It's important to protect yourself properly, otherwise your sunscreen will be useless!

Here are the points to consider for better protection:

Do not leave sunscreen in the heat

Very important, you should not leave your sunscreen in the car in extreme heat or any other place that is too hot if you know that it will stay there for a long time and especially not in direct sunlight whether in the car or on the beach. . The ingredients lose their effectiveness in the heat and the cream no longer protects as effectively afterwards.

See the date on the cream

If the expiration date is a month or two past and it hasn't been left out in heat or light, you can probably still use it.

The thing to remember is that it is the preservatives that expire, which can change the texture of the cream a little. If the texture has changed, even if it is not expired, it must be thrown away.

Same principle if the expiry date is more than a year past OR the date is still good BUT it was forgotten in the car in the heat, it is also better to throw it away.

There are certain visible signs that help determine if a product is expired after opening.

  • a phase shift : the fatty phase rises, it is a liquid similar to water that comes out of the product.
  • a change in texture : a cream which has lost its suppleness, which appears with lumps or as if curdled.
  • a change in color or smell may indicate bacterial contamination.
  • an unusual skin reaction : we have appearances of redness, tingling, overheating or small pimples, Andvs.

According to Health Canada, we need to put 35 ml of sunscreen on the body for an adult before exposure to the sun. The equivalent of a shooter container or a golf ball. Which represents :

  • 1 teaspoon per arm
  • 1 teaspoon per leg;
  • 1 teaspoon for the chest;
  • 1 teaspoon for the back;
  • 1 teaspoon for face and neck

For proper application

 Sunscreens should be applied to less than 20 minutes before going outside , before swimming or before any outdoor activity to give the product time to penetrate the skin.

And, recover at least every two hours as long as we stay outside. Do not forget the ears, lips, hands, tops of the feet and the scalp (if the hair is shaved, sparse or for a bald person).

  • THE chemical filters : they enter the epidermis and create a filtering layer that stores UV rays. These filters are only active 20 to 30 minutes after application!

And you have to put the cream back on after wiping and after swimming. Of course, there are water-resistant creams for a long time, but if you wipe yourself off when you get out of the pool or during outdoor physical activity or if you rub with sand, you have to put it back on because we are more protected.


The spray is useless if you just don't rub it in your hand: 

Creams that vaporize have the disadvantage of spreading through the air more than on the skin. It is therefore necessary to put in the hand to then apply on the body OR put the spray on the body but spread all over the part of the body.


Finally there are applications to check at the time of purchase–

There are apps like Clean Beauty and EWG that are there to help us make informed choices. They have the ability to detect ingredients that are harmful to the human body, and in the case of sunscreens, it's a great tool that's easy to use when you want to make sure that what you put on your skin hasn't impact on our health. This is our ultimate tip for buying a new cream or cosmetics!

Our favorites for sunscreens are the physical creams including USANA, DRUIDE and Beautycounter cream that our founder uses for her and her family! You can find them on our shop here. 

Always remember that the best protection is still UPF50+ sun protection clothing that protects you for the day! Visit our online store to get your swimsuitKRABEO!


A refresher on what we talked about: a fun comic to read with the family!






February 20, 2023 — Marie-Eve Richard

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