Sun Safety Tips to Know Before You Head Outside this Summer

Now that summer is officially here, you may be tempted to hit the pool, beach or a patio to soak up some of that summer sun. Before you do though, it’s important to make sure you’re protected from the sun’s harmful rays. In the video below, Patient Care Pharmacist Mike Athanassakis shares some helpful tips for sun safety and care, including why tanning really isn’t good for you, and how much sunscreen you should be applying.

Sun Safety Tips to Follow

Everyone needs to be proactive about protecting themselves from sun damage, by wearing sun-shielding clothing and sunglasses in addition to being cautious about the length of time spent in the sun, with frequent reapplications of sunscreen.

If your sunscreen is a cream, lotion, or gel, use at least 2 tablespoons of product. Regardless of what type you use, even a stick or a spray, make sure you apply sunscreen evenly to all areas of exposed skin. And apply a lip balm with sunscreen on your lips, too. Sunscreen naturally rubs off through perspiration and activity, so reapply at least every 3 to 4 hours, and after 40 minutes if you’ve been in the water.

In addition, try to stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm. The UV index in Canada can be 3 or higher during those times – the higher the index, the higher the risk of sun damage.

While applying sunscreen and staying out of the sun during peak times is a good start, there are several factors that still may be keeping you from adequately protecting yourself from severe sunburns or rashes, including sun-sensitizing medications, and inferior sunscreen products.

Misleading High SPF Values

SPF 50 Sunscreen

It’s not enough to simply be applying sunscreen. You should consider the efficacy of the sunscreen products you choose.

Two-thirds of sunscreen products offer inferior protection or contain worrisome ingredients, according to researchers at the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Their research found that claims of high SPF values are on the rise and can mislead people into thinking they are entirely protected from sunburns and long-term skin damage.

Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. However, don’t let a very high SPF value fool you – the SPF value on product labels only indicates the level of UVB protection, so it’s critical that you also look for the label ‘broad spectrum’. That will ensure you are protected from both harmful UVA and UVB rays. And look for the label ‘water resistant’.

Sunscreens with broad spectrum protection help prevent sunburns which can result from ultraviolet B rays, as well as shield the skin from possible melanoma and skin ageing which can result from ultraviolet A rays.

Sun-Sensitizing Medications

There are other factors to consider as well, like prescription medications, which can put you at high risk of sunburns or rashes while you’re out enjoying the sun.

Commonly-used prescription medications – including antibiotics such as tetracycline and ciprofloxacin, sulfa-containing drugs in some diabetes and heart medications, and acne treatments such as Accutane and Retin-A –can make the skin more vulnerable to sunlight, increasing the risk of sunburn, and in some cases, make the skin photosensitive. This photosensitivity can cause photoallergic or phototoxic reactions to the sun’s UV rays, in the form of painful and itchy rashes, or even blisters and sunburns.

Check with your pharmacist to find out if any of your medications could make your skin more prone to damage with increased exposure to the sun. If your pharmacist determines your medications are sun-sensitizing, they can provide advice to reduce your likelihood of a reaction.

Discover London Drugs’ wide range of suncare products online, or visit your local London Drugs to talk to a pharmacist about how to best protect yourself from the sun this summer.

Lise Watier Ete Summer Giveaway!

Summer is in full swing, beauties! And what better way to get it started than with a Lise Watier giveaway!

Contest Dates: July 18, 2019- July 21 2019 at 11:59 pm PST

Terms and Conditions below, good luck!

Lise Watier Ete Summer Giveaway – Official Rules

1) To enter:
On Instagram:
Step 1 like this post
Step 2 Follow LDBeauty_ on Instagram
Step 3 Check out our Instagram story and comment below which Lise Watier product you’re most excited to try!

[July 18, 2019 to July 21, 2019 11:59pm PST

2) No purchase necessary. Limit one (1) entry per social network per contest. Limit one (1) prize may be won per household. Entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm Pacific Time on [July 21, 2019]. London Drugs is not responsible for entries that become lost or misdirected.

