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It's easy to think that you can put away your sports sunblock after Labor Day, along with white shoes and polka dot bikinis.
But not so fast. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that a year-round sun protection regimen for everyone to reduce the risk of skin cancer. That includes runners, who still spend several hours outside on long runs, especially on cool, but still sunny, fall mornings.
Clothing is effective protection against skin cancer, so by virtue of wearing long sleeves and tights you will be protected. But as long as you are wearing shorts and short sleeves into the fall, keep putting sunblock on your arms, legs, and neck.
And don't forget your face, especially as you switch from a hat with a brim to winter caps or earbands.