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Hiiii guys! So if you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories, you know Shadow (my German Shepherd) and I go hiking almost every weekday. I’ve always been a big hiker (my maiden name is FORRESTER, after all). The peaceful atmosphere, the endurance, the sweat, the tranquility – I’m INTO IT. Not to mention Shadow is very into it.

Honestly hiking and exploring the great outdoors has kept me healthy both physically and mentally, for years now. I’m all about comprehensive wellness, not just quick fix it things. Getting after it out on the trails at Cowles Mountain or a steady jog through Mission Trails keeps my body and mind healthy.

So today I wanna share with you guys my outdoor beauty + wellness routine. I LOVE taking peeks at other people’s everyday routine’s — I always pick up fun little tidbits or advice that I then usually try out. Okay so here we GO.


So I always start out by using a micellar water to cleanse my face, specifically the Neutrogena Deep Clean Micellar Water. I do this everyday — not just before I go hiking. I can’t stand having a dirty face. And just so you know, Micellar waters have become VERY popular lately. I love it. This is what’s up with it. Neutrogena’s Micellar Water removes dirt, impurities, and even waterproof makeup from your face. But don’t worry, it’s gentle.

I have sensitive skin and usually break out after cleansing my face, even with something considered more natural like an oil cleanser. I actually don’t even use a facewash or anything anymore. I just use micellar water. So to all my fellow sensitive skin babez – you should look into this. Lemme know how you like it! So after I cleanse with micellar water my skin is superrr soft and obviously, healthy looking. It’s a blank canvas.


Next is majorly important, and I’m going to assume you all do this because it’s 2018 and we’re all aware now – but apply sunscreen if you’re going outdoors. The sun is SO intense here in San Diego. Even if I’m just running to the store I’ll get sunburnt. Sunscreen has become an unquestionable part of my daily life now. Kinda annoying at times, but I’ll take that any day over premature aging, sun spots, skin cancer, etc.


Once I’m out on the trails, I aim for a route that’s at least 3 miles/7,000 steps. That’s kind of my baseline! On days I’m feeling extra motivated (or LBH have more time) I’ll pick a longer route.


Hiking out here is way different than hiking in Ohio. The sun is BRUTAL. It’s dry. The terrain is rough. There’s usually an elevation change. Michael and I once tried to hike Cowle’s mountain without ANY water and no joke, had to stop a quarter of the way up. Lesson learned.

I always always always bring water with me, and for my extra long hikes I bring these cute little Hydralyte Orange tabs. They’re effervescent electrolyte tablets that help me rehydrate really fast. They’re super portable so I’ll just throw the cylinder container in my backpack – or drop two in my water bottle before I hit the trail. They help you prevent dehydration by replenishing lost electrolytes. AND there’s 75% less sugar and 4x the electrolytes than traditional sports drinks – all ages can use these. So yes, please and thank you.


I love to sweat – like I’ll purposefully wear sweatshirts when I go running (even if it’s hot out) just so I can sweat more. Be gone, toxins! It may seem contrary to the weather here, but a lot of times when I’m out on the trail I’ll try and cover a lot of skin. First of all because it helps me sweat more by wearing layers and in my mind, it gives me a better workout. But also because it’s a great defense against the sun.


So after my hike I reconvene at my Jeep and drop off everything and get ready to go on with my day. Since I’ve sweated so much (see above), I‘m usually a hot mess. And then there’s all the dirt on the trail that has relocated to my face. I *always* use Neutrogena’s Makeup Removing Wipes to wipe off my face. I used them ALL the time in college after I was done riding horses at the barn.

They’re super soft and take everything off (even stubborn makeup, waterproof mascara, everything). Afterwards my skin is always super clean and fresh looking. And obvi, there’s no need to rinse afterwards because there’s no gross heavy residue. Don’t worry, they’re gentle enough to use around your eyes, even if you’re a contact wearer like me. I’d then recommend applying a moisturizer, and if you struggle with post-workout blemishes, try a little witch hazel on your trouble spots.

I stopped at Rite Aid to grab these beauty + wellness essentials. I was legit shocked by how much of a wellness and beauty focus they have now. I mean there was an actual section of the store that was labeled WELLNESS. Like, I’m down. Make me well, Rite Aid.

And just so you know, they’re having an in-store promotion on these items from 3/4/18 -3/31/18 and if you spend $30 you get $10 of bonus cash on participating wellness + beauty items. In store only y’all.

*here are some of my Neutrogena favs*

I have been on such a wellness kick. And I don’t even want to say “lately”, because I’ve really always valued my health and the huge part it plays in my life. And if I’m being super vain, focusing on my overall wellness has amazing beauty benefits. Everything is connected. When you eat good, you look good. When you look great, you feel great. Rite Aid is *ready* to help you on your wellness journey — like helping you make smart choices and cheering you on (whether it be beauty, health, or LBH both). Every month they’ll have a different wellness feature (and associated promotions with it) to help you on your wellness journey. You can see lotsss more of Rite Aid’s beauty + wellness tips, hints, promos, and more right here.

I loved sharing these wellness essentials that I truly do LOVE. Thank you guys for supporting brands that support me! I’d love to know some of your fav wellness/beauty go-tos. Lemme know here in the comments, or on my Instagram. Xx




  1. Susan Steele
    March 8, 2018 / 1:14 am

    I’m heading over to Rite Aid! Sounds great.

    • March 8, 2018 / 6:26 pm

      YESS. So much good stuff. Xx

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