When running outdoors it is important to remember to protect your skin, since you’re exposing yourself to the sun. Although you are running, your skin is still soaking in the UV rays and absorbing the sun. It takes only 15 minutes to get sunburnt, which is why it is critical to apply sunscreen regularly.
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. the sun is at its peak, so try to go on a run either before or after this. If you do go on a run during the sun’s prime time, try to run on a shaded trail with a lot of coverage from trees.
It is important to be very methodical about applying sunscreen before you go on a run. For starters you should use sunscreen that has a broad spectrum protection, which means it protects against UVA & UVB rays. Sunscreen sticks are good to apply on your face since they usually do no irritate or get into your eyes.
Always apply sunscreen 20 minutes before a run so that it has time to absorb into your skin. It is important to remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours because after two hours it loses its effectiveness.
In addition to wearing sunscreen, you can also wear UV blocking sunglasses to protect your eyes and face from the strong ultraviolet rays. Wearing a hat can also give your face a little extra protection and help absorb your sweat from dripping into your eyes. Sunglasses and a hat do not serve as a substitution, it is still critical to apply sunscreen.