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It is hard to believe that it is already August! We have had some very hot temperatures the last few days. As a mom, I am the go-to person who makes certain that my family is stocked up on SPFs. There is still plenty of summer left for camping and boating, and It is my job to make sure that I have plenty of sunscreen on hand for everyone.
My all-time favorite sunscreens are from Australian Gold. They feel amazing, smell wonderful, feature reef friendly formulas, and are perfect for the whole family!
Here are my favorites:
Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen SPF 50 Tinted Face Mineral Lotion
($12.99; Ulta Beauty and www.AustralianGold.com)
This non-chemical sunscreen lotion delivers a refreshingly luxurious, powdery-clean feel, while the subtle tint seamlessly blends into any skin tone, yet washes away with water. Specially designed for sensitive facial skin, this lotion won't clog pores and is fragrance free. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants from native Australian botanical ingredients, it allows you to enjoy the sun your way, protected from both UVA and UVB rays, and water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Discover the non-greasy, non-sticky feel of the Australian Gold® Botanical Line and experience worry-free days in the sun!
Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen SPF 30 and SPF 50 Mineral Lotions
($14.99; Ulta Beauty and www.AustralianGold.com)
Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen SPF 30 and SPF 50 Natural Sprays
A refreshing, powdery-clean feel in a convenient 360° continuous spray. Features a non-sticky, antioxidant rich formula that provides UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection with Certified Organic Alcohol for a naturally luxurious sunscreen experience.
Australian Gold® Botanical Sunscreen SPF 50 Kids Mineral Lotion
($14.99; Ulta, CVS, Target and Walmart and www.AustralianGold.com)
Anultra-sensitive, quick absorbing, non-greasy, antioxidant rich formula that provides UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection made especially for kids. The InvisiTech™ Formula utilizes 100% mineral active ingredients Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to provide a non-chemical sun protection option, designed to spread on smoothly with a powder-like matte finish that’s never greasy or whitening. Now even the most discerning parents can have the confidence of knowing their children are protected against UVA and UVB rays through the use of only the finest and safest ingredients!
Benefits of these Australian Gold formulas:
- Broad Spectrum UVA/UVA Protection
- Water resistant for up to 80 minutes
- Reef Friendly formulas are free of Oxybenzone, Parabens, Phthalates, Petrolatum, PABA, SLS, BPA, Alcohol, Dyes and Oils
- Hypoallergenic, Pediatrician and Dermatologist Tested, Not tested on animals
If you are like me, you enjoy a lot of quality time outdoors, especially when the weather is beautiful and sunny.
However, many women, (myself included until recently) are unaware of proper sunscreen usage guidelines. Sun exposure is the biggest cause of skin cancer. Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
NO-AD would like to change that. Orlando-based NO-AD, is the sunscreen brand that costs less per ounce because "no advertising" means the brand doesn't buy expensive TV, print or radio ads, passing the savings on to consumers. I think that is a brilliant concept! Advertising by not advertising.
As a mom of four children, I thought I knew everything about applying sunscreen properly to myself and my family. It turns out that I wasn't doing things quite correctly. The infographic below gives a useful guideline for proper sunscreen application. Studies have shown that fewer than half of well-meaning parents know the correct amount to apply and more than half think the proper time to apply sunscreen is "as soon as they start feeling their skin burning."
I sure wish I had this information when I was a teenager. I was one of those girls who applied baby oil to my entire body and laid for hours in the sun without any form of sunscreen. I received many sunburns and I now suffer from sun spots and plenty of freckles. (Not many wrinkles though, thankfully!) I am sure that I will face skin cancer at some point in my life. At least it is not too late protect my children from the sun's damaging rays.
No-AD has a great variety of sun protection products. I have tried a few of them, and I completely trust this amazing brand. I have been using it for years now.
I love No-Ad's Ocean Potion sunscreen. Ocean Potion is known for easy application and a memorable orange-cream fragrance. This brand pioneered the use of innovative ingredients such as sea kelp extract and Vitamin D3.
