Sunday, August 25, 2013

Are you ready for Labor day? - Coppertone Review

Are you REALLY ready?

Labor day, for most families, mean Cookouts, get togethers, BBQs... whatever.... and it usually means that you are outside for hours at a time! Most of us are trying to soak up the last bit of summer before the weather starts cooling down!

As you are preparing for your Labor day festivities don't forget the sunscreen! Seriously, don't forget the sunscreen!!! As parents, it's our responsibility to protect our children's skin. The burns they get now CAN and WILL affect them in the future.

Coppertone has a great variety of sunscreen to meet the whole families needs!
We got a great sampling of products to review, and trust me... they are going to come in handy!

I have 3 boys with 3 different skin types. My oldest son has olive skin and dark brown hair. He almost never burns. My middle son is freckled and has red hair. He will burn within minutes of being outside. My youngest son is fair with blond hair. He doesn't burn as easily as my red head, but he will burn without protection much easier than most.
Despite the difference in all 3 of their skin types, they all get sunscreen! I don't take chances.
The Most popular product in our house is- 

Continuous Spray SPF 50 Sunscreen

  • Goes on clear - no rub, no mess
  • Quick, even coverage
  • Photostable, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Water resistant (80 minutes)
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Available in 6 fl. oz.
  • Non-greasy
  • Continuous Spray products spray at any angle

 It's easy, it's quick and convenient! It's a win win! I always make sure to have this with us!

MY personal favorite is the

Oil Free Faces Travel Size SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion.

  • Won't clog pores or cause breakouts
  • Oil free, fragrance free, hypoallergenic
  • Clinically tested on acne-prone skin
  • Lightweight, fast absorbing
  • Dermatologist recommended
  • Photostable, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Water resistant (80 minutes)
Ladies, we are all worried about aging. The sun is incredibly damaging and will age you quickly. Also, this is one of those places where skin cancers can show up first.  We often don't use sunscreen on our face because it can make sensitive skin break out. This is the perfect solution!!!

 Another MUST HAVE IS-

Tear Free Lotion SPF 50 Sunscreen

  • #1 pediatrician recommended brand
  • Tear free, won't sting or irritate eyes
  • Water resistant (80 minutes)
  • Photostable, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Fragrance-free, oil-free, dye-free
  • Hypoallergenic and ultra-gentle formula
    with zinc oxide
  • Dermatologist, ophthalmologist and pediatrician tested
  • Available in 8 fl. oz.
  • Moisturizing formula with aloe to help prevent dryness
I like to put a sunscreen lotion on the kids before we get out into the sun.
Then, I try to maintain the protection with the spray.

We were sent another product to try and I can't wait--

Stick SPF 55 Sunscreen

  • Designed to provide spot protection for exposed areas such as ears, nose and face
  • Photostable, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Water resistant (80 minutes)
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance free
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Portable
 It's great for getting the face, ears and nose extra protected.
It's frustrating when I try my best to keep the whole family from getting burnt only to realize that I didn't keep their ears protected enough and they have a painful burn on their ears. It's hard to get the spray on the ears, and the lotion is so messy and no one wants lotion in their ears. This is the perfect alternative!


NOW HERE COMES MY OWN PERSONAL PSA (Public Service Announcement)

When I was about 12 years old my mother was diagnosed with Melanoma.
Before then, I never knew that skin cancer can kill you. 
She was able to have surgery and her Melanoma was completely removed with clear margins. However, since then she has had more than I can count (on my fingers and toes twice over) of skin cancers removed from her body. It's disfiguring. It's scary. She lives every day worrying about the scary Melanoma beast coming back.

In 2001 my Uncle, my Mom's brother, was diagnosed with stage 4 Melanoma. It was a terminal diagnosis. I think he lived about 6 weeks after he was diagnosed. Can you imagine? 

With our family history of melanoma, I take every precaution to protect us from skin cancer and Melanoma. 

Melanoma used to be something that older people worried about. Now, we have people in their 20's and 30's dying from this. There are even cases of teens dying from this very deadly form of skin cancer.

I don't want to preach. Everyone has their own right to do whatever they want with their life and their skin. HOWEVER, I IMPLORE YOU to take care of your children's skin. It has been proven that the burns children get (even before the age of 10) can put them at a higher risk for skin cancer.

Here are just a few links to stories of young people battling this disease.



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