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Sun Worshipper's Survival Guide

Posted by Alexandra C. | Thursday June 13, 20135 comments

I love the sun. Don't we all? Unfortunately, the love is entirely one-sided. My fair-skinned bod skips right past a sun-kissed tawny glow and goes straight to lobster red. If you're a sun worshipper like myself, you surely sympathize.

Let's stop learning our lesson the hard way and get straight to our summer sun guide (i.e. avoiding painful and aging burns): 


Proper sunscreen is your number one defense against burns, premature wrinkles, and skin cancer. If you're going to be out and about in the sun even for a few minutes, it's important to wear a good sunscreen. Check out a few of our current faves and this article on everything you need to know about sunscreen.

1. Green Beaver Certified Organic SPF15 Daily Face Cream (C$22.00)

2. Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 60 Soft Sheer Sunscreen Lotion (C$30.50)

3. Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 30 Luxurious Protective Oil (C$28.50) 

4. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen (C$16.99)

5. Consonant 100% Natural Matte Finish Sunscreen SPF15 (C$36.00)

6. Ombrelle Sport Clear Continuous Spray (C$15.74, on sale) 

Hats and Glasses 

For extra protection from the sun and heat, choose a great pair of sunnies and large floppy hat. Bonus: it can be a pretty chic fashion statement, too. Here are a few options we like for beach bums and outdoorsy chicks. 

1. Zara Straw Cowboy Hat (C$29.90)

2. Claire's Sky's The Limit Aviators (C$10.50) 
3. Lalu Olivie Fuchsia Floppy Beach Hat  (UK$15.45)

4. Dolce & Gabbana #DD3047 Glasses (US$79.98)

5. Big It Up Monterrey Ribbon Floppy (C$30.00) 

6. Old Navy Crochet-Straw Fedoras (C$14.94)

7. Ray-Ban 'Cathy Clubmaster' (US$115.95)

8. Roxy Shady Days Hat (US$36.00)

So sun goddess, you didn't heed my warnings and now you're paying the price? Cooling and soothing after-sun products are your new best friend to hydrate your skin and minimize peeling. 

1. Mustela After Sun Hydrating Spray (C$15.00)
2. Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion (C$12.79)

3. Banana Boat Soothing Aloe Aftersun Gel (C$8.69)

4. Clarins After Sun Moisturizer Ultra Hydrating (C$36.00)

5. Korres Yoghurt Cooling Gel (C$31.00)

6. Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Hydrating Aloe (C$28.00)

7. Burt's Bees Aloe & Linden Flower After Sun Soother (C$14.99)

Self Tanner

Go ahead and cheat a little! If you've been obediently covering up with sunscreen, hats, and lightweight clothing all summer, a self tanning product gives you the vacationing-in-the-south-of-France glow without any of the pain.
1. Tarte Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Face And Body Self Tanner (C$44.00)
2. Clarins Instant Smooth Golden Glow Self-Tanning (C$35.00) 

3. Hawaiian Tropic Island Radiance Self Tanning Lotion (US$8.63)
4. St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse (C$38.00)

5. Olay Quench Plus Touch of Sun Body Lotion (C$10.99)

6. Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer (C$12.79)

What are some of your favourite products to protect against the sun?
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on June 15, 2013  jl13  2,794 said:

That Jergen's Natural Glow really stinks (as in odor), I got a sample and I had to give it away after one use.

on June 14, 2013  takoda  28,497 said:

If you do get a bad burn you can use Epson salt and water to cool your skin off. It's cheap and it works!! All you have to do is mix some Epson salt and just slightly warm water together, soak some cloths or even towels depending on the size and area of the burn, ring them out and cover the burnt area. When your skin starts to feel hot again soak your cloths again and just keep repeating this until your burn has cool down. It works great and will make you feel so much better. Once the burn has cooled down enough where you can stand it, apply some aloe. This is a lot cheaper then all those after sun products and I find it works much better. I have some pretty big aloe plants and I just use the aloe right from them. They're a great plant to have on hand.

on June 13, 2013  LissaG  6,010 said:

Love my floppy hat, and aloe is such a lifesaver!

on June 13, 2013  mamaluv  STAFF said:

We always have basic aloe gel on hand for after-sun. We usually just buy the generic - I have usually found it's just as effective.

on June 13, 2013  Jo999  4,062 said:

Love this, I think I'm gonna get the Korres Yogurt cooling gel!

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