How to Take Care of Your Skin

Run-Friendly Foundation

It's often preferable and more comfortable to run completely make-up free. However, if you run later in the day, you can follow a routine in the morning that will last through your afternoon or evening workout.

"Makeup should never be a substitute for sunscreen," Silverberg says. Start your day with this in mind. After you cleanse your face, apply an SPF moisturizer and allow it to absorb for five minutes before putting on any additional product. "I recommend avoiding all fragrances when running, which can cause burning, discoloration or irritation," Silverberg says.

To help your foundation last, start with a primer, which works as a barrier between skin and makeup. Cover FX Skinprep FX Nourishing Foundation Primer & Anti-Aging Serum ($45, is oil- and fragrance-free, and will help foundation to stay in place without clogging your pores.

For long-lasting coverage, sponge on Eau Thermale Av?ne Couvrance Compact Foundation
Cream SPF 30 ($29,, which is scent-free and sweat-resistant.

Lip Gloss

Your lip color needs to have staying power. While stains last, they often dry out lips, so always top with a balm or choose a moisturizing gloss. We like CoverGirl Outlast Lip Stain ($8, drugstores) under Kiss My Face Organic Ginger Mango Lip Balm SPF 15 ($3,

Laura Geller Mini Shine and Shield SPF 15 Lip Gloss Trio ($24, is loaded with moisturizing ingredients such as jojoba oil, beeswax, cocoa seed butter and vitamin E to hydrate and smooth your pucker, plus zinc oxide to provide sun protection. And be sure to avoid licking dry lips—your saliva will only further dehydrate them.

Rainy Day Outfit

As winter thaws into spring, you'll need to adjust your running gear accordingly. "When shifting between seasons it is best to wear layers of clothing you can shed during a run to avoid central overheating,"

Silverberg advises. On a cold, rainy day, you may be tempted to layer with a thick sweatshirt, but this can lead to wet, heavy fabric which will chafe as you sweat.

Start with a base of cool, wicking clothing. Make sure that these garments have no seams along common chafe points such as underarms and inner thighs. Next, add a layer of thermal protective gear and a light rain jacket if necessary. Water can degrade the support of your sports bra as well.

"Wearing two bras, one that's cotton without underwire close to the skin and then another with overlying wires can help," says Silverberg.

Anti-Friction Cream

Moisture can increase friction during your run, leaving you with rubbed-raw skin. You may not notice this irritation during your run—but you definitely will during your post-run shower, as warm water turns to fire on irritated surfaces.

Prevent chafing before it starts, especially if you're headed out for a long run on a wet day. "Treat yourself like a baby—use thick, paste-like emollients on chafe-prone areas before and after running," Silverberg recommends.

We like Mission Skincare High Performance Anti-Friction Cream and Long Lasting Anti-Chafe Balm ($10 each, Silverberg adds, "Always shower as soon as possible and apply moisturizers before and after runs."

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