5 Natural Ways to Protect Your Skin this Season
We're taking a green approach to sun care this season. Whether you are soaking up the sun's rays on your back porch, or on a park walk - we want to help keep you protected.
Choosing the right natural sunscreen can seem like a daunting task, with various factors to consider including the SPF, mineral content and tinted vs. un-tinted options.
In order to help you transition into summer and safely get that sun-kissed glow, we've created a list of our favourite options to safely care for, protect and nourish your summer skin.
Before we get started we're going back to the basics to answer some of your frequently asked questions.
What is SPF?
SPF or Sun Protecting Factor is a measure of how well a sunscreen will protect your skin against UVB rays - the radiation rays that cause sunburn and skin damage.
The SPF measure is not linear, so higher SPF levels don't significantly increase your protection. When choosing the right product for you, look for a minimum of SPF 15, but don't feel the need to go for the SPF 100.
In order to get full protection against UVB and UVA rays, look for products that offer "broad spectrum" protection as well as SPF.
1. Choose a great Mineral Sunscreen for daily protection
Mineral sunscreens otherwise known as barrier or physical sunblocks are the main type of natural sunblocks. These have zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as their active ingredients. Like a mirror, mineral sunscreen sits on top of the skin and reflects the UVAs and UVBs back, which protects your skin from UV light penetration.
Zinc oxide is great at protecting from both UVA and UVB, while titanium dioxide is used mainly for UVB protection.
For daily protection, use a moisturizing sunscreen that not only provides protection but also antioxidant rich ingredients.
Here are some easy to apply on the daily!
2. Get your summer glow on with a tinted BB Cream
Looking for the perfect sun-kissed glow while still protecting your skin? We've brought in some great tinted options for a light-coverage no-makeup look!
Great easy-to-blend shades and non-greasy feel! A breeze to use on the daily!
Back in stock! These come in three great shades: Light/Medium, Golden and Medium/Deep.
This has a great whipped texture and lightweight feel!
3. Full-body protection
Hanging at the cottage or backyard pool and looking for full-body protection? Check out these great options!
If you also love an easy-to-apply stick with high protection, try:
4. Protect your lips!Did you know that our lips are more sensitive to sun damage than the rest of our skin? The skin on our lips is much thinner, therefore more susceptible to UV damage and water loss.
Keep your lips soft, protected and moisturized this summer with our favourite Fitglow Lip Serums which are packed full of antioxidants to help mitigate sun damage, protect the cell layer, diminish fine lines and leave lips full and soft.
If you love to just layer lip balms, here are some of our current faves!
5. Nourish your skin post-sun!
We love spending our summer days under the sun, but after a good dose of Vitamin D, you'll want to nourish and rehydrate your skin!
Living Libations Everybody Loves the Sun Oil is a nourishing blend of sun harmonizing oils that can be used post or paired with sun protection. It will soothe, hydrate and help your skin retain that healthy glow!
8 Faces Boundless Solid Oil is a great post-sun treatment. This ultra-reparative oil has tons of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and is a rich source of essential fatty acids which help soothe your skin and leave you glowing.
For the ultimate boost of hydration post-sun, we love Tata Haper's Hydrating Floral Essence. This dreamy mist delivers ultimate hydration with dual-weight hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and rose, lavender and neroli hydrosols to soothe the skin. Pro tip: pop the bottle in the fridge for an extra refreshing spritz!
Finally, we love the CV Skin Labs line of products for when we've exposed our selves to just a little too much sun. They are great for healing and repair.