Do you apply sunscreen or skin care before you go out on a bike ride? Here we reveal the best UK cycling skin care products for keeping skin fresh and comfortable.
What skin care products do cyclists need?
Whether you’re off on a long ride or you are just taking your short daily exercise, applying skin care before and after your ride can help to protect your skin from all kinds of skin irritation including:
- Sunburn whilst cycling
- Skin chafing and saddle soreness
- Helmet irritation along the jawline and forehead
- Breakouts caused by cycling helmet skin friction
- Cracked heels and smelly feet
- Muscle aches and strains
The best skin care routine for cyclist is a simple routine which is fuss-free to apply. Choose natural skin care products which protect the skin whilst you cycle and refresh it once you are back from your bike ride.
As a minimum, a cyclist’s skin care stash should include:
- A non-pore clogging deodorant – to keep armpits cool and fresh
- A natural barrier balm – to shield against chafing and saddle sore
- A hand sanitiser – for restoring hand hygiene after bathroom breaks
- A purifying cleanser – to cleanse the skin of dirt and road pollutants
- A refreshing shower gel – to restore balance after your bike ride
- A foot cream – to calm cracked heels and neutralise foot odours
- A massage oil – to ease aches, pains and niggles
The best cycling sun cream
The best sunscreen for cycling is a high-factor sun cream that protects your skin without making your eyes sting. Apply our Scent Free Facial Sun Cream 20 minutes before you go on your bike ride and the SPF30 sun filters will protect sensitive skin from sunburn whilst the antioxidant ingredients work to quench the free radical damage that road pollutants can do to the skin.
Its gentle, vegan formula is great for sweating as it does not make the eyes sting, as attested to by UK elite rower Alan Sinclair.
The 50ml tube is the ideal size for frame bags and the pump design and secure lid mean you can easily apply the right amount and cycle without fear that your sun cream could spill open.
For cycling sunscreen for exposed legs and arms, choose our natural Scent Free Sun Cream SPF30.
The best sports deodorant for cyclists
If you’re wearing Lycra cycling gear, you want to apply a high-endurance, non-pore clogging deodorant that prevents body odour and prickly heat.
Designed to offer high-performance underarm protection, our non-pore clogging roll-ons won’t interfere with natural process of perspiration (the skin is meant to sweat as you cycle!) but do contain ingredients which keep armpits fresh and cool.
Available in a choice of gender-neutral, herb-fresh fragrances, all of our natural deodorants contain skin-soothing Aloe Vera and Shea Butter and keep underarms soft and comfortable as you cycle.
Our collection of organic roll-on deodorants for cyclists also contains skin-balancing Prebiotics and, thanks to addition of Zinc Ricinolate, they don’t just mask body odours, they trap them and stop stale, sweaty smells from becoming airborne.
WHY DO CYCLISTS GET PRICKLY HEAT
Stretchy, Lycra cyclist clothing is often non-breathable and because wearing this type of fabric makes it harder for the body to expel sweat, it can increase your chance of getting prickly heat – a type of skin inflammation that is common in hot weather.
Pore-clogging deodorants and sun creams are also known to increase the risk of prickly heat so, if you are prone to getting prickly heat when you cycle, consider switching to non-pore clogging deodorant and non-comedogenic skin care.
Natural saddle sore cream
Our biodegradable One Balm pot is the perfect natural saddle sore cream for frame bags. A soothing skin balm, it keeps the skin soft and creates a light barrier layer between skin and Lycra cyclewear to help protect against skin chafing and saddle soreness.
A multi-purpose balm, One Balm is not pore-clogging and can be used anywhere - on the chest, under helmet straps, on the bottom and thighs, and contains a blend of soothing actives which assists in calming inflamed skin. It’s also a great natural balm for triathlon runners who need a balm to protect against helmet irritation and to soothe dry skin after swimming.
Best body wash for cyclists
The body wash we recommend after sport is our Energising Shower Gel. SLS-free, this natural body wash for cyclists contains Yucca which gently but effectively cleanses the body without stripping natural oils.
Lightly fragranced which Mint & Eucalyptus this post-ride body wash provides a fresh, cooling wash and can be used as a shampoo and as a shampoo. Alternatively, if you prefer a sweet citrus scent, our Moisturising Shower Gel is great for refreshing in the shower after a long cycle ride.
Best foot cream for cyclists
Protect against foot odours whilst you repair cracked heels with our Deodorising Prebiotic Foot Cream.
Odour-neutralising Prebiotics form part of the deodorising 3-way odour control while an invigorating blend of Peppermint and Eucalyptus oils cool sore soles to make this the perfect foot cream for preventing dryness and smelly feet.
Best massage oil for cyclists
Time to Ease is the massage oil we recommend for cyclists who experience aches and pain after their bike ride.
This muscle-relaxing blend combines the cooling essential oils Eucalyptus and Peppermint with warming Black Pepper Fruit Oil and Ginger Root Oil. It also features a unique active called CB2-Skin™ Biofunctional. This stimulates the skin’s CB2 cannabinoid receptors and calms the skin by reducing irritation and increasing comfort.
If you notice any tension after your bike ride, you can use for soothing massage or blend a few drops with an unscented shower gel and mix in bath water to help bring soothing relief to niggles whilst you rest body and mind.
Do you need help choosing the best cycling skin care? Our UK customer care team can help and can be contacted on 01403 740350.
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