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How to (safely) achieve that sunkissed glow with Shoppers Drug Mart

sunscreen skincare

My love for a flawless sunkissed glow and my need for sun protection are constantly at battle. Do I enjoy a little tan now and deal with the sunspots later? Or, do I accept that I will forever be pale, but UV-safe?

Those were daily questions before Shoppers Drug Mart swooped in and said we can have the best of both worlds! Here’s a few pieces from Shoppers Drug Mart that can elevate your summer skincare.

How to pick your sunscreen

A few things go into picking the right sunscreen and there are major points to consider when it comes to your formulas, so Shoppers Drug Mart is offering but the best sun protection! The Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face with SPF 50 ($34.00) and the Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Lotion for Body with SPF 30 ($41.00) will protect from any environmental aggressors, including the sun. They’re formulated to cover the UVA/UVB spectrum, while using an invisible shield technology that blends effortlessly into skin. If that wasn’t enough, the formula is suitable for sensitive skin! (These two are exclusive to SDM!)

If you’re looking for something with a matte finish and that offers higher SPF, let me introduce you to my long-time favorite, the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Ultra Fluid Lotion SPF 60 ($29.00). I’ve been using this guy since high school and I can tell you with confidence that it’s an excellent make-up base. The formula is fast-absorbing, lightweight, and free of anything that might irritate sensitive skin. Their patented Mexoryl sunscreen technology protects from both UVA and UVB rays, an important feature in any sunscreen!

For my busy friends who need a bit of both worlds in one product, check out Shiseido’s WetForce BB SPF50+ for Face ($48.00). They’ve taken the coveted Shiseido sunscreen and made it into your new all-in-one protection/makeup solution. The lightweight, but powerful formula comes in 3 shades—giving you a flawlessly even and protective layer over the skin. What I like about Shiseido is their WetForce Technology, which means the product works even better when exposed to water/perspiration for 30 minutes. Cool, right?!

How to go sunless

Now that you’re protected from harmful UV rays, it’s time to rock that sunkissed glow! Your best bet is St. Tropez One Night Only Wash Off Face & Body Lotion ($20.00). It’s perfect for that instant tan with no commitment. (It breaks down with soap and water!) Make sure to apply it with the St. Tropez Prep & Maintain Tan Applicator Mitt ($9.00) for a flawless application. Tip: always exfoliate and moisturize before applying self-tanner to make your life easier.

If you need a quick glow, the Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Foundation Primer ($50.00) is perfect. I’m a major fan of the original, so knowing I can enjoy its benefits plus an instant magic- hour glow makes me giddy! The only thing the camera will pick up is the flawless amber bronzey glow, so make sure to grab a few selfies. While you’re at it, turn it into a serious sunkissed look with Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil ($25.00). I have it in Shade 07 Honey Glam, which looks like pure liquid gold. The key ingredients, like mirabelle plum, jojoba, and hazelnut oils, will hydrate and nourish your lips. The final result? A high-gloss, golden look that will catch the perfect light.

These products are available at Shoppers and beautyboutique.ca.

FTC: in collaboration with Shoppers Drug Mart

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