Our August Specials ~ 15% Off!

Check out this excellent article to find out
how best to protect your skin from sun damage…

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With the ever-expanding array of sun products available today, it is difficult to know which one to choose. Here are a few things to consider to help you choose the best atoma® product for your needs.

  • Choose an appropriate SPF
  • Protect yourself against UVA and UVB rays
  • Pick a water-resistant sunscreen for sports or pools
  • Consider ease of application
  • How to preserve your sunscreen
  • Do not neglect after-sun care
  • How much sunscreen to be fully protected?


The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a measure of protection against UVB rays from the sun. The higher the sunscreen SPF, the more protection it provides from UVB rays. However, it is worth knowing that for anything above SPF 30, these gains are minimal:

  • SPF 30: 96.7% of UVB rays are blocked
  • SPF 50: 98% of UVB rays are blocked
  • SPF 60: 98.3% of UVB rays are blocked

We recommend you to choose a product with an SPF of at least 30.

Warning: A higher SPF does not provide longer protection!

Regardless of the SPF, sunscreen must be reapplied every two hours, when outdoors, even on cloudy or cold days, and after swimming or sweating a lot.


Make sure the sunscreen also protects against UVA radiation.

Filters are active ingredients contained in sunscreens that protect skin against UVA and UVB rays from the sun. There are two types:

  • Synthetic (or chemical) filters (oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, and avobenzone) transform UVA or UVB rays, rendering them harmless. Often, more than one chemical filter is required in a single product to obtain proper protection against all UVA and UVB rays.
  • Mineral filters (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) form a reflective barrier on the skin’s surface. They offer protection against UVA and UVB rays alike.

To ensure your sunscreen provides adequate protection against both UVA and UVB radiation, look for the words “Broad Spectrum” or the UVA logo on the label.


Opt for a water-resistant product for the swimmers and sports enthusiasts in the family.

The water resistance of the sunscreen is indicated on the packaging: either 40 or 80 minutes. But remember, any time you wipe your skin with a towel, you remove part of the product and reduce its efficacy. So, it is important to reapply the product even if you haven’t yet reached the water resistance limit.


Consider how easy the product is to apply.

Sunscreens come in various forms: creams, lotions, sprays, sticks, and others, each with its pros and cons. For example:

Creams and lotions are useful for large surfaces. Lotions are runnier, and don’t leave an oily residue the way some creams do, which makes them a good option for the face too.

Sprays are convenient for protecting hard-to-reach parts of the skin but be sure you’re out of the wind when you apply it. Never spray sunscreen directly on the face. Instead, spray it on the palms of your hands, then spread on face.

Sticks are handy for applying sunscreen to the face, as they reduce the risk of getting the product in your eyes. When using a stick to cover large surfaces of skin, make sure you rub the product in thoroughly with your hands so you don’t leave any parts unprotected.

Gels can be a good option for hairy skin (chest, legs, scalp).

No matter which form you prefer, don’t forget your lips! To protect your lips, use a lip balm with an SPF of at least 30 and reapply every hour when you are outdoors.


Protect your sunscreen from extreme temperature.

To prevent sunscreens from deteriorating too fast, always store them away from sources of heat. Do not leave them in the car.


Aloe Gel is great for after-sun care since it moisturizes the skins, cools it and helps to prevent peeling. It can also help heal a sunburn, by applying it after a cold shower as it may minimize the inflammation.

Also, since sunburns can get you dehydrated, drink plenty of water.


No matter which product you use, apply it regularly and generously.

Even the very best sunscreen will not protect you properly if you don’t apply enough of it. It takes about 7 teaspoons (35 mL) of cream or lotion to cover an adult’s entire body:

  • 1 tsp for each arm and leg
  • 1 tsp for the front and 1 tsp for the back of the torso
  • 1 tsp for the face

Remember to apply sunscreen on these often-forgotten areas: your hands, the tip of your nose and ears, the back of your neck, and the top of your feet.

Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, because its protective effect diminishes over time in the sun. Always reapply after swimming or partaking in an activity where you sweat a lot.

The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.

Come on in or Order Online for Free Delivery or Curbside Pickup
for our fantastic Summer Specials
~ just in time for the hot summer sun ~

Get 15% Off
these Selected Products
August 4th thru 31st, 2020!


  • Mag Glycinate
  • OmegaGenics EPA-DHA 1000
  • UltraFlora Control
  • Ultraflora Women’s

Atoma Sunscreen:

  • Atoma 30SPF Broad Spectrum Spray Sunscreen
  • Atoma 50SPF Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
  • Atoma 50SPF Broad Spectrum Spray Sunscreen
  • Atoma 50SPF Sport Sunscreen

Give us a call for more information!

