Winter: not a pretty time for cyclists
Winter…what can I say about it? I prefer it to summer here as it gets hot as hell and I arrive everywhere dripping in sweat. I also love tights, boots, hats, tights, legwarmers, tights! I welcome the cold with open arms most of the time.
One thing I don’t love is the damage winter does to me. Seriously, my hands look like dry bleeding messes most of the time. Sexy, huh? Anyone feel like holding hands and snuggling…I didn’t think so. Between riding, steaming milk, washing my hands so as not to acquire any sort of flu (porcine or otherwise) and coffee and working on bikes, I am screwed. I have tried all forms of hand creams, salves, petroleum jelly and the like. Nothing works.
If one is able to look past my hands, my chapped lips are sure to be an instant turn on. Anna swears by Burt’s Bees Lifeguard’s Choice lip balm, but I have yet to find any in town. Looks like I may be ordering off the interwebs.
I haven’t even talked yet about my dry face, which can easily end up looking dull and red. Too little moisturizer and I look like I live in the desert, too much and I feel like an oil slick…what to do?? Most of the time I use normal moisturizer at night and put on a bit of Vaseline before my morning ride in to shield from the cold wind.
The near constant cold rain lately hasn’t helped with any of these things. I would love if anyone had any realistic, inexpensive solutions for me!
So as not to sound completely cranky I will end by saying that my hair looks fabulous in the winter! Riding with a hat on means that it stays static free and I never need conditioner. A light at the end of the dry, chapped tunnel.
How is your winter commute treating your skin? Do you have a winter regime I need to try? Do share!!