When we go out for a run, we’re likely to remember our phones, our gels and our headphones. But how about the sunscreen? When you consider how long you might be outside, logging up the miles, us runners certainly get plenty of sun exposure.
Sunscreen can help protect your skin from harmful sun rays, as well as preventing dark spots and other cosmetic damage. To keep your skin safe, it’s important to apply sunscreen before your run – even on cloudy days.
What to look for in a running sunscreen
In order to protect your skin throughout the duration of your run, the sunscreen will need to be sweat resistant. It’s a good idea to get one with a high SPF and apply it 30 minutes before going out in direct sunlight.
Highly water resistant, this once a day sunscreen overs high UVA and SPF protection, for up to 10 hours. It feels very oily at first, but once it’s dried, you’re protected from the harmful rays, no matter how far you run.
This chemical-free and natural SPF 30 sunscreen doesn’t leave a thick layer like some mineral sunscreens do. An added bonus: it smells like coconut.
A clear gel, this Ultrasun sunscreen is non-greasy, non-sticky and fast-absorbing. Water and sweat resistant, this is quick and easy to apply and does the job well.
Created especially for sports, this Ambre Solaire sunscreen allows your skin to breathe and sweat as normal, as well as being protected. The spray applicator is easy to use and the sunscreen protects well.
This Neutrogena sunscreen is easy to apply and has a refreshing scent. Although it goes on a bit sticky, it dries quickly. It’s also available in a number of different SPF factors.
Design for high altitude conditions, this mountain sun cream is enriched with a Cold Shield complex, providing lasting moisturisation. This convenient sun cream and lip balm is small enough to keep with you on race day and reapply as needed.
A version of this article appeared on runnersworld.com