20 Ways You Can Protect Yourself From the Sun on Your Next Outdoor Run
Sun protection is so important. While it's always top-of-mind when doing outdoor activities like picnicking at the beach or laying out by the pool, it should also be a priority when exercising outdoors, especially when long distance running. "Sun protection is crucial to avoid aging and skin pigmentation," Shoko, NYC spa Premier57's Facial and Skin Therapist, tells POPSUGAR. Beyond cosmetic issues, sun exposure can also be the culprit behind lowered immune systems, eye damage, and even skin cancer. And according to research, the sun can cause damage to the body even hours after you head back indoors, making the usage of sun protection all the more important.
Thankfully, there are many different ways you can shield yourself from the sun's harmful rays while working up a sweat outside, from multipurpose sunblocks to UPF clothing. Keep reading for all the products you need so you can still fit in your daily run without having to worry about damaging your skin.
Supergoop! Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C SPF 50
Supergoop's Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist ($19) is water resistant and combines the enriching qualities of Vitamin C with broad spectrum sun protection. The delivery system is also non-aerosol, meaning it won't dry out your skin.
Bare Republic Natural Mineral Sunscreen
Bare Republic Natural Mineral Sunscreen ($15) is a powerful sport lotion that has an SPF of 50 with no parabens, active chemical sunscreens, or synthetic fragrances. It's also lightweight, water resistant for up to 80 minutes, and has a natural coconut vanilla scent that smells delicious!
Glossier Invisible Shield
As their website suggests, Glossier's Invisible Shield ($25) is the perfect sunscreen for people who really hate wearing sunscreen. It's 35 SPF watergel formula quickly absorbs into the skin, leaving behind no greasy film. It protects not only from the sun's harmful rays, but also environmental pollutants that can accelerate the skin's aging process.
Manda Organic Sun Paste with Thanaka Powder SPF 50
Manda Organic Sun Paste ($28) contains thanaka. For over 2,000 years, Burmese people have used the ingredient as a natural SPF due to its ability to deflect the sun. The formula is specially made for those who love to be active in the outdoors, as it's sweat-proof.
Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum
Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum ($85) is perfect for wearing underneath your sunblock and/or makeup, as it not only brightens and revitalizes the skin, but also fights the first signs of damage caused by the sun and environmental pollution.
Lolë Motion Crop Leggings
What I love the most about Lolë's Motion Crop Leggings ($120) is that you get the most bang for your buck. Not only are these great to wear while on a long jog, but they're super functional and can be worn during weekend outings and to after-work plans. Besides their versatility, they are also 50 UPF and they have a 4-way stretch.
IBKUL Joanna Print Convertible Tunic
IBKUL's Joanna Print Convertible Tunic ($83, originally $118) is made with IBKUL's signature patented material ICEFIL, which is a stretchy, anti-microbial fabric that's comfortable and designed to dry quickly. It converts sweat to a cooling refrigerant and protects against UV rays.
UVSkinz Womens Active Swim Shorts
UVSkinz Womens Active Swim Shorts ($40-$46) are great to wear while going out for a run or for a quick dip in the water. They're flattering, breathable, chlorine and salt water resistant (if you want to go right from the run to the water!), and are certified UPF 50+.
NYDG Chem-Free Active Defense SPF30
NYDG Chem-Free Active Defense SPF 30 ($98) is ideal for both sensitive skin and outdoor workouts. Formulated by the New York Dermatology Group (NYDG), it's micronized ingredients blend invisibly into the skin while also providing optimal protection from environmental skin stressors.
Chanel UV Essentiel Multi-Protection Daily Defense Sunscreen Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Chanel's UV Essentiel Multi-Protection Daily Defense ($55) protects your skin from the sun and has a free-radical and anti-pollution shield that protects the skin against environmental pollutants. What makes it even cooler is that it adjusts to the level needed based on environmental conditions.
Tree Hut Protecting Daily Moisturizer SPF 30
Tree Hut Protecting Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 ($11) is infused with Rosehip Oil, is lightweight, and quickly absorbs into your skin, protecting it from harmful UVA and UVB rays.