Practice Safe Sun



1. Replace your daily body lotion with a hydrating sunblock. I really enjoy the smell and formula of Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration lotion--I choose the broad-spectrum SPF 30 formula, and I apply it once I'm out of the shower and dry. I don't normally spend hours on end in the sun, so one application is enough for me; if you are spending all day outside, or planning on swimming, don't forget to reapply every few hours!

2. Don't forget your face. My face is very sensitive, so instead of using regular sunblock on my face (or skipping it all together!) I opt for a lotion that is formulated specifically for my face with a minimum of SPF 15 mixed in. In case you didn't get the memo, I'm a little bit obsessed with Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion with SPF 15.

3. Skip the tanning beds. Nobody wants to be called an Oompa Loompa (ahem, Snooki), nor do they want to battle skin cancer. Do yourself a favour, and skip the tanning beds. A healthy glow is sexier than tangerine skin anyways--seriously, ask your significant other. I like to use Dove Summer Glow body lotion every three days to gradually darken my skin; if I try to use it more frequently then I look like I had an unfortunate accident with self-tanner. Pro tip: exfoliate your body well before using any self tanner (even gradual ones!) the color will appear more even after application.

4. Protect your beautiful tresses. Although no one has developed a true sunblock for hair, there are quite a few companies that have formulated products that will help protect your hair from damaging UV rays. My hair (even when colored) tends to lighten quite quickly in the sun, and my favourite UV protector so far is Bumble + Bumble's Color Minded UV Protective Styling Balm. It doesn't weigh my hair down or make it greasy, and it doesn't take a lot of product to cover my long but fine hair. My color will still fade with washes, but won't dramatically lighten from a day in the sun.

5. Make sure you cover & hydrate. Cover your head with your favourite hat to reduce your chance of sunstroke and replenish the fluids your body loses in the heat by drinking lots of water; eating frozen fruits and veggies (my favourite are frozen grapes and frozen peas) and popsicles will also hydrate you while cooling your core body temperature.


water bottle pictured is by nalgene; hat is by forever21


What are your go-to sun products?