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Sunscreen as a Part of Your Skincare Routine

As the summer sun beams down on Ottawa, the need for effective sun protection becomes more crucial than ever. Incorporating sunscreen into your daily skincare routine is one of the simplest yet most powerful ways to shield your skin from harmful UV rays. We hate to break it to you, but if you’re someone who has a solid skincare routine and doesn’t wear SPF, your routine is not as effective as you may think it is. In this blog, we will explore the significance of using sunscreen, its role in safeguarding your skin during the summer, and tips on choosing the right sunscreen in Ottawa.

Why Sunscreen is Vital for Summer Skin Protection

The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can wreak havoc on your skin, leading to premature aging, sunburns, and an increased risk of skin cancer. Using sunscreen acts as a protective barrier against these harmful rays, reducing their penetration into the skin.

Regular sun exposure, even on cloudy days, can contribute to skin damage over time. Hence, incorporating sunscreen into your daily skincare routine can significantly reduce the risk of developing skin-related issues in the long run. The sun also doesn’t go away in the colder months, so it’s crucial to wear it year-round, despite common misconceptions about it.

Choosing the Right Sunscreen for Ottawa Summers

When selecting sunscreen for the sunny days in Ottawa, there are a few essential factors to consider:

  • SPF Value: Look for sunscreens with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Higher SPF values provide increased protection, but it’s crucial to remember that no sunscreen offers 100% protection. Reapplication is necessary for optimal results.
  • Broad-Spectrum Protection: Ensure the sunscreen you choose offers broad-spectrum protection, meaning it guards against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin, causing long-term damage, while UVB rays primarily cause sunburn.
  • Water and Sweat Resistance: Given Ottawa’s warm and humid summers, opt for water and sweat-resistant sunscreens, especially if you plan to spend time at outdoor events or engage in physical activities.
  • Skin Type and Sensitivities: Consider your skin type and any sensitivities you may have. Those with sensitive skin should choose sunscreens labeled as hypoallergenic and free from potential irritants like fragrance.

Additional Benefits: Some sunscreens come with added skincare benefits, such as moisturizing properties or antioxidants. These can be advantageous in maintaining healthy and hydrated skin.

Incorporating Sunscreen into Your Skincare Routine

Follow these simple steps to ensure that sunscreen becomes an integral part of your daily skincare routine:

  • Cleanse: Start by cleansing your face with a gentle cleanser suitable for your skin type. This prepares your skin for the sunscreen application.
  • Apply Skincare Products: If you use products like a toner, serums and a moisturizer, apply them before your sunscreen. Tip: we recommend layering your skincare products in order from thinnest to thickest consistency. (Have questions about this? Send us an email for more help!)
  • Apply Sunscreen Generously: Take a generous amount of sunscreen and apply it evenly to all exposed areas of your skin. Don’t forget commonly overlooked areas like the ears, neck, and back of hands.
  • Reapplication is Key: Reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially if you are spending prolonged periods outdoors or have been swimming or sweating. This ensures continuous protection throughout the day.
  • Sunscreen Under Makeup: For those who wear makeup, consider using a lightweight, non-greasy sunscreen that can be applied before makeup application. Some foundations and tinted moisturizers also contain SPF for added protection. Powdered sunscreens are also excellent for reapplication if you’re a makeup-wearer; they allow you to add more protection without rubbing off your foundation or concealer.


Incorporating sunscreen into your daily skincare routine is a vital step in protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun, especially during Ottawa’s sunny summers. Remember to choose the right sunscreen with appropriate SPF and broad-spectrum protection, considering your skin type and activities. By making sunscreen a priority, you’ll enjoy healthy, radiant skin while minimizing the risk of sun-related skin issues. So, embrace the power of sunscreen and savor the summer sun responsibly.

Interested in learning more about our sunscreen options? We have a wide range of sunscreens available, such as EltaMD, ZO Skin Health, and Vivier Skin. Book a free skin consultation today at The Aesthetic Lounge!