6 Pre- and Post-Sun Essentials


Your summer sun protection must-haves!
We’ve already shared with you our guide on choosing sunscreen (as well as a few of our favourite finds), but we’re nowhere near done when it comes to sun protection! Below, we’ve got a few essentials for your beach bag. Not only to protect you from the sun, but your allies for when you’ve stayed out in the sun too long. (Tsk, tsk.)


1_SUNSCREEN_INTERNALA classic such as this really doesn’t need any improvement. After all, a sunscreen that protects, softens skin, as well as leaves it glowing? It’s perfect as is. But now it comes in a spray version, which just simplifies application. Yep, we’ve gone beyond perfection now.

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Sunscreen Spray SPF 50, $10.99 (170g) at pharmacies.

With summer here, you’re very much bound to sweat! Not just from the heat; if you’re the active type, you’ll definitely need only the best when it comes to sun protection. This newest member of the Neutrogena family boasts MICROMESH technology, which pretty much allows perspiration to go through all without compromising the lotion’s SPF strength. If that isn’t enough to get you outside and moving, we don’t know what is!

Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60, $16.99 (147mL) at pharmacies.

We adore new and unique technology when it comes to our sunscreen, especially when it helps reduce our discomfort at the beach. Enter this innovative Banana Boat find: not only does it offer broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection (natch), but its formula allows for you to simply brush off sand from your skin! Say “hello” to our new beachside ally…

Banana Boat SunComfort Sunscreen Spray SPF 50, $9.99 (170g) at pharmacies.


After-sun protection


The brand name itself first drew us in, but it’s the product itself that won us over. This vegan (yes!) post-sun spray boasts aloe, cucumber extract and vitamin E, making for a refreshing summer ally. We love that it absorbs quickly into the skin, but that it also protects against more than just sunburn, read: skin peeling, windburn, dry skin, and more!

Sun Bum After Sun Cool Down Spray, $16.49 (177mL) at Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix.

La Roche-Posay has long been a trusted name when it comes to our skin, especially with regards to sun protection. And their after-sun gel? As its name suggests, it simply melts into the skin, soothing the burn. It has both hydrating and restorative properties, helping to repair the skin, as well.

La Roche-Posay Posthelios Melt-In Gel, $25 (200mL) in pharmacies.

Since we were kids, we have always been told that aloe vera is essential when it comes to soothing a sunburn. So having a bottle of this aloe vera gel on-hand is key to cooling off your sunburnt skin, as well as protecting it against drying. Bonus: we love the affordable price point!

Life Brand After Sun Aloe Vera Gel, $7.49 (470mL) at Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix.

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