What Skin Routine Is Best For Runners?


I constantly preach about how necessary it is for us to exercise and keep our bodies in shape. If you’re not exercising, then you’re most definitely doing it wrong. Just as important is the routine that you incorporate to give your skin the workout it deserves. For those that like running, whether you’re the avid marathon running, interval fanatic, or sprinter, you need to take your skin into consideration.

Think about it for a second…

You’re working your body to the core, sweating profusely and as a result, you just might be clogging your pores due to all that salt residue seeping out of your pores. In other words, all that running might lead to acne and breakouts occurring. If you’re training outdoors, then you’re subjecting yourself to factors such as exposure to UV. This exposure can cause dark spots, lines, and even deep wrinkles to form. I guess my point here is that you need to be proactive if you want to stay young looking.

The good news is that you don’t need to sacrifice your overall health and wind in the name of your skin. There are plenty of ways in which you can keep your skin clear and still enjoy your running routine. Here’s what you must do.

Skin care for avid runners

The Perfect Skin Care Routine For Runners

Below you will find the skin perfect routine laid out for any avid runner. Take these things into consideration and you’ll save your skin in the long run, trust me.

Use A Cleanser (Pre-Run)

Some people, in fact, I’d say most people likely throw on their clothes first thing in the morning and just hit the concrete or treadmill. They figure, why should I¬†wash my face when I’m just going to get sweaty. Well, what you want to do is start using a cleanser before you go on your run.

Doing so will help confirm that your pores are not clogged and that sweat, gunk, dirt, and grime will not build up and get stuck during your run. Trapping sweat in a pore leads to a pimple – no doubt about that. Use a pre-run gentle cleanser like the Murad Soothing Gel Cleanser or any other cleanser from a reputable company.


You don’t want to forget to moisturize after cleansing. This will help keep your skin hydrated, smooth, and as firm, as one could ask for. The thing is, you don’t want to go for a traditional heavy moisturizer per usual. Instead, you want to work in a moisturizer but try a serum instead.

Reason being, serums absorb very quickly and they penetrate the skin quite fast. Sure, the serum won’t protect the outer layer of your skin as much as a traditional moisturizer but it penetrates deep and protects the deeper layers which need help too. For protecting the outer layer, we have…


Find yourself an SPF that’s not one of these two-in-one moisturizers/SPF. Instead, find something that’s just an SPF. Using this will help you protect your skin from things like dark spots, lines, wrinkles, and most importantly, dreaded cancer. Find one that’s sweat resistant and that works for more than 60 – 80 minutes. Remember, if you’re not protecting yourself the whole time you’re exposed to the sun, then you’re doing it wrong.


I typically do not suggest using wipes, but if you’re on your run and you find yourself wrapping up your workout but unable to wash your face immediately, then you want to use a wipe to help unclog the pores on your face. Most runners have a fanny pack that they run with. Do yourself a favor and carry a few on your for your post-run wipe down.

Night Cream

Given that runners spend more time outdoors than most, you’ll want to do all that you can to boost things up a notch. Assuming that fighting crow’s feet, fine lines around your eyes, and other blemishes are on your list of achievements, then a retinol containing night cream must be on your list. It’s super important that you remember to wear SPF if you’re going to use this retinol night cream at night because retinol will make your skin more sensitive for sure.

Well, that wraps things up on this fine Friday. Good luck and take the time this weekend to shop around for some products so that you can get your skin routine on track for your Monday morning run.

What Skin Routine Is Best For Runners?
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Brandon Sirrico


Brandon Sirrico is a well-versed marketing expert with a background in finance. He holds an MBA from Florida International University and an undergrad from Northeastern. A former bodybuilder, he's a dedicated gym rat who provides many updates on health and diet as well as reactions to trending skin care topics.