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Our summer hasn’t been the best summer. It started off extremely hot & humid which is miserable and now we’ve had low 70’s with 50’s at night. I’m not complaining but if I could arrange a little warmer temperatures, I would.
With that being said, I’ve spent a good portion of the kid’s summer vacation outdoors with them doing all sorts of activities from playing at the park, swimming in the pool, taking walks, riding bikes, playing kickball, picnics, soccer and so much more.
No matter what the temperatures are, as a mom I make sure my kids are always safe from the sun’s harmful UV rays by lathering them up with sunscreen. It doesn’t matter the time of year, UV rays are present year round but strongest during late spring and early summer. Because of this my kids know as soon as they get up it must go on as we never know when we are going to go out.
I had a conversation with Gavyn (age 11) the other week as he was arguing he didn’t need sunscreen as he wasn’t going to burn. True he doesn’t burn but it turned into a nice conversation about the terrifying c word…cancer.
I told him that sunscreen not only protects him from getting sunburnt, but by wearing sunscreen he is protecting himself from two harmful and very dangerous rays; UVA and UVB. I told him that by wearing sunscreen with a high SPF he is getting protection from UVB and when they say broad-spectrum he is being protected from UVA. It was a nice educational conversation which really opened his eyes to why we must wear sunscreen.
I am again a Coppertone Water Mom so have been fortunate to try fabulous Coppertone products again this year with our Great American Summer Kit. They are the only products you will find at my home as we have never had any burn issues even with the kids swimming long hours in the pool. Just remember you MUST reapply!
Coppertone Water BABIES® Pure & Simple sunscreen lotion is tear free, moisturizing, and contains no oils, fragrances, or dyes that could irritate your baby’s delicate skin. The lotion contains a broad spectrum SPF 50 that works. This is the only one I use on Zoe who has light skin and she has always turned a nice golden brown. I reapply every 60 minutes with this even with the 80 minute recommendation. This is water resistant, gentle and hypoallergenic. I love this formula for my school-aged daughter and it is also pediatrician recommended!
Coppertone Sport with Broad Spectrum SPF 30, offers protection from the UVA and UVB rays. Since this is a lower SPF I haven’t used on my kids, but have been using for myself and it provides coverage. This offers 80 minutes of water resistance and is a lotion.
Coppertone Ultra Guard with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 shields from both UVA and UVB rays. This lotion states it is non-greasy however I felt it was a bit greasy which does subside after about 10 minutes. Again, water resistance up to 80 minutes. It smells wonderful!
Coppertone Kids Sunscreen Lotion offers a broad spectrum SPF 50 to protect against UVA and UVB rays. This is the sunscreen I’ve been using on Gavyn since he’s swims often and plays soccer. He has a nice golden tan going on from use of this. Never once has he burned. I make sure to reapply every hour even with the 80 minute water resistance time. I just like to ensure he is always protected.
Since it is back-to-school time here are a few steps to ensure your children are continually sun protected at school.
1. Get the Facts – Ask your school about your districts policy around sunscreen and what (if any) sun protection methods are permitted. Since policies are different (our schools will not allow teacher’s to apply sunscreen) you may want to ask if sunscreen, hats or sunglasses are allowed.
2. Take Action – Some schools only allow sunscreen usage with written permission from child’s parent or physician. As the school administrator or your pediatrician for guidance and make sure to get a doctor’s note if necessary
3. Be Prepared – Sun sense begins at home! Dress your kid in sun-protective clothing and make sunscreen application part of your morning ritual before your kids go outside and go to school.
4. Talk to Your Kids – Remind your kids to practice sun-savvy behaviors at school, such as seeking shakes and drinking plenty of water during recess and other outdoor activities.
5. Stay Connected – Creating a sun-smart school environment should include partnering with parents, teachers, school nurses and administrators. In some cases, simply initiating a conversation to learn more about sun protection may remind others of its importance. Consider it a topic for your next PTA meeting.
You can download the “Your Guide to Family Sun Protection” where I received these tips here.
Be sure to visit www.coppertone.com where you’ll find informative sun protection information, a family toolkit, product information and money saving coupons!