The Ultimate 2024 Sunscreen Buying Guide

WellnessThe Ultimate 2024 Sunscreen Buying Guide

The Ultimate 2024 Sunscreen Buying Guide

There’s nothing better than the promise of summer vibes, and fun in the sun, but with all that comes the need to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays. There are so many different types of sunscreens for different occasions and ages, it can be overwhelming – so let’s dive in and find the perfect sun shield for every member of your family. 

Sunscreen 101: What Type and Level of Sun Protection Should You Use? 

SPF (Sun Protection Factor): SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. It’s a measure of how effectively a sunscreen protects your skin from UVB rays, which are the rays responsible for causing sunburn. The SPF number tells you how long the sun’s UV radiation would take to redden your skin when using the product exactly as directed versus the amount of time without any sunscreen. So, with SPF 30 it would take you 30 times longer to burn than if you weren’t wearing sunscreen. 

 In a nutshell, the higher the SPF number, the greater the protection against sunburn. But remember, SPF should be used alongside other sun protection measures like seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding peak sun hours for optimal protection. 

The Canadian Cancer Society recommends using an SPF of at least 15—or 30 if you are going to be outside for a full day. An SPF of 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays and one of 30 or higher blocks 97%. 

 

Broad-Spectrum Protection: Ensuring your chosen product offers broad-spectrum protection is key, as it shields against both UVA and UVB rays. Most broad-spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or higher provide effective defense against UVB and short UVA rays. Look for ingredients such as avobenzone, zinc oxide, or titanium dioxide, as they enhance protection across the entire UVA spectrum.

 

NEW & INNOVATIVE SUNCARE

Looking for the latest & greatest in Sun Care innovation? Look no further!  

 

babyganics All Mineral Kids Roll On Sunscreen SPF 50 

This sunscreen is the perfect companion for all their big adventures. Made with all-mineral active ingredients, it goes on smooth and quick, rubs in easy, and provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Perfect for squirmy kids who are in a rush to get outside! 

ATTITUDE Sunly Tint Face Stick Mineral Unscented SPF30 

Practical and environmentally friendly, it comes in a biodegradable cardboard tube and applies easily without leaving white traces. Its EWG VERIFIED, vegan and dermatologically tested. 

Suntegrity Island Tan Gradual Self Tan Drops 

Turn your moisturizer, serum or oil into your own customized self tanner with these Hyaluronic acid and Vitamin B5 enriched self tan drops. Made with Ecocert DHA from sugar beets, these tanning drops are super-charged with skin nourishing oils and nutrient-dense botanical extracts to moisturize and boost skin’s natural glow. 

 

BABY & KIDS

Looking for sunscreen for the smallest of family members? We recommend these kid-friendly, gentle formulations that are easy to apply (trust us, this is a huge bonus). 

 

thinksport Kids All Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 

Whether at the beach or pool, this air-powered spray protects active kids at play for quick, no-fuss application. This non-aerosol kids’ sunscreen spray is formulated with reef safe, non-nano Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide to shield kid’s sensitive skin from harmful UVA/UVB sun rays. 

Blue Lizard Kids Sunscreen Stick SPF 50

Protect little faces without the fuss. Blue Lizard’s mineral Kids Sunscreen Stick offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50+ protection in an easy-to-carry and easy-to-apply formula. It glides on easily, rubs in clear and dries smooth. 

Green Beaver Kids Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 

With ingredients that are natural and gluten-free, they offer a gentle alternative to sun protection that will leave your skin feeling soft and healthy. Discover the benefits of a long-lasting protection that will moisturize your skin and help prevent signs of aging. 

 

FACIAL SPF

We’re all about low-effort makeup in the summer, but don’t sacrifice protection. These sunscreens are an excellent addition to everyone’s morning routine–and you won’t even know they’re there. 

 

COOLA Classic SPF30 Dew Good Illuminating Serum 

Dew your skin a favor! This silky serum goes on sheer to instantly illuminate for a dewy, hydrated look with weightless SPF 30 protection. The organic formula goes beyond SPF to help mitigate the effects of blue light, pollution, and other environmental stressors withBlueScreen Digital De-Stress technology. 

Sun Bum Original SPF 45 Sunscreen Face Mist 

This refreshing mist is the daily go-to for sheer, lightweight protection from the sun. It protects from harmful UV rays, helps relieve minor skin irritations, and soothes sensitive skin with calming Witch Hazel. 

thinksport Clear Zinc Active Face Sunscreen SPF 50 

This powerful sunscreen offers unbeatable sun protection for any outdoor activity. Durably designed to resist wear off from water, sweat, or rubbing ideal for your active lifestyle. 

 

FACIAL MOISTURIZERS WITH SPF

Choosing a good facial moisturizer that also contains SPF keeps your skin moisturized while protecting it from the sun, preventing wrinkles and fine lines. 

 

Shiseido Waso Shikulime Color Control Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 

An oil-free, tinted moisturizer that syncs to your skin tone, blurs imperfections, and protects against UV. Barrier-balancing Shikuwasa Lime helps to promote good skin conditions. 

COOLA Refreshing Water Cream SPF50 

Drench your skin! Infused with hydration-boosting hyaluronic acid and refreshing coconut water, COOLA’s organic water cream delivers a dewy surge of lightweight moisture and powerful SPF 50 protection.  

Clinique Moisture Surge SPF 28 Sheer Hydrator 

A cloud-like cream that delivers the hydration you love from Moisture Surge, plus sheer sun protection—even for deep skin tones. 

 

TINTED SUNCARE

Tinted SPF is the ultimate hack. It packs a punch of light coverage (and can often take the place of makeup) while giving skin a flawless look and protecting against UVA/UVB rays. 

