Most days I get up and run first thing in the mooring, and if it’s a short run, I will literally throw some kit on, lace up my trainers and head out the door. I’m usually outside for between 45mins and 1hr and a half (depending on if I sneak into Starbucks on my way home and walk back with a coffee).
I never used to think about the fact that I didn’t have anything on to protect my face. When I’m wearing make-up I always ensure that it has SPF in, and that I use the recommended amount, yet here I am training in the middle of summer without any protection. And it’s not just in summer or on your holidays that it matters.
UVA, which affects ageing is at the same strength all year round, whilst UVB rays vary in strength- they are present even during the winter. For proper protection from both the UVA and UVB rays, you need to be wearing a SPF of factor 15 year round. This can help slow down signs of ageing and reduce risks of getting skin cancer.
When you’re applying your suncream, or moisturiser with SPF, ensure that you don’t forget the front and back of your neck, ears and décolletage. Not only are these usually just as exposed as your face, but they will really show signs of ageing in later life.
I’ve was recommended Ultrasun Face
as a light, non-greasy daily SPF for the face. I’ve been using it on my runs, during the Three Peaks Challenge, and while on holiday in Portugal. Obviously I wash my face after running, so wash the suncream off but replace it with my tinted moisturiser. I already have a number of freckles on my face, signs of skin damage, so it was suggested that I use a factor 30 for high levels of protection. I don’t love the thick texture and smell of some suncreams so was pleasantly surprised by Ultrasun- I think it smells like Play-Doh. They’ve also got Body
formulas which would be great for skiing, sailing, long runs or bike rides.
So next time you lace up your trainers, think about slapping on some sunscreen before heading out the door. I promise you’ll thank me in the future!