We’re coming up on summer in Chicago and that means great outdoor joggling. But it also means you’re going to get sunburned if you don’t take precautions like using sunscreen. Runners need it more than most because we are outside longer, we sweat it off, and we have more exposed skin.
If you’re like me, you have half used tubes of sunscreen all over the place. You’ll have no idea how old they are or whether they are still good. If it is only a year old, it probably is. In fact, most sunscreens last 3-5 years. The folks over at U.S. Pharmacist published the secret code to popular sunscreens so you can tell how old your product is. Look yours up and see if you can tell how old it is. Here’s a sample of the list.
1. Banana Boat – First two numbers are the year, last three numbers are the month (e.g 032 = Feb 1)
2. Coppertone – First two numbers are the year, Letter is the month ( A=Jan, B=Feb)
3. Hawaiian Tropic – First number is the year, Letter is the month
4. Neutrogena – It may have an expiration date on it. First three digits are number day of year (up to 365) Last number is the year
5. Water Babies – Last number is the year, letter is the month (A= Jan, B=Feb, G=June, etc).
Most of these products only last 3 years however the Banana Boat is said to last up to 6 years. The most important thing is that you use sunscreen whenever you are going to be outside for any length of time. There’s really no reason not to.
Personally, I like the spray sunscreens best. What do you other runners/jugglers use? Anything?