Running can be a great way to stay healthy but it has been known to cause skin inflammation if you do not properly care for your skin during a run. The simple act of running can put stress on your skin in addition to the prolonged exposure to the sun from outdoor runs. There are a few things that any runner can do to protect their skin during a workout without compromising their time.
Time Your Run to Avoid Skin Inflammation
One of the most common reasons that runner experience skin inflammation is because they spend so much time exposed to the sun during a run. Even with proper sun protection, it is possible to get a bad burn, especially if they are not stopping to reapply sunscreen. Simply changing the time of a run can go a long way to avoid prolonged sun exposure. Early morning and early evening are the best times to go for a long run because the sun is not at its peak for the day. Avoid running between ten in the morning and four in the evening to prevent skin inflammation.
Protect Against Chaffing
No matter their size, all runners have experienced chaffing from time to time. This occurs when the skin, especially on the thighs, rubs against each other during a run. This problem is especially pervasive in the summer, when sweat is added into the mix. An anti-chaffing stick or lotion can go a long way to prevent this if it is applied before a long run. If you do experience chaffing, reduce the skin inflammation post run by washing the area carefully and keeping it dry.
Dress for Success
Because their body temperature increases so much during a run, many runners are tempted to do their workout topless or, for women, in only a sports bra. While this may cool their bodies down, it leaves them unnecessarily exposed to the sun. Instead, runners should try using tech wear with built in SPF. These specially made garments will protect from the sun but are made from breathable fabrics that are lightweight and comfortable, even on long runs.
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