For the summer portion of our round the world trip, investing in reputable sun protection has been a priority for me because of the long days of sunshine we will soon encounter in Southern Europe. Between South America (Peru) and Europe (Portugal), we made a stopover in Toronto, where I was very happy to hear that Clarins Canada had gifted me a goody bag full of suncare products for the next leg of our journey. Back home in Canada, both Steve and I have had positive experiences with Clarins skincare, so we were more than happy to bring them along as our suncare brand of choice.
As we transition to hot weather, and summer vacations are in peak season, there’s no better time than now to share my top five tips for sun protection skincare.
Protection Level is Determined by the SPF Number
The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) marked on every sunscreen product, determines the product’s level of protection. For me, in cloudy Vancouver, I use an SPF 15 for day-to-day protection. For travel to hot and sunny climates, I typically use an SPF 30. If I know I’m spending a long day in the sun, like at the beach, on a hike, or out on the water (boating, white water rafting etc.) I’ll go with SPF 50. The lower the SPF, the more frequently you must reapply to keep your skin at the same level of protection.
Use Targeted Products for Specific Needs
I like using Clarins for suncare because they are first and foremost a skincare brand. This means they have the expertise, and the tried, tested, and true formulas for developing high quality products for your skin. Being a big skincare brand also means they have the knowledge and resources to produce different products for different needs. In addition to suncare with various levels of SPF (15, 20, 30, 50), Clarins offers suncare products specifically formulated for the body, face, and even a non-greasy Sun Care Oil Spray which absorbs beautifully on the skin and leaves it satin-y smooth; you can even use it on your hair!
Higher elevation, Stronger Sun
In Peru, we did the high elevation Rainbow Mountain hike, which took us to over 5,000m in elevation at the peak of the trail. Along the hike, it seemed to be overcast the whole way. It even started hailing at the end of our hike! Steve didn’t think he would need sunscreen for such cloudy weather, however, he still ended up with a small sunburn on his face. High-elevation conditions exposes your skin to a higher intensity of UV rays; the sun has less atmosphere to travel through and therefore the rays are more intense. Be sure to apply sunscreen in high elevation conditions, even if the weather appears to be overcast.
Some sunscreens are marketed as being water-resistant. But, if you are towelling off after a swim, you’re also rubbing off your sunscreen. Be sure to reapply sunscreen after being in water, even if you are using a water-resistant product. As noted on my water-resistant Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray (SPF 30): “Reapply after 40 minutes of swimming or sweating. Reapply immediately after towel drying.”
After-Care is Important Too
After spending a day out in the sun, skin tends to dry out and get dehydrated. For that reason, after-sun-care is also important. For our travels, I’m using Clarins’ After Sun Gel Ultra-Soothing, a moisturizing product which helps cool my skin down while rehydrating, and also prolongs my tan. In fact because I’ve been getting so much sun over the past few weeks, I have been using this as my regular body moisturizer too!
With these tips in mind, we are looking forward to safely encountering sunny weather as we continue on with our travels through Europe. Thanks to Clarins Canada for gifting us with suncare for our summer vacation.