Sunscreen Tips for Moms

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Summer is for swimming, blowing bubbles and backyard adventures. Moms know all this fun in the great outdoors requires some precautions.

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Coppertone sent me a batch of Water Babies sunscreen to test. We used up our bottle of Coppertone Water Babies Pure and Simple Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50 and we used the Coppertone Water Babies UVA/UVB Protection Sunblock Stick, SPF 30. The lotion goes on smooth. It doesn't leave a chalky residue or a thick paste. It's as smooth as the body lotion we use at night and the scent is clean--not overpowering. Being tear-free is crucial. We apply to the face and neck and don't wan to make sunscreen something that is loathed. The stick is nice for touch-ups on the nose and ears. Plus my older girl likes to self-apply and it's relatively easy with this stick.

And here are some more sun smart tips from Thomas Meyer, PhD, fellow in sun care research and development at the Coppertone Solar Research Center.

1. Know your UV index. This number helps gauge how strong the sun is on a particular day, and should serve as a guide for assessing sunburn risk. When the UV index is 3 or higher, the National Foundation for Cancer Research stresses that it'??s even more important to use an SPF of at least 15, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat, as well as UV protective clothing. A UV index over 8 indicates high risk'??it'??s best to stay out of the sun between the peak hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

2. Pack a sunscreen appropriate for young children. Also choose a product that stands up to the '??active kid test'?'??make sure it'??s waterproof and offers both UVA and UVB protection.

3. Be aqua aware. Summertime and water fun go hand in hand, but it'??s important for parents to remember that the sun'??s rays can bounce off water, making the risk of sunburn while swimming especially high. Even though a sunscreen may be labeled waterproof or water resistant, make sure to reapply after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.

4. Keep kids hydrated. Drink more water when spending time in the sun to help keep the body and skin hydrated. Toss a water bottle into your kids'?? beach bags or backpacks.

And here's my tip: Don't skimp. There is no prize for having leftover sunscreen at the end of summer. Apply sunscreen early and often. We put it on before getting dressed in the morning. I always let the girls apply sunscreen to my legs and arms (I do my own face and neck)--so they don't feel like I am a tyrant. It's just part of the routine.

Momtrends was given this product for testing purposes only. Coppertone did not pay for this review.

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