One of the best features of a Bluejay bike, especially in the middle of summer, is the fact that you can rely on your trusty motor to get you where you need to go...without breaking a sweat. However, if you’re embarking on a longer ride or purposely leaving your motor off to get in a good workout, you could end up drenched from head to toe. Yeah, biking during the summer isn’t always as easy and breezy as it seems, but there are some skincare, makeup and bodycare products that will work with you—not against you—while you pedal around town. Ahead, the 6 sweat-proof items that will make you look (and feel) fresh after even 20 miles of hills—with no assistance from your motor.
1. A Thigh Chafe Stick
We can all agree that thigh-chafe is one of the worst side effects of a hot summer day; you know, when your legs rub together while riding, walking or simply existing, leaving you with irritated and red skin that burns to the touch. Luckily, thigh chafe sticks exist. They provide a slick barrier on the surface of your skin that keeps both sweat and friction at bay, keeping you feeling dry and comfortable on even 90 degree, high-humidity days. As a bonus, quite a few of these anti-chafe sticks do double duty by also helping to heal any existing discomfort. That way you can pedal to your heart's content (or, you know, rely on your Bluejay’s electric power) without having to worry about one more thing.
2. Deodorant (That Actually Works)
We know, this one is so painfully obvious. But we also bet you’ve been using the same deodorant forever because it smells good or it’s just convenient to repurchase, but have you considered if it actually keeps your pits dry and smelling good? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Sometimes you just need a reminder to switch things up and get something that will work well with your body. If you want a formula that you won’t have to reapply throughout the day, look for a clinical strength antiperspirant that works hard but doesn’t need a doctor’s prescription (you can actually find some effective options at your local drugstore). Prefer to keep things natural? You’re in luck because there are plenty of deodorants that are aluminum-free, baking soda-free and unscented options that can actually keep BO at bay.
3. Sweat-Busting Products For Your Body
Next, you’ll want to arm yourself with some products that will contain sweat (and sweat stains) in all the places that aren’t your pits. One way to do that is to swap out your go-to body wash for something a little stronger; seek out bar or liquid soap that’s specifically made for athletes, which will leave your skin feeling refreshed and ready for any kind of activity, but also won’t clog your pores if you do end up sweating a ton.
There are also body deodorants that target specific areas on your body--like your bust. Megababe makes a talc-free powder that can be spritzed right where you need it for a mess-free application that can be applied to your neckline and that area under your boobs where your bra tends to accumulate drops.
4. Waterproof Mascara
Avoid racoon eyes by swapping your regular mascara for a waterproof version that will actually hold up against excessive sweating. And yes, it is possible to find formulas that make your lashes look longer, volumized and won’t flake off after just a few hours of wear. Just remember that everyone’s lashes are different and the way that mascara interacts with your skin might differ from what even the most passionate reviewers say. So don’t be surprised if you have to test out a few different tubes before you find your holy lash grail. Trust us, it’ll be worth it once you’re confident your mascara will stay in place during even a four-mile ride (plus perhaps even a post-bike dip in the pool or the ocean).
5. Waterproof Concealer
The no-makeup makeup trend is a true gift for those of us who don’t want to wear full faces of makeup on the regular—and for those of us who like to have a little bit of coverage even on days when we’re extra active. Which is why you’ll want to make sure you have a great concealer that can hide dark circles, camouflage fine lines and even beat redness. Even better? If said concealer actually stays put for the whole day. These waterproof options won’t crack, crease or melt off, so you can apply your concealer in the morning and forget it. P.S. Don’t expect these formulas to be heavy or pancake-like; there are plenty of lightweight, medium-coverage options out there that can actually do it all.
6. Setting Spray
Now that you’ve got your makeup looking perfect, you’ll want to keep it that way. Luckily, a setting spray will keep your concealer, foundation, blush and so on where it belongs (which is on your face). Look for formulas that are sweat-proof or waterproof for the best results and be sure to spritz yours on your face in an “X” and “T” motion, to really cover every inch of makeup. This is one product we’d recommend throwing in your bag before you head out the door, since most setting sprays can actually double as a mid-day refresh for your face (just like a hydrating facial mists). A few spritzes will leave you looking refreshed and glowy and no one will even suspect that you just biked four miles just to get to the picnic (or office or happy hour).