Healthy Tips

Let’s Talk Sunscreen


In true Manitoba fashion, the weather has taken a quick turn for the warmer – the sun is out and the mercury is on the rise. And with that, it’s time to layer down and put on the sunscreen.  By now, we all know the harmful effects of too much UVA/UVB exposure, ranging from premature aging and sun spots to skin cancer. While it is important to wear sunscreen year-round (yes, even in the winter), the intensity of the summer sun makes it particularly crucial to lather up when you’re going out.

As with most products, however, not all sunscreens are created equal. The vast majority of mass market health and beauty products contain harsh chemical additives that can do more harm than good to our skin. Sunscreens are no exception. As stories about one of the most popular brands of sunscreen have reached Canadian news outlets this week, we felt it was worth giving a shout-out to some cleaner alternatives.


Goddess Garden


This natural mineral sunscreen brand is both environmentally conscious and skin-safe. Designed for everyday use, all of their products are free from hormone disruptors and harsh chemicals. Reef safe and made without oxybenzone.


Derma E


As a skin care line, Derma E holds the belief that skin health can be improved and maintained through the right combination of potent vitamins, wholesome nutrients and exceptional ingredients. Their sun care is no exception, with a variety of options, including formulas for kids.


Green Beaver


Green Beaver has created products that protect naturally using the safe mineral zinc oxide and titanium dioxide along with Canadian-grown raspberry extract infusions for moisture. As with their whole line of products, their sunscreen is 100% natural, gluten free, non-nano, biodegradable and reef friendly.

To learn more about sunscreen and how to select safe products for you and your family this summer, check out the Environmental Working Group’s Sunscreen Guide. This comprehensive guide includes tips and tricks for finding the right sunscreen for you as well as some of the science behind why health-conscious brands are picking their formulas.

Don’t mess around this summer. Make sure your sunscreen is doing the job it’s supposed to be doing so that you can focus on having fun in the sun!

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