It hit 90 today in Vermont. We don’t usually get that in June, but I have to remember these days when we’re in the deep freeze of January.
Luckily for us (because of course none of the air conditioners are set up yet) the boy down the street invited us over for a kiddie pool date. While I didn’t get to swim, it was so cute watching the two of them play…
Before we hit the pool, we hit the sunscreen. We lathered up with Beautycounter’s Protect All Over Sunscreen and put the Protect Stick in my pocket to reapply as needed. Two hours in the sun and the pool and not even the slightest bit pink- you can have safer products that are high performing too!
Part of practicing safe sun is knowing how to properly use sunscreen. Here are some great tips:
There’s a great article on Beautycounter.com that goes in to more details- here are some excerpts:
Summer Myth #1: You’re Safe in the Shade
Staying out of direct sunlight seems like a reasonable way to avoid sun exposure (and is highly recommended between the hours of 10am to 2pm), but the amount of outdoor protection actually varies with the type of shade.
Summer Myth #2: You Don’t Need to Wear Sunscreen on Cloudy Days
While overcast skies give the impression that they’re keeping the sun at bay, up to 80% of UV rays can slip right through the haze, according to the American Melanoma Foundation. Just as important as protecting yourself from the sun are the products you choose. Many sunscreens use potentially harmful sunblockers like oxybenzone, which may be absorbed through skin, potentially triggering allergic reactions and disrupting hormones.
Summer Myth #3: Waterproof Sunscreen Stays on While You Swim
Water-resistant sunscreen is a must when you spend time in the water, but be warned, it does eventually wash off. You can expect 40 to 80 minutes of protection while you’re swimming or sweating in the sun before reapplication is required.
Summer Myth #4: Clothing Blocks Out Sun Exposure
Covering up with long sleeves and pants does provide some sun protection, but the level of protection varies by the condition, color, and weave of the fabric.
Summer Myth #5: You Can Wait to Apply Your Sunscreen at the Beach
It may seem natural to wait until you’re outside beneath the rays to apply your broad-spectrum sunscreen, but a significant portion of sun damage actually comes from sun exposure while driving. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, drivers show more photodamage (aka dark spots) and deeper wrinkles on the left side of their face (and on the right side in countries where the driver’s side is on the right).
So get out there, but do so safely. Opt for non-nano zinc sunscreens like the ones listed above, reapply as needed, and happy summer!
Disclaimer- I do work with Beautycounter and do profit from sales made through my personal links. That said, I don’t love it because I sell it, I sell it because I love it. The sunscreen was one of the products I tried first and fell in love with the safety and efficacy. Beautycounter products are good for all ages- so no need to bring some for you and some for the kids!