Summertime Skincare for the Family

May 22, 2017
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Summer sunshine can reek havoc on the skin of your whole family.  Here's how to keep everyone protected this summer!

I don’t know what it’s been like where you live, but summertime is finally upon us in the Pacific Northwest. (for this week, at least…)  When Caleb was born it was November and rainy and cold.  It was easy for me to stay bundled up in the house with him until he was older.  Josiah, on the other hand, is only 18 days old and both big brother and I are itching to get out and about to enjoy the sunshine.  Being cooped up in the house doesn’t sounds appealing to either of us.

Getting out in the sunshine is difficult for my family because I’m pale and white and burnable.  Unfortunately I passed that trait down to Caleb.  So far it’s looking like Josiah has inherited his daddy’s olive complexion but I still am concerned for his little baby skin.  I want to make sure both my boys and I are keeping our skin healthy so my diaper bag is full of summer sunshine protection for all three of us.

Here are some tips for keeping you and your littles’ skin safe this summer

For Mama

A Wide Brimmed Hat

Creating shade for yourself is key to keep your skin healthy in the summer sunshine.  I love that wide brimmed hats are trendy now and try to wear one, especially if I’m on a beach since being near water adds the sun’s reflection to everything you have to deal with.

It’s not only our skin we need to be thinking about, we also should be making sure our eyes are protected too.  I do my best to always have a pair of sunglasses with me so that my baby blues are protected from the sun’s rays.
Sunscreen is this mama’s saving grace!  I’m loving Neutrogena® Sheer Zinc™ sunscreen currently.  I love that this sunscreen includes naturally-sourced zinc oxide and is dermatologist tested.  Since my skin doesn’t always handle harsh, chemically products, I love that this sunscreen was awarded by the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™ as a suitable sunscreen for persons with sensitive skin conditions but still offers superior UVA/UVB sun protection.  Neutrogena Sheer Zinc is also hypoallergenic, sweat and water resistant for 80 minutes, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), and oil-free.  Win-win-win!  My skin is pretty stinking happy with this stuff!

For the Toddler

A Fun, Floppy Hat

Caleb loves wearing hats so I do my best to keep a fun, floppy hat available for my little man to wear while we’re basking in the sunshine.  The hat creates shade and keeps the sun from his face.

If your toddler adores wearing sunglasses like my little one does, consider picking up a pair (or seven since they’re bound to get lost!) to protect their little eyes.  Caleb’s blue eyes need protecting and I’m going to do all I can to protect them.
Skin Covering Clothing

Even though toddlers can wear sunscreen, it’s still great to keep them in clothes that cover larger percentages of their skin.  Lightweight clothing is key here!  I make sure Caleb is in a long sleeved rash guard while swimming in order to protect his skin as much as I can.  Yes, I’m that mom.

Find a sunscreen that is strong enough but gentle enough for your little one.  Kids sunscreens are important to keep on your toddler and make sure you’re reapplying it as often (or more often) as recommended.

For the Baby

Skin Covering Clothing
Babies who are under 6 months old are not supposed to wear sunscreen so keeping their skin covered up is key to keeping the sun’s rays from their skin.  Lightweight clothing is best since it’s hot out and you don’t want your little one to overheat.  Look into getting clothing that is created to keep harmful rays away from your little one’s skin.
Lightweight Blanket

Another way to keep your little one protected from the sun is using a lightweight blanket.  You want something that breathes so you don’t overheat your precious baby but keeping it covering their skin is important!

Shade really is best for everyone during the heat of the day but it’s even more important for the little ones who can’t wear sunscreen.  Seek out shade and keep your little one there as much as possible!

I got my Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Sunscreen at Target and you should get sunscreen there as well!  Target is currently (from 5/21/17-5/27/17) running a great offer where everyone can get a $5 Target GiftCard with purchase of $15 in sun care.  Who can say no to that fantastic offer?
Summer sunshine can reek havoc on the skin of your whole family.  Here's how to keep everyone protected this summer!

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