SUN SAFETY

Sun Safety
It finally feels like summer is approaching in Calgary. We've had more than a few +20C days this past week, and it's no surprise that downtown is littered with people enjoying the beautiful days. My boyfriend and I were joking that summer in Calgary is so lovely, but you have to really appreciate those slight summer days to get through the seven months of winter. And we do. One of the great joys of living downtown is the amount of life that is ejected into the city down here. There are people. In my experience, you just don't see this many people out enjoying the weather, the city. We spent the better part of the weekend down at Prince's Island Park grabbing iced coffees and hanging out. Since we both spend the better part of our weekdays in an office, it's especially important to us to get out on the weekends.

Of course, being out in the sunshine for any extended period of time means that we must make sure to protect ourselves from the sun. June 1 to 7th is Sun Awareness Week and I was inspired by Oscar, a health insurance company in New Jersey and New York, to share some tips on Sun Safety. I have never been much of a tanner, partly because I don't do well in the heat, and partly because trying to match makeup when you have a tan is way too much of an inconvenience for me to bother (all of the important reasons, I know). Despite my somewhat ridiculous reasons for avoiding the sun, there were a few brief summers where you could find me perched on my back porch on a lawn chair slathered up in dark tanning oil. Not long after that, my mother had a stint with skin cancer, and since then we've all been a lot more cautious about protecting ourselves.

My big thing is of course, sunscreen. I apply first thing ever morning after using my Origins GinZing moisturizer. Right now, I'm using La Roche Posay Anthelios Lightweight Lotion SPF 30, which is great because it really is lightweight and can handle having makeup put overtop of it without looking heavy or greasy. I have heard really great things about Kiehl's sunscreens, so that will be my next venture. After applying sunscreen on my face, I follow up with my tarte Amazonian Clay Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20. I love this product because it offers just enough coverage to even out my skin tone, but is by no means heavy. On days when I'm out in the sun, I make sure to apply sunscreen to my body, and it's especially important to reapply if you're outside for long periods of time. Finally, I find that my scalp is very susceptible to burning, so a hat is a must. I've picked up a few good options from Aritzia and Urban Outfitters over the years.

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