I'm new to cycling but I love it. Have been commuting to work on my bike since mid Octobers in all weathers, except icy/very windy conditions. I feel more toned and definitively have more energy, but I wonder if the cold weather could potentially damage my complexion. What do you do to protect it?
Just moisturiser and lip balm here. If your skin gets a bit dry/irritated then some heavier moisturiser would work, or you can get skin protector cream if you were out for really long rides in windy conditions
I wear a balaclava if it is cold which protects some of the face, other than that thickly applied sunblock on all exposed areas plus wraparound sunglasses to protect eye area. Generally moisturize very frequently but then I do have dry skin.
I don't think it's shallow to care about your complexion OP who wants broken capillaries and a sun damaged weathered looking face. It's not as if you're enquiring about the feasibility of cycling in high heels and full make up now is it!
I swear by a combination mud and oil pack regularly through the winter months. I find that cycling close behind another bike means that this is applied for you with no effort at all!
Other than that, I use a moisturiser with a SPF all year round, and sometimes use a more intensive moisturiser when I get home if I am feeling a bit weather beaten. There is no magic product or regime that I know of.