Tips for Runners and Walkers, from Big River Silk Skincare
Did you know that runners and walkers often have several skincare needs that can be easily solved?
In 2016, after 25 years of practicing Dermatology, I became President of Big River Silk Skincare™ to manufacture and distribute gentle but effective skin cleansers and moisturizers for runners and walkers.
Here are some of my tips:
Tip #1: It’s helpful to lubricate your skin, before and/or after workouts, particularly if you have dry hands and feet, to cut down on cracking or fissuring, which can lead eventually to outbreaks of eczema. Options include Cetaphil®, Aveeno®, Eucerin®, and Cerave®. Big River Silk Skincare also manufactures and distributes a fragrance-free Alpha-Hydroxy Acid moisturizer – GlycoShea™ Hand&Body Cream – also free of sulfates, parabens, formaldehyde, propylene glycol, and dyes (1 oz: $19.95/2 oz; $29.95/8 oz: $129.95). It can be applied at night, while wearing a sock overnight, to remove calluses and dryness, with its Glycolic Acid ingredient working making it into an anti-wrinkle cream.
Tip #2: It’s helpful to use a deep cleanser after running or walking, to cut down on complexion issues. Neutrogena® bar soap, Aveeno®, and Purpose® Facial Cleanser are options. Big River Silk Skincare also manufactures one of the few commercially available soap gels – AmberSoy® Soap Gel – which can be used as a face or trunk mask for five minutes before rinsing off, for a really deep clean. Available in Lemon, Mint, and No Fragrance Added (1 oz: $12.95/2 oz: $18.95/8 oz: $59.95).
Tip #4: Don’t forget your sunscreen! Outdoor athletes are at higher risk of skin cancer due to extra exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, so select a sunscreen spray or lotion that’s labeled as “broad-spectrum,” and “water-resistant,” with an SPF or 30 or higher. A personal favorite is over-the-counter Vanicream® Sunscreen Sport SPF 35 (4 oz: $17.95).
Tip #5: Be careful to prevent upper legs and underarms rubbing or chafing. It helps to use a lubricating moisturizer, such as Cetaphil® or Cerave®. Big River Silk Skincare formulated HypoShea™ Moisturizer Cream from Refined Shea Butter to help reduce friction on the legs and arms. It’s free of perfumes, dyes, sulfates, and propylene glycol (1 oz: $12.95/2 oz: $18.95/8 oz: $39.95).
And if you have a significant skin issue on your feet – like a changing mole, or a wart or possible fungal infection, my own Dermatology practice is in Cordova, TN, with Rheumatology and Dermatology (www.Rheumderm.com; 1-901-753-0168). You can also find a Dermatologist close to you by going to the American Academy of Dermatology web site, www.AAD.org, then plugging your zip code into the “Find a Dermatologist” tab. Don’t delay. Get checked today.
George Woodbury Jr. M.D.
8143 Walnut Grove Road
Cordova TN 38018