I scream, you scream, we all scream for Sun Screen!
Finally, the sun is shining! Time to get outside and enjoy the Toronto Summer.
Sunlight is great for so many reasons; it feels nice on your skin, provides mood boosting Vitamin D and it benefits our internal health by killing bad bacteria, lowering blood pressure and increasing oxygen content in blood, to name a few. The downside of basking in the sun are the negative effects caused by exposure to Ultra Violet (UV) rays which release from the sun in three different forms; UVA, UVB and UVC.
UVA and UVB rays can cause changes to your cells and the appearance of your skin. UVA rays cause wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, skin sagging and most importantly skin cancer. They are 20x more prevalent than UVB rays and are relatively constant year round, rain or shine. UVA rays can also pass through glass which is why it’s important to wear sunscreen every day, whether you’re outdoors or not. UVB rays cause sunburn, they also penetrate the skin and promote skin cancer.
Luckily UVC rays are completely filtered by the atmosphere and do not reach the earth’s surface.
Other than avoiding the sun (especially during 10:00am-4:00pm, the peak sun hours) you can wear Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) clothing and Sun Protection Factor (SPF) sunscreen to protect your skin. Skin is your largest organ and by wearing sunscreen to shield your skin from the UVA and UVB rays you are preventing damage. The Canadian Cancer Society recommends wearing a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more to defend your skin properly. At Hammam Spa we carry state of the art chemical and physical sunscreens providing broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection for a variety of skin types and conditions.
Types of UV Filters
There are two different types of SPF filters, chemical and mineral filters, that cover different ranges of the UV spectrum. Chemical filters tend to filter small ranges of the UVA and UVB spectrum. For this reason, it’s often essential to combine several chemical filters to achieve broad-spectrum UV protection. Physical filters have a more complete scope of protection. Physical filters span the UVA and UVB spectrum, offering broader UV protection than most chemical filters. Physical sunscreens protect your skin from the sun by deflecting or blocking the sun’s rays and chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the sun’s rays.
We’ve rounded up our favorite sunscreens in the Hammam Spa Shop to help you in your search for the perfect sunscreen this summer!
Add a little glow to your complexion? Our Must-Have is Physical Fusion UV Defense by SkinCeuticals. This SPF 50 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen fluid will enhanve your natural skin tone. It’s also water/sweat resistant, paraben-free and chemical filter-free.
Is your skin a little sensitive? Dermalogica’s Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30 is a physical, broad spectrum sunscreen ideal for sensitized, reactive and recently resurfaced skin. It contains their exclusive UltraCalming Complex with oat and botanical actives to help minimize discomfort, burning and itching.
Elta MD Skincare
Looking for double duty sun protection? EltaMD’s UV Daily SPF 40 is sheer, lightweight, and can be used as a moisturizer. It is specifically formulated with hyaluronic acid to provide moisturizing protection for the face, either alone or under makeup.
Don’t let your skin suffer as you sip that drink on the patio! Jane Iredale’s PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation is a foundation, powder, concealer and broad spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen. It contains antioxidants such as Pomegranate Extract which aids in minimizing UV damage.
Want the Suntan without the Sun?
Try St. Tropez’s award winning self-tan products. They offer long lasting (7-10 days), no self-tan smell, streak-free finish, light weight and non-sticky, fast absorbing, non-comedogenic/pore clogging, paraben-free, phtalate-free and sulphate-free products that do not transfer colour to clothing! Need we say more??? The active self-tan ingredient is Certified Organic DHA to give your skin that bronzed golden glow. “Cash me inside, howbow dah?”
Reading this too late?
Coming back from the cottage a little red? We still have you covered! SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque is an intensive calming facial mask that cools on contact, comforts skin sensitivity, and has been clinically tested to effectively reduce visual redness and discomfort.
Still searching for what meets your SPF needs?
Check out all of our sunscreens here!