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The Best Sunscreens To Wear During Sweaty Summer Runs

Photo by Oliver Baker.

Soak Up The Sun

Now is the time to stock up on sunscreens to keep your skin protected on summer runs. We tried out sticks, sprays, powders and lotions to find our favorite sunscreens for running.

Best Lotion

Thinksport Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+, 13 For 3 Oz.

This mineral-based sunscreen formula earns high marks from WR testers for its light, fruity scent and clean ingredient list. The lotion applies well without leaving a greasy residue, stays in place decently well while sweating and turns your skin slightly white, thanks to the zinc oxide.

Best Powder

Brush On Block SPF 30, $32 For 0.12-Oz Tube

We loved the versatility of this self-dispensing powdered sunscreen, which uses titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as active ingredients. The hypoallergenic powder can be applied right over makeup (almost like a setting powder) for sun protection, or just works as a lightweight sunscreen you can leave in your purse or gym bag to apply before a run. The price is steep, but the brush can be refilled.

Best Spray

All Good SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Spray, $22 For 6 Oz.

This mineral zinc oxide–containing sunscreen has a thin and lotion-like consistency, applies easily (though you’ll have to blend it with your hands) and a mild, aloe-like scent (the first ingredient is aloe leaf juice). It leaves a slightly noticeable residue after runs but didn’t seem to drip easily when sweating, thanks to its water resistance.

Best Double Duty

Body Glide Sun, $10

This deodorant-sized tube provides not only sun protection but also anti-chafing protection, which we found especially useful around sports bra seams. The stick glides on smoothly and feels similar to a traditional Body Glide or anti-chafing agent. It uses multiple active ingredients, including avobenzone, octinoxate and oxybenzone.

Best For Long Runs

Sol Sunguard Multisport SPF 32, $16 For 3.4 Oz.

Designed specifically for aerobic sports, this sunscreen is non–water soluble, meaning sweat won’t cause it to drip or wear off after 80 minutes, plus it doesn’t sting your eyes—seriously! For sun protection, it uses a pharmaceutical-grade zinc oxide plus octinoxate and ensulizole.

Best Face Stick

Raw Elements Tinted Face Stick 30+, $16 For 0.6 Oz

This compact stick is made with certified organic ingredients that are safe for both you and the environment. Made with zinc oxide, the beeswax-textured stick feels somewhat thick when applying, but also stays in place well when sweating. The natural tinting keeps your face from looking pasty, and the natural ingredients moisturize and protect your face from the elements.

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Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis is the managing editor of Triathlete magazine. She's a mom, rec soccer player, multiple half-marathon finisher and is learning daily how to become a better triathlete.