Having Fun In The Summer Sun

* I was compensated by the CHPA's Educational Foundation, KnowYourOTCs, but all opinions are my own

It's official! We are on summer vacation!! Whoo hoo! Well the kids are. I'm still working but with less ferocity as I have in previous months. Trying to really take time and enjoy the "lazy days" before they end. Summer is by far my favorite season. And not just because my birthday is at the beginning, I genuinely love being outdoors with the kids and enjoying the So Cal weather. However, I wouldn't say I'm outdoorsy. I just like being able to hang out in the back yard or take the kids swimming or to the beach and the weather be amazing. With those types of outdoor activities, on the horizon you better believe I check my stash of sunscreen to see what I've got on hand and what needs to be replenished. I've said it once and I'll say it again, no matter how much melanin you have in your skin you still need some kind of skin protection!

I'm adamant about putting sunscreen on the kids or sending them off with some tucked away in their bags whenever they go off without me and hoping that what ever adult is in charge sprays them. Because ideally, you want to put it on at least 30 minutes before exposure. Buuut it's not always easy to do that. Sometimes you're chasing them down by the side of the pool to get something on some part of their body. Tell me I'm not alone in this struggle? 

It also doesn't matter if it's overcast or not, as I proved to my husband last weekend at the beach. He was laughing that I text him a reminder to spray both kids before they arrived to the beach. When exposed to the powerful UVA and UVB rays you need to always protect yourself. 

To help us all out we're partnering with Know Your OTC's with in a short video with some reminders on sun protection this summer.

Look - I know how hard it is to not only get sunscreen on the kids (how do they manage to move so quickly and why do they always run??) let alone remember to re-apply every 2 hours.  But sunburns suck even more hence the video. And I implore you to go here and check out more information on sun care and protection to keep yourself and your family safe this summer!!

Do you have any fun tricks or tips for getting and keeping sunscreen on your kids? Tell me in the comments! 


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