It’s not just about the chamois crème!
If you’re a keen cyclist, you’ll know that being outside enjoying the freedom of being on two wheels can also take its toll on your skin.
Along with the fresh air and the benefits to physical and mental wellbeing, there’s sunburn, wind burn, insect bites and more chafing that you can shake a bicycle pump at to contend with. So the right skincare is essential for protecting your skin, soothing it and making sure it doesn’t start complaining and getting in the way of a perfect ride.
Protecting your vital assets
We don’t need to be too descriptive here, but becoming saddle sore and experiencing chafing ‘down there’ (for the uninitiated, we’re talking about the underside of the genital area and the bottom) is something that afflicts most cyclists, male and female.
It’s sort of an unmentionable, but many cyclists will have a pot of chamois crème in their cycling armoury, even if they don’t talk about it (or apply it in public). Chamois crème has a double whammy of benefits to our most delicate areas – it has an anti-bacterial affect and helps to prevent chafing.
The name exists because the padding in cycling shorts used to be made from beautifully soft chamois leather. But if you’ve ever washed a car, you’ll know that once chamois leather gets wet a few times and then dries, it becomes awfully stiff. Therefore, chamois crème used to be used to soften this leather padding.
Now, with the advent of advanced, technical sportswear, this padding tends to be made from higher performing materials. But that doesn’t mean that chamois crème has had its day.
Chamois crème is a thick cream that should be applied to your undercarriage before you start your ride. It’s preventative more than a cure and will help to prevent saddle sores and abscesses.
Sadly, chamois crème won’t make your skin immune to sores, especially on lengthy rides. So, if you do develop saddle sore, using a repair cream such as ours will help you get back in the saddle in no time. It’s especially useful overnight in between rides.
Protecting other areas of skin whilst you cycle
But as our title suggests, using chamois crème isn’t the only piece of cyclist skincare essential kit. You’ll also need to consider:
Balmy Fox products are designed to be used on the go and are effective, tried and tested. If you have active skin, make our balms, rubs and creams part of your go-to cycling kit!