Because nothing puts a damper on an outdoor workout like a nasty sunburn.
Sunscreen is as essential for every ride, no matter the season or weather. That said, it’s especially important during the summer, when the sun’s UVB rays are strong and increase your risk of sunburn. “You need to apply sunscreen before your run, but you also need to be diligent about reapplication while you’re outdoors,” says Jeanine B. Downie, M.D., Director of Image Dermatology in Montclair, New Jersey.
While standard protection protocol calls for reapplication every two hours, Downie suggests cyclists reapply every hour. (So yes, you should bring sunscreen with you on long rides, or plan your routes so you can loop back home.) And if greasy skin or stinging eyes cause you to skip it, these pro tips can help: “Look for oil-free, water-resistant, or fragrance-free formulas to prevent stinging, and apply it one hour before heading outside to allow it to fully absorb,” recommends Dendy Engelman, M.D., a dermatologic surgeon at Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Centers in New York City. For exercise, she likes powdered sunscreens, which tend to adhere to skin better and can absorb sweat. Both Downie and Engelman suggest SPF 30 or higher.
How We Tested
We enlisted more than a dozen of our editors to thoroughly evaluate and test every sunscreen on this list. We research the market, speak with product managers, and use our own experience actually running while wearing the sunscreen to determine the best options. Our team of experienced testers spent many hours and miles using them on sunny, hot days as well as overcast afternoons, and we’ve applied them with enough time to dry as well as slathering some on right before heading out the door. We evaluated them on performance, price, protection, smell, value, and ease of application to come up with this list of sunscreens that will keep you covered outside.
So grab one (or all) of these sunscreens to safeguard your skin from head to toe.
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