I tried when sports sunscreen first came out to wear it, but it was NOT sweat-proof (or at least my kind of sweat-proof) and the alcohol in it made my skin so dry. I am one of the fortunate people who rarely burn. My fair skinned husband and I will go out on the beach, he'll put on spf 70 and I'll forget to put on anything, because 70 is ridiculous. After 2 hours, he looks like a lobster and I look, well, tan.
But, I'm paying a cost, I've noticed a couple of years ago, right there on my face, which gets some protection because my moisturizer has some sunscreen, a few dreaded age spots. Bigger than freckles, darker than the tan. My shoulders look a little too dry and wrinkly. Yuck. I tried again to a) sweat-proof sunscreen and b) wear a hat. The hat was too hot and the sunscreen was the one you get at the grocery store. Probably more for beach volley ball and mowing the lawn than for a hot muggy 14 mile run.
I want to use sunscreen, I noticed one thing from it (besides it getting in your eyes and making your hands grossly sticky, from wiping my face, on the run), it kept me cooler. I didn't feel as overheated with it on. For someone who has a tough time running in the heat, that's a major plus., why aren't I wearing it? Plus, I don't want age spots or lizard skin or worse, skin cancer!
That being said, Miss Zippy's recent blog is all about SCAPE sunscreen , made for real high endurance athletes! Miss Zippy knows real athletes (she is one) and she knows the negative effects of over-exposure to the sun (mole removal). She's having a giveaway and I am hoping to score (and you should too). But, based on her great recommendation with my high hopes for a good race tomorrow, I think I may hunt down some SCAPE and see if that will help keep me a little cooler and a little safer on my race tomorrow.
How about you, do you wear sunscreen on your runs? Any recommendations?
As always, good luck to anyone racing this weekend!