This post was sponsored by La Roche-Posay as part of an Influence Central campaign and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Over these last few weeks we have been squeezing every ounce of summer time fun out of our days. Yesterday we got to enjoy the company of friends at the swimming pool and in between the jumping, sliding and diving for rings we were worn out when we got home!
That just means a bonus for mom because extra long naps are always in order after a day like that, right?
Over this past summer we have been in and around water a lot. Whether it’s been the beach, swimming pool or lake fun and I’ve been very proactive in keeping the sun off of all of us as a family! According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 23% of lifetime sun exposure occurs by age 18 and just 5 sunburns before the age of 20 can increase the risk of melanoma by a startling +80%.
Easy ways to protect your kids from the sun:
Sun burn can happen extremely fast and sometimes it doesn’t even have to be when you’re around water activities, although that’s what we think. If my little one is going to be outside for any reason during the day I’ll make sure she is protected from the sun. Be watchful and constantly thinking about protecting your children.
- Wear a hat – Start them young and make them wear a hat. Thankfully Miss E has never minded a hat and actually usually requests one!
- Sunscreen – It seems redundant but screen those babies and kids up. Every spot that I can see on my little one gets sun screen!! You will be surprised what will burn…tops of their ears, tops of their feet and hands, neck, legs and shoulders, faces and anywhere you can see skin- screen them up. This summer I’ve tried several sun screens along the way and in my opinion the best and most well protected has been the La Roche-Posay. They offer products for the whole family from adults to the babies. We tried the Anthelios 60 Dermo-Kids, a sunscreen developed with moms, dermatologists, and pediatricians, which is specifically made with powerful UVA/UVB filters that provide broad spectrum, 80-minute water resistant protection, highly protective ingredients and antioxidants that are effective, safe, and gentle on children’s sensitive skin.
- Swim shirts – I prefer the long sleeve because it’s just that much more protection for her arms.
- Time of Day – Consider going out during the morning or late afternoon time frame when the sun is less harsh. Let them eat lunch and rest during the mid day when it’s the hottest and harshest of sun.
- My UV Patch – (app download required), is a connected health technology that allows kids and adults to measure their UV exposure and risk in real time. The My UV Patch is the first-ever stretchable skin sensor designed to monitor UV radiation in real-time to help educate users on their daily sun exposure to encourage true behavioral change. This can be found online at amazon.com, your local CVS or you can search the La Roche-Posay Store Locator.
Hi I’m Erin a Southern mama from South Mississippi, owner and chief editor of Sixth Bloom a blog helping mom-tographers capture their kiddos and life, talking all things home, parenting and how we navigate through life. You will find me living life to the fullest with my mister (aka husband) and our two year old, Miss Elle, in our 500+ sq foot cottage as we build our dream house on our two acres! We are blessed beyond measure, love to travel, involved in ministry at our church and in between all of that I run three successful businesses! Follow me at: WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST