Living on a farm in the middle of a National Forest resort area certainly caters to our love of the great outdoors, particularly in the summer time! We are drawn to every water source from the creek in our back forty to the lake and the local swimming pool where we love to spend our free time cooling off.
While I absolutely love to spend all day playing in the water with the kids or sunning with a good book as they enjoy the waterslide or hanging out with their friends, I’m always concerned about the effects of the sun. As we all know water + sun = increased risk of sunburn.
The number one tool in my summer sun protection line-up is a reliable sunscreen and year after year, I’ve turned to Banana Boat® for its excellent track record of keeping my children (and myself) from having to deal with the pain of sunburn.
Every year I head out to pick up my favorite Banana Boat® products and to check out what is new. The Banana Boat® Sport Performance® Clear UltraMist® Sunscreens with PowerStay Technology™ is one of my favorites as it absorbs quickly and is water resistance for up to 80 minutes. Perfect for spending a day at the pool!
I generally choose SPF 50 or above. The SPF number tells you how much sun protection a particular sunscreen offers. The higher the SPF, the greater the protection from the harmful effects of the sun.
As faces, ears, lips and eyes are highly vulnerable spots, I also love using the Banana Boat® portable stick sunscreens. My children can easily apply them themselves and we all like the ease of application.
In addition to using a great sunscreen, there are a few more sun safety tips we follow like:
Reapply sunscreen every hour: though the coverage may last longer, it’s a good habit to have. At our swimming pool, they have hourly breaks for the staff, so we use that as our indicator that it’s time for a new application while we are waiting to get back into the pool.
Apply liberally: I’m of the “too much is better than too little” camp of thought. Take your time with sunscreen application and make sure every part of the body is covered.
Keep your sunscreen cool: Over-heated sunscreens can deteriorate over time and lose their effectiveness. We keep ours in the cooler with snacks and drinks when possible or under towels in our swim bag so that they remain out of direct sunlight.
Use caution on cloudy days: It’s easy to be fooled into thinking that when the sun is covered by clouds, you are protected from harmful rays or sunburn. This just isn’t true, you still need to use a good sunscreen even on an overcast day.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® . The opinions and text are all mine.