The Best Sunscreens to Wear During Sweaty Summer Runs

Now is the time to stock up on editor-tested sunscreens to keep your skin protected on summer runs.

If it’s not your mother’s voice in the back of your head when you step out into the sun telling you to put on sunscreen, let it be ours, or the American record holder in the marathon, Deena Kastor’s. “I think it’s important to take these measures: Having a great sunscreen, wearing a hat when you’re out there to protect your face, and also being very thoughtful about the clothing you’re wearing,” she says. 

Sunscreen is a way to help prevent skin cancer, something Kastor is—unfortunately—well-versed in. She has had melanoma three times and non-melanoma skin cancer countless others. Because of her diligence, all have been caught in the early stages.

It is especially important for runners to use precautions for the hours of training and racing spent in the sun. The following protective picks are cruelty-free, non-toxic, and will keep you covered from head to toe for the duration of a sweaty summer run.


Thinksport Every Day Face | $12.99

This naturally tinted sunscreen works well as a primer for your makeup or in lieu of foundation. It lasts during a run and doesn’t clog pores. This is one of Kastor’s favorites to wear on her neck and face in combination with a hat while she’s outdoors.



COOLA 30SPF Scalp & Hair Mist | $26

Burned scalps are no fun, but neither is trying to put greasy sunscreen into your part. This hair mist is designed specifically to protect any part of your scalp that’s visible and is fortified with Monoi oil that nourishes hair without making it greasy.



COOLA Organic Sunscreen Spray | $25

This is Kastor’s go-to option for race day and training. It’s easy to spray on and has a much lighter feel than a lotion. Available scent-free or in piña colada, peach blossom, guava mango, or tropical coconut.



Sun Bum Mineral Sunscreen Face Stick | $11.99

For something a little more portable, Sun Bum’s Mineral Sunscreen Face Stick is water- and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes. And even though it smells surprisingly sweet, it also doesn’t clog pores.



Alba Botanica Moisturizing Sunscreen Lip Balm | $14.94 (3-Pack)

The lips are a commonly forgotten spot, but they’re just as prone to damage. Alba Botanica Moisturizing Sunscreen Lip Balm has 25 SPF protection and is truly flavorless—so there’s no weird tastes distracting you on your run. It also works well as a protective base under lip gloss or lipstick.


Image Prevent+ Sunscreen | $44

This lotion is oh so moisturizing. It’s great for the body or face and also has blue light digital defense—perfect for runners who are bound to a computer for a good portion of their day.



Bare Republic Gel-Lotion Body Sunscreen | $16.99

Most mineral sunscreens are thick and hard to rub in, but Bare Republic’s Gel-Lotion Body Sunscreen is lightweight and can easily be applied all over.



ZO® Skin Health Sunscreen + Powder | $65

This powder is perfect when you need to quickly reapply sunscreen to your face but don’t want to mess up your makeup. It adds a matte finish to your look while still providing 40 SPF protection. Available in light, medium, and deep shades.



ZO® Daily Sheer Sunscreen | $70

This dermatologist-crafted sunscreen may be on the pricey side, but it delivers by offering UV and blue light protection. It also provides a good amount of moisture to the skin, all while staying put even on a sweaty summer run.