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Skin Care Tips for Motorbike Riders

Riding on the open road exposes your skin to many factors that can cause problems. These include wind, sun, grime and sweat. It is very common for motorcycle riders to have skin problems such as acne, eczema, sun tan and premature ageing. Fortunately, if you take little extra care of your skin, you can avoid these problems.

One of the most important things you need to do is to cleanse your skin. Cleansing removes dead skin cells, increases blood circulation, refreshes the skin and brightens it. However, to have a healthy skin cleansing is not enough, there is more to it. As an enthusiastic bike rider, your skin loses its elasticity overtime and starts ageing. To curb these issues, highly effective skin rejuvenation treatments are available. You can visit a spa for these treatments or buy in-home equipment. Stephen Blignaut has been involved in beauty industry for more than 10 years and has been supplying high-end medical grade anti-ageing equipment to top end beauty salons and spas. He is an avid businessman from Australia and has extensive experience in a broad range of industries.

Here are some care tips for a healthy, vibrant and youthful looking skin.

Stay hydrated – You may not think you exert much energy or require water replenishment while riding bikes, but you do. The harsh sun and even the wind can make you sweat a lot so you need to drink a lot of water to replenish vital minerals that are lost. Drink plenty of water before you get on the bike and consume 1 litre of water every hour.

Apply sunscreen – Sunscreen is an essential part of daily skin care, but when riding a bike it is a must. The wind blowing on the face can be illusory because it makes the sun not feel hot, giving a false impression that skin is not burning. Apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher that blocks UVA and UVB rays, generously on all the exposed areas and reapply more often on the nose.

Cover your face – Cover your face and head with a scarf or bandana before starting your bike. This helps to protect your skin and hair from the sun, dirt and sweat. This also keeps the hair in place and avoids embarrassing helmet hair. Coordinate the colour of your scarf or bandana with your riding gear for a stylish look.

Wear big sunglasses – Wear large dark tinted sunglasses or goggles. These will cover a large portion of the eye area and protect it from tanning, dullness and under eye circles. It also provides better wrinkle prevention. If you wear spectacles, then wear day and night glasses. Additionally, you can get sunglasses with prescribed power too.

Discontinue use of exfoliates – Regular use of exfoliating products like facial scrubs and serums are an important part of a good skincare routine but avoid using them for at least 3 days prior to bike riding. Exfoliation can increase skin sensitivity by 45% putting you at risk of a sunburn.

Wash your face – Once you are off the bike, wash your face with a mild, sulphate free, non-lathering cleansing face wash or gel to remove grime, debris and oil. You can also use a hydrating and cooling gel based mask to calm redness from sun and wind. This will also moisturise the skin deeply to keep it smooth and healthy.

A post-ride shower is essential. Also replenish burned calories with a healthy meal and plenty of water. Avoid alcohol when bike riding.

Dirt Track

An Inside Look At Preparing A Dirt Track

Dirt track preparation is quite a complex task made more difficult by the fact that there are a whole lot of variables involved. The geographical location of the track and the weather that is likely to prevail a few months down the line are factors to be considered before work can start on track preparation. Even such minute details as the vehicles that will race on the track and the width of the tyres are crucial parameters too. It has to be understood also what affects dirt and how it binds together.

The first thing that has to be taken into account is dust. Dust layers on the surface of the track reduces traction, making any race boring and unexciting, Overtaking and bumper to bumper action will be a strict no-no and only single line racing will be seen. For the drivers as well as fans, it is an additional discomfort. Clouds of dust reduce driver visibility and when it rolls over the grandstands, it can send the fans scampering for cover. On the other hand, dust and water can make the track very muddy and soft and can break up the track into ruts and holes as the event progresses. These have to be kept in mind when preparing a dirt track.

The most important part in dirt track preparation is to find a way to introduce moisture into the dirt and then treat the surface in a manner that binds the dirt and water throughout an event.

The type of soil content in the dirt in your locality is what will influence the preparedness of the track. In this case, clay is important as it helps to hold moisture in the track. The ideal percentage is about 30% clay in the track but that might be difficult if clay is not available locally. Bringing in clay from a distance might be prohibitively expensive. Local cleaning companies who regularly carry out builder’s cleaning especially in the suburbs of towns will be able to help you out in this regard. If you are building a dirt track in the state of Victoria, putting in a call to Brighten Serv might turn out to be useful.

Weather and geographic conditions play a very important part in dirt track preparation. Any track at a higher elevation will respond well to preparation as the winds, the cold and reduced moisture content in the air helps it to roll out better. Again, there are areas that get more rainfall than others. A dirt track has to be watered based on the rains in the past few months in that location. Places with high rainfall have a higher water table and hence the moisture content in the soil will be more. These factors have to be taken into account when preparing a dirt track.

Finally, what counts is the equipment being used to roll out the track. Some of them are the grader that levels and shapes the surface, a water truck that has low pressure tyres that can run over the soil without softening it, the rake to prepare the top soil without disturbing the soil beneath and the roller for compacting the soil.

Keep these points in mind and you will have the ideal dirt track to race on.