5 Tips to Protect Your Skin For Summer Fun
*This post is sponsored by Australian Gold. All opinions are my own.
It's no secret that since moving from San Francisco we have all been craving the sunshine, and all the fun that comes with it, especially being so close to the beach. Sometimes, though it can be easy to forget about the need to protect our skin, especially on our kids. It's been a little cloudy the last days, so when we saw that some sun was in the forecast I had Justin take some of the girls out for a little beach time fun. We recently teamed up with our friends at Australian Gold to share their new Botanical line, so I made sure that the girls grabbed some to take with them to put on, along with a few snacks for the trip. I had no idea how much fun they would have, even with the simple process of putting on some sunscreen.
One interesting thing is that Nadya had just asked me the other day what sunburn was. So as I talked with her, we compiled 5 tips on how you can protect your skin, and especially that of your kids so you can enjoy the summer sun.
Keep It Natural
This skin is the biggest organ in our body, so it can be even more important to pay attention to what we put on it. Thankfully when it comes to sunscreen lotion, there are a lot more options to choose something that is safe and natural for the skin. Australian Gold recently launched their new pediatrician and dermatologist tested Botanical line, and their 100% mineral lotions and natural sprays are mineral based that are specially formulated to be antioxidant-rich for the skin.
Have a Variety of Options for Sunscreen
You may not think this is important, but in my experience, I found it very useful to have a few different choices on hand, whether it be a lotion or spray. Sometimes the kids are ready to go running off to play and you want to make sure to get them some quick coverage. This is where a spray option can come in handy. It's also a little less messy on you when you put it on.
Overcast Days Don't Mean You are Safe
While you may be thanking your lucky stars for those cloudy days especially when it is warming up, that doesn't mean that you don't need to protect your skin. The clouds only filter out the light from the sun, not its UV rays. Be sure to have some protection on when you know the sun is out, even if it is behind the clouds.
Bring Something to Cover Up
While it may not seem intuitive, it is smart to bring along something to cover up when you are not actively playing in the sun. Luckily for the girls, they usually bring their jackets for beach trips as it can be a little windy and chilly at times, so between playtimes they like to put them on.
Don't Forget to Re-apply
This is one tip that it can be easy to forget. If you are playing in the water or have a full day planned out in the sun, it is important to re-apply some sunscreen after a bit of time. The protective effects will wear off so be sure to check the timing on the bottle you are using. Most sunscreens need to be reapplied after 90 minutes of water play time for example. This is where the sprays can be very handy to apply quickly and let the kids get back to having fun.
While not necessarily a tip on protecting the skin, it is also a good idea to have some Aloe or after-burn lotion handy if you do get a little sunburn so that your skin can heal quickly.
Another quick note on the importance of choosing natural options, it's so nice that there are natural and mineral-rich options to choose from that still offer the level of protection that you want. I do really like the variety that Australian Gold offers in both their Natural Sprays and Mineral Lotions. They also have a specific Kid's lotion that was made especially for their sensitive skin. If you are looking for them in the stores you can generally find them at Ulta Beauty Stores and now Target is starting to carry a nice variety pack with their most popular options.
The girls had a great time this weekend out with Justin and we have several fun photos to share below. I'd love to see which your favorites are, and if you also have any tips on protection during the summer I'd love to hear it.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Australian Gold . The opinions and text are all mine.