Whether you're taking a road trip across the country or going for a joy ride, protection is everything. You make sure your bike is well maintained, you wear the proper gear, and you keep your head on a swivel to stay aware of your surroundings. But what about your skin? All those hours on the road can take a toll on your skin. Sun, sweat, and road grime leave you feeling dirty, and their effects eventually become visible in the form of dry skin, age spots, and wrinkles.
Taking care of your skin doesn't have to take away from time on your bike – a few minutes here and there can make all the difference.
1. Always Wear Sunscreen
2. Cover Your Face
Unless you wear a helmet with a tinted visor, your face may be left unprotected during your ride. Wear sunglasses to keep the sun from directly contacting your skin or consider upgrading your helmet. Wearing a bandana around your lower face may provide an added layer of protection from sun as well as bugs and road grit.
3. Carry Cleansing Wipes
When you pull over to take a riding break, give your face a quick wipe down. Cleansing wipes are easy to carry in your travel bag, and they're a simple way to clean the sweat, dirt, and grime from your face, hands, and neck. If you don't have any, a quick rinse with clean water will do.
4. Wear Lip Balm
Long hours on the road can dry out your lips, causing them to become dry and chapped. Lip balm is a must for motorcycle riders, and be sure to choose one with SPF protection. You've never really experienced sunburn until you've had it on your lips and, trust us, you won't make that mistake twice.
5. Drink Plenty of Water
Proper hydration is essential for good health, and that includes your skin. When you don't drink enough water, your skin can become dry, flaky, and tight. Carry a hydration bag while you ride and sip throughout the day. Having to make an extra pit stop is worth it to avoid the effects of dehydration. It also doesn't hurt to drink a glass of water before you enjoy your post-ride beer.
6. Wash Up After a Ride
The evidence of a long day's ride will be all over your skin when you finally arrive home. Even if you don't shower right away, it's a good idea to wash your face as soon as possible to remove sweat, oil, dirt, and other debris. The longer it stays on your skin, the more likely it is to clog your pores and cause an outbreak of acne. A gentle cleanser and lukewarm water is all you really need for a thorough clean.
7. Treat Your Skin
After washing away all that grit and grime, it's time to do a little skin repair. Aloe vera is great for sunburn and a hydrating face mask will help repair severely dry or damaged skin. Apply acne medication as needed and your preferred wrinkle cream or serum. Top it all with moisturizer to seal in hydration.
8. Keep Your Gear Clean
Your motorcycle gear keeps you safe on the road, but it has a tendency to soak up sweat and oil. Wash your helmet pads, straps, and other gear that comes into contact with your skin using mild, fragrance-free detergent. Clean gear feels better and it makes all the difference for your skin.
Just because you choose to spend most of your time on the road doesn't mean you have to look like it. Taking care of your skin as a motorcycle rider is easy – all it takes is a few simple steps before, during, and after every ride. These quick tips will keep your skin looking its best.
Do you have your own skincare tips and tricks? Share them with other riders in the comments below!
About the Author
Amelia Ma is a freelance writer from Burlingame, California who has been riding for 5 years. She enjoys writing articles for professionals that are interested in health, wellness, and riding. In her spare time, you'll find her riding in the city exploring local coffee shops in search of a new favorite.