or simply plan to spend a lot of time outdoors, you should get some good sun protection, especially as the depletion of the ozone layer and unfortunately, the environmental changes that are taking place seem to be related to more serious skin conditions, such as cancer, than before.

Luckily, there are some very basic measures that you could take to eliminate almost totally the risk that sun now poses, because while sun tanning may be good it has its problems too. If it is done in excess it can cause severe skin problems; there are people who have sensitive skins and we must consider that tanning in beach in some tourist paradise resort is not the same as getting roasted in a desert in the middle of nowhere.

In order to maintain your personal hygiene and care for your skin, because infections and sores are the last you need while in the wilderness, you - as well as all members of your expedition party - should carry some kind of personal hygiene kit, and use it every day. Even under extreme or survival circumstances, maintaining certain hygienic standards may mean the difference between life and death; remember that your skin is the only barrier you have to prevent all sorts of micro organisms from entering in your body and wreaking havoc.

During all sorts of expeditions and excursions, washing and caring for the body lifts the moral of the whole adventure group; when you feel cleaner, you have a better humour and are better disposed for doing anything. Personal cleanliness is a great contributor for primitive comfort.

You should carry with you some sort of sun blocker or if you have none of the sort, a skin moisturizer or even grease: tooth paste, red with grease and even the fat that you can take out of a salami could be used as circumstance solutions.

Of course, plan your treks in such a way as not to remain needlessly exposed to the sun, especially between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM. It is common to think that people living in tropical areas are somewhat lazy because they take a nap or siesta at noon, but mow I think we will all start understanding their popular wisdom.

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