June 25th, 2015

5 tips to defend your skin against summer

5 ways to protect your skin from the sun

Don’t let the warm weather lull you (or your good sense) to sleep. Beware the sun.

Summer is upon us, and for all its glory the season makes a number of things perilously difficult. Getting a good tee time, for one. Booking a week’s vacation basically anywhere. And, yes, confronting ourselves before a full-length mirror, in our bathing suits.

What summer doesn’t need to be is an affront to your skin. Whether young or old, you should follow a few simple rules to ensure that the summers ahead of you and your skin are many.

  1. With sunscreen, the more acronyms the better. SPF indicates only the level of protection from UVB rays. Make sure to find a sunscreen with UVA protection as well, and go for an SPF of 30 or higher.
  2. Use lots of it, and often. An adult needs approximately 2-3 tablespoons to cover the whole body (the size of a golf ball)—and another teaspoon for the face. Reapply every two hours, as sweat, water and other factors can diminish its effectiveness. And don’t forget ears, nose, lips, hairline and feet!
  3. Kids aren’t simply tiny adults. Children have specific needs when it comes to their skin, which is extremely sensitive. Choose a delicate sunscreen made specifically for kids. Also, be nice. Spray aerosol sunscreens onto your hands first, then rub it on their face. (The other way around is certain to produce tantrums.)
  4. Stay safe by hitting the bottle. It’s not advice you hear often, since it applies strictly to suntanning. Basically, the safest tan is one you can spray on. Whether you’re looking for a hint of colour or to be festooned in Olympic bronze, you’ll find a cream, gel, or spray to suit your needs. Two caveats: 1) Obviously, a fake tan provides no protection from the real sun. And 2) Wash your hands vigorously after application.
  5. Aftercare is as vital as pre-care. Sun and ocean water can dry out the skin and leave it begging for moisture. Make sure to apply a layer of rich lotion or oil after you shower—and always wash sunscreen off at the end of the day.


August 4th, 2014

Summer Safe Guards – Part 2

Canadians love their summers, and spending time outdoors is one of the greatest warm-weather pleasures.  In part 1 we shared 4 tips to help make sure nothing disrupts the fun, here are 3 more tips:

#1 – Sunburn

Every year, and often despite the best intentions, people are burned by the sun. This year, like last, it appears that wet weather will be the norm until summer arrives, meaning it will be easier to sustain a sunburn during those first enthusiastic exposures to the sun. Why? because the sun will be higher in the sky and the UV rays more direct/intense.

Remember to use a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (see pages 12-13) and cover up with a long-sleeved shirt and sunhat—or stay in the shade—between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.

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July 31st, 2014

Summer Safe Guards – Part 1

Summer SafeguardsCanadians love their summers, and spending time outdoors is one of the greatest warm-weather pleasures.  Please be sure to read these tips and make sure that nothing disrupts the fun!

#1 – Bites & stings

Bites and StingsMost of us have been stung or bitten by insects— usually bees, wasps, yellowjackets or mosquitos that love to share our picnic space. Recently, the European fire ant has made itself at home in Canada and the US, including BC and the Prairie provinces.

Bees and wasps are attracted to perfumes, including aromas lingering from shampoos and conditioners, so plan ahead and avoid highly scented products when eating outdoors.

Benadryl Itch Relief Stick

Should you sustain a bite or sting, Benadryl® triple action Bug Bite Relief will help relieve the discomfort fast and with minimal fuss.

Should a wasp or bee land on you, or one fly into your immediate vicinity, don’t wave your arms around. This will simply excite the insect and make it more likely to sting. Instead, back off slowly or, if the insect is attached to you, gently move it off with a piece of paper or clothing, or wait for it to fly away. Teach your child to stay very still if a stinging insect lands on him, and to let you handle removing it.

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