Sunscreen, Your #1 Summer Priority

Hi everyone! I apologize for the lack of posting lately. What a year 2017 has been so far. My life is unbelievably hectic right now, as I prepare myself to return to some form of normalcy. Also, I am working on a re-vamp of my blog as I am not very happy with its current setup. I hope you all can understand! 
I have been spending a lot of time at my pool this summer. I suppose even more than last, which is pretty surprising (since I felt like I was always there). Now, I find myself there at least three times per week and as often as five! Part of my Spinal Cord Injury recovery is to maintain as much physical activity as possible. I have taken on swimming as part of my exercise regime for many reasons. First and foremost, I am such a water baby (Scorpio 4eva). Water also has amazing therapeutic benefits! Due to some of my limitations, the water facilitates the perfect environment for me to get my exercise on (weightlessness ftw). 
What does swimming have to do with beauty, you might ask? Well, since my pool is outside, I need to make sure I apply (and re-apply) sunscreen daily. You've heard it before and I'm going to say it again, sunscreen is the most important part of your skincare routine. This summer, I have had the opportunity to try out many different sunscreens, tinted moisturizers, and tanning oils. I decided that I wanted to share some of my favourite products on the blog. Note: This is not a sponsored post in anyway, and all thoughts/opinions are my own. Without further ado, here are 3 of my favourites (+2 bonus recommendations for fun). See what they are/should be known for below. I have also italicized what I believe to be the best feature within each product.
For the Beauty Obsessed
Glossier Invisible Shield (SPF 35) - Glossier has been one of my favourite skincare/makeup brands for years. I have been consistently mailing it to my friends/family residences in the USA and having them bring it to Canada. Exciting news that I am sure that most of you have heard by now. As of last month, Glossier finally ships to Canada! However, Invisible Shield is yet to be available in Canada (Glossier assures us that this is coming soon). You can purchase it here.
1) Subtle fresh scent (oranges)
2) Dries smooth and is not sticky or wet feeling
3) Makes skin feel soft and supple
4) Can be applied on top of makeup - without leaving chalky residue (serum based)
5) Hypoallergenic
1) Takes a couple minutes to dry on skin (longer than average IMO) 
2) As previously mentioned, it's not yet available in Canada
3) Small amount of product (if you only use it as a "face sunscreen" it should last)
4) Cost - one of the priciest sunscreens I have ever purchased at $34 USD (closeish to $40-42 CDN?).
The Drugstore Holy Grail
Ombrelle Ultra Light Tinted Mineral SPF (SPF 60) Since childhood, I have almost exclusively used Ombrelle sunscreen. It stands to reason, that I would continue to love Ombrelle products through my adulthood. I was invited to an Ombrelle event at The Addison's Residence in July. Here, I was able to preview Ombrelle's new collection of sunscreen, including the Tinted Mineral SPF. Among others were a spray version, activewear sunscreen and a kid's version (I also really like the spray sunscreen). Disclaimer: I received this product free from Ombrelle/Garnier Canada. However, this is by no means a sponsored post/ad. I chose to include this product because I genuinely enjoy using it. Can be found here (online).
Fun Fact! Ombrelle was created by Canadian dermatologists. 
Fun Fact! "Mexoryl Technology" is used to provide full coverage against ALL UV & UVA Rays!!!
1) Not greasy and absorbs instantly leaving a "bare skin" feeling (yet, there is coverage)
2) Hypoallergenic and fragrance free (great for all skin types - especially those with sensitive skin)
3) Cost - retails for under $20 CDN
4) Very easily accessible (available in most department/drug stores)
1) Not the best in terms of coverage for a "tinted" SPF - serum consistency is not as well absorbed into the skin IMO (see honourable mention for alternative)
2) It is "fragrance free" but I almost put off by the smell, or lack thereof? (kind of Play-Doh-y)
3) For someone who is looking to get a bit of colour on your face, 60+ SPF is probably not for you!
The Millennial Craze
The Fox Tan Rapid Tanning Excelerator - I have seen some pretty mixed (and actually kind of negative) reviews of this product. I am sure that if you've been searching the internet for reviews, you've come across them too. I know that there is a lot of hype regarding this product, as many Instagrammers and Influencers have been promoting it. A ton of you have been asking for my take on The Fox Tan, so here is my unfiltered opinion. The Fox Tan be purchased here.
Do you know how hard it is to tan your backside ? Especially when you're plus size! So many rolls getting in the way of a nice even tan (hehehe). Curvy girls, am I right??? Additionally, due to my injury (and associated pain) I cannot lay on my stomach for very long. I needed a product to make things happen... and fast! A friend of mine recommended The Fox Tan as she had been using it to get her pre-wedding glow. It seemed to work for her (she used a tanning booth, not the sun). I found that it really helped to excelerate the tanning process in < 2hrs in the sun (I didn't have my back exposed the entire time). 
1) Smells great (think tropical vibes ~ coconut, citrus, etc.)
2) Highly effective (IMO) ~ visibly changed the colour of my skin with ONE use in the sun
3) Aesthetically pleasing packaging (perfect for the 'Gram)
4) Spray Bottle (how annoying and disgusting is it to have orange hands after applying tanning oil/cream?!)
1) No SPF - most tanning oils have at least some form of SPF (i.e. SPF 4 or 8 minimal)
2) Can only be ordered online (ships from Australia - long wait times)
3) Factoring in shipping increases the cost exponentially (~$23 + $9 shipping CDN)
Honourable Mentions
Origins Energy Boosting Tinted Moisturizer (SPF 40) - Did you note the key word here? M-O-I-S-T-U-R-I-Z-E-R, not serum. It adjusts to your skin tone using your body's ph levels. I admit, I was skeptical at first, but this stuff works! It smells wonderful (like oranges and the beach). I have noticed that unfortunately, the more tan you are, the less noticeable the skin tint is. Can be purchased here

Australian Gold Tanning Spray Gel with Bronzer Oil (SPF 8) - This is a classic favourite of mine. I have used it since I was a teenager (thanks Mom) and at the price, you can't go wrong (under $15). I like that there is an SPF, even if it's quite low (somehow it makes me feel less guilty for using tanning oils???). It is sold at most drugstores and department stores (Walmart, KMart, etc.).  

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