SPF season is year-round, but in the hot summer months, it’s an absolute mandatory step in everyone’s skincare routine. In this guide, we’ll delve into the art of applying sunscreen with finesse and precision. By understanding the best practices for daily SPF use, you’ll be equipped to shield your skin effectively from the sun’s harmful rays. Read on to discover the key steps to achieving optimal sun protection.

Mastering Daily SPF Application: Shielding Your Skin with Expert Precision

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SPF is a numerical measure that indicates the level of protection a sunscreen offers against UVB rays. Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to ensure adequate protection against both UVB and UVA rays. You should also consider your skin type. Different skin types have varying levels of sensitivity to the sun. If you have fair or sensitive skin or are planning prolonged sun exposure, opt for a higher SPF to provide enhanced protection.

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Budget-friendly Blue Lizard has an array of Broad Spectrum SPFs for the whole family

Timing Is Everything

Prior to applying sunscreen, cleanse your face and body gently to remove any dirt, oil, or sweat that may hinder absorption. Dry your skin thoroughly. Give it time! Apply sunscreen at least 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure. This allows the product to absorb into the skin fully, ensuring optimal protection.

We asked the experts! Bahar, a medical aesthetician from Bayview Village’s Hammam Spa shared her favourite sunscreen. Hands down, she adores La Roche-Posay Anthelios Lotion SPF 60 Sunscreen. This SPF is non-comedogenic, fragrance-free and paraben-free. It goes on quickly and absorbs in minutes. There’s no excuse for not applying this lightweight sunscreen.

Quantity matters. Use a generous amount of sunscreen to cover all exposed areas adequately. For the face, a nickel-sized amount is a good guideline. Don’t forget often neglected areas like the ears, neck, hands, and feet. Be sure to spread evenly. Start by applying sunscreen to your face, gently massaging using upward motions. For the body, work in sections, ensuring even coverage. Pay extra attention to areas prone to burning or those exposed to direct sunlight.

Time for a touch-up

Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more frequently if sweating heavily or swimming. Even water-resistant or waterproof sunscreens can lose effectiveness over time, so regular reapplication is essential. After engaging in activities that cause excessive sweating or water exposure, towel dry your skin before reapplying sunscreen. This ensures the product adheres properly for continued protection.

Sunscreen beyond Summer: Don’t limit SPF use to just sunny days

UV rays are present year-round, even on cloudy or overcast days. Make sunscreen a daily habit regardless of the weather or season. Besides sunscreen, consider incorporating other sun protection measures into your routine. Wear protective clothing, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses to further shield yourself from the sun’s harmful effects.

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Curu Skin After Sun Facial Oil can be popped in the fridge to help cool and revive skin

Sunscreen that does double duty…

There’s no shortage of options on the marketplace today and they just keep getting better and better. Not only do they offer protection and help with preventing sun damage but some also do double, or even triple, duty. Sonya on our team tells us she’s always looking for skincare that can do more. Here are her most recent discoveries…

The latest innovation was discovered in Dermalogica’s Porescreen SPF 40 — a recently launched multi-benefit mineral sunscreen that delivers protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays while supporting healthy-looking pores. How? She tells us the lightweight lotion offers a blurring, primer-like effect when applied to the skin. It also has a hint of tint so skin appears more radiant. She loves this product as it doesn’t congest the pores.

Keep pores pristine with Dermalogica’s Porescreen SPF 40

More effective SPFs we love

Another great product that multi-tasks is Lancôme Canada’s best-selling UV Expert Aquagel Defence Face Primer & Moisturizer with SPF 50. This weightless and oil-free has a “barely there” feel when applied to the skin. The formula hydrates and preps the skin if you wear makeup. But it’s also great alone with its lightweight finish.

Lancôme Canada’s best-selling SPF is a favourite

Just launched is Burt’s Bees Skin Renewal Collection and we’re already impressed with the line that includes the Renewal Firming SPF 30-Day Lotion. The affordable natural skincare line offers nourishing blends in each product. This particular lotion includes Bakuchiol, a natural retinol alternative that helps skin to look and feel smoother. It also helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also hydrating and helps maintain the skin’s natural barriers the skin always looks healthy and supple.

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Budget-friendly Burts Bees offers good value

By choosing the right sunscreen, applying it correctly, and reapplying at regular intervals, you’re taking proactive steps to protect your skin from sun damage. Embrace these best practices as part of your daily routine, and enjoy the sun while keeping your skin healthy, youthful, and shielded. Let the power of SPF become your ally in the quest for radiant and protected skin.

MORE PRO SUN PROTECTION

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Vivier’s line of luxe sunscreens is an everyday favourite

Triple protection and broad-spectrum are non-negotiable inclusions for Libby’s SPF purposes. Leaning on Vivier’s potent and lightweight SPF 30 means antioxidants and zinc repair and protect delicate skin. No ghost face streaky whiteness here, this sunscreen goes on seamlessly and easily.

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Pool-friendly fun awaits with long-lasting Neutrogena® Sunscreens

Generations have relied on Neutrogena® to protect skin with their award-winning dermatologist-approved formulas. We love the lightweight Invisible Daily, a 50+ SPF designed to go on quickly, without the greasy finish. Available in both a lotion and a mist, the broad spectrum UVA/UVB protects against harmful rays and other potential skin irritants like cold weather, ozone, and pollution. The Mineral ULTRA SHEER lotion is a 30 SPF that is both fragrance and phthalate-free. Made to go on without the telltale white streaks, this mineral-based lotion boasts Vitamin E and is perfect for sensitive skin types.

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For face and body, AVEENO® takes the guesswork out of sun protection in multiple formats

AVEENO® has launched a new line of mineral sunscreens in an array of formats. The Protect + Soothe range of 30 SPF lotions for the face and body bring broad protection in a gentle package. The 50 SPF stick brings skin-saving protection in a convenient no-excuses format. If you’re looking for an all-natural sunscreen, this checks all your boxes.