We offer FREE Deliveries & Pharmacy Curbside Pick Up!
You can order your Prescription Refills ONLINE!
or call us at (604) 886-3365

We are open Monday to Friday from 9:00am-5:30pm. Now CLOSED on Saturdays.
Please call ahead, so we may serve everyone as safely and efficiently as possible.

Re-Opening Health Safety & Drug Disposal Policy

Howe Sound Pharmacy is committed to the health and well-being of everyone in our community, and to doing our part to help limit the spread of COVID-19.  Read More!

We have implemented health and safety solutions to help maintain social distancing for the protection of our valued patients, our staff, their families and our community.

We have installed plexiglass at our front counter and at each pharmacist station, including between each pharmacist. We have placed hand sanitizer stations at the entry way, front counter, each pharmacist station, and in each conference room. We sanitize all high frequency touch surfaces including counter tops, door handles and our waiting room regularly.

Please sanitize your hands upon entry, and follow the arrows around to the pharmacist station and front counter. Exit the other door as indicated. Please maintain 2m distance as much as possible from other occupants in our premises. We are limiting the number of patrons in the store at any one time (see posted notice at entry door).

Please respect the spacing in our waiting room. We have provided some chairs side-by-side in case you require an attendant to assist.

We are now giving immunizations by appointment. Please call ahead to book your time.

Our new safe drug return for destruction policy is outlined here:

Drug Disposal Policy < look in the bulleted area

ORDERING: Please call ahead so we may serve everyone safely and efficiently.

  • Call us first to place a new or refill prescription order and over-the counter requests 1 to 2 days ahead please. If you have an urgent prescription – let us know.
  • Have your doctor fax or phone in new prescriptions, and call us first before coming in to pick up.
  • We have returned to regular supply of medications, though may need to limit fills due to continued shortages.
  • We always have a pharmacist available by phone to answer any questions you may have during our regular store hours.  
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PAYMENT: We encourage pre-payment by credit card when you order, however you also are welcome to pay at the front counter.


  • Medications can be either delivered to your home, brought out to your vehicle, or picked up at the front counter.
  • Take advantage of our FREE DELIVERY SERVICE!
  • We can also DELIVER TO YOUR CAR! Park in front of the pharmacy, call and we will bring your prescriptions and over-the-counter items out to you – please have ID ready.

We are grateful for your continued support in keeping you, our staff and our community safe. We will get through these challenging times together!

Chris Juozaitis and the dedicated Howe Sound Pharmacy Team
Caring Beyond Medications – Howe Sound Pharmacy Ltd. (604) 886-3365

Medication Disposal Sunshine Coast


Our new policy to return medication for destruction is:

  • place all tablets and capsules in one clear, sealed zippered bag
  • do not return prescription or bottles – those can be placed in your regular home hard plastics recycling with the label removed or name blacked out with marker
  • any patches must be in a sealed, clear plastic zippered bag (with other patches only)
  • any creams or liquids must be in a sealed, clear plastic zippered bag (with other creams or liquids only)
  • for inhaler please return the cartridges only, in a sealed, clear plastic bag (with other inhaler cartridges only). The cases can be placed in your regular home hard plastics recycling with the label removed or name blacked out with marker

When you arrive at the pharmacy:

  • please let us know you have medications to return
  • we will provide a bin for you to place your sealed items in

We offer FREE Deliveries & Pharmacy Curbside Pick Up!

Click here to >>> Order your Prescription Refills & Over the Counter items Online

Call us at 604-886-3365. We are open Monday to Friday from 9:00am-5:30pm. Closed weekends.
Please call ahead so we may serve everyone as safely and efficiently as possible.

Our July Celebration Sale! 15% OFF!


We hope everyone had a Happy & Healthy Canada Day!

To celebrate we are having awesome Sale
for the full month of July!

These items are ON SALE in July for 15% OFF!

  • St Francis Herb Farm Deep Immune Support
  • Now Foods Sprouting Jar, 1/2 Gallon with a Stainless Steel Screen Top
  • Now Foods Zesty Sprouting Mix for Fresh, Tasty and Healthy Sprouts!
  • Atoma 24 hr Nasal Allergy Relief
  • Prairie Naturals Immune Health Flu Force
  • Atoma Extra Strength Allergy Relief (Certirizine)
  • Prairie Naturals Respir Solution – Immune & Respiratory Solution
  • Atoma Desloratadine Allergy Control

Exciting Sales happening – let us know what Over the Counter products you would like to see On Sale, and we’ll see if we can make that happen!

*** Did you know??

You can Order ALL Over the Counter Products right here ONLINE!!

Check out our Prescription Refill Order Form and include all the Over the Counter items you want in the box at the bottom of the form.

** We also have Curbside Pickup or FREE Delivery! Just Click here!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

All the best from the Health & Wellness Team at Howe Sound Pharmacy Ltd.