Dissecting every minute detail of how to improve our run is part of the obsession, passion, I mean passion.
Why don’t we equally explore running skin care? The largest organ on our body, the one that results in many race day horror stories and has the power to halt your training?! I started pondering this conundrum after realizing my runner skin was changing after just a few weeks of using Olay’s newly upgraded Ultra Moisture Body Wash with Shea Butter.
Possibly because it’s not glamorous or because we simply overlook what’s right in front of us.
No more! Today we dive in to all the skin issues you need to take care of for exuberant, pain free gallivanting.
Full Body Care
Moving from FL to Colorado it will surprise no one that my skin went from dewy (literally all the time, thank you humidity) to white and chalky.
While less than beautiful, my problem was the newly created running issues.
Due to the low moisture content, I suddenly found my favorite compression tights were rubbing my legs raw.
My sports bra was rubbing along the top and at the end of long runs it too was raw.
My fabulous long hot epsom salt recovery baths were drying me out even further!
Interestingly one of the fastest fixes I found was to start using the Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash in the shower. You got it, your body wash is now your moisturizer thanks to Pro-Glycerin, which allows your skin to better absorb ingredients like shea butter, while their Lock-In-Moisture technology gets to work!I rarely to never take time to put on lotion after showering, so the fact that this eliminated the need for it entirely is huge for me! Bonus points: it didn’t leave me feeling greasy, which is a pet peeve, because the moisture is literally locked in to your skin with their aptly named Lock-In-Moisture technology. Most lotions leave a film on the skin preventing sweating, which you can imagine leads to other issues.
Win, win, win.
More chafe prevention tips:
- Anti-chafe balm everywhere – especially on race, I have no idea why you can do a 20 mile practice run with no issues and find a tush rubbed raw on race day, but I’ve seen it happen many times.
- Seamless gear can be truly lifesaving if you have sensitive skin.
- Gentleman put on nipple guards or band-aids, trust me this is not one you want to learn the hard way. Let’s just say I wanted to see what the fuss was about and tried running sans sports bra…owe, owe, owe.
- Stop wearing your favorite cotton race shirt, stick to things that wick.
Unexpected side benefit of taking time to use to your Olay Body wash: the body triggers Oxytocin in response to touch, including massage, which helps to lower stress levels. So if you don’t have time for a full on massage, guess what you can get some benefits every time you shower.
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Runners love our time outside, soaking up the Vitamin D which is amazing for our health and our moods. It also means we need to be smart about remembering the sunscreen! I’ve seen too many friends heading to the dermatologist for removals of potential skin cancer because we skin the sunscreen. A few tips to help you get it right:
- Find face lotion with SPF in it so you don’t have to remember
- Don’t forget your ears and gents some of you need to slather up that noggin
- Put on sunscreen 30 minutes before heading outside to give it time to absorb
- Remember you can get a ton of sun even on cloudy days
Winter feet tend to be neglected, as they’re bundled away in thick wool socks. But with spring approaching, you might begin to realize they need some love to grace your flip flops.
Getting a pedicure can be an amazing way to help take care of your feet. You know the two slabs you pound on every single time you run and then never give a second thought.
Do NOT get a pedicure in the weeks before a race. They will often rub off many of your callouses, which are a great indicator of where your shoe is rubbing, but quiet painful to rebuild on race day.
Ugh, just thinking about this is awful..that hard fluid filled bubble on your foot. Gag. But back to business.
Blisters are caused by increased temperatures making feet sweat and swell, then rubbing against your shoe. Then the ongoing rubbing and friction of that moist skin results in the dreaded blister. So what can help?
- Use a anti-chafe foot cream.
- Powder in shoes to help absorb moisture.
- Good wicking socks (seriously don’t go cheap).
- Shoes with plenty of room for your feet to swell as the miles increase.
15 years running and I have never had this happen to me once. All of my toenails are fully intact. I believe this is due to two things:
A. I immediately bought larger shoes. That’s right I’m a whooper of an 11 in running shoes and I didn’t worry about that size one second because with enough room to move my feet feel better.
B. I’ve never run an ultramarathon or a race with the majority down steep hills causing your foot to be pushed forward in the shoe.Always getting blisters, cracked feet or black toenails on the run? Read this! #running Click To Tweet
Fun little tip here is to wash your face with cold water as often as possible. It generates collage and has some other health benefits, but this is getting long so I’ll just say do it.
Acne (and Bacne) Prevention
According to Acne.com “Removing makeup before a workout is super-important. “The most important time of the day to wash your face is before you exercise. Not after,” Dr. Schultz explains.
“When you exercise, you sweat. When you sweat, you don’t like sweat so you want to wipe it away. When you wipe it off, you’re pushing all of the dirt that was on your face that you didn’t remove when you got to the gym including makeup, dead cells, dirt, debris, oil, air pollution into your pores. That is what makes you break out.”Chapped Lips
I recently got asked about this and have wondered myself, why do I often come home wiping my lips.
When you think about it, it’s really no surprise our lips revolt after hours in the cold where we are pushing air over our lips repeatedly simply by breathing in and out. You can take a few steps to help:
- Use a soft toothbrush run under warm water to exfoliate your lips
- Carry chapstick with you to reapply during the run
- Try not to lick your lips this actually makes it worse
There have it a complete guide to loving your skin just a little bit more. Because after all, doesn’t this massive organ deserve a little TLC for all the ways it serves your run?
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This post is sponsored by Olay. All healthy happy skin thoughts are my own.