How To Make Sure You’re Getting All The Benefits Of Your Bike

Laurel Rathbun Donnelly Cycling

You already know you’re getting fit - but in addition to that, your daily ride could help your skin and hair health, too. Aerobic exercise, like cycling, increases the flow of oxygenated blood to the skin, and helps your skin stay younger, healthier, and firmer. But these benefits shouldn’t be taken for granted: you should make sure you’re looking after yourself before, during, and after your ride, too. Giving yourself enough nutrients to sustain your ride as well as having good skin and hair care routines are integral to ensuring you reap all the benefits cycling can provide.

You Are What You Eat

It’s a cliché, but it’s true. Making sure you’re eating right is a large part of a healthy lifestyle, and influences almost everything in your life. Before you ride, you need to have some carbohydrates for fuel: in the morning, you’ll still have some left over from the day before, so a small breakfast is acceptable. High carbohydrate foods like bananas, yogurt, and pasta are good to fuel you for a ride. If you’re riding for a long time, make sure to take a snack so you can keep going - something as simple as a granola bar is great for this. And, of course, on a ride you’ll be sweating, so bring a water bottle to avoid dehydration. Not only will this help your overall health, but you’ll see the effects of hydration and a healthy diet on your skin with fewer breakouts and a beautiful glow.

Don’t Sweat The Skincare

Cycling regularly means sweating regularly, which is great news for your skin - as long as you look after it. Sweat helps to flush any impurities from the outside world out of your skin, but you should wash it off as soon as possible to make sure those impurities stay out. To optimize the benefits of aerobic exercise and sweat, you need to have a good skincare routine in place. You already know you need to keep yourself hydrated, but there are a few other steps to getting the most out of your ride. Showering after a ride might be a no-brainer, but it’s important for a few reasons: you’re allowing yourself to relax, and you’re cleaning the sweat and impurities off your skin. In your post-ride shower, remember to wash and cleanse your face, and use a gentle moisturizer when you’re clean. Remember, your skin already benefits from your cycling - why not get the most out of it?

Let Your Hair Down

Exercising with your hair tied back keeps it out of your eyes, but pulling your hair back too often can hurt both you and your hair. Once you finish your ride, let your hair back down, and as with your skin, make sure to wash the sweat out of it in your post-ride shower. There are many different factors that cause the hair to thin, but physical stress is one of them, so keep this in mind when you tie your hair back. Using a thickening keratin treatment once a week can help to counteract thinning, as well as using hair masks or restorative conditioners. Your hair is just as sensitive to the elements as you are, so be careful when exposing it to pressure, heat, or the sun.

You’re already benefiting from your daily ride. Extending that benefit to your hair and skin is not only common sense, but simple. Just a few more steps in your everyday life will improve the condition of your skin and hair.

Story submitted as special contribution by Sally Writes.