What Should Runners Look for in a Sport Sunscreen?
It’s a subject that should not be taken lightly. While some people are content using any sunscreen off the grocery store shelf, smart athletes know to use a broad-spectrum, waterproof formula that ensures optimal protection against the sun.
When it comes to warding-off the sun’s harmful rays during your athletic endeavors, be mindful about the products you use. Here are a few characteristics to consider when searching for the best sport sunscreen for runners.
Whether you’re an ultra-distance runner logging 30 miles or a weekend warrior who logs 30 minutes, it doesn’t matter. When you’re outdoors working up a sweat, the sun’s harmful rays can be magnified with a layer of moisture.
And not all sport sunscreens have you covered. In fact, many can lose their SPF with sweat or water exposure. For this reason, it’s critical use a water-resistant sunscreen that will retain its SPF with heavy sweat, a cooling splash of water, or even a swim.
Look for sunscreens that have undergone water immersion testing. This is the best way to know with confidence just how water-resistant the product truly is. At Watermans, our AQUA-ARMOR system has been tested 8 hours while immersed in water.
Beyond just runners, broad-spectrum sunscreen is important for anyone who sees prolonged sun exposure. While some sunscreens block all UVB rays, broad-spectrum sunscreens are designed to protect against UVA and UVB.
The effects of UV exposure can have serious (even life threatening) implications for runners who are out in the sun for long periods of time. Some of the most prevalent risks of UV exposure are skin pigment fading, premature aging of the skin, immune system suppression, damage to the eyes, and skin cancer.
Don't fall to victim to a sunscreen that doesn't offer 100% protection. Protect yourself from harmful UVA/UVB rays with broad-spectrum defense that comes with right sunscreen products.
Most athletes are all about efficiency. Even a sunscreen that takes too long to apply can be a major bottleneck for one’s workout. Fortunately, you can find easy-to-apply options with all the awesome features mentioned above.
One of the best options is Watermans SPF 44 FacePro Stick. This zinc oxide sunscreen rubs-on like a stick of deodorant and provides lasting protection for hours on end. It’s one of Watermans most popular products, and for good reason.
THE BEST SPORT SUNSCREEN FOR RUNNERS
For many individuals, running is one of the most liberating forms of movement. Not only is running an easy outlet for exercise, but going for a run can provide immediate freedom from our over-thinking minds.
And while a good run outdoors can be a freeing experience, it can also expose us to harsh elements. Even for winter runners, the sun can be one of the most dangerous yet often overlooked elements. When you’re in need of the best sport sunscreen for runners and other outdoor athletes, consider Watermans High-Performance Sunscreens. Learn more here