Whether you’ve just started running or you’re a marathoner, running in the morning offers a wide range of benefits to your body and skin. Toned muscles, staying in shape, feeling positive and a healthy glow are some of the many benefits that you can gain from running. However, there are also some risks involved in it – sun damage being the cruellest of all. Going for a morning run sounds great but once the sun is out it is way more damaging to your skin and hair than you may know. Here’s how you can balance the risk and rewards of a morning run.

Is sun damage your biggest concern

Apply sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection

Sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection is something that you should invest in right away, if you haven’t already. A sweat-proof formula is ideal for athletes and runners. However, if you’re training for a marathon we suggest you take a break and reapply sunscreen every two to three hours, to keep your skin protected from the damaging effects of the sun. Use sunscreen throughout the year regardless of the weather and temperature.

Is sun damage your biggest concern

Wear a headband

All the sweat that trickles down on your face carries bacteria, oil and product build-up from your scalp. This blocks the pores on your forehead leading to pimples and breakouts. Wearing an athlete’s headband not only keeps hair away from your face but it also ensures the sweat gets absorbed and your skin remains untouched.

Is sun damage your biggest concern

Use a calming gel

After you come back from your run and take a bath to thoroughly cleanse your body, apply a calming gel on your face. Store bought or freshly extracted aloe vera gel is the most natural and calming formula that will soothe sun burns if any as well as prepare your skin for the day ahead.