Updated: Jul 14
Summer weather is finally here! With the +30 temperature and bold rays of sunshine in the sky, us Canadians are taking it all in stride, since our usual climate consists of below 0. Whether you’re taking a nice stroll through the park or sunbathing in your backyard pool, sunscreen (and masks!) will be your best friend this summer. If you’re still looking for the right sunscreen product to use as you do social distancing activities this summer, check out some of our top picks!
Kiehl’s Super Daily Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+
If you’re a fan of Kiehl’s, then you’re probably familiar with their Super Daily Fluid UV Defense, which happens to be one of the brand’s top-selling products. Lightweight and fast-absorbing, this sunscreen is free of harmful ingredients such as sulphates SLS and SLES, parabens, and phthalates. Suitable for all skin types, it works to fight early signs of ageing while protecting your skin from UVA/UVB rays and pollution. It also contains Vitamin E to help minimize pores and leaves a matte finish.
La Roche Posay Anthelios Melt-In Milk Sunscreen
Have sensitive skin? Then you’ll love the Anthelios Melt-In Cream from La Roche Posay. This comforting sunscreen is non-greasy and leaves a soft, velvety-feel on your skin upon application. Hypoallergenic and water-resistant for up to 40 minutes, the Anthelios Melt-In Cream is quick to absorb into skin and prevents sunburn.
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+
One of Japan’s most popular and well-known sunscreens is the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence, which has become so popular over the past few years that even global consumers are swearing by it as well. Using the key ingredient of Hyaluronic Acid, this waterproof sunscreen keeps your skin moisturized while protecting it from UV rays. With Royal Jelly Extract and Citrus Mix, you’ll be welcomed with a fruity aroma that leaves you feeling fresh.
Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion WetForce SPF 50+
If you’re looking for something more powerful for sun protection, then Japanese beauty brand Shiseido has got you covered. Using “WetForce Technology,” Shiseido’s Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion provides your skin with a protective veil that gets stronger the more it comes into contact with water. How cool is that? Perfect for those who want to take a nice dip in the pool during the hot summer days or any other outdoor sports activities. You won’t have to worry about it leaving a white cast on your skin, as 95% of users have said that the formula has an invisible finish.
Supergoop! PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50
Not to be confused with Gwyneth Paltrow’s own Goop brand, Supergoop! has developed a cult following over the years in the beauty community. What makes this brand so great? Supergoop! is actually on a mission where the brand is 100% dedicated to suncare! Holly Thaggard, the founder and CEO of the company, launched her brand with the intention of bringing more awareness surrounding what sun damage can do to our skin. From make-up to body oil, Supergoop! has an array of products that all prevent sun damage, with PLAY Everyday Lotion being their bestseller. With highlighting ingredients such as Sunflower Extract and Rosemary Leaf Extract, this sun lotion provides high-performance protection with its ultra-moisturizing formula. It’s water-resistant and formulated with natural extracts such as citrus and basil, so you’ll smell great while being protected from the sun.
Coola Classic Body Organic Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
Not only is this sunscreen from Coola vegan, but it’s also coral reef-friendly as well! Boosted with antioxidants, the formula is gentle on both your skin and the environment. With organic ingredients such as Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil, this sun lotion will leave your skin feeling nourished while you have fun in the sun. It’s also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, so nothing can stop you from playing Marco Polo in the waters this summer!
VICHY Idéal Soleil Sport - Ultra-Light Refreshing Lotion SPF 60
Rising in popularity particularly with Canadians, the Idéal Soleil Sport SPF 60 from VICHY is a favourite amongst those who love to be active. With Wet Skin Technology, this water and sweat-resistant sunscreen maintains sun protection for both your face and body during whatever activity you do, whether it be swimming in the water or playing beach volleyball. This hypoallergenic formula is great for those who have sensitive skin, and can easily be applied whether your skin is dry or wet. It’s also non-sticky and non-greasy, leaving an invisible finish on the skin. Did we also mention that it’s paraben and fragrance-free?
CANMAKE Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+
Another popular Japanese cosmetics brand is CANMAKE, with their Mermaid Skin Gel UV sunscreen as one of their top sellers. This light yet powerful sunscreen is a gel-type formula that glides onto skin without the sticky and heavy feeling that other sunscreens give. Thanks to its lightweight texture, it’s perfect to use on your face before applying makeup as it acts as a moisturizer with UV protection. Feel like a mermaid and make a splash in the water without worrying about sunny rays to ruin your day.