The Rider Adapts: Top 5 Skin Care Essentials

wpid-20150910_154806-1.jpgI have suffered from one skin condition or another all my life, the most detrimental and difficult one being eczema. In all likelihood, I am not the only equestrian concerned with the condition of my skin. Riders are exposed to the elements, from cold that leaves skin chapped, to sun that burns and at worst causes skin cancer. While my temperamental skin is not exactly a ringing endorsement for any skin products, I’m sharing the things my skin can’t live without, or it would be a lot, lot worse. In addition to drinking enough water every day to stay hydrated, I’m relying on the products, and one food, listed here, to keep my skin from going downhill fast.

The Herbal Horse Whipped Magic in The Moon
Whipped magic, indeed. I needed something for my sensitive skin that smelled pleasant, but not overpowering, and would keep my knees, elbows, and crooks of my elbows from getting dry, irritated, and developing redness. This stuff does the trick. It comes in various scents. The Moon sounded the yummiest to me, and sure enough I love the way it smells. This little jar packs a moisturizing punch! I want to try The Forest scent next.

Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of sunscreen. Just wear it! You’ll age faster without it. For my face, I love this lightweight sunscreen from Kiehl’s. It doesn’t seem to sweat off, either. It blends in quickly, without leaving a white residue. You don’t have to shell out for this stuff, but please wear some kind of sunscreen!

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater
I recently discovered this product while searching (seemingly endlessly) for a gentle toner. I cannot say enough good things about it! Good for face, hair, and body, the scent is light and the sensation of spraying this on my face is refreshing. I don’t wear much makeup, but other reviews mentioned this can be used as a makeup-setting spray or refresher. I spray this on my face first thing after washing and before applying moisturizer.

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
Scent-free, rich, and long-lasting… what more could you want? Again, the elements are against us as riders. And I’m going to guess we might have occasion to shower frequently, which strips skin of oils that naturally moisturize it. This stuff is good for all over, and protects my skin from drying out.

Avocado–the food. Really.
Apparently, you can mash it up and use it as a mask for your face, but I’d rather just eat it with a little lemon and sea salt on toast. Plenty of other ways to prepare avocado! It’s a vegan-friendly and gluten-free super food and a fantastic source of potassium. I just wish they were easier to get year-round.

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15 thoughts on “The Rider Adapts: Top 5 Skin Care Essentials

  1. Love this post! I’ve developed this weird rosacea-like stuff on my face in the last year, so I have been super diligent about what I’m putting on my face! I love the Cetaphil face wash, now I’ll have to pick up the moisturizer.

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  2. I’m so going to look into the Mario Bedescu toner. I have (terrible to me) adult acne, and I am constantly trying out new products. My sephora points are out of control. I’ve always tried to balance the natural/herbal products with tried and true (retinol, salicylic acid etc), so that should fit in my regimen wonderfully. Thanks for the tip!

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  3. My brother in law is a helicopter pilot (LOL just typed “pirate” by mistake) in the marines and discovered that his hands got kinda sad/dry/chapped/sad fairly often during training. So, much to the detriment of his reputation, he made up a hand exfoliant/moisturizer that is coconut oil, sugar, lavender, and possibly some other essential oils. He gifted me a jar for Christmas and the stuff is amazing! It gently pulls the dry and sad skin off my hands and the coconut oil leaves my hands feeling awesome. I love it! I should try to dig up a recipe so we can all DIY so effectively.

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