In summer, it’s easy to keep sun safety top of mind. In winter, less so. Whether you’re travelling south, adventuring overwater or in the snow, here are six ways to protect yourself from the sun – that won’t leave your hands slick with sunscreen.
Beach to Boardwalk
Lightweight, practical and durable, Tilley hats are stylish travel companions. We especially love that the TOY1 Audrey Straw Sun Hat is constructed of UPF 50+ certified fabric. With a wide brim and universally flattering classic design, it’s an accessory you can wear from the beach to the boardwalk. Find it at tilley.com; $125. Also available in black or white.
Get some colour, skip the burn
Coolibar, a retailer of protective sun apparel was the first clothing company to receive the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation. We’re coveting the Women’s Grassi Sun Bandana UPF 50+, a versatile accessory that can be fashioned as a head wrap, face mask or neck band. Shop it in various patterns at coolibar.com; $31.
Parents know that if they’re going to survive a full day at the beach, the littles need some form of shady respite. Sure, you can rent a beach umbrella…if they’re available and if you’re willing to stake out a spot at first light. Instead, consider travelling with a portable sun shelter. The Eddie Bauer Sun Shelter weighs 2.6 kg (5.8 lbs), compacts into a carrying bag and is constructed as a single collapsible piece. In other words, it acts like a tent without the headache of assembling multiple poles. Find it at eddiebauer.ca; $165.
I think we can all agree that applying sunscreen is a drag, which is why we’re big fans of sunscreen sticks. Those who prefer a mineral sunscreen (which is friendlier to sensitive marine environments and our own skin, too) might be interested to learn that earlier this year, Canadian-manufactured LASPA introduced its SPF50 Ultra Sun Protection Stick. It’s a moisturizing face and neck sunscreen made of plant-based ingredients, and it is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and reef safe. Order it from laspanaturals.com; $18.
Practicing sun safety in a snowscape is not black and white. Slip on Original BUFF® Neckwear in pretty new prints (we prefer Tephra, pictured). These soft tubulars are seamless and made of REPREVE® Performance Microfiber that wicks away moisture while protecting up to 50 UPF. Four-way stretch means multifunctional styling so you can wear them any one of 12 ways. Peruse Original Neckwear at buff.com/ca; $25.
The bikini has been a swimwear mainstay since the mid-1960s. But let’s be honest: In order to avoid a sunburn while wearing an itsy bitsy, teenie weenie bikini requires more due diligence than we’re willing to expend some days. Enter, the Unisuit by Cabana Life. Okay, the name might not be sexy, but the design is. Long sleeves offer protection from the sun, as does the UPF 50 material it’s constructed of. This style runs true to size. Shop the Unisuit at cabanalife.com; $152.
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