"Distance runners, riders, and cross-country skiers are too exposed to the elements," says Dr. David Biro, an associate professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. "They're less protected by clothing, they're continuously perspiring, and they're usually in the middle of nowhere, so they can't go back and reapply sunscreen." They're also more susceptible to wind and sun damage than your average skier. For these athletes, Biro suggests applying ample sunscreen, heavy-duty body lotions (1), and facial moisturizers (2) before and after all activities, as well as before bedtime.
Cyclists in particular should use hand cream (3), since cycling gloves won't completely fend off the drying power of the wind. "Hands get chapped and dry really quickly," Biro warns. "If your knuckles start cracking, add an ointment over the hand cream – Aquaphor, Vaseline, or even an antibiotic ointment – and keep the cracks moist and covered at night."
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