Summer wellness guide/group overview

Longer days filled with sunshine are here! Whether you’re spending days at the beach, at the cabin, or enjoying outdoor festivals and street fairs, summer is the time to protect yourself from the sun. We’ve got our Vancouverscape readers covered from head to toe with our summer sun and wellness guide.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SFP 30

Your skin changes as the weather heats up, so now’s the time to nourish your skin while protecting and hydrating it! Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SFP 30 is a 68ml, travel-friendly-sized sun product that protects and moisturizes with both soy extract and broad spectrum SPF 30. Your skin will look and feel toned and textured in four weeks, and you can wear it under makeup.

Shop the Aveeno line at London Drugs, Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Jean Coutu across North America.

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Ready for the summer festival and concert circuit? Many venues around North America have tightened up bag size allowances into live events, and Herschel Supply has just the ticket with their Classic Mini and Nova Mini backpacks!

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Both are available in an array of patterns and solids to suit your vibe, and have enough room to stow your basic essentials — small water bottle, keys, wallet, smart phone, sunnies, transit tickets, lip gloss — without weighing you down in the heat.

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While the Classic Mini backpack is styled like a standard backpack with adjustable straps and front zippered pocket, the Nova Mini (11″(H) x 8″(W) x 4.75″(D) has a double carry strap and internal storage sleeve.

The Classic Mini (CAD $37.99) measures 11” high x 8” wide x 4.25” deep with a 6.5 litre volume; the Nova Mini ($48.99) measures 11” high x 8” wide x 4.75” deep with a 6.5 litre volume. Both are currently on sale too!

Tilley Ultralight Sun Hat, Olive

Perfect for beach strolls and outdoor adventures alike, Tilley’s Ultralight Sun Hat is made from recycled nylon (96% recycled nylon with 4% elastane for stretch) using a PFC-free water repellent finish. Designed in Canada, Tilley hats are light, durable and low maintenance, which explains their popularity with travellers and trekkers.

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As kayak fans, we love the adjustable cord that keeps the hat on your head when out on the water. Built-in lightweight sun protection and breathable mesh inserts round out this quick-drying essential sun accessory.

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[Tilley Ultralight Sun Hat in Mist Blue]

In sizes S to XL, in Mist Blue and Olive; CAD/USD $35 (prices currently reduced as part of Tilley’s warehouse sale). Visit Tilley Canada online for sizing details and where to purchase.


L’Occitane’s latest collection includes several light and summery fragrances to keep you feeling refreshed and hydrated.

Their new Almond Delightful Body Mist keeps your skin hydrated with fresh almond, citrus zest and vanilla combined into a lightweight, quickly absorbing spray that delivers eight-hour hydration, softer skin and a pleasurable scent to your senses. 100 ml (3.3 fl. oz.); CAD $43

L’Occitane’s vibrant Lavender Eau de Cologne celebrates summer with a fragrant combination of Bergamot, Lavender and Patchouli, giving off a light, refreshing scent. 300 ml (10 oz.); CAD $98/USD $80


Stay well protected from the sun with Neutrogena’s Mineral Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30, containing water- and sweat-resistant broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection in a lightweight formula that nourishes with 100% mineral actives and antioxidant vitamin E.

This vegan product is non-greasy, fragrance-, phthalate-, shine-, and dye-free and is suitable for sensitive skin as well as for all skin tones.

Their Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with a clinically-tested formula that is non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog pores. This one is also water-resistant and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

As it’s dermatologist-tested, Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion helps to prevent sunburn without causing breakouts on acne-prone skin.

Protect skin against the sun and environmental aggressors with Neutrogena’s Invisible Daily Defense Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+. This water-resistant (up to 80 minutes) sunscreen is dermatologist-recommended and formulated with a lightweight, non-greasy finish that goes on clear on all skin tones without leaving behind white marks. It helps prevent sunburn and provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection to help fight signs of aging skin due to UV exposure; the built-in antioxidant complex helps fight environmental aggressors including cold weather, ozone and pollution, factors that can lead to skin damage and premature aging.

Neutrogena products are available at Walmart, London Drugs and Shoppers Drug Mart and online at and

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Foster Grant sunnies are affordably priced (USD $32.95 each) so that you can purchase a few pairs to work with your wardrobe. Two of this year’s stylish picks, Larissa and Easton, are both polarized and feature 100% UVA-UVB lens protection to safeguard your eyes plus a clear hard lens coating to offer durability against scratches and impacts. Polarized lenses further reduce glare and increase contrast for both clarity and comfort while worn.

Foster Grant sunglasses

While the Larissa has a pretty lavender/pink tortoise shell frame with a small branded Foster Grant logo on each arm, the Easton has a rounded glossy tortoise shell frame, gold rivets and a vintage keyhole nose bridge.

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You can also feel good about a Foster Grant purchase: For each pair sold (in the United States), a pair of reading glasses is donated through the company’s Specs for Specs program to people in underserved communities around the globe.

We were sent the above products for consideration in our summer guide. Opinions, as always, remain our own.

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