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As the scorching summer months begin to set in there are a number of precautions that runners need to consider. Many of these are related to hydration, but taking care of your skin is equally if not more important. The fact of the matter is that running and being outdoors a lot comes at the price of an increased risk of skin cancer. Sunscreen is one of those pesky things that no one really wants to use but you absolutely should. It’s kind of like insurance in a way.
This post is a friendly reminder, and a look at the best types of sunscreen specifically for running. The absolute best type of sunscreen you can buy is one that you’ll actually use. Make sure it’s easy to use, ideally with a spray applicator, doesn’t have any strange smells, and doesn’t sting your eyes. You want using it to become second nature. Below are some of our best sunscreen picks for runners.
Peak Sunscreen SPF 30
- Great for sensitive skin types,contains no gluten, parabens, synthetic chemical fragrance, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone or propylene glycol.
- Water resistant up to 80 minutes
- Eco-friendly, runoff does not pollute rivers/lakes
- Satisfaction guarantee is generous
- No sprayer, self application is tough
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch SPF 100
- Non-comedogenic (it won’t clog your pores)
- Budget friendly
- Extremely well reviewed on amazon
- Helioplex technology, performs well in the water
- Consistent reapplication necessary
- Not everyone loves Neutrogena products
MDSolar Sciences Mineral Stick SPF 40
- Hypoallergenic, goes easy on the skin
- No use of harsh chemicals
- Innovative application design
- Good value-to-price ratio
- The roller isn’t for everyone
Zealios Sun Barrier SPF 45
- Zinc Oxide (8%) for extra protection and care
- Does not include any parabens or oil
- Dries clear and feels very light on your skin
- Designed for high performance
- It’s a little expensive for the size of the bottle.
KINeSYS SPF 30 Performance Spray
- Has a microspray application valve, no rubbing required
- No oil, alcohol, or parabens
- Resists sweat/water well
- No strong odor, anti-irritant
- Works as a topical antioxidant
- The volume of the bottle isn’t huge, requires restocking fairly often
Watermans Aqua Armor 50+
- Almost immune to water contact
- Won’t run and drip into your eyes
- Includes Zinc oxide for extra protection
- Handy packaging
- Not terribly budget friendly
- High performance, unecessary for all uses
Banana Boat Sport Performance Clear Zinc SPF 50
- Convenient portable jar, screw top, won’t explode in your bag.
- Great for protecting high risk areas
- Good on sensitive skin, won’t cause breakouts
- Well reviewed, high customer satisfaction
- Not made from 100% natural products
- Smaller size
The insidious thing about unprotected sun exposure is that aside from a burn, which goes away quickly, there is a long distance between the exposure and its real consequences. According to the CDC, skin cancer is statistically the most common form of cancer in the US (2013). There is also not much that ages you more quickly than the sun. Neither of the above is a particularly desirable outcome. But we know this already.