03 Jul 6 Skin Care Tips for Cycling
Today the Tour De France begins! This much awaited event has finally come to grace cycling fans worldwide and I’m sure will encourage some of us to get back on our bikes and take up cycling as a hobby.
If you’re an avid cyclist already, then you will be well aware of some of the pressure we put on our bodies when cycling like the strain we feel in our muscles after a long ride. However, what we tend to not pay too much attention to is the effect cycling also has on our skin. Burns from the wind, abrasions, cold and hot temperatures are all elements that can take their toll on our skin.
So, here are a few skin care tips to consider before you go for a ride to help you prevent any skin issues that can get in your way.
1. Sun Cream
Make sure you have applied sun cream. The sun is a force to be reckoned with, and prolonged exposure can have some detrimental effects on the skin, causing sun burn, premature aging and increasing the risk of skin cancer. Some may find their skin is sensitive to certain ingredients found in sun creams, so make sure you check the labels for any chemicals that you are allergic to or react with. Many people with eczema tend to find that a broad-spectrum mineral block (e.g those containing titanium dioxide) is best suited for their skin as opposed to sun creams with chemical absorbers, only downside is that it leaves white marks. Make sure that you use a high enough SPF, remember 96% of UVB rays are blocked by an SPF of 30.
Riding against the wind can make your skin dry and dehydrated which can lead to cracking, so it’s a good idea to keep your skin well moisturised. Check out our AproDerm Emollient Range for moisturisers that keep skin soothed, moisturised and protected, whilst being gentle on it as they are free from common irritants and sensitisers.
Get your self a good chamois or barrier cream. The anatomy around the seat area experiences constant abrasion and friction whilst cycling. A quality chamois or barrier cream will reduce friction and the chance of saddle sores. Oh and going commando lets the chamois work to its best potential but if that’s a little too adventurous wear loose fitting pants that allow your skin to breathe. You’ve got to take care of your delicate parts my friend, you’ll thank me later!
One of the best ways to keep your skin hydrated is to drink plenty of water, both when on and off the bike. Water is essential for your bodily functions and dehydration can make you feel lightheaded and tired. So be sure to prepare for your bike ride by drinking plenty of water before, during and after your cycle.
Exfoliating helps prevent ingrown hairs by removing dead surface cells that trap the hair under the skin which can cause saddle sores. Hair is dense and there is a lot of friction around your groin area whilst cycling therefore it is important to make sure that when you exfoliate your body you remember this delicate area. Whether it is a physical exfoliant like sugar and salt scrubs or a chemical one, exfoliating your body will encourage your skin to keep looking young and healthy.
6. Clean Skin
I shouldn’t have to tell you, but I will. Be sure to keep your skin clean in order to avoid skin irritation and infections. Take wet wipes with you so you can freshen up. Many soaps on the market can do your skin more harm than good by irritating or drying it out further, so make sure you choose your body cleanser wisely and opt for a soap substitute instead, such as AproDerm® Colloidal Oat Cream or AproDerm® Emollient Cream.
So, that wraps up my 6 skin care tips for cycling, now on ya bike!