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Your 2021 Spring and Summer Sunscreen Guide

2021 Sunscreen Guide | Okanagan Skin Care Centre

The hunt begins, the search for the perfect sunscreen season after season. The winning criteria? Non-greasy, anti-ageing benefits with full coverage while fitting your unique skin concerns such as dryness, redness or wearability under makeup. We know when you're dishing out a few extra dollars for medical-grade ingredients, you expect your sunscreen to perform miles ahead of drugstore brands. That's why we've put together a list of our favourite tried and true (and reviewed!) sunscreen products, so you don't have to do the guesswork. The verdict? Read on for our top 5  picks this season to keep your skin protected from the sun while looking and feeling fresh.


Why Invest in Pharmaceutical-Grade Sunscreen?
  • Quality ingredients won't break you out 
  • An anti-ageing investment in your skin
  • Protection from skin cancer and sun damage
  • Wears better than drugstore brands
     

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For over twenty years, our highly trained team of specialist nurses and estheticians have been aiding our clients to achieve their aesthetic and skin goals through medical integrity and ongoing specialized training. Through our Kelowna Skin Care Centre, we deliver safe and professional skincare services and customized treatment plans to address signs of aging, prevention, acne or any other skin concern. Make Sunscreen a staple part of your skin care routine to protect your skin from ageing and sun damage this summer. Ask our Skin Care experts about our extensive assortment of all our favourite skin care products online so that you can shop quality products from the comfort of your home!

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Your 2021 Spring and Summer Sunscreen Guide


Best Non-greasy Formula For Oily And Acne-Prone Skin

Vivier® Sheer 30
 

Why We Love It: the Vivier Sunscreen Lotion with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB and SPF 30 is suitable for every skin type, but especially for our oily and breakout-prone sisters (and in that hot summer sun, slathered with makeup, sweat and sunscreen which isn't?!). The key to this dreamy formula? Pharmaceutical grade water-based ingredients feel lightweight and non-greasy with high absorbability, so it doesn't sit and melt on top of the skin. If you're prone to breakouts and oiliness, water-based formula is hydrating but not pore-clogging or heavy. One bottle lasts almost two months, and we love that it absorbs quickly and wears like a feather on the skin!

The Catch? Although lightweight and versatile, unlike a tinted product, this option can have a white casting effect, so it's best worn under makeup or with a dash of bronzer. 

Shop Vivier® Sheer 30
 

Best Matte Coverage For Non-shine Reapplication All Day

ZO® Skin Health Smart Tone Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50
 

Why We Love It: Tone-Adjusting coverage, quick-drying and with a sheer matte finish offering broad-spectrum protection against UVA/UVB rays, what's not to love? It does adjust to your skin tone, giving you that tinted coverage glow instead of the washed-out chalkiness that usually accompanies sunscreens, and a little goes a long way, so you can blend it out to use less product. 

The Catch? This one's not for oily skin; as it wears during the day, it will start to feel heavy on oily skin, so make sure to set with a translucent powder unless you have normal to dry skin. Worth mentioning, it is living and sweat-tested and passes the test!

Shop ZO® Skin Health Smart Tone Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50  
 

Best For Prepping Makeup Application And Smoothing Imperfections

ZO® Skin Health Sunscreen + Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
 

Why We Love It: Not only does this SPF 30 protect against UVA/UVB, IR-A rays, and HEV light, but it is the perfect step for a flawless makeup application! Now you can protect your skin from the ageing effects of sun damage without worrying if it will cause your makeup to slide, wear off or crease!

Bonus? It blurs wrinkles, lines and imperfections, so it looks great without makeup too! Unscented, smoothing, and matte finish makes this the perfect base layer for any look. 

Shop ZO® Skin Health Sunscreen + Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30  
 

Best For Dry or Sensitive Skin

Vivier® Triple Protection Sunscreen & Moisturizer
 

Why We Love It: If you have sensitive skin, then you know dread putting on multiple products on your flaring skin. This gentle 2 in 1 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB and SPF 30 sunscreen and moisturizer has terrific antioxidant benefits and is gentle enough for post-procedure faces, especially under the eyes, a common zone for irritation. 

The Catch? It can leave your face looking slightly ashy, so you might want to throw on some tinted powder or bronzer over the top for a golden glow. 

Shop Vivier® Triple Protection Sunscreen & Moisturizer  
 

Best For Correcting The Signs of Aging 

SkinMedica® Total Defense + Repair Broad Spectrum SPF 50
 

Why We Love It: We all know the crucial role of sunscreen in protecting our skin against harmful ageing effects of the sun, but this product takes anti-ageing to battle and actively works to renew and correct the signs of ageing that have already occurred. This 2-in-one armour, suitable for all skin types, has a whopping SPF 50 with broad-spectrum UV protection.

Bonus? It is sweat-proof and water-resistant- perfect for a sweaty run or patio mimosas with the girls this summer.

Shop SkinMedica® Total Defense + Repair Broad Spectrum SPF 50  
 

Looking To Get Summer Ready? Contact Us

If you're looking to revamp your skincare routine, or to book a treatment to revitalize your dry winter skin, our dermatologists can help! During a consultation, we can assess your concerns, skin type and condition, to help create a customized skin treatment that will keep your skin clear and healthy all summer long. To book a consultation, contact us at 250-868-9290 or fill out our online form.

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FAQ's

I Don’t Have A Skincare Routine Where Do I Start?

The three basic staples of a skin care system are a cleanser, a moisturizer, and sunscreen. Depending on your skin type and concerns, our skin care team can help you customize your skin care treatment system. 

At What Age Should I Start Wearing Sunscreen?

We should wear sunscreen our whole lives. Although we may not see the advanced signs of ageing due to sun damage until later, many wish they had started wearing sunscreen as a preventative measure. We are also still susceptible to the harmful effects of sun damage in addition to ageing. You can also mitigate these effects with clothing, hats and staying out of the sun.  

Should You Use Sunscreen Every Day?

Yes, and even when working from home or driving in the car, you can still absorb the effects of sun damage through windows indoors, and even in winter. Take the case of Bill McElligott, A 28-year Delivery Truck Driver whose left side of his face is a living testament to the effects of UVB rays through windows and the importance of sunscreen! If adding another product to your routine seems like a hassle, opt for a sunscreen that doubles as a primer or tinted moisturizer to skip a step or two. 


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Donna McAteer

Donna McAteer

Donna is the general manager and has been with the Okana­gan Skin Care Cen­tre for over 14 years. She is a certified Es­theti­cian and previous business owner with over 20 years enjoying the skin care industry. Her passion for knowledge, integral client care and maintaining a syn­er­gis­tic team that represents professional excellence in skin care remains her focus.


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