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Verdict: 
Smells good, absorbs quickly, with a pleasant tingle, and soothes and cools the skin effectively
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Veloskin Soothing Gel
7 10

Veloskin's range of classy cyclist-focused skincare products includes chamois cream, shaving cream, moisturiser and this – a Soothing Recovery Gel for use on post-ride skin. Smartly packaged and smelling really nice, it can provide relief to sore skin after a day in the saddle, though it's not ideal for post-ride massages, and it's a bit on the expensive side.

  • Pros: Smells good, pleasant tingling sensation, great packaging
  • Cons: Absorbs too quickly for effective muscle massage

Veloskin describes its Soothing Recovery Gel as being for helping skin recover from the demands of cycling. No matter how good your shorts and chamois creams, if you ride far enough you're going to get some sort of discomfort, and so anything that might help with this is worth investigating. I therefore was keen to give this stuff a try and see how it performed.

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Like the rest of Veloskin's range, the Soothing Recovery Gel comes packaged in a very smart black tin with great visual design. Once the lid is off, I noted that gel is exactly the right word for the contents: it has a gloopy consistency a lot like hair gel, and as such you probably don't want to try to handle too much at once, as it's liable to fall off your fingers onto the floor or your clothes. It's not thick and sticky like a chamois cream, for example.

Smearing the gel onto my undercarriage after a hard ride, I found it was quite quickly absorbed into the skin which meant that I could get dressed almost immediately after application without my underwear getting sticky.

Now, at this point, I have to pass on a warning, so you're not surprised like I was. The gel has a substantial menthol content, which produces a quite pleasantly cool, tingling sensation on the skin. However, this sensation only kicks in about five minutes after you've applied the gel and forgotten about it. As such, it was only when I was dressed and wandering around my kitchen that I suddenly found my eyebrows shooting up as an icy tingle crawled along my perineum.

At least now you'll be ready for this and might make a slightly less surprised face when you experience it! Veloskin specifically warns female users to be careful where they put this gel, as you really wouldn't want that tingly menthol sensation anywhere too intimate.

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Luckily (for me) I didn't suffer any truly serious saddle sores when testing this product, so I can't say how it would aid skin that was literally broken. I suspect, given the warnings to female users, I wouldn't want to put this gel onto saddle sores that were proper wounds. But it did seem to offer some comfort to my aching red skin after a century ride and, the following morning, I felt 100 per cent again. Exactly how much of this was the gel and how much was the passing hours is difficult to say, but given the list of moisturising and soothing ingredients, I'm prepared to believe the gel played a useful role.

The disappointment I had with the Soothing Recovery Gel was that, although Veloskin says it is "great for self massaging your legs after a long ride", I found it didn't work so well for this. As noted above, the gel's tendency to be absorbed quickly is really useful for not getting sticky clothes after applying it, but this tendency also works against using the gel as a massage lubricant. When I tried to massage my calves and quads after a hard ride, the gel was absorbed into my skin so quickly that I had to keep reapplying more every 30 seconds or so to keep the massage going, and got through an awful lot of gel. I'll stick to using an oil for this.

That one gripe aside, I did find the Soothing Recovery Gel a pleasant product to use. It smells nice and is absorbed quickly. It's quite expensive compared with other options like Crotch Guard, which I've used in the past for post-ride skin repair, but it's also really pleasant and feels like a premium product. If you do find you suffer from chafing then you might want to give this a try and see if it helps you recover faster.

Verdict

Smells good, absorbs quickly, with a pleasant tingle, and soothes and cools the skin effectively

road.cc test report

Make and model: Veloskin Soothing Gel

Size tested: 150ml

Tell us what the product is for

Veloskin describes the product's use as follows: "The unique formula contained in VeloSkin's soothing gel works to soothe and cool soreness and skin damage caused by saddle friction. Natural ingredients including menthol, combine to offer anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to speed up the healing process and provide blessed relief in the interim"

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

The list of ingredients from Veloskin is:

Menthol - increases blood flow to the skin to speed up healing

 

Aloe vera - Used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory

 

Coconut oil - The fatty acids from coconut oil work to condition the skin

 

Jojoba oil - Boosts collagen to help hold the skin together

 

Raspberry seed oil - Delivers antioxidants to protect and repair

 

Argan oil - Quickly absorbed, this oil is bursting with Vitamin E to act as a great moisturiser

 

Cucumber oil - An essential oil included for its ability to cool and soothe

 

Wheat protein - Gently works to increase skin strength

 

Kelimillet - An essential amino acid offering protection against irritation

 

Shea butter - Nourishing, luxurious, healing. Perfect for tired skin.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

It's a gloopy semi-solid liquid that smells nice and absorbs into the skin well.

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10

It tingles after you put it on, especially in more intimate areas, and can provide some soothing to chafed areas. Although Veloskin suggests it can also be used for massage, I found it gets absorbed too quickly by the skin for this.

Rate the product for durability:
 
6/10

I got through a lot quite quickly by trying to use it to massage leg muscles.

Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
6/10

There's a tingle after a few minutes; it's not unpleasant, but not sure I'd want to put it on broken skin.

Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

It's one of Veloskin's more expensive products, costing more than its very nice chamois cream, for example.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It does seem to calm chafed skin, and has a not unpleasant tingle after you put it on. I found it absorbed into the skin too quickly to be much use for massage, though.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The scent.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

It didn't work as a massage lubricant as well as I'd have liked.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Perhaps

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Perhaps

Use this box to explain your overall score

It smells good and seems to help chafed skin somewhat, but absorbs too fast to allow for good massage of the muscles. It's good, but doesn't quite make an 8 for my liking.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 44  Height: 181  Weight: 72

I usually ride: Cannondale Synapse  My best bike is: Whyte Wessex One

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking, audax and long-distance riding

An environmental psychologist by day, Ian spends quite a lot of time on bikes, particularly commuting between Bristol and Bath or doing audax rides. For years he was an ultradistance runner, but this came to an end when he realised getting back onto a bicycle offered the chance to race over much more preposterous distances. Accordingly, he competed in the Transcontinental Race 2017 and is racing the North Cape 4000 in 2018. 

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Ian Walker [6 posts] 3 months ago
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I've got an addendum to this review. Thankfully (for me) I didn't experience any truly severe chafing over the review period, so although I got to try the gel on sore skin after long rides, I never had the chance to try  it on seriously injured skin.  I do a lot for my reviews, but I draw the line at taking sandpaper to my bum. 

Anyway, the day after I posted the review I got a stinking cold, and a day spent constantly blowing my nose left me with really red, chapped skin there that was sore to the touch. I therefore tried a smear of this soothing gel to see how truly knackered skin would react. There was quite an initial sting for a moment, but, as I suggested in the review, I found that the gel really did soothe and repair the skin - and the effect was surprisingly quick. Having seen how much it helped my nose, I've had confirmed my experience that this gel really does help troubled skin.