Whenever R and I go running, the first thing we put on is sunscreen. It is so important to lather up in a good sunscreen before a run. You never know how long you will be out for and the sun is always peaking through the clouds, whether you can see it or not. There are many other ways to reduce your risk for skin cancer as well. We usually run first thing in the morning, this is beneficial because the sun is strongest between the hours of 10am and 4pm. During the Vermont City Marathon I made the mistake of only applying sunscreen once, and I regret not bringing a small container of it in my running belt, because I suffered the consequences after. I specifically remember, the lady running next to me asking if I wanted some of her sunscreen to reapply, and I said no, totally regret it! I was burned and not being smart in the sun.
Our sunscreen of choice is Hang Ten Sunscreen, it is a light weight spray and also comes in a lotion. It lasts a little over an hour after sweating, and it is free of harsh chemicals and dyes. You don’t necessarily need to use 100SPF sunscreen, but always use something over 15, and reapply after getting sweaty/wet or swimming. Don’t make the same mistake I did. P.S. If you want to try it out for yourself, we posted an Amazon link at the bottom to check it out for yourself 🙂
Other things to keep yourself from burning and increasing skin cancer risk are to wear a hat and protective eye wear with polarized lenses. R runs with Oakley’s and I run with Kate Spade’s that are polarized (make sure to read the description when you buy your sunglasses). Polarized sunglasses aren’t just a money making gag for retailers. The lenses are coated so it reduces the glare on your eye and can protect you from harmful UV light.
Another key to sun protection: When I run with leggings I actually always make sure they have UV protection. I made the mistake once of wearing a pair of Lululemon leggings and my thighs burned through them because they were so thin. That’s not to bash Lululemon (I wear their stuff all the time)– but their clothing is based into categories for use, these leggings were made for yoga, and who’s going to get sunburn at an indoor yoga class? Lesson learned.
Be smart in the sun and take care of your skin, it’s your first line of defense, keep it strong!