Safe sun: The sun protection you need this season

Usually I wouldn’t even be thinking about sunscreen in April, but lately I’ve been slathering myself in it.

Since I’m working from home, I really feel like I have been making the best of the situation. Every morning I wake up at 7:45 am, get a workout in, and then start my workday for my full-time job at 9 am.  Since my condo gets the sun in the morning, with it finally being nice out, I’ve been working outside for most of the day. I mean, it’s not 30 degrees yet, but in the sun it’s actually pretty warm.

Although my extensions are grown out, my roots are bad, and my lips are deflated and Botox gone, the one thing I can work on is my body. I’ve been working out pretty much everyday, have no temptation to eat out, and have been getting in some tanning time when I get the sun in the morning.  Sure, my hair will be a hot mess when we can finally all leave our homes, but I plan on coming out of quarantine with a killer body and a sick tan.

Sunscreens from Neutrogena, IT Cosmetics, Pro Derma

Okay, so I don’t actually tan very well. I have eastern European skin, meaning that I’m pretty pale and when I do tan, it’s more like a slight change of colour than a beautiful golden hue.  That’s why I love a good self tanner because it gives me a shade that I wouldn’t be able to achieve naturally. I’m also more prone to burning than tanning. So as you can imagine, applying a sunscreen prior to sun exposure is really important.

In addition to that, lately in my daytime skincare routine, since I’m turning 32 next month, I’ve really been trying to be religious with applying a facial sunscreen as the last step. If you are like me and have been embracing the outdoors a lot in the past week or so, then keep reading for my top picks for sun protection this season.

IT Cosmetics CC Cream

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Color Correcting Full-Coverage Cream and Anti-Aging Hydration Serum with SPF 50+

I’ve talked about IT Cosmetics’ CC cream (we are just going to call it that since its full name is way too long to type out twice) a lot on here and for good reason.  This CC cream is my hands-down favourite CC cream/BB cream/tinted moisturizer.

This product has been around for a while, but if you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a multi-use product that will soon become one of your favourite beauty items. This award-winning CC cream (C$52) increases skin hydration, improves the appearance of skin texture, colour corrects, camouflages imperfections, infuses your skin with an anti-aging serum, minimizes the look of wrinkles and pores, and has an SPF 50 in it. Sounds like the best thing ever, right? Well, it really is.

In addition to the OG formula, this is also available in a radiant and matte version (I have the matte version as well, which has an SPF 40 in it).

If you have always wanted to try this product but found that you couldn’t get a shade suitable for your skin tone, then you’re in luck! IT Cosmetics as recently expanded the shade range and you can now find this CC cream in 12 shades.  With summer coming up, and hopefully loosening social distancing guidelines, this product will become your new go-to for going out or even just for everyday wear.

Pro Derma facial sunscreens

Pro Derm Facial Day Cream and Daytime Fluid

I’m brand new to Pro Derm, but it seems to be a medical-grade skincare line, and best of all, it’s Canadian! For sunscreens, the brand has a couple different SPF products to choose from.

Their Daytime Fluid SPF 30 (C$65) is a sunscreen with 100 per cent mineral filters that offers a broad spectrum UVA/UVB and is designed for all skin types. The formula is light, absorbs nicely into skin, and is non-greasy.  I like using these facial sunscreens as the last step in my skincare routine and enjoy applying them regardless if it’s sunny out or if I plan on spending time outside.  It’s important to add a sun protection into your routine since it helps with aging and protects the skin against UVA, UVB and other external aggressions.

If you would rather use a moisturizer with sunscreen in it, then take a look at their Facial Day Cream SPF 20 (C$53.50). This daytime moisturizer is suitable for normal skin and contains anti-UVA and UVC solar filters, antioxidants, natural soothing agents, and is a high-quality moisturizer.  This contains SPF 20 in it, meaning that you can skip that extra step at the end since it has built-in sun protection.

In addition to the SPF, this moisturizer also is enriched with Vitamins A, E, B5, C and aloe.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer facial sunscreen

Neutrogena Bright Boost Moisturizer with SPF 30

As part of their new Bright Boost line (review coming soon!), Neutrogena has released the Bright Boost Moisturizer with SPF 30. This moisturizer is lightweight in texture and contains Neoglucosamine, which boosts brightness and nourishes the skin with antioxidants.  Thanks to Moringa Seed Oil and Vitamin C & E, skin is left feeling smooth, hydrated, and glowing.

In addition to the skincare benefits, it also contains SPF 30, making it perfect to use as a daytime moisturizer.  Over time, this will visibly improve tone, texture, and brightness.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Mist

For the ultimate sunscreen touchups (since it only lasts so many hours), invest in the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Mist (C$17.49).  This face mist contains SPF 50 in the formula and has Vitamin E to help condition skin while you wear it.

Since this is a spray, you can also wear this over or under makeup, making it the perfect beauty accessory for your summer routine.  It features an oxybenzone-free formula and is lightweight and doesn’t have oil in the formula, meaning it’s comfortable to wear and won’t leave a residue. It’s also non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores and is water resistant up to 40 minutes.

This one is a must-have for your skin this summer!

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist sunscreens

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen

Lastly, this one is my favourite.

The Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreens (C$14.98) are a staple for your beach bag this season. Available in 30, 45, and 60 SPF, these spray sunscreens make getting every inch of your body super simple (and also way less time consuming).

These sunscreens are a weightless sheer mist sunscreen spray that provides effective broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. It features a handy one-touch continuous spray that works at any angle, meaning you won’t have to ask that stranger to sunscreen your back.

Neutrogena bills these as oil-free and non-greasy, however, I have been using these a lot lately and do find them to be a little greasy on the skin. They do give you a nice sheen though so you get that oiled-up look and I find it helps attract the sun (but safely since there is SPF in here). I have been using these religiously (all three sun factors depending on the time of day and how long I’ve been sitting out) and I haven’t burned at all with these.

I love a good spray sunscreen since I find them much more handy to apply. The only problem with these is I find that you do go through them quicker since it makes applying the sunscreen so much easier and since it’s a continuous spray bottle, it can kinda get out of hand sometime when I’m spraying it.

Whether it’s a facial sunscreen, a CC cream with SPF, or a body mist sunscreen, having proper sun protection with the weather getting warmer is super important and I’m happy that I have an arsenal of products ready at my disposal.  With it getting so nice out, it’s very important that we apply an SPF to our skin before going outside to protect our most valuable asset, our bodies.

What’s your favourite sunscreen?


Please note, products provided by PR, all opinions are my own.

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