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        5 Moisturizers that can protect a rider’s skin from harmful elements

        Spend time with your skin before and after a ride
        by Agnes Uzochika Aja Jun 14, 2021
        PHOTO: Cetpahil/Commonlabs

        For most riders, pre-ride bike checks are second nature. Same goes for riding gear; on goes a helmet, gloves, and boots. But when was the last time you thought about your skin before or after a ride?

        Even if you use protective gear, riding still exposes you to sun damage, dirt, and pollution—even on short trips. Expose yourself to these elements long enough, and your skin can suffer from dryness, sunburnm and breakouts. If you want to avoid these problems, spend time on your skin before and after a ride.

        No need to follow a 10-step skin care routine, but you should at least be thinking about protecting, cleansing, and moisturizing. Keep your skin supple and protected with these five moisturizers.

        1) Sun protection: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++ Moisturizer

        Sun protection: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++ moisturizers

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        Like most of the moisturizers on this list, the Biore moisturizer comes in gel form that’s perfect for use even on the hottest of days because it doesn’t feel thick on the skin. The water-based and mildly scented sunscreen and moisturizer absorbs quickly into the skin and contains hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that keeps skin hydrated.

        Most importantly, the Biore UV Aqua protects you from the sun for around 80 minutes and doesn’t leave your skin looking white or ghost-like.

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        2) Hydrating: COSRX Hydrium Green Tea Aqua Soothing Gel Cream

        COSRX Hydrium Green Tea Aqua Soothing Gel Cream moisturizer

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        After hours of riding, the best thing in the world is a nice, long, and thorough shower. Scrubbing the grime accumulated from a ride not only makes you feel new again, but also strips the skin of its natural oils.

        The cooling gel-like COSRX Hydrium pampers your skin by soothing irritation and returning washed-away moisture. The lightweight, fragrance-free product is great for oily skin. There are also less harmful chemicals in its formula. It doesn’t contain alcohol, phthalates, sulfates, or parabens.

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        3) Gentle formula: Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

        Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

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        Riders with dry and sensitive skin have it rough. Even minimal exposure to the elements irritates their skin, and it doesn’t help that most products are often too harsh for them.

        This moisturizing cream is specially formulated for sensitive skin and comes from a brand constantly recommended by dermatologists. The cream is fragrance-free, doesn’t clog pores, and goes on light. It’s also versatile enough to be used on the face and body.

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        4) Even skin tone: Commonlabs Vitamin C Brightening Gel Cream

        Commonlabs Vitamin C Brightening Gel Cream moisturizer

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        Sun and sweat are the natural enemies of people with blemish-prone skin. Riding involves both, so riders with this skin type should look for moisturizers that can reverse UV damage, as well as lighten and prevent dark spots.

        This brightening gel cream is loaded with Vitamin C and sea buckthorn water. It promises soft, even, and smooth skin with regular application. The light and serum-like consistency of the cream makes it comfortable to use even on the most humid of days.

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        5) UV damage repair: Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel

        Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel moisturizer

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        The night after a long ride is the best time to stay ahead of skin problems and supply your skin with the tools it can use to recover. A soothing gel like Nature Republic Aloe Vera gives moisture back to your skin, while it heals sun-damaged areas.

        It’s made with 92% organic aloe vera gel and is suitable for all skin types—maybe your best weapon after a day out in the sun. It absorbs into the skin quickly and calms the sting of bad sunburn.

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        Bonus tips: Water is an important (and free) moisturizer you can use to keep your skin in good shape. Drink lots of it, especially during longer rides, to avoid dehydration or heat stroke. On top of frequent hydration, frequently change and wash face masks, balaclavas, bandanas, and neck tubes.

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        PHOTO: Cetpahil/Commonlabs

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