I hate sunscreen. It’s inconvenient when trying to get out the door or jump into your outside activities. It’s greasy. It has to set before you can swim. Smells weird. It can be white and streaky on your skin. It’s hard to put on squirming kids…or squirming adults for that matter.
I’ve had a bad relationship with sunscreen for a long time. I used sunscreen when I was younger because of mom (thanks mom!), but in young adulthood I opted for the ‘ole burn and tan scenario where I would just burn a little and it would turn into a tan. This seemed like a better option than taking a moment or two of inconvenience to protect my skin. My husband used to get so mad at me and say he wasn’t going to pay for my skin cancer treatments.
If any of you have ever had skin cancer or known someone with it you are probably INFURIATED with me for being so ignorant. Don’t worry. I am too. The long-term effects of unprotected exposure to the sun are rarely realized until it’s too late. So…regardless of the fact that I hate it…it’s IMPERATIVE to use it. Not only on yourself, but on your kiddos, too. ESPECIALLY on your kiddos!
I’m ecstatic that my kids resemble their dad, because he is super cute. However, they also got his porcelain Irish skin…so beautiful, but very sensitive to the sun. As a mom, your job is to protect your kids and keep them from harm’s way. A sunburn is painful and dangerous! So I’m certain that most mamas lather up their littles before heading out…which is exactly what I do.
Since sunscreen is my worst best friend, I’ve been around the block with all kinds of block. We’re in the sun A LOT during the day…walking dogs, running, at the park, at the pool, etc. I’m outside pretty much every day trying to stay active, get my kids some fresh air, keep our healthy lifestyle, and lose this baby fat…why should sunscreen slow me down?! The good news is there are a few products that make sunscreening not so inconvenient and difficult for adults and kids alike…so I figured I would share with you (in case there is anyone trying to make life a little easier)!
Image Skincare offers great options for sun protection! These products are incredible because they not only block harmful broad spectrum UV rays, but provide your skin with antioxidants, plant stem cells, and botanical oils to help you skin feel hydrated and protect against aging. My favorite part? Non-greasy, no parabens, and make your skin feel oh so soft…and it’s safe for your kiddos! They have several options to fit your needs and preferences as well:
- Prevention+ sport sunscreen spray SPF 50 & Prevention+ pure mineral sunscreen spray SPF 30+: I love spray sunscreens, it makes application a breeze! They differ slightly in ingredients, giving consumers the opportunity to pick which product fits their needs, but provide the same benefits for your skin and superior sun protection.
- The Prevention+ daily ultimate protection moisturizer SPF 50: Named SkinDeep’s 2017 sunscreen winner, this product is great because you can use it every day!
- Prevention+ ultra sheer spray SPF 45+: If you’re not into aerosol sprays but still like the application convenience, then this product is exactly what you need!
- The Prevention+ daily matte moisturizer SPF32+: You can’t go wrong with this winner of the 2018 DaySpa Professionals Choice award. Micro-sponge technology actually absorbs oils on your face, leaving a shine-free and flawless finish! It doubles as a primer, so it’s perfect for wearing under make up!
Sunscreen for Infants
It is recommended that you keep babies under six months out of direct sunlight. That kind of makes it sound like they will turn into gremlins (and maybe they will, which is why it’s a rule). The Mayo Clinic says that babies six months and older may liberally use a broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or higher. Babies under six months should avoid sun exposure and wear protective clothing/hats/sunglasses.
These are my favorite baby sunscreens:
Coppertone Water Babies Pure and Simple: I grew up with Coppertone, and it’s obvious why it’s been around for years. The pure and simple formula is dermatologist tested, fragrance and tear free, paraben free, and water-resistant for 80 minutes. We took this on our last vacation and our little one was sunburn free! Coppertone also has a stick, comparable to a stick of deodorant, that is great for using on baby’s face…and it’s quick and easy to apply!
Babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen: This baby sunscreen is certified organic and made with plant-based ingredients. It’s non-allergenic and tear free, too! I’ve used Babyganics sunscreen on our little one up in the mountains where the sun is can be extremely intense from the high altitude, and I’m happy to report no sunburns!
Burt’s Bees Baby Nourishing Mineral Sunscreen: I love Burt’s Bees products. Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide provide broad spectrum SPF 30 protection, while Vitamin E and Coconut Extract keep baby’s skin super soft.
Keep in mind that Image products and other adult/kid sunscreens contain similar ingredients, but consult your pediatrician before using any products not specifically approved for babies!
A great way to avoid sunburns is to cover your skin when you’re in the heat. Of course the LAST thing you want to do is wear MORE clothes when it’s hot; however, clothing like large hats, swim shirts, sunglasses, cover-ups are a great way to provide sun protection. My kids and husband all use swim shirts when we go to the pool or the beach…it saves time, doesn’t wash off, and is 100% effective when preventing sunburns.
Umbrellas or canopy tents are a great way to build your own shade when you’re at the park, beach, or pool. We set ours up in the yard when we play outside at home!
Stay inside. Yeah, yeah, yeah…I know people don’t want to (and shouldn’t!!) stay indoors in the summer…that’s just crazy…BUT if it’s extra hot and sunny, there are TONS of things you can do indoors to beat the heat! (But definitely don’t spend your entire summer inside…being outside is good for you!)
What kinds of things do you do to avoid sunburns? Do you have a favorite sunscreen?