Sun Protection Inside & Out (Win! A Coppertone Prize Pack!)

August 23, 2020

Summer’s here and, though the season may look a little different this year due to social distancing (backyard barbecues are good to go, outdoor music festivals not so much), sun protection is as important as ever for your skin’s health and safety. Below, Coppertone Marketing Director Julia Geissen gives us her top tips around sunscreen—even if your summer vacation extends no further than your own patio this year. —Vita Daily

Hi Julia! Please tell us a bit about yourself to start.

I’m currently the Marketing Director at Beiersdorf Canada for Coppertone, NIVEA and Eucerin, and have been in my current role for the past three years. I was born in Germany but raised in Canada, and like most Canadians love spending my free time outdoors. Summers at the cottage and spending time biking, hiking or swimming is a must! However, I’m aware of the damage that the sun can cause and I try to protect my skin as much as possible. Even in our current situation, using SPF every day is essential.

While some people may not see how sun protection applies while we’re stuck indoors due to the pandemic, can you tell us why it’s still important?

One of the best ways to de-stress during this time is by getting outside in the backyard or going for a walk (while practising social distancing). Even if it is just for a stroll, it’s always a good idea to protect your skin from the sun, no matter what the weather. You can get a sunburn even on a cloudy day—up to 90 per cent of the sun’s rays can penetrate clouds and concrete reflects them back to you.

After a long winter and lockdown measures due to COVID-19, many of us are feeling the void of vitamin D. What’s a healthy/safe amount of sun to get each day?

When it comes to the sun, moderation is key! The sun’s UV rays are strongest during the summer months, but UV rays reach the earth every day, year-round, even in winter. The longer you are out in the sun, the more exposed you are to UV rays. UV rays are usually strongest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so it’s best to try to avoid the sun between that period, make sure to wear protective clothing, wear sunglasses, stay in the shade and protect yourself.

What are your top tips for ensuring the sunscreen we’re using is still going to provide the right level of protection this summer?

Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. Remember that UV rays can penetrate clouds, and that concrete, sand, water and snow reflect them back to you! Make sure you choose the right sunscreen product, based on your skin type location and activity. You will inevitably find what you are looking for among Coppertone products which offer a large choice of textures, formats and SPF. Apply sunscreen generously and often. Cover all exposed areas. Don’t forget ears, nose, the tops of feet and the backs of knees. Apply 15 minutes before sun exposure and use at least 30 mL (1 ounce) of sunscreen lotion to help protect an average-size body and reapply at least every two hours.

Knowing what SPF to use can be so confusing. Any advice?

The SPF or “sun protection factor” number on a sunscreen’s label is a guide to the product’s level of sunburn protection. In general, the SPF number indicates how much longer you can stay exposed to the sun before getting sunburned when wearing sunscreen, as opposed to without sunscreen. However, whatever the SPF number, sunscreen should be reapplied at least every two hours after swimming or sweating, and towel drying. Many dermatologists recommend using a product with a minimum SPF 30, which can help protect you from approximately 97 per cent of the sun’s harmful rays.

Are you excited about the new product launches from Coppertone for summer 2020?

Just this year we have introduced two new products to keep your skin protected! Sport Clear is a new transparent gel that rubs in clear, is lightweight and doesn’t leave any white residue. It is available in SPF 30 and SPF 50 and is perfect for anyone who doesn’t like to apply sunscreen. Also, Glow, a unique addition to the Coppertone family, is a sunscreen with shimmer that is lightweight, fast-absorbing and provides a beautiful glow from head to toe. It is free from parabens, PABA, phthalates and oxybenzone and is available in SPF 15, 30 and 50.

Win! A $150 Coppertone Prize Pack!

We have a winner! Congratulations Tehilla K. of Thornhill, Ontario, who will receive a Coppertone prize pack valued at $150, including a towel, tote bag and four sunscreens (Coppertone Glow, Sport Clear, Pure & Simple Kids, and Pure & Simple Baby)!


