You’ve slept well, are carbo-loaded and dressed for success. But are you protected from the sun? It’s just as important to keep your skin protected on a long distance run as it is when you are spending time on a sunny beach.
You’ve slept well, are carbo-loaded and dressed for success with the right running shoes, a technical T shirt, shorts, a lightweight breathable jacket and a comfortable drink carrier is in your hand. But are you protected from the sun?
Not many of us think about it as part of our pre-run check list, but it’s just as important to keep your skin protected on a long distance run as it is when you are spending time on a sunny beach. Although the sun is especially strong when the sky is blue and there is not a cloud in sight, up to 90% of the sun’s rays can penetrate clouds and leaving runners very much at risk during overcast days.
Abi Cleeve from leading Swiss sun care brand Ultrasun, based in Reigate comments “A good sun protection should not only have UVB (SPF) but also UVA protection. Always apply sun protection to cool, clean, dry skin in the shade (ideally indoors) 15-30 minutes before you go into the sun. If applied in direct sun-light, sun cream applied to skin can evaporate before it has a chance to bond with the skin and therefore becomes less effective. When tackling an endurance event, ensure you have a once-a-day formula which allows skin to breathe and perspire naturally. Ultrasun continues to protect even after several hours of hard graft, no matter how many times you wipe that brow! Good luck!”
Ultrasun offers once-a-day sun protection providing long lasting, high level, water resistant protection during and after sports, towel drying and showering. The non-greasy, hypo-allergenic, fragrance free formulations are sweat resistant and will also help to prevent prickly heat. Ultrasun is easy to use and fast-absorbing, not taking up time or being a hassle. The less you need to deal with on race day the better!
Find a sample of Ultrasun in your race pack that you can apply on the morning of the race, leaving you safe in the knowledge that you are protected from the sun for the duration of the race.