 

COOLA Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Matte Tint Natural Beige 

Give your skin an immediate line-smoothing matte finish and fight signs of aging caused by the sun with this Farm to Face sourced, antioxidant-infused, broad spectrum SPF 30 mineral sunscreen.  

La Roche-Posay Sun Protection Anthelios Ultra-fluid Lotion SPF 50 

An innovative, fast-absorbing, matte finish facial sunscreen. It’s fragrance-free, paraben-free, and water-resistant formula blocks skin from sunburn and skin reactions as well as UV-induced cell damage. 

Suntegrity 5-in-1 Tinted Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 30 

A multi-tasking Mineral Tinted Sunscreen BB cream that renews, hydrates, protects, primes and covers the skin. Supercharged with youth promoting antioxidants that help to scavenge surface free radicals, this cream also provides mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 30 protection.  

 

MAKEUP WITH SPF

DNA damage, premature aging and skin cancer are reasons we advocate daily sunscreen usage. Get even more SPF protection with an added shield in your Makeup routine.  

 

Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 

Give your skin the ultimate flawless finish! Absorb excess oil while protects skin from UVA & UVB sun rays with this easy-to-reapply formula.  

Avene Very High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 Honey 

This fragrance-free compact is ideal for sensitive skin in need of sun protection. This unique complex of active ingredients offers broad, lasting, stable and effective UVB-UVA protection with optimal skin tolerance. 

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Natural Matte Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 

The #1 Skin-Improving Tinted Moisturizer in the US* is now available in an oil-free, natural matte finish. It’s the perfect way to give your skin a flawless glow while staying SPF 30 protected. 

 

BODY SUN CARE PICKS

Everyone needs sunscreen and we want to make sure you get one that is perfect for your skin. These are a few of our favourites that are great for every single day and for every single body. 

 

Blue Lizard Sheer Mineral Body Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 

This sheer mineral sunscreen rubs in smooth and dries clear. More than just a Zinc Oxide sunscreen, Blue Lizard’s Sheer Sunscreen Lotion offers a super blend of shea butter, antioxidants, and vitamin E for softer, healthier skin. 

Sun Bum Mineral SPF 30 Continuous Sunscreen Spray 

This easy to apply, Mineral Continuous Sunscreen Spray provides Broad Spectrum SPF 30 protection made of safe minerals to protect skin from UVA/UVB rays. 

ATTITUDE Sunly Stick Mineral Tropical SPF30 

Practical and environmentally friendly, it comes in a biodegradable cardboard tube and applies easily without leaving white traces. Its EWG VERIFIED, vegan and dermatologically tested formula lets you enjoy outdoor activities worry free! 

 

GET THAT SUNLESS GLOW (SUNLESS TANNER)

Go ahead and skip the skin-damaging sun and get your glow on the safe way with a faux tan that looks so real no one will believe it’s from a bottle. 

  

Suntegrity Island Tan Gradual Self Tan Drops 

Turn your moisturizer, serum or oil into your own customized self tanner with these Hyaluronic acid and Vitamin B5 enriched self tan drops. Made withEcocert DHA from sugar beets, these tanning drops are super-charged with skin nourishing oils and nutrient-dense botanical extracts. 

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster 

Why not add a little self-tanner to your skincare products? With Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster, you can do exactly that! To get this enhanced look, you can simply combine the Radiance Plus Booster with any Clarins face moisturizers and build your tan. 

St. Tropez Ashley Graham Golden Getaway Kit Limited Edition 

Escape to paradise and get glowing with this top-selling tanning trio: perfect for a beach worthy bronze from head to toe. Featuring Ashley Graham’s favourites, this travel-friendly kit includes their award-winning Self Tan Express Mousse, Velvet Applicator Mitt and full-size Purity Face Mist. 

 

AFTER SUN

In addition to using sunscreen, after-sun care is extremely important. Sometimes you get a bit too much sun even if you’re careful; plus, the heat can really dry out the skin! Enjoy a little rejuvenation after your day of fun in the sun. 

 

Australian Gold Forever After All Day Moisturizer 

You worked hard for your tan, now keep it Forever After. This intensely moisturizing lotion features a triple action anti-wrinkle, firming and slimming complex and Hemp Seed Extract for unparalleled results. 

COOLA Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion 

Save the skin you’re in with this ultra-soothing and deeply hydrating daily lotion, crafted with an advanced blend of time-honoured ingredients for environmentally-damaged skin recovery. 

ATTITUDE Sunly After Sun Melt In Gel Mint & Cucumber 

ATTITUDE after-sun gel goes on smooth and helps to soothe irritated skin, relieving tightness and leaving it silky soft and hydrated after fun in the sun.     

 

OUR FAVOURITE SUN CARE SETS

Get all your sun care essentials in one easy package with our sun care sets. 

 

COOLA Discovery Set 2024 

Exclusive to Well.ca! It’s the perfect SPF companion to keep your skin glowing & protected for any adventure. Featuring 3 of COOLA’s bestselling sun care products plus a lux sample of their after-sun lotion. 

Shiseido Urban Environment Oil Free Set SPF 42 

The Urban Environment Oil-Free Set features the Urban Oil-Free Sunscreen Protection coupled with deluxe mini-sizes to cleanse and recover sun-kissed skin.  

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Fluid SPF 50+ Kit 

Protect & moisturize your skin with this La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Fluid Face SPF 50+ Limited Edition Kit. Featuring their must-have sun care plus the Toleriane cream and Micellar Water. 

 

Prioritizing sun protection isn’t just a seasonal trend, it’s a year-round necessity. So, make sure to stock up on this skin care essential before the summer sun hits! Explore all the sun protection Well.ca has to offer on our Sun Care Shop, featuring SPF in every format.  

 

 

 

 

 

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