July 19th, 2016

How to Make Your Own Summer Safety Kit

With warm weather comes adventures and activities – but it also brings scrapes, burns, cuts, and bites.

summer safety first aid

You should always have a first aid kit in your home and car, but what about when you’re out and about? You probably already have a lot of these items lying around the house, so take the time to keep your family safe this summer and create your own Summer Safety Kit. This DIY kit will make sure you have everything you need when an inevitable scratch or sting comes your way.

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July 9th, 2016

The Ultimate How-To Guide for Surviving a Canadian Summer

Canadian summers are short, causing our great annual migration outdoors. Whether camping, canoeing, or chilling on patios and in parks, Canadians are incredibly active during summer. But there are many hazards to avoid. Luckily, LD takes care of that with solutions to carry you comfortably into September.

Canadian Summer

Seton Lake in Lillooet, B.C., Canada.

1. Avoid a #SunscreenFail

When exposing long-covered skin, most Canadians remember sunscreen. But are you wearing it right? The experts insist on broad-spectrum, SPF30 if spending all day in the sun. But also be sure to apply sunscreen 20 minutes before leaving shelter—allowing it time to take effect. And don’t forget to reapply periodically, especially after swimming. READ MORE



April 17th, 2016

LD Experts: Be Safe in the Sun this Summer

We all know the drill. The sun comes out, you run outside to enjoy it, and hours later you return indoors to find a sunburn. Ouch. The dangers of UVA and UVB rays are significant, so take a cue from LD Expert Amanda and take care of your skin. In this two-part feature on CFJC Midday Kamloops, Amanda covers off the St. Tropez sunless tanning line as well as some best practices for sunscreen application.

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June 27th, 2013

Summer offerings from Banana Boat

Stay in the zone with the new Banana Boat Sport Performance CoolZone Sunscreen

BB-Coolzone-SPF-30The new Banana Boat Sport Performance CoolZone sunscreen stimulates the senses, thanks to its crisp and clean scent, while the aloe-enriched formula leaves skin feeling cool and refreshed. This broad spectrum UVA and UVB formula provides waterproof and sweatproof protection, in an easy-to-use spray canister.

Don’t let the hot and sticky haze of summer slow you down. The new CoolZone spray will leave you feeling fresh and invigorated so you can take on your next outdoor activity by storm.
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August 4th, 2011

How do you know when your sunscreen has worn off?

This falls into the category of “The cool thing I found when I was wandering the aisles.”

Since it’s summer, and I already have a few pairs of sunglasses, I obviously need to go to the sunglass display and try on as many pairs as possible. I don’t know why I do this. Perhaps I need to make sure I’m always in style? Perhaps I’m subliminally unhappy with the glasses I have? Perhaps I’m bored?

Whatever the case, THIS time, near the glasses stand was this:

Click the image to visit the UV Sunsense website.

This is really cool. It’s a wristband you put on, apply sunscreen to yourself, or your kids, as well as the band, and then go about your business. The band changes colour to tell you when you’re still protected, when to apply more sunscreen and when it’s time to get out of dodge, er… the sun. Dark purple means you’re protected, with the band getting lighter and lighter to the point of indicating it’s time to get out of the sun. This is great, because you’ll be able to monitor your kids from a distance and not have to do math (looking at the clock thinking “When did I put sunscreen on them and they went outside?”)

Pretty cool sun tool if you ask me!

Nala
London Drugs Fan

Nala Henkel, a former employee and current contract proofreader for London Drugs, is a self-confessed fan of our store. We’ve invited her to share her quirky perspective on all things London Drugs from a consumer’s point of view.



June 30th, 2011

UV Skincare Clinic—Video

I took the plunge and had my face analyzed for UV damage. Nail biting! I didn’t do too bad, and came away with some great information. Thanks to Tyleen and Theresa, who were great, informative—and very patient with what my Grade 5 teacher labeled as my “tendency to be talkative.” Can you say “understatement”?

Nala
London Drugs Fan

Nala Henkel, a former employee and current contract proofreader for London Drugs, is a self-confessed fan of our store. We’ve invited her to share her quirky perspective on all things London Drugs from a consumer’s point of view.



June 30th, 2011

UV Skincare Clinic—A Great Idea!

I don’t know about you, but when I was a teenager getting a tan was a big deal. I remember spending a lot of money on a sunscreen that was guaranteed to get you the best tan. It was SPF2—YES, 2!—and had the consistency of congealed, used cooking oil. However, it smelled great.

Fast forward to today, when we have less ozone and more instances of damaged or even cancerous skin conditions. During May and June, London Drugs offered UV Skincare Clinics at all their locations. I checked the calendar for the one in Chilliwack, took a deep breath and booked an appointment.

They took a regular photo and then a UV photo using a special camera filter. I found that I had some damage at my temples and my forehead. All in all, it wasn’t as bad as I had feared (thinking back to my teen years, anyway.)

This photo is a testament to using sunscreen AND make-up!

I also received a kit which had some terrific information. I have a science streak in me that wanted to know more about UV rays, and here’s what I learned:

  • UVA rays affect aging—They comprise 95% of radiation that reaches the earth. These rays are responsible for aging your skin as well as causing several forms of cancer. So UVA=Aging
  • UVB rays create burns—These rays comprise 5% of the sun’s rays and are responsible for sun burns. They too can cause some types of cancer. UVB=Burns
  • UVC (I didn’t even know about these ones!) are the most dangerous. Fortunately these rays are normally blocked by the ozone layer. UVC=Can’t get through the ozone!

Also in my kit was this very cool UV Intensity Meter. Like a geek, I keep it in my car and use it before I step out.

According to this reading, UV was a bit BEYOND “Extreme.” Yikes!

There was also some very good info on warning signs of skin cancer and tips on how to self examine. 8 times out of 10 melanomas occur outside of pre-existing moles. Here is the ABCDE method to check to see if what you think is a mole is actually a pre-cancerous lesion:

Asymmetry—Moles are quite round and symmetrical, whereas lesions are oddly shaped.
Borders—Moles are regular and geometric in shape with fairly clean edges. Lesions are irregular and have a jagged edge.
Colour—Moles are a single colour whereas lesions are several, often ranging from light brown to black.
Diameter—Moles are typically under 6mm. Lesions are big and usually over 6mm in diameter.
Evolution—Moles stay moles, whereas lesions change from moles into a lesion that has all the characteristics listed above.

If you think you have a lesion, don’t panic. Go to your doctor and have it checked out. My information states that “90% of skin cancers detected early enough can be cured.”

For more information on skin protection, check out www.myskincheck.ca. For a consultation on UV protection, visit your local London Drugs store.

Nala
London Drugs Fan

Nala Henkel, a former employee and current contract proofreader for London Drugs, is a self-confessed fan of our store. We’ve invited her to share her quirky perspective on all things London Drugs from a consumer’s point of view.



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