After remaining safely at home for the last few months, many of us are ready to head outside for exercise and summer fun. It’s never too early or too late to think about summer skincare products and habits to protect your face and body from the harmful rays of the sun. This post contains affiliate links.
Summer Skincare and Sun Protection Products for Runners
May is national skin cancer awareness month and the perfect time to think about your personal skincare protection plan. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. 20% of Americans will develop skin cancer of some sort. See here for more information on screening.
Do runners need to wear sunscreen?
You bet they do! Yes, even if you go out early it is recommended that you wear sunscreen. It is best to apply your sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you head out for your run. Sunscreen should be worn all year round while running outdoors. Yes, even in the wintertime. You can do damage to your skin in just 15 minutes of sun exposure.
I am the first to admit that I neglected taking summer skincare and sun protection seriously. Unfortunately, I have already had a few minor skin cancer (and pre-cancerous) spots removed in the past few years. It is not a pleasant experience.
Sunscreens for face and body
These are a few of my go-to, runner tested products for face and body.
Elta MD Tinted Facial Sunscreen was recommended to me by my Dermatologist. What I love about it: slightly tinted to give a little color, great for sensitive skin, mineral-based, water-resistant, provides UVA/UVB protection. Find it here on Amazon.
SuperGoop GlowScreen I fell in love with this product last year. What makes it great: Super easy to blend in and feels light on the skin. Glowscreen also has a shimmery tint to it and gives a “dewy” glow. Can be used alone or under makeup as an everyday SPF. I have run tested it for over a year and it does not sweat off or leave any streaks. It has some Vitamin B and hyaluronic acid.
Bright-Eyed Mineral Eye Cream with SPF 40. Even if you wear a hat, visor, or sunglasses, your eyes need sunscreen. 100% mineral. What I love: no stinging eyes! It is fast absorbing with a slight tint to cover up those dark circles.
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For full-body protection, I like Coppertone Sport 50 SPF products. What I like: Does not feel sticky or irritate my skin. Does well with sweaty activities, water-resistant, and very economical.
What are some other ways runners can protect their skin?
Wearing a hat or visor and sunglasses adds another layer of protection against the sun and may keep you cooler. Staying hydrated during the summer helps to protect your skin as well. Using a lip balm with SPF helps add a layer of protection where sunscreen is often overlooked. Heading out earlier in the day or in the evening does help to limit damage from the sun.
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While we cannot reverse or undo the sun damage we have already sustained, we can take steps to limit further damage. Wearing sunscreen, hats and even clothing with SPF protection goes a long way without much effort.