As a fair-skinned runner, I am acutely aware of the tanlines that are a somewhat unwelcome result of summer running. Criss-crossing straps, layers of sports bras and tanks, race t-shirts, socks, watches, RoadID wristbands, and sunglasses are all tanline culprits. While these create great fodder for teasing friends, I know I want to avoid these markings. Sunscreen can be incredibly uncomfortable when running and simply being active (especially during these scorching August days), but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use it. In addition to helping avoid comical tanlines, sunblock is also important for the health of your skin. From skin cancer risk to wrinkles, there are plenty of reasons to invest some $$ and time into protection.
Disclaimer: Those that know me might say I’m being a bit hypocritical here. I’ve been known to neglect sun protection, but the reality is that I know how important it is and I am trying to improve my habits. I’m working on it! 🙂
PS Darker-skinned runners aren’t off the hook! Like Kaitlin said, sunscreen protects you from cancer and wrinkle-causing UV rays, even if you don’t burn!