If there's anything better than booking a much-needed beach getaway, it's scoring a favourite sunscreen at a fraction of the price just in time for your trip. That's my theory anyway – I don't have a sunny vacation planned, so I'm just gaga over this crazy-good deal on one of my go-to shields against UVA/UVB.
Garnier Ombrelle Sport Endurance Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60 (200mL, $6 CAD at lorealbeautyoutlet.ca*) is usually $18.97 at Walmart and Amazon Canada, and $20.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart. See why I'm gobsmacked at the L'Oreal Beauty Outlet Boxing Week sale price?
A non-mineral** or "chemical" sunscreen-filter formula, Garnier Ombrelle Sport SPF 60 is, for me, a lighter yet still moisturizing alternative to my Holy Grail, Vichy Ideal Soleil Sport SPF 60, which is usually $29.95 (currently on sale for $23.96 CAD at vichy.ca and via amazon.ca). Feels great on dry skin on face and body and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
Stings like a @#$%&! if you get it in your eyes, though, so take a stick sunscreen or mineral formula to apply in that delicate area, okay?
HOW MUCH SUNSCREEN DO YOU NEED FOR YOUR BODY?
According to dermatologists I've interviewed over the years, you need a minimum of about an ounce or shot-glass-full or 30 mL of sunscreen to protect an adult body with the SPF promised on the label.
At 200mL, this tube of Garnier Ombrelle Sport SPF 60 is too big for a carry-on – but perfect for a week away! Well, if you don't plan to be in a bikini the whole time. If you do, though, splurge on two tubes – maybe even three.
You'll need to reapply another 30mL (a tsp for face+ears+neck+décolletage and a tsp per limb) every two hours while you're in the sun. If you take two tubes down and spend the week in a 👙, you shouldn't have any sunscreen left to bring back.
IS GARNIER OMBRELLE SPORT ENDURANCE SPF 60 SUNSCREEN REEF-SAFE?
In reality, all sunscreens are "reef-safe," but some beach destinations have implemented dumb and useless bans against some or all non-mineral* or "chemical" UV filters. Silly though they may be, they do have an impact on what you should take with you.
Garnier Ombrelle Sport Endurance SPF 60 contains oxybenzone, so while you can take it to Cuba, which has no UV filter bans, you can't take it to Aruba, Hawaii, Palau, Thailand, the Florida Keys, Key West or the US Virgin Islands. Best to double-check before you pack your sunscreen.
"Reef-safe" sunscreen is basically nothing more than misinfomarketing. You may already know this: climate change is the actual coral-reef killer. Yes, humans caused climate change, but by burning fossil fuels, not by wearing sunscreen in the ocean. (And fun fact: recent studies show mineral UV filter zinc oxide can be hazardous to coral reefs too.) Legislators behind sunscreen-filter bans either haven't thoroughly read/ understood the data or merely want to appear environmentally responsible.
If you generally look to mineral sunscreen for UVA/UVB protection, you don't have to think about this. But if, like me, you prefer the better defence afforded by non-mineral or chemical filters, double-check your destination's rules before stocking up on SPF for your trip.
ALSO, REMEMBER: wait a few minutes for sunscreen to dry on your skin before heading into the water.
ALSO, ALSO: sunscreen on a sunny vacation is essential for avoiding Lime Disease.
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Oops. This was supposed to be a post about lorealbeautyoutlet.ca* but I went off on a sunscreen tangent. 🤦🏻♀️ #ohwell
OVER TO YOU
Have you got a beach vacation planned this winter?
Do luggage restrictions affect your sunscreen decisions? For example, do you check your luggage or go carry-on only (and thus stick to travel-sized sunscreen)?
Do you ever just buy sunscreen at your destination rather than pack any from home?
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Garnier Ombrelle Sport Endurance SPF 60 sunscreen is on sale for $6 at lorealbeautyoutlet.ca*; unfortunately for our US friends, the site ships only in Canada. Pricing at the links below is higher (although at the moment my Vichy fave is on sale for $23.96 – reg is $29.95).
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Also sadly for our US-based friends, my Holy Grail Vichy sunscreen isn't sold in the United States. (You're missing out; ask friends who visit Canada to bring you a tube as a souvenir!)
**mineral filters are chemical filters too
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