3) Contest is open to all residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba who, as of the date the prize draw is made: (i) have not won a London Drugs contest since [July 21, 2018]; (ii) have reached the age of majority in the province in which they reside as at [July 18, 2019](iii) are not employees of London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization (if any), or any family member living with any such employee.

4) The winners will be randomly chosen on the day the contest ends (see dates below) in Vancouver, British Columbia, from all eligible entries received per contest. To win, selected entrants must have correctly answered the skill-testing mathematical question on the entry for on the online entry form and must sign London Drug’s declaration and release confirming compliance with the contest rules and acceptance of the prize(s) as awarded, releasing London Drugs from liability in association with the contest and prize and consenting to the use of their name, photograph, voice and statements for promotional and publicity purposes.

5) There will be 1 (one) prize(s) awarded to one winners: each receiving [one Lise Watier Ete Summer 2019 Set] valued at [$183 CAD]. Prize(s) must be accepted as awarded, are non-transferable and no substitutions are permitted. London Drugs reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value should any prize become unavailable for any reason. Prize will be awarded at the closest London Drugs location to the winner.

Contests dates: July 18, 2019 – July 21, 2019 11:59pm PST
Draw Date: 12:00 PM Pacific Time [July 23, 2019]

6) Selected entrants will be contacted by email, or social network they were drawn from. No correspondence will be entered into except with selected entrants. If the winner does not respond then she/he will be notified for the second time, 3 (three) days after the first notification. If the winner still does not respond within 3 days of the second notification, a new winner will be chosen in the same manner until a winner is successfully contacted.

7) The chances of winning a prize will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Decisions of the judges in respect of all aspects of this contest including, but not limited to, eligibility of entries and correctness of answers given to the skill-testing question, are final.

8) London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization, and their respective agents are not liable to an entrant in any manner relating to the contest or the awarding and use of the prize(s).

9) This contest is subject to all federal, provincial, and municipal laws and regulations. By entering the entrant consents to the collection of all personal information included on their entry and agrees to the use and disclosure of such information by and between London Drugs and their agents. The winner(s) also agrees to the collection, use and disclosure of their name, entry, photographs, voice and statements for London Drugs’ publicity purposes without further compensation. All personal information collected from entrants will be used only for the purposes of administering the contest and for marketing and promotional purposes as contemplated by these rules; under no circumstances will any personal information be sold or rented to third parties. All personal information collected by London Drugs will be kept in accordance with the privacy policy of London Drugs, which can be viewed at, and in accordance with all applicable privacy laws.

10) The right is reserved by London Drugs to terminate this contest, in whole or in part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the contest, and/or these rules in any way, should any cause beyond the reasonable control of London Drugs or its agents affect the proper administration thereof.


All selected entrants will be required to sign the Statement of Declaration and Release attached before they can be declared a winner and receive a contest prize.


Join the 2019 Spring Beauty Gala’s at London Drugs

Spring Beauty Galas London Drugs 2019

Save the date, beauties! It’s time to get ready for our Spring Beauty Gala’s at London Drugs. Join us for an afternoon or evening of makeovers, skincare analysis, gifts with purchase, and so much more.* Plus, you’ll also receive an exclusive in-store offer!

Speak with a beauty advisor at your local London Drugs cosmetics department for more details, or view below for gala dates and times.

*Event activities vary by location.


AIRDRIE, 587-775-0906
Mother’s Day Gala
Saturday, May 11, 12-4pm

CALGARY – Beddington Towne Centre, 403-275-1862
Spring Forward with Great Skin
Saturday, May 11, 11am-3pm

CALGARY – Brentwood Town Square, 403-289-4143
Mother’s Day Gala
Saturday, May 11, 12-4pm

CALGARY – First Calgary SE, 403-257-6952
Essence of Spring Gala
Saturday, March 16, 12-4pm

CALGARY – Heritage Plaza, 403-253-1064
Mother’s Day Makeovers
Saturday, May 11, 12-5pm

