Stay sun-smart 365 days a year

Learn sunscreen application tips and find out our favourite SPF beauty and skincare products.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: SPF is your BFF!

SPF is an essential step in any skincare routine—year-round! Yes, that means you should be applying sunscreen every day of the year, even if it’s overcast and during the winter months. UV rays are still powerful even if it’s not a sunny summer day.

Your skin is your body’s largest organ so it’s important keep it safe and protected. Proper protection not only prevents short-term effects like a nasty sunburn, but also longer-term effects like increased risk of skin cancer and premature aging. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, incidence rates of melanoma in Canada are among the highest in the world.

So, how much sunscreen should I be wearing?

The Canadian Dermatology Association recommends an SPF 30 or higher broad-spectrum sunscreen. Here are a few sunscreen application tips:

  • Make sure you’re applying enough! Adults should be applying the equivalent of a shot glass full of sunscreen to their whole body. If you’re only applying it to your face, aim for the recommended ¼ to ½ teaspoon (about the size of a nickel).
  • Take the time to rub it in evenly and make sure it absorbs for at least 15 minutes before sun exposure.
  • Reapply at least every two hours, especially after sweating or swimming.
  • Don’t forget about your lips, ears and scalp!

To protect yourself from the sun even further, you can also:

  • Check the UV Index before heading outdoors. According to Health Canada, you should cover up when it is 3 or higher.
  • Limit sun exposure when the sun’s radiation is strongest (usually between about 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.).
  • Stick to the shade wherever possible and wear hats and shades.

You can also check out the Canadian Dermatology Association’s additional information specific to babies and seniors.

Beauty and skincare products with SPF

Sanctuary Day Spa carries a number of products that make SPF application a breeze:

Jane Iredale’s Powder-Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen. We love this weightless SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen powder. Use it on your face, scalp or body, alone or over makeup. If you have ever experienced the pain that is a sunburnt scalp, this product is for you! Bonus: It comes in translucent and other shades.

Sun Bum’s Signature SPF 30 Sunscreen Face Stick. You can’t beat Sun Bum’s range of SPF products, but we’re especially fond of their mineral-based Signature line. The face stick makes for the easiest application (no more burning eyes or greasy hands!) while protecting your skin. Check out the matching lip balm, too!

Another Sun Bum fave: the Mineral SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen Face Lotion. A lightweight mineral lotion, it glides onto skin and dries to a matte finish.

Image Skincare’s PREVENTION+ daily ultimate protection moisturizer SPF 50. This sunscreen is perfect for everything from everyday use to outdoor fun to high sun exposure activities. Though it packs a punch as a sun protectant, it’s sheer and spreads easily.

Visit our day spas in Vaughan, Newmarket, Waterloo and Burlington and our staff will be happy to help you pick out SPF products to protect your skin.