Women's Running: Health Q&A

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What can I do to keep my complexion clear?  

Running in hot weather can leave skin spotty, flaky and flushed. Use a cleanser before running to remove traces of dirt and pollution that might mix with sweat to clog your pores.

Next, apply a moisturiser with SPF protection. Opt for an oil-free, lightweight formula that won’t melt as you sweat – and don’t forget to treat your hands, too.

Post-run, your skin will be more sensitive because of the heat and sweat, so give it another thorough going-over, this time with an oil-based cleanser. “The oil lifts trapped sebum – the waxy substance released by the pores – to prevent breakouts,” says skin technician Sarah Chapman (sarahchapman.net). Make sure that you also exfoliate, so there are fewer dead skin cells to trap sweat and sebum.

Read about the active woman's diet in another preview from the Runner's World Complete Guide to Women's Running, or buy the book now.

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I've been running for half a year, now, but I haven't had the guts to participate at a competition, because I'm afraid everyone else is better than me ... I am physically healthy, I've even had a tele radiology test last week to check myself. I should probably buy the book, reading usually gives me a lot of confidence.

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