April 8th, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Get Ready For The London Marathon


With the London marathon fast approaching the team at What Skin Needs have looked at the key things we can do to prep our bodies before and after running a marathon. Whilst running has long associated health benefits, the training and aftermath of running a marathon can play havoc with our bodies and indeed our skin. In order to combat this we will look at things we can do to make sure we are in optimum health for a better, more successful marathon run!



Anyone who has run a marathon will tell you trainers are key for a comfortable run. Whilst it may be worth investing in a pair of trainers for your run they should be lightweight but sturdy and provide good support. It is also important to ‘break’ them in and give your new trainers a test run, ideally training in them to ensure they don’t give you blisters or rub. If you don’t train in them wear them on at least one 10-mile run at marathon pace and if the trainers cause you any discomfort on this test run, get another pair before it’s too late.

It is also advisable to do a dress rehearsal for the marathon, making sure your clothes are comfortable and do not chafe. Marathons are sweaty and you want to ensure your clothes do not rub and irritate your skin. Anti-chafing are fantastic for minimising the amount of friction that you may experience with the skin. If you are suffering from irritated skin try our Soothing Skin Gel as it contains Aloe Vera making it ideal for calming sore skin.

Take time to relax as well as train. A couple of days before the marathon are not the time to be having late nights or spending hours on your feet shopping. Whilst training is an important factor to preparing for a marathon, it is equally important to relax and try to avoid outside stresses.



Congratulations! You’ve made it to the finish line but like any smart runner who always cools down properly after working out, the same should be applied to your skin. No doubt the cost of running 26.2 miles would have taken its toll on your complexion so just like your pre marathon prep, reach for your Soothing Skin Gel again. Your skin would have endured exposure to the elements for a long period of time so the Soothing Skin Gel will assist with soothing sun damage and windburn, as well as providing moisture to dry skin.

It’s also extremely important to keep your legs elevated immediately after the race as this will help reduce the build up of fluid in your legs. If you are still experiencing pain post marathon you can relieve this with ice and cold water. Try sitting in a bath or pool of cold water or even wrap ice in a wet towel to target specific areas. However, be sure not to put ice directly onto your skin, always use a towel so you do not cause an ice burn.   


Good luck!


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