Running helps you stay healthy, look great, and improve the quality (and length!) of your life. But just like you take care to avoid injuries, it's important to make sure your running habit isn't having unintended consequences for your skin.
Have you ever noticed...
If you said YES to any of these, we want to help you!
Hi! We're Sara and Emily, the sisters behind Ready Set Run Co. We're passionate about running, and we don't like to let a pesky thing like vanity get between us and our goals.
But skincare isn't just about looking great; it's an important part of overall health, and in many cases, the results of neglecting proper skincare can be painful and even outright dangerous.
When we started running marathons and ultras, we quickly realized that we had important skincare needs that weren't being met by our old routines. Sara is very fair and prone to sunburn and freckling, which can be disastrous when spending hours out on the trail. Emily is prone to psoriasis and eczema triggered by heat and sweat, which can make it difficult and painful to exercise.
We made it our goal to tailor proven, clinical-quality skincare solutions to runners and other outdoor athletes of all skin types who want to concentrate on their sport, not their skin.
As graphic designers by trade, we did marketing work for high-end skincare lines that provided professional grade products to aestheticians and medispas.
Studying the benefits of the products and using them ourselves, we realized that through our contacts we had access to some of the best skincare chemists and manufacturers around, and finally had the tools to deal with our the entire range of skincare concerns we faced as runners.
From there we worked with these manufacturers to create a line of products that addressed the exact needs that runners have, and we're bringing them directly to you, the people who need them most.
This isn't your drugstore brand with a different label: this is cutting-edge, concentrated skincare that will deliver noticeable results.
I can't say enough good about these soaps. They smell delicious and they are really tough! For those rough areas on your feet or even elbows. Pretty and a million times more aromatic than your run of the mill pumice bar, these soaps will clean, exfoliate and moisturize all in one.
I have the driest lips of all time. I literally was peeling them off every morning and multiple times a day. I’ve used every chapstick and “healing balm” known to man and I still had cracked, bleeding lips I was covering with dark lipstick. I’ve been using my new Running Buddy ones for less than a week and the change is crazy.
Rating: 25/10. Eleventy billion out of 100. I have one in every pocket.
It means glowing and smiling in the sunshine without worrying about whether your skin will suffer tomorrow.
It means waking up the morning after a marathon looking fresh and glowing, while other racers are nursing their painful sunburns and blisters.
It means confidently sharing your race selfies without wondering why the woman in the photo looks 10 years older than you feel.
It means you won't need expensive professional peels, laser treatments, and botox, because you'll have been proactive in protecting your skin from the signs of aging.
It means reducing and controlling flare-ups of embarrassing and painful conditions like acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema.
To take the guesswork out of shopping for your new skincare lineup, we've put together a quick and easy 10-question quiz to determine your Runners' Skin Type and outline your Ideal Skincare Routine. We recommend you start here!
Or Shop Now if you already know what you're after!
While friction, dehydration, oxidative stress, and dust and dirt can all cause skin problems when you're putting in a lot of miles, the sun itself is still your biggest "frenemy" while running outdoors.
fren•em•y (noun) Kind of your friend, kind of a total drag.
Obviously sunburn is painful, looks awful, and is terrible for your skin. But even without burning, UVA/UVB radiation can damage your skin. According to WebMD, Research shows that UV exposure is the reason behind 80% of your skin's aging. Sun exposure leads to wrinkles, loss of elasticity, dryness, and dark "liver" spots (they're actually called "solar lentigines" and they have nothing to do with your liver!) And as scary as it is to think about, solar radiation (simple sunlight) is a major cause of skin cancers.
Luckily, this is all totally preventable! Our high-SPF, lab-tested sunscreen is oil-free and non-comedogenic (fancy word for "won't cause pimples") and contains anti-oxidants to protect you from damage. Replace your regular daily moisturizer with our moisturizing, anti-aging sunscreen, and you'll never look back.
The medication I was prescribed for rosacea left my skin dry and flakey, but rosacea free. After my first application of your great moisturizing cream, the dryness has gone and my skin looks great.
I can’t say enough good things about this serum. Anyone who mentions their skincare products to me gets an earful about why Marathoner’s Miracle is better. Silky is the perfect word to describe it. It leaves your skin perfectly hydrated without feeling even the slightest bit greasy. A little goes a long way, and it’s well worth every penny. Plus, it makes your face smell amazing. Who doesn’t love that?
(start now; it's so much easier to prevent damage than it is to correct it!)
(sun damage is cumulative and its end game is cancer...if you already have a lot of damage, you need to take action)
(it's more common than you think, and we can help you deal with both at once)
(that's awesome! but skin health goes WAY beyond just looking youthful)
We know that once you try it, you'll realize the difference. You'll see that just a tiny dot of our silky serum is enough to coat your entire face, and the bottle will last longer than you thought possible. You'll see that our sunscreen, far from leaving a greasy white sheen on your skin, blends in beautifully and leaves your skin touchably soft all day.
We know that once you try it, you'll just GET IT.
That's why if you don't love it, you've got two weeks after the date of delivery to try it risk-free. If you're not feeling the love, you can send it back to us for a full refund, no questions asked. (OK, we'll probably ask some questions, because we're perfectionists who want to make sure our products are the best possible!)
Let's be real: if you're still reading this, you KNOW you need to make a change to your skincare routine and what you're doing is NOT cutting it. With our rock-solid guarantee, what have you got to lose by giving it a try?
Here's an insider secret: you don't have to jump in with both feet. If changing up your whole routine seems too daunting, just order the ONE product that will have the most impact (find out what that product would be by taking our extremely helpful Skin Type Quiz).
We like to hook our customers up with a little extra, so expect to find sample packets of some other suggested products in the box, just as a thank you for giving us a try. You can even include a note with your order and tell us exactly what samples you'd most like to try, and we'll do our best to make it happen.