Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sun Safety With Coppertone

Summer is finally here! Well, almost. It's May, the weather has been fabulous, the grass is growing, and the pools are open for the season. My boys have taken full advantage of this, already, and it's not even June yet. No complaints from me. Not even one. I will not say a negative thing about the weather until it starts getting cooler again.

Summer is so easy, don't you think? No more snowsuits, boots, messy slush, hats, mitts, scarves... it's just flip flops, sunscreen, and go!

I was flown to Toronto for the day a couple of weeks ago to attend the Summer Lunch and Learn Event on Sun Care and Allergy Symptoms Management with Coppertone, Aerius and hydraSense. It was a very beautiful event that was also very informative. It was great speaking to a doctor and allergy specialist about the effects the sun has on our skin, and especially the effects of the sun on the skin of our young children. It is so important to be aware.

Since becoming a mom, I'm keenly aware of the importance of staying safe when we're outside in the sun. I'm no longer the girl who lays out in the sun wearing a bikini with nothing more than sunscreen with an SPF of 4. I'm now the responsible mom who stays better protected while spending time in the shade, whenever possible. Besides, I don't have the time to just relax in the sun—my boys never sit still to allow that to happen!

I've long ago packed away the oil and have embraced sunscreen with protection of at least 30 SPF or higher. I slather it on my boys, too, and prefer to use a higher SPF on them. I use a generous amount too—did you know each time you apply sunscreen, you should use a golf ball sized amount? At least that's easy to remember! Sunscreen is the number one way to protect yourself from sun damage.

Here are some Summer Sun Safety Tips for you:

Cover Up: Try to wear long sleeves and a hat with a wide brim. Wear protective sunglasses, too. I also buy protective swim shirts for my boys to wear when they're swimming outside—the added protection is great peace of mind for me.

Use Sunscreen: Of course we all know the importance of sunscreen and protecting our skin, right? You should be wearing at least a bottle with SPF of 15 or higher. I use 30 SPF on me, and usually something as high as 60 for my children. Make sure to re-apply every two hours, and every hour if you're in the water, even if the sunscreen is water-resistant.

Find Shade: I used to love spending time in the sun, but now I actually prefer staying in the shade if I'm outside all day, on the beach, by the pool, or just walking around in the great outdoors. If you're going on a picnic, try to pack an umbrella with you, and stay in places that offer plenty of shade, like parks with nice big trees.

Now, go enjoy summer safely. Your skin will thank you!

Disclaimer: My travel arrangements to and from Toronto were paid for, and I received Copperone, Aerius, and hydraSense products to use and review, but all thoughts, views, and opinions on this topic are my own.

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