Cyclist Beauty Product Hacks
Words Anna Maria Diaz-Balart
We are all short on time. And if you're spending serious time in the saddle, it leaves even less time for everything else. We are always inventing little hacks to save a few minutes here, a few seconds there. From park laps to morning routines that get us to work with minimal prep, we'll take the extra time wherever we can find it. Here are some of our favorite beauty hacks. They might not improve your Strava stats, but we think they are worth the time the save.
Eye makeup remover: This is my favorite go-to hack. When you get back from a ride and discover a giant 'cat-6 tattoo' on the back of your calf, eye makeup remover will take it in a second. Chain ring marks will not come off with soap and water, but eye makeup remover is a gentle degreaser that safe on even the most sensitive skin.
BB Creme: Best for commuters that wear makeup, BB cream is a one step that replaces moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation as well as a few other steps/products you probably weren't using anyway. Formulations tend to be gentle on the skin, and do an excellent job of keeping skin hydrated. My go to has always been Dior Hydra Life, but you can find multiple brands of BB Cream at drugstores.
Keratin Treatment: Long haired cyclists rejoice. You just got back hours of your life. If you like clean long hair that looks styled, a Keratin treatment might be just the thing. While its designed to keep your hair straight, it cuts down on drying time anywhere from 40%-60%. If your hair frizzes at the first hint of moisture, Keratin will keep it looking sleek no matter the weather conditions, and goes along way to prevent helmet hair on morning commutes to the office. Its not right for everyone, and works best for those who have plenty of texture. The process takes about 90 minutes and lasts for about three months. You'll have that sleek blow dried look with minimal effort. Its available at most salons.
Mineral powder: Functionally mineral power is foremost a powder. It conceals, evens skin tone, and blots away grease. But mineral powder is really sunscreen. And while most of us are used to reapplying sunscreen to our faces on long endurance rides, too few of us reapply sunscreen during the work day. Having a mineral powder compact stashed your bag means youre more likely to use sunscreen more often. We love Bare Minerals for applying loose at home, but the Physician's Formula is inexpensive and comes in a travel compact.
Softcups: Because its time to cut the cord on whatever else you are using! Nothing is more painful than an errant cord, and who wants to stuff tampons into jersey pockets. And please, don't even get me started on race port-o-potties. Softcups gives you up to 12 hours of reliable protection without cords and cotton. It's one less thing to think about on race day.
Dry Shampoo: A go-to post workout product, dry shampoo cleans oil and sweat out of your hair without having to wash. Its great to keep at your desk at work, and generally spares your locks from over-laundering. While this isn't news to anyone, my go to hack is to dust my hair with dry shampoo immediately after washing. It forms an oil and sweat absorbing base, and lets you stave off greasy locks for even longer. Available in myriad scents as well as colors, I love to splurge on Phillip B Russian Amber, and pick up Baptiste for my budget option.
Good hair dryer: Ok for this one, there really is no budget option. Much like bike equipment, you get what you pay for. After years of using a hairdryer purchased at my local drugstore, I upgraded to the T-3. It's a solid investment for any long haired woman that works out a lot. It cuts your drying time down significantly, and damages your hair much less than conventional, budget dryers. They create less heat and are significantly quieter. What's not to like?