June 21st was the official start to the summer season here in Canada and whether you’re off to the beach, pool, park or BBQ this summer, you should be wearing a good quality sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. With so many different brands on the market and changing regulations, sunscreen shopping can be a bit of a challenge. Here are some important points to consider:
- Be sure that you are using a broad-spectrum sunscreen – protection against UVB (skin cancer and sunburn) and UVA rays (skin cancer and skin aging).
- Make sure your sun protection factor (SPF) is at least 30 or higher. This is necessary for a sunscreen to carry the claim that it can help prevent skin cancer and early skin aging in addition to protection from sunburn.
- If you are going to be active, make sure your sunscreen is water resistant for up to 40 minutes or 80 minutes, when swimming or sweating.
Now, which formula is right for you? It all depends on your skin type and daily activity. See our top picks below and decide which best suits your lifestyle and needs.
VivierSkin Triple Protection Moisturizer SPF 30 (For Dehydrated/Aging Skin)
Optimal for all skin types especially normal to dry skin, this medical grade physical sunblock provides true broad-spectrum UVA/UVB and SPF 30 protection using a combination of Z-Cote HP-1, Titanium Dioxide and powerful antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E. This sunblock is formulated using breakthrough technology that allows for an elegant and transparent application that maintains its full efficacy throughout a 12 hour period. Formulated especially for daily use on the face, neck and chest alone or under makeup. May also be used following aesthetic procedures such as laser treatments, microdermabrasion, IPL and chemical peels. Alcohol-free, oil-free, PABA-free and fragrance-free.
Alyria Sunscreen Lotion SPF45 (For All Skin Types)
Alyria Sunscreen lotion SPF 45 protects the skin from the harmful effects of the sun using physical sunscreens with a broad UVA-UVB spectrum in a light texture. The addition of a unique blend of powerful antioxidants to the formulation, including EUK-134, provides additional protection against free-radicals, thus minimizing the damaging effects of the sun and preventing premature aging of the skin.
SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 (Tinted)
This groundbreaking, weightless, 100% physical sunscreen provides water-resistant broad spectrum protection with transparent titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (Z-Cote®*). Enhanced with artemia salina, a plankton extract, this lightweight sunscreen increases skin defenses and resistance to UV and heat stress. Colour-infused technology enhances natural skin tone and boosts daily radiance.
SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 (For All Skin Types, Especially Sensitive Skin)
This transparent, mattifying fluid provides broad spectrum protection for all skin types (even very sensitive) with 100% physical filters, transparent titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (Z-Cote®*). Enhanced with artemia salina, a plankton extract, this lightweight sunscreen increases skin defenses and resistance to UV and heat stress. The weightless fluid spreads evenly and dries quickly, leaving no residue.
Elta MD UV Sport SPF 50 (For all Skin Types, Tinted)
EltaMD UV Sport SPF 50 is specially formulated for active lifestyles. It is a very water resistant sunscreen, that will not rinse off in water or drip into the eyes and sting when sweating. This powerful sunscreen utilizes 9% micronized zinc oxide that is transparent on the skin. This provides very strong protection from UVA (aging) rays and provides an SPF 50 to protect from the UVB (burning) rays. Great for swimmers, runners, golfers, skiers and all outdoor activities. Noncomedogenic, paraben-free, and fragrance-free. Safe for use with children.
Pro-Derm SPF 60 Cream (For All Skin Types, Extra Protection)
Pro-Derm™ SPF 60 has a high solar protection factor distinguished by its innovative formula. It is light weight, penetrates rapidly, contains no colourant and does not have a whitening effect on the skin. Pro-Derm™ SPF 60 is enriched with natural protectors (Ectoin, Omega, Shea Butter), antioxidants (Emblica, Vit. E) and Rosa Mosqueta essential oil.
Consonant ‘The Perfect Sunscreen” (100% Natural)
“The Perfect Sunscreen” is unlike other 100% natural sunscreens as it is a smooth, non-greasy formula that leaves no white residue. It delivers optimal SPF 30 protection using uniquely micronized (non-nano particle) Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide minerals to block the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays. The newly developed formula has light, hydrating benefits with aloe vera, grape seed and rice bran oil, and evens skin tone with a touch of natural mica tint. Like all Consonant Skincare products, this product is fragrance free, containing no perfume or even essential oils. Ideal for prolonged periods of sun exposure, and good for all skin types, especially dry skin.
Sun Care Tip: Always remember that your sunscreen is the last step in your skin care regimen. Apply your serum, eye cream and moisturizer before applying your SPF product. In most cases, apply every 2 hours when outdoors for prolonged periods of time or after swimming or perspiring.