Tucked into the corners of Interbike were a number of brands offering new skincare lines. Here are the best of what we saw, focusing on products that kept the ingredients lists mostly (or all) natural, often organic, and seemingly useful.
The most interesting of the bunch was TufMed, a brand launched in 2011 by a member of the US Martial Arts Team to help heal the cuts, scrapes and bruises common in that arena. Fortunately (or not, depending on how you look at it), we cyclists also get banged up from time to time, and their all-natural, odorless and greaseless formulas claim to work just as well for us as for the fighters.
The products cover the gamut, from bruise and black eye relief, to lotions for healing cuts and scrapes quickly. They work by giving the body the nutrients it needs to heal itself, like aloe, arnica, amino acids, etc. I’ve been testing out the TufHands to get the blisters and cracked skin from my ninja warrior training (it’s true), and it works fantastically well. Hands healed up much faster than before I used it, and I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the line for more cycling specific uses. The soap is pretty stellar, too. Perhaps the best part of their business is that they wanted everything to be affordable. Even with top notch ingredients, all of the products are under $10.
Lather up more body lovin’ goodness below…
The Organic Bomb is a new cycling-oriented skincare lineup from Evening Shade Farms, which has been making organic body care products since 1975. The Bomb collection includes chamois/anti-chafing ointment that’s based on organic cold-pressed nut and plant seed oils, beeswax, essential oils and more. It’s available in small tins and as a stick. Other products include an energizing lotion and all-natural insect repellant and bite relief formulas they tested through the length of the Tour Divide.
The face care serums are pretty good, too…they sent me home with a sample and it works great as an after shave.
Blue Steel Sports helps you channel your inner Zoolander with their anti-chafe cream, which should keep you riding smooth even if you can’t turn left. Prepping your mug for the post-race selfies and podium glamor shots is their exfoliating soap, which could actually be dialed back a bit. The fragrance is light and pleasing, but the scrubby chunks inside can scratch.
Yep. But Nope. I haven’t tried these yet. They’re small, best left for detail work unless you’ve got all day to do your legs.
Zevlin’s been making their Crack chamois cream (with or without tingle), leg shaving cream and BYOT (Bring Your Own Towel) waterless body wash for a while, but they all get a packaging refresh.
Zjay’s is a new brand making saddle sore soothing ointment that’s meant to go on after your post-ride shower. It’s not a chamois cream, but rather something to help alleviate the pain when your preferred chamois cream lets you down.