Best sunscreen for runners

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.

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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.

P20 Once a Day Sun Protection Spray, £17.07, amazon.co.uk 

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.

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Bare Republic High Protection Mineral Sunscreen, £25.66, amazon.co.uk 

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.

Ultrasun SPF30 Transparent Sports Gel, £14.00, amazon.co.uk 

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.

Ambre Solaire UV Sport Dry Mist, £8.50, boots.com 

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.

Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport, £5.84, amazon.co.uk 

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.

Piz Buin Mountain Suncream and Lipstick, £8.50, boots.com 

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