top of page

Sunscreens for Your Workout

Updated: Jun 16, 2023

When planning to be active or workout outdoors, think about the intensity of the UV during the time of day you are out, sweating, and whether there is an option to include sun-protective clothing as a part of your sun protection plans. SPF ratings on sunscreens are based on ideal use. This means using the right amount of sunscreen and recognizing that it will begin to wear off once sweating or swimming. Read more...

 

Topics

 

sunscreens workout

Photo: Wix


Disclaimer: This page contains an affiliate link to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through this link.




Video: Techei




Can you explain why it's important to be choosy when it comes to your sunscreen, especially when it comes to the type of activity you will be doing when wearing it?



When planning to be active or workout outdoors, think about the intensity of the UV during the time of day you are out, sweating, and whether there is an option to include sun-protective clothing as a part of your sun protection plans. SPF ratings on sunscreens are based on ideal use. This means using the right amount of sunscreen and recognizing that it will begin to wear off once sweating or swimming.



What are some qualities one should look for in a sunscreen that they intend on wearing while exercising?



If you are out midday, then the UV index may be particularly high making your sunscreen work even harder. Choosing water-resistant sunscreens with a higher SPF of at least 50 can help reduce the tendency toward sunburn or excess UV exposure.


Water-resistant sunscreens tend to last in the water, remaining effective for 40 to 80 minutes depending on the label designation. Sunscreens are not considered “waterproof” as all will eventually wear off if in the water long enough.


When sweating, sunscreen products can rub into the eyes or the sweat can seep around the eyes leading to a burning sensation that can feel uncomfortable. I tend to recommend seeking sunscreen products with fewer preservatives and fragrance-free products.


The other main thing to consider that I found come across in allergy testing patients for skincare allergies is that the tendency towards contact dermatitis to sunscreen may not be from the active ingredients but may be from the inactive ingredients.



What are some ingredients one should look for/try to avoid in a sunscreen that they intend on wearing while exercising?



Try to seek Zinc or Titanium-based sunscreens as these provide physical blockage from UV. They also tend to be less irritating to the skin and eyes when sweating.


The key features I look for are

  • Zinc as the active ingredient

  • Water-resistant

  • At least SPF 30




What are some sunscreens on the market today that you would recommend someone wear when they are working out?



One of my favorite brands to recommend for people with sensitive skin is Vanicream. This is also gluten-free for my patients with gluten sensitivities and is fragrance-free.



I tend to favor La Roche Posay Anthelios lotion spray sunscreen for swimming as it is easy to reapply.



sunscreens workout

Get in the know!

Join our email list and get access to specials deals exclusive to our subscribers.

Thanks for submitting!

bottom of page