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17 Feb 2004

Type of sunscreen for running outside
Hi, I have started running outside (instead of on a treadmill at gym). Although I wear a cap, I would also like to protect my arms, neck and legs from burning as well. What type of sunscreen should I use? There are so many: Sports, Aquasports, Water resistant etc. I don't want to buy a certain type and then just sweat it off, but neither do I want to wear the type that prevents sweating!
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Anel

If you buy a water resistant sunscreen, then it won't be a problem to sweat while you exercise, provided the exercise session is relatively short. It's another story when you are going to the beach for an entire day, and you might sweat - in this case, reapplying the sunscreen is recommended. If your session lasts only 45 minutes to an hour, you'll be OK. Sunscreens also won't prevent sweating, provided you don't apply a super thick layer, so you can pretty much choose according to preference. I would go for a water resistant sunscreen which has an SPF of at least 15, preferably higher.

One last thing, if you are exercising late in the day - between 4 pm and say 7 pm, sunscreen is not as big a factor as if you train in the mid morning or day. It's good to be safe, and certainly apply sunscreen, but the really harmful time of day is not after 4 pm, so you can exercise with a fair amount of confidence.

Good luck
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