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Linda D won this Late Summer #ClarinsSun Giveaway

Late Summer #ClarinsSun Giveaway

Clarins Sun productsLabour Day may signal the end of summer vacation for most, but September and early October can offer beautifully warm sunny days that are ideal to enjoy outdoors. I have several friends who book their vacations for September because the temperatures are slightly cooler and the humidity levels much lower. In Canada, the leaves start to turn vibrant reds and oranges in mid-September so the views can be incredibly beautiful.

So if you are going to spend any time outdoors, be sure to pack your sunscreen. Dermatologists are now advising that we wear sun protection year round to prevent skin cancers and to slow the signs of aging thanks to UV damage. But it is a good idea to be extra careful when outdoors for any extended periods.

clarins sun modelWhen purchasing a sunscreen, look for a formula that protects against UVA and UVB rays. You want a formula that is broadspectrum protecting you from both short and long UV rays. If it doesn’t say UVA/UVB on the package, put it back on the shelf. Don’t buy it. That is because SPF (sun protection factor) only protects you from UVB rays. SPF doesn’t protect against the longer UVA rays which can cause more damage to skin DNA. You only want to use broadspectrum sunscreens.

Now, I’ve found that SPF numbers often cause confusion and give people a false sense of security when it comes to protecting against UVB rays. You want to choose a sunscreen with SPF between 30 and 50. A higher number than that does not mean double the protection. Here is what SPF protects you from:

SPF 15 blocks 93 % of UVB rays

SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays

SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays

Anything above a SPF 50 is marginally more protection. The key is to apply enough product to offer good protection. You want a good layer on your skin. You should use two milligrams of sunscreen per square centimetre of skin. Most people use a third of the product they really need. With sun damage accounting for over 85% of the signs of skin aging, using a good sunscreen is the very best anti-aging product you can use.

The Giveaway: I gave away this Late Summer #ClarinsSun set to one lucky reader. To enter, I asked readers to tell me in a blog post comment below what SPF number do they buy when they shop for sunscreen? Linda D told us and we drew her name from all entries. Congrats Linda!

Clarins sun productsClarins is available in Canada at Hudson’s Bay stores and thebay.com


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  • Kelly I
    September 9, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    I use spf 30 or higher

  • Jo Edwards
    September 9, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I use a minimun of SPF 30

  • Christy Peeples DuBois
    September 9, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I usually use spf 30 but as a melanoma survivor twice now I really need to up it to at least 50.
    Twitter: ce43174248

  • Theresa C.
    September 9, 2017 at 2:16 am

    I have to use SPF 50! @LuminousAngel1

  • Sarah
    September 9, 2017 at 1:15 am

    I use SPF 30 or higher. I love that tote bag! @japsaw89

  • Jessica Herndon
    September 9, 2017 at 12:50 am

    spf 30 @jessicarosian

  • Heaven Kelough
    September 9, 2017 at 12:49 am

    At least SPF 30 or higher! Thank you so much for the chance to win! @justbeingheaven

  • Sarah
    September 9, 2017 at 12:19 am

    SPF 30 or higher. I love that tote bag! @japsaw89

    • Sarah
      September 9, 2017 at 1:16 am

      I didn’t mean to comment twice!🙈

  • Regina Z
    September 9, 2017 at 12:15 am

    I always buy spf30 or higher for my face and depending on where I am spf15-30 for everywhere else.
    @jayzay83

  • Bobbiejo m Patten
    September 8, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    spf 50

  • Lily Kwan
    September 8, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    SPF 30

  • Melinda lookingbill
    September 8, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Fp30 or higher-up

  • heather c
    September 8, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    It’s usually SPF 30. I’m rarely outside for very long, so that helps!
    @choochoo428

  • Stephanie Liske
    September 8, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    I get spf 30.

  • Cliff Plummer
    September 8, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    I use an spf if 30 or above

  • Linnzie Pieper
    September 8, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    I use spf 50 or higher with my skin!

  • Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    I use an SPF of at least 30 because I’m very fair! @pattiscanlon

  • Julieh
    September 8, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    I look for spf 30 or higher

  • Georgie Wright
    September 8, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    The highest I can get (SPF & Star rating). SPF 50 is good for me but I can go down to 30 if I have to.

  • Elaine Hollis
    September 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    SPF 20 @elainephollis

  • Ioana Cristina Popescu
    September 8, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Always 50+
    @popikaoana

  • Janine Hwang
    September 8, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    I use spf 30 or higher

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