Road rash, aching muscles, weather-beaten face - cycling can be as hard on you as it is on your bike, so don't forget to look after yourself as well as your steed. Put the bike lube down and treat yourself to a post-ride beauty service with these fab face and body oils. By Adele Mitchell
The best way to prevent exercise-induced breakouts is to cleanse your skin as soon as you can post-ride. Using an oil to do this may sound utter madness but in fact cleansing oil is a gentle but effective treatment for all skin types that wont clog your pores nor strip your skin of natural oils as more astringent products can.
To use, simply massage into dry skin then add warm water. This transforms the oil into a milky lotion which you can then rinse off or remove with a cleansing cloth, taking all the road or trail grime with it.
Fallen off your bike? Rosehip oil is packed with skin-healing essential fatty acids and makes a great natural moisture-packed treatment for soothing scars and smoothing the skin. It sinks in easily and isn’t greasy so if you’re applying it to bike-battered arms or legs you can get dressed straight afterwards. I’ve used this on scars and stretch marks and it’s the best treatment I’ve tried.
Deep tissue massage is instant therapy for tired muscles, helping to speed muscle recovery and ease aches and pains. It’s also a great way to alleviate stress and condition the skin. Massage oil is designed to ease the movement of the therapist’s hands but this fragrant bottle of fabulousness also boasts active ingredients such as warming ginger oil and St. John’s Wort. If you don’t have a masseur to work some magic on your tired legs (we wish!) you can treat yourself using firm, upward strokes.
(deep breath) £58 for 30ml
If my face has taken a wind-beating on a long ride then this is the treatment I reach for afterwards. It is expensive, but it is also awesome in its effectiveness. Packed with omega 3,6,7 & 9, just two or three drops will work like magic on needy skin, leaving it supple and radiant. For longer-term use blend it with your moisturiser and use morning and night. I can’t praise it highly enough, frankly.
I have happily bathed myself through more bottles of this than I care to admit! I love it because it’s loaded with rose and other natural oils (it smells amazing), helps me unwind at the end of a busy day, or after battling through traffic, and conditions the skin. In short it’s possibly one of the best bath oils ever.
Headline image by Meghan Deutscher, from Flickr