Outdoor pursuits are fun, exhilarating and great for our physical and mental wellbeing. However, brutal conditions and pushing ourselves to the limit can also wreak havoc with our skin and horse riding and other equestrian sports are no exception.
Strong sun, harsh winds, dust, dirt, grime and sweat are all par for the course when taking part in equestrian sports, so keeping your skin in tip top condition should be high on your priority list.
When you’re out riding and spending time with your horse, you don’t need skin complaints getting in the way. You need skincare that works, but you also need it to be kind to your horse and the environment as well as your skin.
But is there a way of ticking all these boxes? Sure there is – introducing Balmy Fox!
Common equestrian skin complaints
Being outside in the elements, especially in the UK, can mean harsh winds, driving rain and strong sunshine – sometimes all in one day. These can all draw moisture from your exposed skin, causing it to become dry and irritated. Healing such dry skin takes preventative measures in the form of skin balms whilst you’re outside and with soothing creams afterwards.
Mucking out comes with its own skin challenges and any cuts or abrasions you do have, especially on your hands, are at risk of becoming infected. Again, a preventative skin balm can help protect sore skin from becoming worse.
In the height of summer, sweating can also cause skin rashes as the salt is constantly rubbed back into your skin as you ride. In the dead of winter, early morning scrubbing and cleaning using cold water and strong soaps can lead to chapped, sore, inflamed skin on your hands.
Riding itself can mean that you’re sore in places you didn’t even know you had, so a blissful muscle rub to ease away muscles aches and tiredness may well become your best post-ride friend!
Being a lover of equestrian sports means you can’t hide from whatever the weather throws your way. Whilst you may want to treat your horse to a cosy, clean stable and warm coat in the winter, your skin is just as important to look after for enjoying your time free from chafes, cuts, aches and pains.
Our skin soothing creams, protective balms, deeply penetrating muscle rubs and nourishing lip salves are the perfect companions to a day at the stables, out riding on a gentle hack or competing at the highest level.
Skincare made by people who understand you and your lifestyle
At Balmy Fox, we’re people just like you. We adore the outdoor life, we live and work on a farm and it’s fair to say, we’ve worked our way through many skincare products to help cure our dry, irritated or inflamed skin at various points over the years.
But all to no avail. So, we decided to create our own! Balmy Fox was born out of frustration at not being able to find treatments for our active skin complaints that worked, supported our skin and were free from nasty, harsh, artificial chemical ingredients.
Our range of skin balms, creams and rubs are made using skin supporting, natural substances that nature provides – such as hemp seed oil, arnica, beeswax and our hero ingredient, Kahai oil.
They’re all tried and tested by us so we know they work. Make Balmy Fox your go-to for your active skin and live your life just the way you want to – outside and free from skin hassles!