Nothing makes you feel uneducated like trying to choose a simple sunscreen for yourself and your kids. Even the savviest among us get stumped when it comes to SPF, UVA and UVB ratings. That’s why we consulted Dr. Sandy Skotnicki of Bay Dermatology Centre, our friend, mom of three boys and expert dermatologist, who also has flawless skin. She sent us her sun safety tips and favourite picks for sunscreens.
Sandy’s top tip is to remember that there is no such thing as a healthy tan. We may think we all look better with a little sun-kissed glow, but according to our expert dermatologist, ‘It’s not healthy unless it comes from a bottle.’ Repeat this each morning while you apply sunscreen before you leave the house.
For those days when you have to be out in the sun for a long time, her favourite sunscreen for moms is:
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Fluid Lotion
This photostabilized sunscreen protects you right down to your cells. Spend less time worrying about sunburns and more time making memories with your kids. Expect long-lasting protection and grease-free skin. ($27, Tell me more)
If your skin insists on all-natural ingredients, our pick is:
Consonant: The Perfect Sunscreen SPF 30
Light, fragrance free, 100% natural and even made without essential oils that can often irritate sensitive skin, Consonant’s (the well respected Canadian beauty company) SPF 30 sunscreen for the face might be just as it is billed: the perfect sunscreen. ($45, Tell me more)
You don’t want to miss the rest of Dr. Skotnicki’s sun safety tips and recommendations. Check them out in our 29 Expert Sun Safety Tips.