If you are a frequent cyclist or take longer rides, chamois cream is a necessary part of your shopping. You may have noticed that constant chafing sometimes gives you saddle sores which leave you disgustingly irritated. Chamois cream helps get rid of friction between your skin and clothes as you cycle. It avoids the build-up of bacteria which can cause infections.
How To Apply Chamois Cream - Tips & Tricks
Select the Chamois Cream of Your Choice There is quite a variety to choose from. These chamois cream have different ingredients, but they all keep bacteria and fungi away from your skin.
Decide Whether To Apply The Cream On Your Skin Or Pad The choice on whether to use the cream on your bare skin or the cycling pads is a personal decision. However, some people believe applying it on the skin is weird because it feels like it dampens the shorts. It all depends on how comfortable you are in whichever choice you make, since the protective solution on both methods is the same. You should not be wearing underwear with bike shorts.
Identify The Most Sensitive Spots The main aim of chamois cream is to act as a lubricant and reduce the friction that occurs due to chaffing. Due to your cycling routine, you will find that you have some areas that become sore due to the friction. In most cases it’s is usually the nether regions especially the crotch, sit bones, and the inner thighs. Get to know and identify those key hot spot areas that you get burning feeling and concentrate on them.
Apply Cream Generously Before you start cycling, apply a generous amount of it onto your skin or on the short’s pad. Don't apply too much or it can soak through the shorts down to your saddle. A thin, even layer is best. You can either warm it up with your hands or rub it evenly on the pad.
Be Careful On The Body Parts This part is, particularly for lady cyclers. When you apply some of these creams, be cautious not to touch the lady parts. These parts can be very sensitive, and the results can be a distracting tingling sensation which may be quite unpleasant and uncomfortable for you.
Clean Off The Cream Immediately after you apply the cream with your hands, ensure you wash your hands generously before you touch your bicycle. You can use water or wet wipes to ensure you are clean enough. Your hands are contaminated when you use the cream, ensure not to touch foodstuff especially or rubbing off the remains of the cream on your legs. After you ride, it is also good that you take a shower or clean off the cream properly from your body and allow it to breathe. If you are in no position to take a shower immediately after cycling, ensure you remove the bike short. Clean the shorts well with soaps. This is because the cream is quickly absorbed in the shorts and failure to wash well can cause the bacteria and fungi to build up over time.
Other Tips *Avoid Eye Contact When putting on chamois cream, never look anyone in the eye. It’s awkward, especially for non-cyclists who have no idea what you’re doing. To them you just look creepy. Also be aware that we all have a certain face we make when we’re putting our hand down our shorts to apply chamois cream.
*Share Tubes, Not Tubs Don't borrow chamois cream from a tub. You know at some point someone probably double dipped. Use the tub at home, and a tube on the road.