CALGARY – London Place West, 403-240-0738
Beauty in Bloom
Saturday, May 11, 12-6pm

CALGARY – London Town Square, 403-291-0009
Celebrate MOM!
Saturday, May 11, 12-4pm

CALGARY – Mount Royal Village, 403-802-0934
Spring Fling Gala
Saturday, May 11, 12-4pm

CALGARY – Sage Hill, 403-571-4987
Mother’s Day Gala
Saturday, May 4, 10a-3pm

EDMONTON – London Centre, 780-437-7594
Bring on Spring Cosmetic Event
Thursday, April 18, 12-5pm

EDMONTON – Windermere – 780-430-3985
Spring Beauty Gala
Saturday, March 9, 1-5pm

GRAND PRAIRIE – Gateway Power Centre, 780-539-6832
Pamper Your Mom Event
Saturday, May 11, 2-5pm

LETHBRIDGE – Centre Village Mall, 403-320-7784
Mother’s Day Makeovers
Saturday, May 11, 12-5pm

RED DEER – 50th Avenue, 403-347-8143
Spring Fling Gala
Saturday, March 23, 12:30-4:30pm

SHERWOOD PARK – Village Market, 780-467-2551
Spring Fling Gala
Saturday, April 13, 1-5pm

ST. ALBERT CENTRE, 780-458-8002
Spring Forward With Beautiful Skin
Saturday, March 23, 12-4pm

British Columbia

ABBOTSFORD – West Oaks Mall, 604-853-9375
Spring Enchantment Beauty Gala
Saturday, May 11, 12-5pm

BURNABY – Brentwood Town Centre, 604-570-0253
Shiseido Cherry Blossom Event
Friday, April 26 & Saturday, April 27 – 12-6:30pm

Celebrate Beauty Event
Friday, May 10 & Saturday, May 11 – 12-5pm

BURNABY – Marine Way and Byrne, 604-412-4176
Mother’s Day Gala
Saturday, May 11, 1-5p

MAPLE RIDGE – Valley Fair Mall, 604-463-0394
Valentine’s Day Fragrance Event
Friday, February 8, 5-7pm

SURREY – Cloverdale, 604-575-5885
Spring Fresh Looks Beauty Event
Friday, March 15, 3-7pm

SURREY – Guildford Town Centre, 604-588-8172
For a Special Mother
Saturday, May 11, 12-5pm

VANCOUVER – East Hastings, 604-253-6951
Fresh Face Event
Friday, March 22, 12-5p

BURNABY- 5000 Kingsway Plaza, 604-435-8047
Valentine’s Day Beauty Event
Friday, February 8, 12-4pm

VANCOUVER – Wessex – Kingsway, 604-433-1653
Mother’s Day Spring Gala
Saturday, May 11, 1-6pm

COURTENAY, 250-703-2394
Spring Into Colour Gala
Saturday, April 13, 1-4pm

DUNCAN VILLAGE, 250-701-6226
Let yourself Bloom this Spring!
Saturday, April 13, 1-4pm

GIBSONS, 604-886-5782
Spring Blooming Beauty
Saturday, May 25, 12-5p

KAMLOOPS – Lansdowne Village Mall, 250-372-0837
Mother’s Day Beauty Event
Saturday, May 11, 12-5pm

KELOWNA – West Bank, 250-707-2365
Spring Renewal Gala
Saturday, May 25, 12-4p

NANAIMO – North Town Centre, 250-760-2035
Valentine’s Day Make Overs
Saturday, February 9, 11am-4pm

Spring Fling Beauty Event
Saturday, April 27, 11am-4pm

Mother’s Day Gala
Saturday, May 11, 11am-3pm

NANAIMO – Port Place Shopping Centre, 250-753-1733
Swing into Spring Gala
Saturday, April 6, 12-5pm

SQUAMISH – Garibaldi Village, 604-898-8865
Mother’s Day Gala
Sunday, May 12, 12-5pm

VERNON SQUARE, 250-549-2191
Lise Watier Makeover Event
Saturday, March 30, 11am-4pm

