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Summer 2012 Staff Picks: Sunscreen

Posted by ChickAdvisor Team | Thursday July 5, 201212 comments

This past weekend, we Canadians celebrated Canada Day with a long weekend. The weather was on our side and the sun was blazing the entire weekend. Now, if you're smart, when you see the sun beating down on you at the beach, you layer on the sunscreen like it's going out of style. However, if you're like me (Alexandra), you think to yourself, 'Naw, I don't think I need any, I'll be okay'. Needless to say, my back is now the same colour as a lobsters. 

Every single year, despite my knowing better, I end up nursing one heck of a sunburnThe good news is, I did put sunscreen on my arms, legs and face and am proud to say that they are looking spectacularly sunburn-free! 

I owe my burn-free parts to a sunscreen I've been using and carting around in my bag for the past few weeks. With the crazy hot heat we've been having lately, sunscreen has become a go-to life saver for myself as well as some other ChickAdvisor staff. Which is why we were all pretty excited to get our hands on some new sun protection products. We each put a few to the test and came up with some favourites that we give an A+ seal of approval to!


1. Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 (C$39.00 was Ali's top pick! She says, "I really liked all of the products I tested, but Skinceuticals Physical Fusion was my favourite. It has a hint of colour to it so in addition to the great SPF coverage, it made my skin tone look more even."

2. Vichy Capital Soleil Sheer Lotion Bare Skin Feel Face and Body SPF 60 (C$29.95) 

3. Fancl Sunguard Nuance Pearl SPF 30 (US$33.00) is Mandy's go-to product. She says, "Fancl's Sunguard is light in texture, absorbs nicely, doesn't irritate my skin and gives me a subtle glow! A staple in my skincare arsenal!" 

4. Origins A Perfect World SPF 25 Age-Defense Moisturizer with White Tea (C$39.50)

5. Rodial SPF15 Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Moisturiser (C$60.00) 

6. Ombrelle Complete SPF 60 (C$19.99) was Miranda's choice. She says, "
First of all, it has SPF 60! That’s enough to keep me outdoors under the sun for a whole day; protecting my face and body against UVA and UVB. I love that the formula is light-weight, non-sticky and contains no fragrance too."

7. Aveeno Fresh Essentials Nourishing Moisturizer SPF30 (C$20.99) 

8. La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid (US$24.04) 
9. RoC Soleil Protexion Velvet Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 (C$22.00) was Alexandra's favourite. She says, "This one gave me a nice sheer layer of protection perfect for my face. It wasn't greasy but it was still moisturizing." 

10. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Radiance Moisturizing Cream (C$23.49)
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on July 24, 2012  Beach Sun Umbrella said:

Great tips specially to those want a perfect and beautiful inside and outside looks. But one way to maintain healthy skin is to avoid tanning salons. Indoor tanning salons claim that their method of tanning, by artificial sun, is safer than natural tanning because they mainly use UVA rays and limit the exposure with timers.

on July 09, 2012  Cassie_  2,311 said:

And now it's time to invest in the good stuff!

on July 08, 2012  princesspopa  561 said:

You need to be careful with going higher in terms of SPF. People tend to forget that although your SPF is higher, you still need to reapply. Especially if you're partaking in activiies causing a lot of sweating or if you're swimming, you really should apply every two hours or so.

Great picks! :)

on July 08, 2012  GoneBatty  3,196 said:

I love Aveeno SPF products!!

on July 05, 2012  KatelynRose1984  20,704 said:

I love Neutrogena sunscreen products. I find them to leave my skin silky smooth, and hydrated. They act almost like a great moisturizer. I would definitely choose that one as my favourite!

on July 05, 2012  fredamans  12,217 said:

I have a sample of the Vichy to try!

on July 05, 2012  farouknabela  3,469 said:

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the skinceuticals sunscreen! I got a sample of it and I will definitely be repurchasing!

on July 05, 2012  AlexJC  50 said:

Lately, I have also been switching up my sunscreen for a BB cream with SPF in it. I like using BB creams underneath foundation so I don't use as much foundation. I like the idea of using a few thin layers instead of one thick one. Unlike a sunscreen it is tinted so it gives coverage. I really like La Neige BB Cream, it has an SPF 45 in it. http://www.laneige.com/product/detail.jsp?prdtCd=215086011

This also doesn't break me out which I like and it's an excellent product to have on hand to give a little coverage post gym workout.

on July 05, 2012  midnightsun2288  6,053 said:

I haven't tried all but one--#10 from Neutrogena and I really didn't like it. It was really greasy and it kind of burns when you put it on your face D:
Anyway I am really curious about the "Dragon's Blood" one, but I don't think I would dish out that much money for sunscreen xD
I am pretty bad about putting on sunscreen unless I know I am going to be out in the sun for a long time, in that case I prefer buying the long lasting spray on sunscreens, like "Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Spay-on Sunblock" mainly because they are convenient.

on July 05, 2012  katieg  10,672 said:

I am with Miranda but Ombrelle Sport SPF 60 I need the higher SPF 60 for being outside for sports.

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