  1. Pearl Saban

    August 24th, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    I prefer SPF 50 when I can. @pearliesofwisdom

  2. Dom Moura

    August 24th, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    I always use SPF 30

  3. Amber olak

    August 24th, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Amazing! Perfect for my baby


  4. AdElia marchese

    August 24th, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    I always use sunscreen SPF 30

  5. Ashley dos Anjos

    August 24th, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    I always use SPF 30


  6. AdElia marchese

    August 24th, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    I forgot my handle @adelia_marchese

  7. Cheryl Germain

    August 24th, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    I prefer SPF 60 @cfgermain

  8. DOM Moura

    August 24th, 2020 at 7:04 pm


  9. Mandy Johnson

    August 24th, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    I use SPF 70. I don’t burn easy but want to stay protected!

  10. Mandy Johnson

    August 24th, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Instagram handle is @Mandyj_1226

    I use SPF 70 to ensure I am protected.

  11. Christina Rogers

    August 24th, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    I use a minimum of 30 SPF .

  12. Erika

    August 24th, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    Usually SPF 30 and 50 for my face

  13. Allison Germain

    August 24th, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    SPF 30 or higher, is what I prefer @allisongermain


    August 25th, 2020 at 12:42 am

    Thanks I prefer SPF 50


    August 25th, 2020 at 12:43 am

    forget to leave my ig. @lillianmb23

  16. Katherine

    August 25th, 2020 at 2:39 am

    I usually use SPF +50, as the sun in Greece is extremely more intense than it is here in Canada! And hopefully I will be able to travel again next year in 2021! I love using sunscreen on my face even in the wintertime as it is always exposed to the wind & sun all the time when going for walks outside! @kat_in_montreal

  17. Suzie

    August 25th, 2020 at 11:46 am

    I prefer to use SPF 30


  18. Tabby72

    August 25th, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    SPF 30 for me. @tabby_1972

  19. Julie Barrett

    August 25th, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    I use spf 30 or higher as I have super fair skin @reviewzbyjewelz

  20. Jammie

    August 25th, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    I wear SPF 30 and above everyday. Thanks for the chance @jammie604

  21. rose guido

    August 26th, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    With hyperpigmentation and melasma on my aging skin from years of sun exposure, I prefer a SPF50 on my face. Won’t leave the house without sunscreen, even in the winter! @rosegrissom

  22. Jessica Reis

    August 26th, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    I prefer SPF30 😁🌞

    IG Handle: jessicareis1987

  23. MaryM

    August 26th, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    I prefer SPF50 @maryandcedar Thanks

  24. Denise M

    August 26th, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    I prefer SPF 50 (@dremccrea)

  25. Sara Alfred

    August 26th, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    I am a burner. Always high SPV for me! @sara.marie.a

  26. Hu H

    August 27th, 2020 at 1:11 am

    50+ SPF @hubeedubee

  27. Florence Cochrane

    August 27th, 2020 at 1:53 am

    I use 30: to 50: spf

  28. roz rubinoff

    August 27th, 2020 at 4:22 am

    I prefer SPF 30! @rozrubonoff

  29. Bonnie c

    August 27th, 2020 at 11:06 am

    SPF 30
    bonita10_5 insta

  30. Wendy Germaine

    August 28th, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    I use PF 60 for my face and 40 for the rest. Important to use sun screen. Great gift

  31. Tina

    August 29th, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    SPF of at least 30

  32. Alana LeSueur

    August 30th, 2020 at 2:01 am

    SPF 50…@diamondchick60

  33. Rebecca Tong

    August 30th, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    I prefer spf 45


  34. Bub

    September 1st, 2020 at 3:14 am

    SPF 50


  35. Wanda Tracey

    September 1st, 2020 at 4:09 am

    I use a minimum of SPF 30 and I use it all year round.

  36. HEIDI C.

    September 1st, 2020 at 4:55 am

    As I am very fair and burn easily, I use a minimum of SPF 30!
    IG: @heidicr

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