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Its time you started to lube up.

Should I use a Chamois (AKA anti friction) Cream



What is it?

Chamois cream, is a cyclist's anti-chafing cream, runners simply call it anti-chaf or barrier cream. It also has the affectionate code name of minty bum cream, ball butter or chub rub, affectionately known by many. All are products specifically designed to reduce friction, prevent chafing, and provide comfort to cyclists during extended periods of riding.


The sores or rashes can occur in the groin area, behind the knees or underarms, the cream works exceptionally well when you add wet rides or runs of winter into the mix, giving you an invisible barrier against the elements.



What are the Benefits?

Reduced Friction and Chafing: One of the primary benefits of using chamois cream is its ability to reduce friction between your skin and clothing or other body parts. The continuous rubbing and movement during cycling or running can cause irritation, saddle sores, and chafing. Applying cream creates a protective barrier, minimizing the chances of these discomforts and allowing a better ride/run experience.



Enhanced Comfort: Long rides or runs can take a toll on your sensitive areas. Anti-friction cream contains moisturizing agents and soothing ingredients that help keep your skin hydrated, reducing the risk of sores and minimizing discomfort caused by prolonged pressure or repeated movements. It can also provide a cooling effect, especially if the cream contains menthol or a similar ingredient.


  1. Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties: Many creams often include antibacterial and antifungal ingredients to combat the growth of bacteria and fungi that thrive in moist environments. These properties help maintain good hygiene and reduce the risk of infections, particularly in hot and sweaty conditions.

  2. Extended Rides or Runs: For anyone who embarks on long-distance rides or runs these creams can be a game-changer. By reducing friction, preventing chafing, and providing added comfort, it can help alleviate discomfort and allow you to walk less like a cowboy in the days that follow your 100-mile sportiff or marathon.

How to Use?

Using chamois or anti-friction cream is a relatively simple process:

  1. Cleanliness: Start with clean and dry skin before applying the cream. It's crucial to maintain good personal hygiene to prevent any infections or skin irritations.

  2. Application: Apply a generous amount of cream directly onto your skin in the areas where friction and chafing typically occur, such as the buttocks, groin, and inner thighs.

  3. Distribution: Gently massage the cream into your skin or the chamois pad, ensuring an even distribution.

Remember the sacred rule of communal creams often found on multi day events is "no Double dipping"on tours



Conclusion:

While the decision to use chamois cream ultimately depends on personal preference, it offers several compelling benefits that make it worth considering. The reduced friction, enhanced comfort, antibacterial properties, and extended training durations it provides can greatly improve your overall experience of your chosen sport. Whether you're a seasoned athlete or a beginner, AntiFriction cream might just become your new best friend on the road and trails



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