We get it—you get an adrenaline rush when running a marathon and the finish line is all you can imagine. While you’ve trained hard for this one, you probably don’t realise that your skin is still an amateur when it comes to dealing with a marathon. Yes, running is as much a test for your skin as it is for your body because you fight rough weather, UV rays and other factors during while racing. Precisely why you need to take special care of your skin before and during a marathon. Want to know what skin care tips are? Read on…
Sunscreen is your bae
 

Sunscreen is your bae

Amidst all the marathon training, you might have little time to devote to skin care. But you should know that in the long run, this can be detrimental to the health of your skin. When you’re out running in the sun, the UV rays are directly hitting your skin and this damage goes on for as long as you’re out. To keep wrinkles, sunburns and dark spots at bay, make sure you slather a lot of sunscreen before heading for the run. We suggest relying on the Lakmé Sun Expert UV Lotion SPF 50 PA+++. This shields your skin against 97% UVB rays that can cause sunburns while the PA+++ saves your skin from UVA rays.

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Don’t forget Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

When there’s friction and you’re sweating profusely, there can be chafing. Remember that chafing can occur anywhere—in the underarms, inner thighs, under your breasts and hence, taking this skin hazard seriously should be of prime importance to a marathoner. Make sure you moisturise beforehand—apply Vaseline Petroleum Jelly to the body parts mentioned above so that there’s no chafing.

Pay attention to your feet
 

Pay attention to your feet

If you’re a regular marathoner, you already know the importance of comfortable footwear. For those who’re prepping for one or will be running for the first time, you should know that your shoes need to fit you snugly but make sure they’re not too tight. If they are, you’re susceptible to ingrown toenails and runners toes. Moreover, make sure you invest in sweat-free socks that will save your skin from rubbing against the insides of your shoes.

Cleanse your pores
 

Cleanse your pores

Want to hear a short horror story? Your pores are clogged. When you run, this dirt will get mixed with sweat and settle into your pores. The result? Acne and blackheads! If you want to stay away from this problem after your marathon, act on it now and exfoliate your skin before a run. Use a scrub that works for your skin type.

Stay hydrated all through
 

Stay hydrated all through

Remember that you will be losing a lot of salts from your system, thanks to the perspiration. Hence, make sure you carry hydration tablets to fight the weather and dehydration. Be sure to keep sipping on water every 2 kilometres while running.