We've all been there. You're halfway into a run when suddenly your eyes start stinging, as your tear ducts are assaulted by a mixture of sunscreen, sweat and last night's makeup. Your wet sleeve does nothing to alleviate the problem, and when you make it home, you greet yourself in the bathroom mirror with raccoon eyes and reddened cheeks.
Whether it comes in the form of a mid-run rainstorm or a heavy sweat session, an unexpected addition of water to your workout can be tough on skin and eyes. With frequent showers and increasing temps, springtime can aggravate this issue.
Here are some tools you can think of as umbrellas for your active beauty routine.
Even if it's cloudy out, make sure never to skimp on the SPF. "When running outdoors in any season, sunscreen is needed to prevent sunburn, skin cancers and wrinkling," says dermatologist Nanette B. Silverberg, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.
To prevent smearing and irritation, make sure your screen is waterproof. We like Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion SPF 85 ($11, drugstores), which contains vitamin E to help shield skin from environmental damage.
For easy-to-sweat-off spots (i.e. your nose and hairline) try a solid sunscreen stick like Banana Boat Ultra Defense Sunscreen SPF 50 Stick ($7, drugstores).
Cap & Shades
"Hats and sunglasses are ideal for facial sun protection," says Silverberg. These accessories not only provide an important additional defense against the sun, but will help keep your face dry during a storm. Look for a hat with a visor that fits snugly on your head, so it will stay in place on windy runs.
The Nite Beams LED Headgear Double Vision Running Cap has mesh vents for breathability and ultra-bright LED lights in the front and rear so that you'll be visible to motorists even in dreary conditions ($25, nitebeams.com).
You may not think to wear sunglasses in the rain, but your eyes are susceptible to damage regardless of the weather. Look for running-specific fogless glasses like the Optic Nerve Halogyn IC, which come with different lenses to wear depending on the condition, ($59, nerveusa.com).
Eye Makeup Remover
Silverberg recommends shying away from eye makeup during exercise, as many solutions contain irritants what may run or rub into your peepers. Before you head out the door, clear off any lingering mascara with a gentle remover like Visine Total Eye Soothing Wipes ($6, drugstores), which takes care of even the most stubborn clumps.
For the truly mascara-addicted, however, there are some products that are safe to wear on the run. Try a sweat-resistant formula like DuWop's Lashlacquer ($19, duwop.com).
Sue Devitt's Eye Intensifier Pencils ($19, suedevittbeauty.com) come in dramatic, rich shades and will last through your run and post-workout shower.