Safe, sexy sun: the best SPF a girl can get

When I’m not basking under fluorescent agency lighting, my pasty self is usually in a love-hate relationship with the sun. I love summer, but my speckled skin is super-susceptible to sun damage. Having suffered more than my fair share of burns as a kid, I know I’m at an increased risk for skin cancer and have started obsessively applying sunscreen when I’m out for extended periods of time. Up until a few weeks ago, though, I balked at the idea of adding a daily sunscreen to my routine. Now that I’ve bounded over that final hurdle, here are my three favourite ways to stay safe in the sun.

SPF essentials - Skinceuticals, Fresh, Hawaiian Tropic

Daily facial sunscreen feels like a ridiculous thing to consider, especially when most of us are indoors all day long. As I approach 25, though, I’ve been increasingly aware of how important keeping harmful UVA and UVB away from your skin is, both in terms of wrinkles and skin health. SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense, a mineral sunscreen with an SPF of 50, protects without layering on the grease. I apply it after my SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic Serum, an antioxidant proven to increase the skin’s photoprotection by 8x, and it not only provides my daily dose of SPF but also has a slight universal tint that boosts my skin tone. Topped with my favourite Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim and NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer, my skin has never looked better – or been better protected. Proof that it’s not greasy is in my makeup-free skin:



See? Grease-free. Also concealer-free (I’m sorry ;)). While applying facial sunscreen might be a step we’re all starting to come to terms with, most people don’t think about the fact that lips can burn, too. Ever since the original lemony-scented balm in the cool bronze metal tube made its way to Sephora shelves a few years ago, I’ve been obsessed with Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15. We’re talking obsessive to the point of owning pretty much every shade, including all the minis I can get my hands on plus recommending it to any and all of my friends. Along with the conditioning and smoothing effects of the balm, it also contains SPF 15 to help protect your lips from windburn and sunburn. Unlike lots of balms, it also won’t melt in your beach bag. The colours provide a sheer, buildable tint that you’ll happily reapply – it feels that good. You can wear them alone, but I’m partial to using the original under my lipstick in the morning (make sure to blot with a tissue before applying the lipstick over top) and over my lipstick throughout the day to maintain moisture.

Fresh SPF 15 lip balm

Last but not least – you want to make sure all exposed parts of your body are covered in sunscreen. You’ll want to eyeball about a shotglass’ worth of sunscreen and reapply after sweating, swimming or every 2-3 hours. I’ve been loving Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration with hydrating moisture ribbons lately. Not only does it have the delicious tropical scent I’ve loved over the years, it now contains 12-hour moisture thanks to the ribbons. I wore this during a weekend of antiquing in Collingwood and escaped with nary a burn and touchably smooth skin.

Texture of Hawaiian Tropic Moisture Ribbons and Skinceuticals - Leopard is a Neutral

So- ladies & gentlemen of the class of ’97 – wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.

PS. Until June 30, SkinCeuticals Canada will donate funds raised from the sale of its antioxidants ($3) and its sunscreens ($1) to MRA. On May 13th, SkinCeuticals Canada introduced an awareness campaign in addition to raising funds to support MRA’s research. On its Facebook page (, SkinCeuticals Canada Facebook fans are urged to share their thoughts or experiences with melanoma and their wishes for a cure. SkinCeuticals Canada will donate $20 for every video and $2 for every story fans share on SkinCeuticals Canada Facebook wall. Just click the tab on the left hand side of the page, “Prevent, Protect, Get Checked.”

** Disclosure: I was provided with the SkinCeuticals and Hawaiian Tropics products for editorial consideration and review. As always, I’m sharing these products with you because I love and believe in them.