Skin Care Tips for Riders

Skin Care Tips for Riders

As a horse crazy individual, I spend a lot of time outdoors and have noticed this lifestyle can easily take a toll on my skin. Observation of fellow equestrian, horse folk has also displayed a shared trend. Horse shows are a common event for many and typically involve long hours spent in the sun, whether riding, training or even simply watching. Even at home, caring for horses and enjoying riding typically involves a great deal of exposure to harsh elements and products.

For many people, they simply do not care and take their hands or skin looking blotched, wrinkled or weathered as part of loving horses. However, it is something that I simply cannot accept as an inherent part of my love for animals and particularly with the health problems associated with excessive exposure to the sun or chemicals inherent with caring for equine species.

Something I have found to essential to reducing these issues is developing and sticking to a good skin care regime. Those moments of caring for my skin not only help me pay attention to any dangerous skin spots, they also are the moments of pampering I typically do not get access to in a family of horse mad individuals. While I have a regular appointment at a local beauty salon, there are more tips and tricks to maintain good skin then a simple skin care rejuvenation treatment. One treatment I consistently go back for is called IPL and is one of safest, pain-free treatments on the cosmetic market today. While there are a number of devices for home use, I prefer to visit a professional beauty business with therapists who know what they are doing. It also tends to be more cost effective then looking for an IPL hair removal machine for sale. The only downside to IPL treatments is the care required after any session to ensure you get the most out of your treatment.

If an IPL treatment seems too extreme, here are some simpler skin tips you can easily implement in your life to gain healthier skin regardless of your horse-mad lifestyle.

Wear Sunscreen – Ensure you generously apply a thick coat of broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30+ to all the exposed areas of your body. Broad-spectrum sunscreens provide protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply every two hours, even if it is cloudy. Sunscreen is your most important weapon in keeping wrinkles and pigmentation at bay.

Drink Water – Water has been known as the elixir of life and has many health benefits too, one of the best being to help purify your skin of impurities. Water cleanses the body and eliminates all toxins and waste. A lack of hydration will turn your skin dry, tight and flaky, so it is essential to drink at least 2 litres of water each day.

Cleansing – It is important to hydrating the body from the inside as well as the outside. Simply by washing your face with mild, non-lathering face wash after you’ve been riding outside to remove dirt and oil, it is easy to control your skins surface. While washing your face use circular movements and always use cold water to help stimulate your skin health.

Get Vitamin C – One of the most important vitamins for healthy and flawless skin is vitamin C. It enhances the complexion and prevents skin ageing. Regular intake of Vitamin C will improve collagen production, brighten the skin, keep away age spots and pigmentation and also enhance the ability of the skin to protect itself from the damage caused by the sun.

Avoid Exfoliating – Exfoliating is an important part of a good skincare regime but it should be avoided if you have to be out in the sun. Do not use a skin product that contains glycolic acid and strong exfoliates and avoid spa treatments which can increase skin sensitivity by putting you at risk of sunburn. So it is good to avoid exfoliating to protect your skin.

Wear Sunglasses – Wearing sunglasses will not only protect your eyes from the harmful sun rays but will also provide a comfortable vision and ability to see clearly. The sun’s brightness and glare interfere with vision thereby causing you to squint and make eyes watery. This problem can be evaded by wearing tinted sunglasses. It also provides better wrinkle prevention.

Take a shower after the ride and replenish the burned calories with a healthy meal. While small these tips can help set you up with a skin care routine, that will help you enjoy life outside for years to come.

Horse Care and Stable Maintenance

Horse Care and Stable Maintenance

Horse care per se has many dimensions – regular workouts, periodical checkup by vets and of course nutritious feed. But the most important aspect that has a direct bearing on the health of the horses is the state of the stables. However well you may care for your horses, if the stables are not maintained optimally, their health will surely suffer and in some cases might even be fatal. Under such circumstances, what are the factors that should be focussed on with regards to stable maintenance?

  • Installing fire fighting equipment – Stables are highly fire prone areas. Think of the different sources that can turn even a minor spark into a major blaze. Dry hay, bedding and wood are the most likely points. Feed piled up near or in stables can ignite in very hot and dry weather. Dry leaves on trees around stables planted to provide shade can catch fire too and spread to stables. To pre-empt such possibilities, adequate number of fire extinguishers should be kept handy. Horse owners often put up state of the art sprinkler systems that are set off at the slightest hint of smoke or fire.
  • Ensuring optimum cleanliness – Moisture content and dust in any form is harmful for horses. Wet beddings and hay almost always damage the hoof of horses and ammonia fumes from urine weaken the lungs and can badly affect their running power. Thus the wet materials should be regularly taken out to be dried and aired. The walls should be cleaned for cobwebs as they retain moisture in the air. COPD can lay horses low so it must be made sure that the hay being fed to them is free of dust and fine particles. The rubber matting placed on floors to prevent seepage of water below the stables should be frequently washed. As they are slippery when wet, horses should be let in only when the matting has dried out.

While it is true that for ages stable boys have been responsible for cleaning stables, owners today have devised sophisticated cleaning routines for overall stable maintenance. This includes skilled labour hire as well as using specialised equipment to efficiently expedite the task. People hired for this task are well trained and understand the finer nuances of stable maintenance. Where the safety and health of your loved horses is at stake, nothing but the best should do.