Protect your skin from the sun during runs

Our weather has been unpredictable lately, but if you’re training outdoors (and especially on race day), don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun!

Baylor Scott & White Health’s Dr. Dominic Ricci says to generally plan your runs for before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. to avoid rays and heat.

“The sun’s rays are the strongest between those times so you’re more at risk for the harmful effects of the sun and exposing yourself to the elements when you’d be perspiring more and making the run more difficult,” he said.

And when it comes to sunscreen, “purchase a “sport” sunscreen for any area above the eyes. Many people avoid sunscreens because of the stinging sensation but the sport sunscreens are designed with this in mind. No excuses anymore!

“Spray sunscreens can be useful for areas with hair (parts in hair styling, thinning scalp hair, arms, etc). However, some sources warn about the dangers of inhalation; I get around this by spraying it very close to the skin surface or directly onto my hands and rubbing it in. I also recommend a thick layer of sunscreen on areas like the neck, ears, and hands/arms which will receive the most sun which can’t be covered by additional clothing.”

Dr. Dominic Ricci
Baylor, Scott & White Health – Austin/Round Rock