Sunburn While Trail Running
is a Sunburn?
Sunburn is the result of not using proper skin protection while sunbathing or even from
routine sun exposure. The skin becomes red, tender and swollen. You may have a
stinging sensation and blistering may occur. Some people with a sunburn will develop a low grade
fever. The skin will eventually shed or peel, once the skin underneath has renewed
you avoid sunscreen because you don't like the sticky feel of it, try a sunscreen that is lightweight and sweat-proof.
to Avoid Sunburns while Trail Running
either early in the morning or late in the evening.
- The sun causes the
most damage to your skin between the hours of 10am and 4pm
sunblock under your T-shirt.
- T-shirts offer an SPF of about 7. When the
T-shirt is wet, it looses some of its SPF.
- Wear T-shirts that
have built-in sun protection.
- You can purchase T-shirts with built in
sun protection from an athletic store or running specialty store.
fabrics typically have a tight weave or knit and are usually darker in color.
- Sun-protective clothes have a label listing the garment's Ultraviolet
Protection Factor (UPF) value.
- UPF is the level of protection the garment
provides from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. The higher the UPF, the higher
the protection from the sun's UV rays.
- Wash your clothes once
a month in Sunguard.
- Sunguard is a colorless dye that gives your clothes
an SPF of greater than 30.
- Protect your face.
- Wear sunscreen
on your face. Hats help too.
- Protect your scalp.
a hat to protect your scalp from the sun.
- Put sunblock on your
and Over-Counter Medications
you become sunburn while running, the following medications will help you heal:
acetaminophen and ibuprofen can help combat pain.
creams or sprays containing benzocain and lidocain provide temporary relief.
and antimicrobial soaps and antiseptics help prevent infection.
products soothe and cool overheated skin.
can help keep your skin from drying out and tightening up.