7 Chamois Creams To Soothe Your Butt

While there’s ab­so­lutely noth­ing glam­orous about chamois cream, its sooth­ing sig­nif­i­cance should never be un­der­es­ti­mated. We’ve se­lected seven prod­ucts that will help save your der­rière from in­fec­tion, fric­tion, and the dreaded sad­dle sores.

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THE BUCK STOPS HERE 1. Zam-Buk

The leg­endary do- itall oint­ment will pro­tect your skin from fric­tion and in­fec­tion, al­low­ing you to ride in com­fort. (Also very ef­fec­tive for nip­ple chafe, run­ners.) price R37 / 60g tub Avail­able from your near­est chemist

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO! 2. Mark II Shammy Cream

Con­tain­ing chlorhex­i­dine, a med­i­cally-ap­proved an­tibac­te­rial, Mark II Shammy Cream will help to kill any loom­ing bac­te­ria, while added Vi­ta­min E will heal painful le­sions. price R38 / 150g tub mark2.co.za

BEST FOR HY­GIENE 3. Blue Steel Sports Anti-Chafe Cream

For long-last­ing pro­tec­tion, Blue Steel can be ap­plied not just on your gooch, but also on your feet, in­ner thighs, groin and up­per body if need be (es­pe­cially for tri- and duath­letes). The tube de­sign also makes ap­ply­ing more hy­gienic. price R100 / 100ml squeeze bot­tle sports­man­sware­house.co.za

ABRA­CADABRA 4. Ass Magic

Ass Magic is a lo­cal­lypro­duced chamois cream that now in­cludes beeswax. The new for­mula has made the cream thicker, en­sur­ing longer-last­ing pro­tec­tion. price R150 / 200g tub ass- magic.co. za

MOO-TAS­TIC 5. Madaji Milk­ing Cream

Ud­derly ef­fec­tive where you need it most! Best for those liv­ing in dairy farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties, who can just pop down to their lo­cal Agri co- op or vet shop and pick up a tub.

price R48 / 500g tub Avail­able from Dis­chem (or your vet)

BALMY BIK­ING 6. Squirt Bar­rier Balm

Best known for their lube, Squirt also pro­duces a thick, jelly-like chamois cream that forms a long-last­ing pro­tec­tive bar­rier be­tween you and your sad­dle.

price R51 / 20g tub R160 / 100g tub squirtlube.com

CRÈME DE LA CRÈME 7. As­sos Chamois Crème

As­sos Chamois Crème’s unique for­mula makes long rides more en­joy­able and com­fort­able, by help­ing to re­duce fric­tion and pre­vent bac­te­rial and fun­gal in­fec­tions on your skin. price R316 / 140g tub as­g­world.co. za

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