Mother’s Day Gala
Friday, May 10, 2:30-5:30pm

VICTORIA – Harris Green Village, 250-381-7866
Mother’s Day Makeover Event
Saturday, May 11, 12-5pm


REGINA – First Regina East, 306-546-1605
Spring Fling Gala
Tuesday, March 5, 6:30-9:30pm

SASKATOON – Lawson Heights Mall, 306-975-3847
Around the World on Ladies Night
Tuesday, March 26, 6-9pm


WINNIPEG – St. Vital Centre, 204-253-1949
If I Could Turn Back Time Gala
Saturday, May 4, 12:30-5:30pm

Men’s Grooming & Skincare 101 for Movember

Gentlemen, Movember is here, and you know what that means: time to grow out that moustache or beard! Showing off your ‘stache this month will help bring awareness to important men’s health issues, like mental health. Paul Marlow (aka Tall Paul) is a YouTuber, Personal Trainer, Model and Actor, and has had his own struggles with mental health. To celebrate Movember and shed a light on men’s mental health, Paul is proudly rocking his facial hair – with a little grooming and skincare help from London Drugs. Watch the video to see how he keeps his skin looking great, as well as his facial hair, as he grows it out this month.

Products Featured:

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2018 Drugstore Beauty Favourites

Hundreds of new beauty products and lots of new beauty brands graced the shelves of London Drugs this year, and our Beauty Experts have tried them all! So we thought we’d pick their brains to find out which 2018 beauty launches really wowed – from the most innovative, to must-have essentials. In this video, LDBeauty Experts Sara and Britta are sharing their favourite skincare, makeup, nail polishes and beauty tools, so you know exactly what to try the next time you find yourself in our cosmetics department, or browsing online at

Products Featured:


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K-Beauty Inspired Cleansing Ritual for Combination Skin

By now you’ve likely heard of the global phenomenon that is K-Beauty. First made popular in South Korea, the concept of ‘double cleansing’ has become widely adopted by beauty buffs. K-Beauty skincare regimes are comprised of a longer series of cleansing steps, using both water and oil-based products. The goal is to remove makeup, dirt, and pollutants, while helping to prevent breakouts, accelerated aging, and dryness. The big benefit to those extra cleansing steps is that they allow the rest of your skincare products to penetrate deeper and be more effective. Your skin is left looking and feeling cleaner, healthier and more radiant!

While it might add a few minutes to your daily routine, we think you’ll love your new healthy glow so much, you won’t even mind! And if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the steps, don’t be: you can fully customize your cleansing ritual to include as many or as few products as you like, depending on your skin concerns and skin type.

To help get you started, watch our tutorial video featuring Lifestyle and Beauty Expert Samantha Sito. Her 8-step K-Beauty inspired cleansing ritual caters to sensitive and combination skin, and uses both Korean and Japanese skincare products found at London Drugs. Need some help to develop your own cleansing ritual? Just speak to one of our Beauty Advisors in-store!


Products Featured:

Step 1: Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil

Step 2: belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist

Step 3: belif Mild and Effective Facial Scrub

Step 4: belif Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner

Step 5: Shiseido Eudermine Revitalizing Essence

Step 6: belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream

Step 7: belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb

Step 8: Shiseido Ibuki Protective Moisturizer SPF 18


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Makeup Tutorial: Get a Rosy Tan Glow All Year Round

Craving that rosy tan glow your face gets from a day at the beach? Our Beauty Advisor Sara will show you how to get the look any time of year – no sun required! Sara starts with a St. Tropez Self Tan Express Face Sheet Mask the night before to develop a nice natural-looking base tan for the look. Then she’ll show you her trick for getting the perfect rosy tan look: combining Rimmel’s Natural Bronzer and Mineral Fusion Blush together and sweeping them over the apples of her cheeks and nose. She finishes off the look with a spritz of Lise Watier’s Aqua Terra Energizing Mist which gives a refreshing glow to her newly ‘tanned’ complexion.  Watch the video to see the complete look step-by-step!

Products Featured:

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