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Summertime is coming. Debatably, it’s the MOST wonderful time of the year full of all of your favourite things. Beach trips, pool days, mimosas, mimosas by the pool. I could go on and on about all the great things about summer.

One of my favourite things to do when the weather heats up is hit the beaches or visit tropical countries to get my tan on. Unfortunately, I’ve increasingly noticed people going on vacations and returning bright red because they don’t wear sunscreen.

Although many skip out on this daily essential, sunscreen is SO important to wear every day (whether you go on vacation or not) and here’s why:


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Sunburns are PAINFUL.

It’s worse than just looking red. Sunscreens are absolutely painful and leave you with some nasty side effects. Not only will you be looking like a freshly boiled lobster, but you may also feel feverish. Depending on the severity of your burn, you’ll likely experience throbbing pain along with cracking, dry skin.

If you’re planning on going to a tropical country this summer, know that the sun is NOT the same as what we experience in Canada. The sun is so much stronger and will burn you if you decide to skip out on the SPF. You won’t be left with a golden bronze tan, but instead, your skin will be red and extremely damaged.


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Sunscreen won’t stop you from tanning.

Because of the severity of the sun’s rays in hot countries, sunscreen won’t actually stop you from tanning. Instead, it’ll allow your skin to reach your dream golden tan. Ditch the horrible sunburns this summer and opt for the tan you rightfully deserve. It’s important when you’ll be in the sun all day to keep reapplying to avoid getting burnt.

It’s recommended you reapply at least every hour or less if you’ve been swimming. Opt for a sunscreen with at least 60 SPF especially if you’re visiting hot countries where the sun is NO JOKE. If you have fairer skin you may want to use one with a 100 SPF or higher. No matter your skin tone, whether fair or dark, sunscreen is VITAL on vacation or not.


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Even if it’s cloudy, the sun’s rays will still get you.

Along with moisturizing, make SPF a part of your daily routine. Just because you don’t see the sun’s rays doesn’t mean they aren’t there. It’s important to incorporate sunscreen into your day EVERY day regardless of the weather. If anything, the sun’s rays may do more damage on seemingly cloudy days because people skip out on the SPF. Whether you see the sun or not, the sun is still there and still shining. The residual rays can be dangerous to your delicate skin so by opting towards wearing sunscreen you are protecting yourself immensely.

I recommend buying a facial moisturizer that already has SPF in it. This will make it EASY to incorporate it into your daily skin care or makeup routine because it’s a step you already take. Check out all these awesome and cheap moisturizer options available at your nearest Walmart!


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Wearing sunscreen can help prevent premature wrinkles and dark spots.

This should be reason enough. If you want your skin to look youthful for a while, you’re going to want to include SPF into your day-to-day life. As much as you may like sunbathing and trying to stock up on vitamin D, too much is NOT good for you. According to WebMd getting too much sun actually causes far more damage than you’d think, including premature wrinkles and dark spots.

To assist in preventing this, they recommend that you, “stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and make it a habit to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a physical blocker such as zinc oxide 7 % or higher and an SPF 30 every day, even in the winter and when it’s cloudy.” We understand it may be tedious to include some form of SPF in your daily routine, but for the health of your skin, it’s probably best.


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It helps prevent skin cancer. 

Of course, this had to be on this list. This is likely the scariest of all of these, but it’s a harsh reality. The sun carries two types of rays, UVA and UVB. UVB is responsible for surface sunburns and UVA is the one that deeply penetrates your skin contributing to wrinkles and dark spots. Unfortunately, both these rays may cause skin cancer.

According to Cancer Research UK, getting sunburnt a mere once every 2 years can TRIPLE your risk of getting melanoma skin cancer. With such extensive research claiming the harms of the sun, wearing sunscreen every day should be a no brainer. Wherever you decide to go this summer, make sunscreen a priority on your packing list. It is easy to find cheap sunscreen options for all skin types, so why take the risk?

Looking for someplace to take your sunscreen to? Check out these cheap summer vacays!

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