It’s almost summer, so that means the next few months will include a lot of sun and outdoor activities. To keep my daughter protected from sun damage and buggies, here are a few things I keep close by.
Sun Hats and Caps – For me and my daughter, a hat is an absolute necessity in summer. Both of us being fair skinned and prone to burning, I use physical “sunblockers” as often as possible – meaning I try to shield our skin with clothes, sunglasses, hats, and natural shade that things like trees provide. We also aren’t fans of tank tops because our shoulders would burn too quickly. I am not a fan of being in direct summer sunlight; it somehow zaps my energy and makes me very uncomfortable physically. There are lots of companies that specialize in clothing that have a sun protective factor that is essentially built-in to the garment. I actually do not own any clothing products like that, so I can’t offer any feedback. However, a good old fashioned ball cap works, too.
Devita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30 – This is a great versatile, vegan, paraben-free sunscreen. It’s lightweight enough to wear under makeup, or to slather all over my body and my daughter’s body. It doesn’t have much of a scent and though there is a subtle white cast, it isn’t that bad (I’ve definitely seen worse). The ingredients are great, too.
Honest Company Sunscreen Spray and Sunscreen Stick – At the risk of being controversial, I also have a couple of Honest Company sunscreens. I actually purchased these a while ago, before the controversy over the efficacy of their products. I’ve used their sunscreens many times, and personally, have never had an issue at all. However, the responsible thing to do it to reapply sunscreen frequently. If my daughter is swimming outdoors, you better believe I’m reapplying sunscreen every 30-40 minutes like clockwork, regardless of the brand.
Hurraw! Sun Balm SPF 15 – A lip balm with SPF? How very 21st century! When I was growing up, and indeed, until a couple of years ago, I’d never heard of a lip balm with SPF. Talk about a product that makes you go, “Why wasn’t this widely available a long time ago?” I guess I’ll chalk that up to more and more awareness of the effects of sun damage on us, so there is more demand for sun protection. Anyway, I love this balm. I keep it in my purse because I have my purse when we’re out-and-about. Smells pretty nice, too.
Badger Anti-Bug Spray – First, we don’t spend a lot of time outdoors. I have a deep appreciation for nature and we do go on walks, to parks, nature preserves, etc. However, I don’t spend a lot of time outdoors except maybe in spring and summer. My daughter and I are not only sensitive to heat and sun, but I am not a fan of bugs. That’s me just being honest! However, for times when my daughter is playing in the backyard or climbing the neighbor’s tree (which the neighborhood kids love to do), I have her spray her exposed skin with this bug spray. It has really clean ingredients – only organic oil and essential oils, so I don’t have to fret about what is getting absorbed into my daughter’s bloodstream via her skin. So far, it seems to work pretty well based on our needs.
What outdoor products are essential for you and your family? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!