Do You Chamois?

Do You Chamois?
Okay. Let's start with the awkward part of this blog; we'll be talking about your butt. Specifically, how to keep your buns and inner thighs in working order on long rides.

What is chamois cream?

Chamois cream is a viscous, thick, protective cream that helps eliminate friction between skin and clothing that naturally occurs while cycling.

When selecting a chamois cream, look for a product that has staying power, is non-greasy, and non-staining. Also look at the ingredient deck -- be sure there's no toxic chemicals, mineral oil, silicones, or petroleum ingredients. You want breathable ingredients like organic butters, oils, and aloe.

Do I need to use chamois cream?

Chamois cream for riding horsesSaddle sores and painful chafing are part of cycling and riding. And they can keep you off your seat when not using protection.

Cyclists and equestrians use chamois cream -- along with the correct saddle and great-fitting shorts - to prevent saddle sores and abscess while on longer rides.

Chamois cream works to minimize friction when heat, pressure and sweat conspire against your skin. A condition that is natural for cyclists and horseback riders sit on saddles.


Chamois - not just for butts

Runners can use chamois around arm holes, bra straps and other places where chafing can occur. Swimmers use chamois around neck and arm holes of wet suits to prevent chafing and sores.

How to apply chamois

Some riders apply chamois to their chamois pad, rub it around and that's all. Others like to apply directly to their skin, focusing on the fleshy parts that contact the saddle: taint, butt, thighs and for women, the labia. You'll use more or less a 1/2 oz of cream at a time, but that amount will vary based on your own needs. You can reapply after a few hours if needed.

Try bluerub chamois created specifically for sensitive skin.
Our ingredients: Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Beeswax, Sweet Almond Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Emulsifying Wax, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Glycerin, Witch Hazel Water, Vitamin C Ester, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin 

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Val Sanford

Val Sanford 

Growing up in Southern California, Val played competitive softball (coached by her father), was a gymnast, swimmer, ran cross country, fished, hiked, kayaked, and as an adult, experimented in rock climbing and golf. In 2010 she was diagnosed with a rare cancer; a liposarcoma was growing on her sciatic nerve. Once this tumor was removed, she has been cancer-free!

Left with significant nerve damage, she now has limited mobility. Yet still moves and engages in the world around her. She snorkels, walks, travels, and practices yoga to combat chronic pain and to maximize her ability to keep moving. She works with a personal trainer, acupuncturist, physical therapist, and massage therapist to maximize her mobility.

She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and her dog and gets her fins on so she can swim with the fish any time she can.  

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