blanket c/o SwimOutlet sold out (love this one) || hat old (similar) || IT Cosmetics CC+ || nail polish || lipstick || c/o sunglasses || face moisturizer || body lotion
Another area we tend to over look when considering sun protection are our nail beds. You can get skin cancer there too! My solution is to keep my nails polished at all times. "Hey Kyle, I need to get a mani/pedi. Yes, need. It's for my safety..." Hehehe. Ok fine, that doesn't usually work, but I really do keep my nails polished most of the time to offer an added UV barrier. (Obsessed with neon nail colors right now!) For our non nail polish wearing ladies and littles, don't forget to rub some of your SPF lotion on your nails too! (Side note : Make sure you aren't wearing nail polish when you visit your dermatologist so they can check your nail beds too.)
Sunscreen. This is the real meat and potatoes of your sun safety regimen. Make sure you purchase a broad-spectrum sunscreen. This means it protects your skin from both UV-A and UV-B rays. UV-A and UV-B rays are each damaging to your skin. Grab a lotion with minimum SPF (sun protection factor) of 30. Our go-to sunscreen is Blue Lizard for babies. We keep a bottle in each car, one in my purse and one in the medicine cabinet at home. I use Blue Lizard just because everyone in the family can use it. My dermatologist recommends finding a sunscreen that uses zinc and titanium as the main ingredients. "No ingredients you can't pronounce." Zinc and titanium are safer for your little one's skin and provide a physical barrier to those UV rays as opposed to a chemical one. Above all, the best sunscreen is the kind you'll actually use! Apply your sunscreen about 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapply as directed (read: frequently.) If your like me and don't much care for the smell of sunscreen--I've been using this stuff as my regular all over moisturizer since it smells nice, and save the Blue Lizard for when we are actually going to be outside.
Now onto the face! Most makeup brands offer their foundations or BB/CC creams with SPF. Make sure you look for those options; it’s a very easy switch for a little extra protection. I recently purchased the IT Cosmetics CC+ and love it! SPF 50?! Get outta town! There are also tons of great moisturizers out there that include SPF. Personally, I stick with drugstore options on this step since my face make up also has sunscreen in it. If you are looking for something a bit more fancy or aren't willing to make the switch to SPF with your foundation, I hear amazing things about La Roche-Posay's sunscreen for the face. Oh! Slap on some bright, summery lipstick or a lip balm with SPF to protect your pout! [If you are in the mood for some online shopping, Sephora is offering Beauty Insiders a FREE deluxe sample of sunscreen with any $25 purchase. Score! Get yours here.]
A special note about your little one's skin :: Our pediatrician advised us to avoid putting sun screen on the kids before they are 6 months old and to use physical barriers for protection instead. This can be tough when its super hot outside. Of course, you don't want your baby to be too hot, but you also want to protect that precious skin! Enter UPF rated clothing/swimwear. UPF stands for Ultravilet Protective Clothing. Sooooo many company's offer UPF pieces, even my beloved Target! One of my favorite retailers of sun protective clothing for kids is Snapper Rock--soooo many adorable swimsuits and coverups! This month they are donating 5% of their internet sales to the Children's Melanoma Foundation, which is pretty damn cool if you ask me! As for your tiny babies who are still kind of just sleeping in their carseat during any prolonged outdoor activities, toss an Aden & Anais blanket over them. They are so light and breathable that they won't cause your baby to overheat, but still offer some additional protection from those UV rays.
Do you have any tips/tricks to add?
Remember, pale skin is BEAUTIFUL!