Staying Active in the Summer with Lupus

5 Jun

Recently, I was contacted by a friend of mine who happens to suffer from lupus. In the past couple of years, she has done a TREMENDOUS job at losing weight and pursuing and active lifestyle, resulting in a dramatic weight loss! Her story is inspirational and I think it would be awesome if she started a blog *coughHINTcough* to talk about her journey. Anyway, she has gotten into running and now she is in need of some apparel to help keep her active through the summer months.
Walk for Lupus Now
Let me first say that I had no idea what lupus was. I had heard of it, but I didn’t know much about it at all. If you want to learn more about lupus, please check out the Lupus Foundation of America. In order to find some products to help her out, I had to figure out exactly what she needed. According to the Mayo Clinic, ultraviolet light can trigger a flare, so it is recommended that people with lupus are protected with UPF 55 or greater from head to toe, every time they go outside. Long-sleeved shirts and long pants are recommended.

That’s fine and all, but have you ever tried to run outside in a Louisiana summer…in a long-sleeved shirt and long pants? YIKES.

I wanted to find some good options to help keep her running safely and staying cool through these hot months. After much research online, tips from friends, and visiting some of my favorite stores, here are some of my favorite finds. Since sun safety is smart for ALL runners, I hope that you find these suggestions helpful too!

FOR THE LADIES
Lululemon Run: In The Sun Long Sleeve Top
$78.00
UPF 50+

Lululemon Run: In the Sun Long Sleeve Top

Photo courtesy of Lululemon

Brooks Running Women’s HVAC Synergy Long Sleeve
$30.00 (It is on clearance right now! Woot!)
UPF 40+

Brooks Women's HVAC Synergy Long Sleeve Top

Photo courtesy of Brooks Running

Smartwool Women’s Microweight Tee
$65.00
UPF 30

Smartwool Microweight Tee

Photo courtesy of Smartwool

Lululemon Run: In The Sun Crop
$88.00
UPF 50+

Lululemon Run: In The Sun Crop

Photo courtesy of Lululemon

REI Fleet Skapris
$59.50
UPF 50+

REI Fleet Skapris

Photo courtesy of REI

FOR THE MEN
Brooks Running Men’s HVAC Synergy Long Sleeve ½ Zip
$42.00 (It is on sale! Woot!)
UPF 40+

Brooks Men's HVAC Synergy Long Sleeve 1/2 Zip

Photo courtesy of Brooks Running

GoLite M’s Visa Ridge Short Sleeve Run Top
$14.99 (It is on sale! Woot!)
UPF 50+

GoLite M's Vista Ridge Short Sleeve Run Top

Photo courtesy of GoLite

Pearl Izumi Infinity In-R-Cool Short Sleeve Top
$45.00
UPF 50

Pearl Izumi Infinity In-R-Cool Short Sleeve Top

Photo courtesy of Pearl Izumi

Brooks Running Men’s HVAC Synergy Shorts
$44.00
UPF 40+

Brooks Men's HVAC Synergy Shorts

Photo courtesy of Brooks Running

Pearl Izumi Maverick 2 In 1 Shorts
$55.00
UPF 50

Pearl Izumi Maverick 2 In 1 Shorts

Photo courtesy of Pearl Izumi

FOR ALL RUNNERS
Pearl Izumi Sun Sleeves
$30.00
UPF 40

Pearl Izumi Sun Sleeves

Photo courtesy of Pearl Izumi

CEP Arm Cooler Sleeves
$29.95
UPF 50+

CEP Compression Arm Coolers

Photo courtesy of CEP Compression

Sun Guard
Take your existing running clothes and treat them yourself with Sun Guard! A single treatment washes UPF 30 sun protection into everyday clothes. The protection lasts through 20 future washings too! I am not sure if additional treatments boost the UPF coverage even higher, but it might be worth looking into!

Sun Guard Sun Protection

Photo courtesy of Sun Guard

WEAR SUNSCREEN
My favorite sunscreen EVER is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 55. However, a friend who’s mother has lupus said her dermatologist recommended Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 100+. I was unable to find this at my local pharmacy. With SPF coverage that high, it may require special ordering if you cannot find it in your area.

Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 100+

Photo courtesy of Neutrogena

Regarding sunscreen lotions, be sure and apply, apply, APPLY. And then re-apply. The FDA has recently banned sunscreen manufacturers from advertising and packaging using the words “waterproof” and “sweatproof,” as technically, no such product actually exists. So if you are a super sweater like me, don’t rely on that “sweatproof” label…re-apply anyway.

Whether you suffer with lupus or you are just someone that wants to protect your skin in the summertime, I hope you find these products helpful! Stay safe in the sun!

5 Responses to “Staying Active in the Summer with Lupus”

  1. Jody June 5, 2012 at 10:00 AM #

    What a great friend you are! Thanks for sharing, I ❤ running clothes.

  2. Kristen Fowler June 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM #

    Thank you thank you thank you!!! I can’t wait to start looking into all of these options. Oh and I’m working on writing a book about the journey.

  3. Yasumi Designs June 5, 2012 at 11:46 AM #

    Great post! I run at lunch year-round, so I am HUGE on sun protective clothing. Particularly long sleeve tops (I run in skirts, though, so I have a bad sock tan despite spf 55.). My favorite is the Lululemon sunblocker long sleeve, but they didn’t make that one this year. I didn’t get the run in the sun top because I didn’t like the boat neck. They JUST came out with a new sun top, though, the sunrunner long sleeve, which looks promising! Mesh venting in all the right areas in a UPF top. Currently, only white is uploaded online, but I’m hoping for other colors.

  4. Carrie June 5, 2012 at 10:23 PM #

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Love these picks!

  5. Cath Momberg July 16, 2012 at 11:00 PM #

    Thanks for good advice. I have lupus too which is thankfully dormant at the moment, but having to run in the hot sun is a definite trigger. Living in South Africa is not easy and it can get pretty damm hot, but I run early in the morning or evening. Can’t run the races that start too late in the day (Like after 8.30 am)

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