Most people who want to spend time outdoors in Canada do so throughout the summer months. A Canadian summer has a great deal to offer. Canada is globally renowned for its picturesque destinations, from vast, wide-open spaces for exploration, to the mountains and scenic rivers. Canada even boasts a sprawling urban landscape that has a lot to offer travellers.
As adventure awaits you, we’ll highlight some eco-friendly products for the Canadian summer so you can stay protected, naturally, while you’re having fun.
Things to Look Out For
No matter where in the country you are or what adventures you’re on, one thing remains constant: the Canadian summer is exceptionally sunny. You need to make sure you’re protected from the sun’s rays as you hike, swim, and explore!
Throughout Canada, you’ll encounter many different types of bugs and insects. While most of these are harmless, others can be harmful. Alongside the typical bothersome mosquitoes, flies, and ants, be on the lookout for these other creepy crawlies too:
- Ticks: Be sure to check everyone thoroughly for ticks when returning home, including pets!
- Stinging Insects: Bees, hornets, and wasps can cause a lot of pain, so do your best to steer clear of these insects
- Spiders: While most of Canada’s spiders are harmless, some are venomous. Look out for black widows, in particular.
Products You Need to Survive
Now that we’ve discussed some common hazards of a Canadian summer, we’ll take a look at how to handle them so that you can get back to enjoying the great outdoors.
Near the top of your list should be sun protection. You shouldn’t opt for traditional sunscreen, though. Look for creams that are cruelty-free and eco-friendly. Our reef-safe, mineral sunscreen is made with non-nano transparent zinc and raspberry seed oil to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays.
To keep the bugs, insects, and spiders at bay, you can find natural bug repellents. Our Outdoor Spray is made with essential oils of catnip, geranium, lemongrass and clove bud, and it works wonders at repelling unwanted friends.
DIY Summer Alternatives
If you get sunburned despite taking sensible precautions, there’s no need to lie around in pain! Try taking a cool bath with oatmeal and chamomile tea in it. The cool water will reduce the burning sensation, while the oatmeal and tea will help relieve some of the direct pain from the sunburn.
To keep ticks away, lemongrass oil mixed with jojoba is highly effective! You can use this as a moisturizing oil before you head out on a hike. It also smells delightfully fresh which is an added bonus.
Recipes and Tips to Try at Home
To protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, while still allowing it to absorb the beneficial vitamin D, consider natural sunscreen. Oils such as red raspberry seed oil and carrot seed oil make excellent sunscreen ingredients. Combine them with coconut oil, shea butter, and zinc oxide to create a superb protective layer. Store this mixture in a glass jar and apply it generously before you are exposed to the sun.
You can also try adding a bit of zinc oxide to your preferred day cream, mix well and apply as usual. Make sure to still cover up when out in the sun and stay in the shade; UV rays are harmful and cause premature aging of skin, especially the delicate facial area!
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