4 Must-Know SPF Tips to Protect Your Skin This Summer
If you’re still not an SPF devotee, it’s time to become one. Here's our four-point protection primer, along with the best sunscreens of 2020.
1. Defend Thyself
SPF protects against ultraviolet A and B rays, both of which can lead to skin cancer, but have different effects initially. UVB primarily causes sunburn, while UVA is linked to long-term skin damage like age spots and wrinkles. (Besides not wearing sunscreen, these other everyday habits can cause wrinkles.)
2. Pick your Potion
There are two types of SPF: chemicals ones that absorb UV rays that enter the skin and alter its properties, and physical ones that reflect UV rays.
Best face sunscreens of 2020 from left to right:
Neutrogena Bright Boost Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 30, $35, beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca
Pro-Derm Facial Day Cream SPF 20, $54, beautysense.ca
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Fluid Sunscreen 50+ Face, $29, larochay-posay.ca
3. Timing is Everything
Regardless of the level of SPF, you must reapply every two hours, even when it’s cloudy. Also, you must reapply after swimming, even when using a water-resistant formula.
4. Application Status
If you’re using a chemical SPF, apply 15 minutes before going outdoors for full absorption. If you’re using a physical sunscreen, you can simply apply and go!
Best body sunscreens of 2020 from left to right:
Aveeno Protect & Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $20, beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca
LASPA Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30, $40, laspanatural.com
Bioderma Photoderm Spray SPF 40, $30, beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca
Next, read up on the beauty essentials for healthy summer skin and hair.