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The full spectrum: sun safety for all occasions

Sun safety  and the best new sunscreens of 2016

Anita Author: Julia McEwen

Beauty

The full spectrum: sun safety for all occasions

You already know sunscreen is a must. What gets confusing is choosing the right formula for your outdoor activity. We’ve teamed up with skin-care pros to solve the mystery for you—in style.

 

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Talula 'Adelina' hat, $17.50, aritzia.com

 

Gardening

Check theweathernetwork.com/forecasts/uv/list to find out how quickly you’ll burn on any given day. If the UV Index is moderate to high, consider taking a rain check on your yard work. It’s also important to apply the right amount of product. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, 40 percent of Canadians who apply sunscreen don’t put enough on. “In the laboratory, SPF 15 will give you 93 percent protection against UVB,” says Dr. Cook, “but in reality, people are only putting on a quarter to half as much as lab tests indicate to be adequate.”

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Dash and splash cap, $38, shop.lululemon.com.

 

 

Exercising Outdoors

Reduce your UV exposure by planning your outdoor activities for first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon. If you have to be outside when the sun’s rays are at their peak (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Toronto dermatologist Dr. Sonya Cook suggests wearing a hat with a two-inch brim to protect your nose, ears and scalp. During physicalactivity in the sun, it’s important to choose the right sunscreen. Water and sweat, usually the mortal enemies, have finally met their match: Some of today’s water-resistant SPFs use a breathable adhesive film that sticks to skin, providing lasting coverage.

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Blazer, $50, zara.com.

Commuting to Work

Think a quick commute to the office means you can skip sunscreen? Think again. Even tinted car windows can let in UVA rays. “UVB, or burning, rays are blocked by glass, but UVA, or aging, rays have a longer wavelength and can pass through,” says Dr. Cook. “Because UVA rays travel farther, they have a bigger role in the development of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.” Apply SPF 30 daily to your face, neck, chest and the backs of your hands. “You see the most sun damage in those areas because they get a lifetime of exposure.”

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One-piece Swimsuit Fanny, anita.com.

Beach Day

Spending the day by the water with a new read is the stuff summers are made of. But before you even put on that bathing suit, ward off sun damage by slathering on sunscreen with a high SPF—enough to fill a shot glass—every two hours. If you’re using a chemical sunscreen with filters such as oxybenzone and avobenzone to absorb the UV rays, Montreal dermatologist Dr. Manish Khanna recommends applying it 30 minutes prior to going outside; to be effective, sunscreen must interact with skin cells, and that takes time. But you can’t rely solely on sunscreen, says Dr. Khanna. Seeking shade and wearing wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses and rash-guard tops are just as essential.

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The latest and greatest SPFs to load up on this summer

Skinceuticals Physical Matte UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50

Not only does this protect against rays, it also is oil-absorbing with a matte finish. If you have oily skin you're out of excuses on why you don't apply. Skinceuticals Physical Matte UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50, $44, skinceuticals.com.

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The latest and greatest SPFs to load up on this summer

Clarins UV 50 Sunscreen Multi-Protection

If you're a keen on getting the most out of what you put on your face, this SPF fluid shields agains UVB and UVA while protecting your skin from getting clogged by pollutants like city smog or airborne debris. Clarins UV 50 Sunscreen Multi-Protection, $42, thebay.com.

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The latest and greatest SPFs to load up on this summer

Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+

We've said it and we'll say it again, there is not such thing as a water proof sunscreen, put this one comes pretty darn close. It uses patented Wet Force technology which reacts positively to sweat and water, and actually activates additional protection. Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+, $49, shiseido.com.

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By: Julia McEwen Source: Shiseido

The latest and greatest SPFs to load up on this summer

Live Clean Sport Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

No sunscreen is waterproof, but this mineral (aka physical) one will let you swim and sweat for up to 80 minutes before you need to apply. Plus, it’s made in Canada! The one beauty product you need this summer. Live Clean Sport Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 45, $17, shoppersdrugmart.ca.

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By: Julia McEwen Source: Live Clean

The latest and greatest SPFs to load up on this summer

Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen Spray SPF 30

30 is the new 15. Mostly because people apply less than half of what's recommended, which dilutes the protection. If you up the SPF you'll help add some protection. Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen Spray SPF 30, $10, coppertone.com.

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The latest and greatest SPFs to load up on this summer

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream with SPF30

This broad spectrum moisturizer includes an SPF of 30, is fast-absorbing, non-greasy and has impressive moisturizing properties. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream with SPF 30, $34, shoppersdrugmart.ca.

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By: Julia McEwen Source: Olay

The latest and greatest SPFs to load up on this summer

Bioderma Photoderm Mineral SPF 50+

If you're into sprays but not feeling aerosols, this SPF designed for sensitive skin may be the perfect fit. Micronized zinc oxides and titanium dioxide will protect you while the vitamin E, Ectoin and mannitol protect and reinforce the skin's barrier. Bioderma Photoderm Mineral SPF 50+, $29, shoppersdrugmart.ca.

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The latest and greatest SPFs to load up on this summer

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Stick Sunscreen SPF 50+

This genius sunscreen is oil-free and water-resistant, and it comes in a large (deodorant-size) stick that, when applied to the skin, leaves a matte finish. Swipe it on, then toss it into your bag for easy reapplication. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Stick Sunscreen SPF 50+, $18, shoppersdrugmart.ca.

By: Julia McEwen Source: Neutrogena

 

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