However, if you love sunshine just as much as I do, then you should be aware that, staying in the sun for prolonged periods of time without protecting your skin could have negative impacts like sunburn, discoloration etc, and in extreme cases, skin cancer (yikes!).
So if you are like me, and want to protect your skin at all costs (alll costs lol) then these tips would definitely help you out:
1. Run very early or a bit later
Whenever I go running outdoors, I try to avoid times between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is the time of day when the sun's intensity is just crazy and at its peak. It's when UV rays (known to age skin and can damage their DNA) are strongest. Hence why, you will mostly likely never catch me running between those hours because the harsh sun and my skin, are simply not friends.
Instead, you want to set your running hours to fall somewhere between 5 a.m and 8 a.m or sometime after 4 p.m. However, If you really have to go outdoors to train during the peak hours of the sun, I'd advice to stick to shady roads, trails, or a path with lots of trees.
2. Wear Sunscreen - the right one!
The most important step in your skincare routine is sunscreen!
Everyone should be wearing sunscreen - especially frequent runners or anyone who works out outdoors, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or skin tone.
Although, its true that melanin does give darker skin tones some sun protection, according to research, it's not enough to prevent melanoma and other skin cancers, especially in hotter climates or during the summer, when the sun’s UVB rays (which are responsible for sunburn) are really strong.
Choosing the right sunscreen is important because all sunscreens are not made equal. For example, If you are worried about "greasy skin" or stinging eyes through sweat from using sunscreen, the best types of sunscreen to look for are "oil-free, water-resistant, or fragrance-free formulas".
You also want to get sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15 and offers broad spectrum protection (which simply means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays).
So grab one (or all) of these sunscreens to safeguard your skin from head to toe, next time you are outdoors.
FYI: None of these sunscreens will leave any white cast on dark skin tones.
SunScreen Wearing Tips to consider
Wear Your Sunscreen Ahead of Time: It's always a great idea to slather on your sunscreen at least 15-20 minutes before you head out for your run. Your skin will need enough time to absorb all the goodness the sunscreen has to offer.
Re-apply Sunscreen after 2-3 hours: According to research, sunscreen usually starts to lose effectiveness at about the two-hour mark, or even sooner if you're sweating heavily, so you'll need to reapply if you're going to be outdoors running for a long period of time.
3. Wear a hat with a brim or a visor
Wearing a hat with a brim or a visor will help shade your face with some extra protection from the sun. Keep in mind that you should still be wearing your sunscreen.
Another added benefit is that a running hat might help absorb sweat without trapping all that heat you might gather on top of your head while running.
4. Wear Sun shades
Aside from the fact that you'd look pretty cool and stylish in some shades, a good pair of UV-blocking running glasses will give your face and eyes more protection from the sun's damaging rays. I absolutely love wearing shades (even when I'm not running :) ).
5. Wear Protective Gear
It's important to note that a lot of summer running clothes are made of mesh or very thin fabric, so they might not provide protection from the sun's rays. Keep the following in mind when choosing your gear:
Choose breathable, light-colored clothing. This is will help your body breathe and cool itself down naturally. Dark colors absorb the sun's light and heat.
Wear a top with a hood which could offer more protection for your face.
Wear a top with sleeves, which could be an added benefit to protect your arms where the sun is most likely to hit more.
Regardless of what you wear, it's best to make sure you're still fully covered with sunscreen.
6. Wear lip balm with SPF
We tend to forget common body parts that are most exposed to the sun, especially the lips. Here are some great balms infused with SPF to keep your lips well moisturized, and protected.
7. Invest in a running belt.
A running belt can be really useful in carrying light items, like a small tube of sunscreen, or your favorite lip balms to keep your lips protected and moisturized, so that you can reapply them whenever you need to. Here are some options to take with you next time you go running:
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