It’s hot in Atlanta.. 97 degrees hot – and I, for one am a bit tired of it. We had our backyard ‘renovated’ a few weeks ago so we could enjoy it more while sitting on the back porch but it’s too hot to sit outside for more than 5 minutes at a time. The kids are having a blast though. Madelyn and Sebastian are like fish. They love being in the water whether it’s a lake, beach, pool, or river. Sebastian is more of a river and lake kind of guy while Madelyn’s a pool and beach girl. Needless to say we spend a lot of time outdoors, water or not. They’ve been attending an outdoor nature camp for the past few weeks and you can only imagine how sweaty they get from being out in the heat all day. I rarely hear a complaint from them come pick up time. How do they do it? I’m a cranky mess after being outside for ten minutes, let alone 8 hours!
With summer sun comes summer fun! Summer is a great time for the whole family to get together and have fun outside no matter if it’s in your backyard or at the beach. We keep plenty of sunscreen on hand 365 days a year so that when it is super sunny outside or when the kids are going to ge swimming, we have enough to reapply several times throughout the day.
We’ve been using three Banana Boat® products for about a week as we play and work outside. The kids, being at summer camp around sandy lake shores, used Banana Boat®’s lightweight SunComfort™ Clear UltraMist®Sunscreen which even after applying, sand brushes off the skin easily – almost unheard of after applying sunscreen, and it is water resistant for up to 80 minutes.
I really like Banana Boat’s Sport Performance Lotion Sunscreen with Powerstay Technology. The lotion’s formula is light-weight, sweat resistant, water resistant (up to 80 minutes), quick absorbing, non-greasy and won’t run in eyes. I sweat like mad when I’m working in the garden and nothing stops me from pulling weeds and trimming bushes quicker than my eyes burning from sunscreen dripping into them. Powerstay Technology boosts staying power to provide heavy duty protection throughout all outdoor activities in lotion form.
Banana Boat® has reformulated its Dry Oil Clear UltraMist® Sunscreen to now include argan oil – a product used often on hair and skin. This unique lightweight dry oil formula goes beyond sun protection, leaving skin feeling silky-smooth and moisturized and delivers one touch spray for quick, easy coverage with a light-weight, non-greasy feel.
Sunscreen Application & Usage Tips
- Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to you and your kids’ entire bodies 30 minutes before going outside.
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
- Use the type of sunscreen that your child enjoys most. It’s important to make the process of applying sunscreen easy and enjoyable, not a dreaded task, so if your child prefers a spray sunscreen, stick with Banana Boat’s SunComfort Continuous Spray SPF 30 or 50+. If your child prefers a lotion sunscreen, use Banana Boat Sport Performance Sunscreen Lotion.
- Use sunscreen everyday. Your child’s skin can be harmed by constant sun exposure, whether or not your child sees or feels a sunburn.
- Make it a habit to carry sunscreen with you all the time! I have a sunscreen stick in my purse and I keep sunscreen spray in my car and our pool/beach bag.
- It is widely thought that if sunscreen is used regularly by children through the age of 18, there would be a 72% reduction in the cases of skin cancer later in life.
My kids are well aware that with the heat and long days of summer sun comes exposure to dangerous UVBs, the burning rays of the sun. Applying sunscreen is part of our routine, whether it’s 97 degrees or 50 degrees. You might think that’s strange but protection from sunburn is not the most important reason for wearing sunscreen. You want to reduce damage from the sun. Your skin can be harmed by constant sun exposure, whether or not you see a burn. Sunburn is an immediate reaction, but damage from the sun occurs over a lifetime. You don’t want your child either now or as an adult to experience skin cancer.
My daughter experienced melanoma at just five years old. A tiny mole developed on her upper arm. The mole got larger and larger so I took her to the pediatrician who immediately referred her to a dermatologist. The dermatologist told me he needed to do a biopsy right away and I got a phone call a few days later telling me I needed to bring her in that day to have the melanoma removed. I was beside myself – melanoma on my five year old? That was a horrible couple of weeks. She’s fine now and we have since started using sunscreen daily, not just in the summer.
I am not trying to scare you into using sunscreen but I want you to see the reality of skin cancer. My daughter’s pediatrician couldn’t confirm that the melanoma was a result of too much exposure to UV rays – we’ve always used sunscreen and often wear sunhats and UV protective clothing, but no one is immune to skin cancer. Not even children. Lessen the chances that your child will experience something like what my daughter did by applying sunscreen everyday.
Enough of the serious stuff!
We took a road trip to (HOT!) Washington D.C. at the beginning of the summer to see my husband’s brother and wife and we’re travelling to the beaches of North Carolina when the kids are out of summer camp. We’re staying at a beach house with two of my Aunts, two cousins, three of my cousins kids, and my mom, and of course my kids and my husband! It’s going to be a full house and we’re already stocking up on games, beach toys, and sunscreen for our great big family reunion! It’s so important to spend time with family, no matter how far away they live, so start searching for the perfect destination for your next family get together!
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