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Need-to-know sunscreen facts

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Makeup & nails

Need-to-know sunscreen facts

You know you have to wear it. And you know you have to reapply (no matter how high that SPF level is). But just as a refresher you still might be missing out on some need-to-know sunscreen facts and tips. We round up the essentials to make sure you don’t get burned this summer.

Know your UVBs from your UVAs
We’ve all heard about UVBs over and over again and how we need to protect our skin from these damaging rays. But the type of rays that cause more than just sunburns and tans? UVAs – and they are the route cause of major sun damage. “It is UVA that leads to sun damage, aging and most importantly, melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. SPF ratings tell the consumer nothing about UVA protection,” says Dr. Pearlman, a women’s health expert at Pearl Rejuvenation Medical Vitality Clinic in Toronto. Check your labels to make sure you’re covered on both UVB and UVA fronts.

Pick the right sunscreen
If you’re known to be a sun worshipper (you know who you are), don’t think a spray or water-proof formula will have you covered all day long. It’s often not enough. Cream forms are best for even coverage and staying power.

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Apply the right amount

Most skin care experts agree to this rule of thumb: A teaspoon of daylight defense product for the face and a one-ounce (shot-glass sized) dollop of sunscreen for the body should be applied every two hours when outdoors.

Sunscreen myth I need a base tan before I go on vacation so I don’t burn.
Sunscreen facts “There is no such thing as a base tan,” says Dr. Doris Day, clinical associate professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center. “If you don’t want to get a sunburn on vacation, take a siesta in the middle of the day and have some fun,” she says with a laugh. “But it’s not the time to be out in UV rays.”

Scary sun stats
- One in every four Canadians does not use sunscreen.

- Almost 50 percent of Canadians think it’s important to get a base tan before a vacation.

- Over 60 percent of Canadians think they look healthier with a tan.

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Summer beauty: 10 amazing sunscreens for your face

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral SPF 50

This tinted formula will give you that coveted pre-summer glow while still protecting your from harmful rays. Two beauty hits at once? We'll take it.    La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral SPF 50 (50mL/$33) at Shopper's Drug Mart, shoppersdrugmart.ca; select drug stores across Canada. GALLERY: 7 great tinted moisturizers

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Summer beauty: 10 amazing sunscreens for your face

Sephora 8Hr Mattifying moisturizer sunscreen SPF 20

Hands up if you too hate the dreaded oily finsih to some sunscreens. Avoid that slick skin look this matte sunscreen version.   Sephora 8Hr Mattifying moisturizer sunscreen SPF 20 ($27) at Sephora, sephora.com FLAWLESS SKIN: Get a matte finish

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Summer beauty: 10 amazing sunscreens for your face

Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector SPF 42

Protect you skin from the harsh city air pollutants, plus damaging UVB/UVA rays with this oil-free formula.   Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector SPF 42 (1oz/$30) at Sephora, sephora.com; Hudson's Bay, thebay.com; Shopper's Drug Mart, shoppersdrugmart.ca MUST-READ: Sun protection: 5 sunscreen slip ups

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Summer beauty: 10 amazing sunscreens for your face

Ole Henriksen Protect the Truth Vitamin C SPF 50+

Don't just protect your self from future skincare damage -- this sunscreen complex will also give you a healthy dose of anti aging thanks to vitamin C.   Ole Henriksen Protect the Truth Vitamin C SPF 50+(1.7oz/$37) at Sephora, sephora.com. GALLERY: Best anti-aging makeup

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Summer beauty: 10 amazing sunscreens for your face

Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50

Bypass the sticky sunscreen situation with a SPF fluid instead of a lotion for quick absorption.   Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50 (1oz/$34) at Sephora, sephora.com. MUST-READ: Sunscreen facts and myths

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Summer beauty: 10 amazing sunscreens for your face

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Daily Face Shield SPF 40

The added benefit of the special Adaptogen technology in this sunsceen may help skin adapt to seasonal changes, not just bright sun. Bonus!   Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Daily Face Shield SPF 40 at Sephora, sephora.com.   GALLERY: The best eye brightening products  

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Summer beauty: 10 amazing sunscreens for your face

Lancôme Bienfait UV SPF 50+ Super Fluid Facial Sunscreen

I the beach is calling your name this summer, this water-resistant formula is perfect ffor lounging and protecting.   Lancôme Bienfait UV SPF 50+ Super Fluid Facial Sunscreen (1.7oz/$35) at Lancôme counters, lancome.ca; Sephora, sephora.com. GALLERY: Best SPF lip balms

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Summer beauty: 10 amazing sunscreens for your face

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47

An all-natural, chemical-free option for lightweight protection.   Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 (2oz/$38) at Sephora, sephora.com. MUST-READ: Why sun care and sunscreen isn't summertime exclusive

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Summer beauty: 10 amazing sunscreens for your face

Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Cream

Give you skin a treat with this fragrance-free sunscreen that hydrates and protecs all at once.   Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Cream (1.7oz/$25) at Clinique counters, clinique.com. GALLERY: Best sunscreens under $20

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Summer beauty: 10 amazing sunscreens for your face

Lavanila The Healthy Sun Screen SPF 40 Face Cream

Go 100% natural with this ultranourishing, fragrance-free formula that includes youth promoting antioxidants.   Lavanila The Healthy Sun Screen SPF 40 Face Cream ($28) at Sephora, sephora.com. GALLERY: The best after-sun products

By: Courtney Hardwick Source: Courtesy of Lavanila Laboratories Credits: ELLECanada.com
 

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