I also love Clear Zinc Oxide Face Potion SPF45 . This creamy zinc makeup artist fave goes on clear, dries matte and works wonderfully under makeup. Provides SPF45 protection. Hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and very affordable!
If you're thinking self-tanners, Ocean Potion EverGlow Extreme Self-Tanning Lotion has a terrific mango-lime fragrance. Ocean Potion Protect & Nourish Lotion is amazing as well.
Enter to win! Five winners will be chosen to receive a set of three NO-AD and Ocean Potion suncare products.
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What SPF do you use?
Available at www.walgreens.com
Gone may be the sunny days spent on the beach, running through sprinklers and swimming outdoors, but just because it is cloudy it does not mean you cannot still get skin damage from the sun. The rays may not be warming your skin, but they are still there and you just can't forget about using sunscreen!
- Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection
- Water Resistant (80 minutes)
- Quick and Even Coverage
- Goes on Clear
- No Rub, No Hassle
- Oil Free
- Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection
- Water Resistant (80 minutes)
- Fun Watermelon fragrance
- Oil Free
- Enriched with antioxidants
- Moisturizes with Vitamin E and Aloe
- SPF 50 Continuous Spray
- SPF 35 Lotion
My Experience: I love the Marathon Mist for myself and my teenagers. It goes on quickly and dries fast. My girls have not complained that it 'messes up their makeup' because it is oil-free. It is perfect for on-the-go. The BullFrog Kids is perfect for a child like mine who does not like to sit still long for the application of sunscreen. I just make him close his eyes and I spray his little face, ears and the backof his neck and we are ready to roll! It smells grest, too! The BullFrog Kids lotion is great, too, for when my child sits still. He can apply that himself. He enjoys rubbing onto his ears and nose. it has become a habit and that is wonderful! He is very proud to have hs very own sunscreen.
To learn more about BullFrog Sunscreen, go to: http://www.bullfrogsunscreen.com
Disclaimer: I received samples o this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Although our Oregon's sunny days are far and few between now that winter is approaching, I still believe it is important for my children (as well as myself) to use sunscreen if we are going to spend the day outside. The sun's rays are still damaging even on a cloudy day, and did you know the sun reflects off of snow? I have gotten bad sunburns on my face snowboarding as a teenager.
My Dad has had pre-cancers on his skin removed recently, so it does run in my family tree to have skin cancer. I have fair skin with freckles, so I'd best be cautious. Prevention is key, and Coppertone has answers.
Coppertone has some really great products to keep you and your children safe from the harsh rays of the sun.
I was the lucky recipient of some great products from Coppertone to test out, and I am very pleased!
The products I received are:
Taken From The Press Release:
Dr. Elizabeth K. Hale, Clinical Associate professor of dermatology at NYU and practicing Dermatological surgeon recommends several products to help combat warm-weather hazards:
* COPPERTONE MYUV ALERT™ iPHONE APP
Coppertone's mobile app is like "Mother's Little Helper" for busy parents. This app helps keep track of sun protection for the whole family, offering custom sunscreen reapplication reminders to help ensure the little ones (and even the bigger ones!) stay protected from the sun's harmful UV rays.
* SOLARCAINE FIRST AID MEDICATED SPRAY
Just a couple of irritating bug bites can ruin a perfect day. Solarcaine, an antiseptic and pain relief spray, instantly relieves the itching to put kids (and parents) at ease. This physician-tested spray also helps prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes and burns.
*iPLAY SUN PROTECTION LINE
This high-tech clothing line is designed specifically for babies and toddlers. The line is made from specially-treated fabrics, which are labeled a UPF factor of 50+. i play.® offers a variety of styles and patterns including a selection of fun, colorful Sun Protection Hats.
Disclosure: Iwas sent the items listed above to test and keep. The opinions are my own.