With three little red-heads and a little blondie (brunette? who knows), we know all about sunburns and how to prevent them. Especially since I had WAY too many sunburns in my youth and adulthood. I don’t want them going through the same pain that I did!
Our skin is our biggest organ, so it’s very important to protect it. Not only do sunburns hurt a lot and result in peeling, but they also result in skin damage, free radicals and even cancer. So, yeah, important!
It might seem like a no-brainer, but I think that people forget of the obvious ways to prevent sunburns. Did you know that all skin types and colors can get a sunburn? Yes, all of them!
1. Rashguards/ swimsuits with SPF
I’m glad the girls love these, because they are genius. They are shirts and bathing suit bottoms, or one piece outfits that have sun protection built right in. Whatever parts on their body that is covered with the rashguard, doesn’t have to be covered with sunscreen. With four little people, less surface area is better. Plus, it decreases the chances of us missing a spot!
When I can find a long-sleeved one in their size, I jump on it, but short-sleeves are good, too. Then, all they need to get is their faces, ears, head, hands and legs! Rashguards come in all sizes, even up to adult!
Yes, you can actually purchase chemical-free, organic sunscreen. I was given some Bare Belly Organics sunscreen to try out at the Gluten Free fair in Atlanta and the girls haven’t used anything else since!
So, here’s the thing about Bare Belly Organics. The sunscreen is actually a physical barrier from the sun and not a chemical one. This means you need to see it. Not as much as this (she thinks it’s funny to be like this and honestly, if she will wear it, go for it!), but you should see a slight color change to our skin when applied properly. See also: Don’t try to rub it all the way in (we learned the hard way if you do rub it in, it’s not as effective).
This is how it should look.
Ever since that very first time, we haven’t had a bit of sunburn. Even being in the pool at the peak hours in Houston!
Their products are fully tested for SPF, water resistance (for 80 minutes, so don’t forget to reapply!) and Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection. They are 100% compliant with the FDA and the new regulations regarding sunscreen. And, the products are Gluten Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free, and not tested on animals.
My favorite is the face stick and body stick for ease of application, but the girls like to dig into the tubs and apply it to their legs and faces!
The girls NEVER complain about sunscreen in their eyes anymore. They actually requested this sunscreen when daddy tried to spray them once. It smells amazing, doesn’t hurt eyes, oh, and it WORKS!
Bare Belly Organics is has a #1 rating on the Environmental Working Group’s 2014 Best Sunscreens.
3. Wear a Hat
Another one that people often forget. Not only do hats protect your face and sometimes the back of your neck, but they protect your scalp! My grandfather has had several pieces of skin on his head removed from skin cancer. It’s hard to put sunscreen on your scalp, so use a hat!
4. Find the shade
Now, this doesn’t mean go outside and sit uncovered on a shady day. Nope, you can still get sunburned on an overcast day! Trust me, I’ve had the burns to prove it. Those UVA/UVB rays that can burn your skin aren’t visible to the eyes.
No, I’m talking about physical shade like from an umbrella, awning or building cover. All the shade=non of the burn.
Even though I was parked in the shade, I did have a couple jaunts out into the sun, so I made sure to have my hat, sunglasses (no eyeball sunburn for me) and sunscreen on. I just need to pick up a rashguard for myself!
Do you have any tips for staying sunburn free without applying chemicals to your body? Let me know if I’m missing something. With all these fair-skinned girls, sun protection is a must!
I received Bare Belly Organics sun block. All thoughts are my own.