The Importance Of Using Sunscreen Year Round

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.)

In the heat of summer we all know to use sunscreen all the time but as the summer draws to an end, and even through the Fall, most people stop using sun protection. UV rays are just as harmful in the Fall and in order to end the Summer season on a high note, everyone should use skin protection daily. The reason it is so important to always use sunscreen is that 1 in 5 Americans develops skin cancer. Skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers and with early detection, most skin cancers are curable.

Our kids are very active outside all the way through the end of October, mainly due to sports like baseball and football, but they love playing outside no matter what the weather brings. To better protect ourselves we started using the Neutrogena Wet Skin Collection. It’s the first ever water-resistant lotion sunscreen specifically designed for wet skin application to provide broad spectrum sun protection in wet or dry conditions. It is proven to provide full strength protection even on wet skin and is sweat-resistant and water-resistant which is perfect for my active boys. The best part is that it is available in spray, lotion and stick forms for both kids and adults. My kids are always in a rush so we like the spray option and it works even when they are sweaty from running around.

I worry about Skin Cancer constantly so it is great to know that Wet Skin Kids provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and mists right on for protection from the sun’s harsh rays. It’s the quickest way to fully protect our kids when they are out on the field at games or practices and reapplying during breaks is easy as pie.

As a teenager I always used Neutrogena for their acne and soap products. Now as an adult I continue using it, especially for skin protection. I choose Neutrogena for their quality but also for their level of care for its consumers. Most importantly it suits my kids’ needs while playing sports.

Since its launch in 2009, the Neutrogena – #1 dermatologist recommended sun care brand – has provided more than 11,000 free skin screenings, donated more than $30 million dollars’ worth of sunscreen product to families in need through a Buy 1 Donate 1 program and diagnosed more than one thousand cases of skin cancer in the US alone. The Neutrogena Choose Skin Health campaign, a partnership between Neutrogena and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, is dedicated to fighting skin cancer and saving lives through education, early detection, and empowering people to follow sun safe behaviors. This year, Neutrogena partnered with a variety of celebrity ambassadors, including Kerry Washington, to help spread the word about the importance of sun protection by sharing personal #ChooseSkinHealth testimonials on social media. Neutrogena believes that each story makes a difference – and can even help save a life!

My kids can continue to enjoy their outdoor activities and I can relax knowing they are kept safe with Neutrogena Wet Skin. Nature and good weather should be enjoyed as much as possible so we plan to enjoy it all Fall long. How are you keeping your skin safe as the seasons transition?

grUVywear UV Protective Swimwear Review {And A Coupon Code}

My boys love to play outside in their kiddie pool so I was happy to have a chance to review grUVywear, UV protective swimwear. Most of the time they just wear swim-trunks and their skin is coated with sunscreen that is 50 or higher but having read so much about skin cancer recently I wanted to try this. From what I’ve heard, dermatologists say that the most effective way to protect skin is to wear sun protective clothing. grUVywear swimshirts block 97.5% of the sun’s harmful rays.

I chose the 18-24 month size for Lucas since the swimwear is supposed to be a little fitted. He just turned three but is really skinny {he still can fit into his 12 and 18 month shorts!} I thought the swimwear fit true to size. I liked the bright colors though I would have preferred the writing not be on the front of the shirt. The shirt and shorts seemed to be made of quality material and it was very stretchy which was nice. The thing I like about the shirt and shorts most is that they are protecting his skin when he wears them and that they provide a UPF, or Ultraviolet Protection Factor, of 50+ {compared to dry t-shirts which provide a UPF rating of about 7}.

Here are some facts that I found in the grUVywear informational brochure that I’d never heard before:

  • We get about 80% of our total lifetime sun exposure in our first 18 years of life.
  • Skin cancer is the fastest growing form of cancer in the US. One person dies every hour from skin cancer.
  • More that 90% of all skin cancers are caused by sun exposure, yet fewer than 30% of adults and children use sun protection.
  • Two early sunburns can increase the risk of skin cancer later in life.

That last fact really surprised me and reminded me how important our job as parents is to take care of our children’s skin and teach them the importance of proper skin care.

COUPON CODE:

Use code SAVE1503 for 15% off your grUVywear purchase

{Discount code valid until July 15, 2012}

(Disclosure: I received a complimentary outfit from GrUVywear in exchange for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.)