Best sunscreens and sunless tanners
Everyone looks better with a healthy summer glow, but we know that sun protection is so important, even on cloudy days, so here are some of my favourite products to help protect your skin from the sun, and help you get a sunless glow.
I love multi-tasking products and Shiseido's Sports BB is loaded with benefits: it's a tinted BB sunscreen that comes in 3 easy to blend shades that help even out your skin tone and stay in place even when you sweat. It's SPF50 and water resistant up to 80 minutes, but it also has a WetForce technology that means the UV protection becomes even more effective when exposed to water or sweat for 30 minutes.
Mineral sunscreens are getting a lot of buzz this summer and they're great because they use natural mineral ingredients to block UVA and UVB rays. Some mineral formulas leave a white cast, but I've tested a whole slew of them and found these two that are fantastic. Clinique Mineral sunscreen for face and body are exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart and great for sensitive skin. they're lightweight and invisible, they blend effortlessly into the skin so you don't even know they're there. The face is SPF50 and the body is SPF30. Another great one for the face is La Roche-Posay - it's designed for sensitive skin and I love that it's absorbs quickly into the skin and has a matte finish. It's great under makeup.
You can also get a great summer glow without being in the sun at all. St Tropez is known for their high quality sunless tanning products but I love this One Night Only bronzing line for face and body. It lasts up to 24 hours and washes off with soap and water. It's streak free, it looks super natural but the fun part is that you get an instant tan with no commitment so you can use it when you want to. Maybe you don't want a tan Monday morning at work, but maybe you do want one for that party on Saturday night. The applicator mitt makes it super easy - there's no mess and you get a flawless application every time.
Double duty makeup is also on my radar this summer. I am obsessed with this Smashbox Radiance primer. It's a moisturizing primer cream that gives an instant warm glow to your skin but it also hydrates, evens out skin tone and and blurs imperfections. It has a satiny smooth finish so it's easy to apply your makeup. And ingredients like hyaluronic acid and shea butter give you all day hydration.
And the final touch - your lips. This comforting lip oil from Clarins gives you the benefits of a gloss with the soothing comfort of an oil. It's a pure plant oil formula with Mirabelle plum and hazelnut oils that instantly soothe, nourish and help lock in moisture so your lips don't dry out. You can use it alone to soften your lips or over your lipstick for added comfort and shine.
Shiseido WetForce BB SPF 50+ for Face ($48.00)
Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Lotion for Face SPF 50 ($34.00)
Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Lotion for Body SPF 30 ($41.00)
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Ultra Fluid Lotion SPF 60 Face Sensitive Skin ($29.00)
St Tropez One Night Only Wash Off Face & Body Lotion ($20.00)
St. Tropez Prep & Maintain Tan Applicator Mitt ($9.00)
Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Foundation Primer 30ml ($50.00)
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil 7ml ($25.00)