I looked down in the shower today and was shocked by the strata of tan lines on my legs. There are four distinct colors. I’m sure I’d see some great designs on my back if I looked. So if you have a sport sunscreen you love, please send me a note. I usually just end up slathering myself with whatever tube I can find in the car before I start running. (No, not half an hour before I start running.) Most of the tubes are left over from Eliot’s trips with students. I sweat off whatever I’ve put on about two miles into the run. Part of that has to do with the Texas humidity and part is just a natural gift. Women glow. Men perspire. Horses sweat. Horses and me. Having sunscreen drip into your mouth during a run has to be worse than eating soap.
The American Academy of Dermatology and a bunch of other organizations recommend using a shot glass full (1 ounce) of sunscreen each application. That’s one shot glass every two hours. Certainly they’re talking about using that much when you’re in your speedo, but even if you only used three-quarters of a shot glass, that’s a huge amount of sunscreen to get on at one time. I know because I tried to demo the recommended amount on one of my students. He could only rub in about half an ounce before he started to look like a slick ghost. (I love my job.) Using that much sunscreen also means that you should consider the ounces listed on the bottle as doses. A 4 ounce, $12 dollar bottle of Neutrogena Ultimate Sport will last four applications. Two long runs if I reapply. Pricey. Maybe the best course of action (besides running in dark pants, long sleeves and a floppy hat) is buying cheaper sunscreen, using a lot of it, and reapplying. Maybe something special just for your face… Thoughts?