Cycling may be great for your butt and thighs, but your face? Not so much. Since you super-toned lot signed up for the fab cycle challenge at www.cycletta.com, skincare has become the biggest issue in the Pedalling In Heels mailbag. Sure, cycling gives your face a great dewy glow (sometimes a little too dewy), but cycling through the city every day can end up clogging your pores and making your face look a little weatherbeaten. Not a good look.
Fortunately, we’ve got a couple of solutions. Pedalling In Heels swears by Eve Lom Cleanser, £50, www.evelom.com. It cleanses and exfoliates really gently, which is exactly what you need when if, like me, you wash your face first thing in the morning and then again after cycling to work. It works fantastically with Eve Lom’s Intense Hydration Serum, £75, www.evelom.com, which seriously hydrates my thirsty skin so I never get that dry, tight feeling.
For extra plumpness, lay on Aromatherapy Associates’ Rich Repair Nourishing Cream, £53, www.aromatherapyassociates.com. And of course, sunscreen: an absolute must, even in the lame excuse for June weather going on right now. SPF30 is essential for your protecting your face, and the oil-free mineral cream from Nia24, £38, www.spacenk.co.uk, goes on lightly and doesn’t block your pores.
To get a second opinion, Pedalling In Heels called the ridiculously gorgeous Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton yesterday to find out what’s in her beauty bag. ‘I love an Elemis facial – the tri-enzyme resurfacing serum is the best. My skin really does feel new and plump and fresh afterwards,’ she told us. The Elemis Liquid Layer SPF30, £24.60, www.timetospa.co.uk, is brilliant protection against sun damage when you’re out on your bike all the time.
Victoria admitted the first time she went to Elemis she scooped every product off the shelves, ‘like a bear fishing for salmon’. We’ve all been there.
Join Victoria Pendleton and Team Grazia at www.cycletta.com
by Kate Faithfull-Williams