6 Tips for Protecting Your Kids Skin

This post was sponsored by La Roche-Posay as part of an Influence Central campaign and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

When I was still in my teens and early 20s, my summertime goal was to get a glowing tan. Wearing sunscreen normally meant SPF 7 or tanning oil. I was dumb, irresponsible and put my body and well-being in danger. After having a friend pass away from skin cancer, I started to become more aware of how I protect my skin.

Once I became a mother, protecting my daughter’s skin became a top priority of mine. But in addition to protecting her skin, I knew even more than ever that I needed to protect mine in order to be a good example. I also wanted to ensure that I’m around as long as possible for my sweet girl.

Our children’s skin is so much more sensitive than ours. So it’s so important to take protective measures, no matter the time of year!

 If you’ve been following me on instagram (and if you’re not WHY aren’t you!? Follow me Here!) you probably know that we’ve been visiting family in North Carolina. We’ve been taking advantage of the warm, sunny days by spending them in the pool and river. But while we’ve been loving our time in the sun, we’ve also taken advantage of the amazing benefits of La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dermo-Kids, Cicaplast Baume B5, and MY UV Patches. While the sunscreen protects your little ones, the Cicaplast Baume B5 helps moisturize dry spots caused by the heat and sun exposure. Madison gets hot-spots behind her knees and sometimes near her armpits when she’s been sweating, and this supplied the moisture she needed! It cleared up her hot spots in a few days!

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Anthelios Dermo-Kids is the first sunscreen made by La Roche-Posay and has just been introduced in the US. This sunscreen was developed by dermatologists, pediatricians and moms. So not only are your children receiving top protection that is gentle on their skin, but it was developed with children specifically in mind! This sunscreen also is water resistant for up to 80-minutes. If you have a little water bug, like I do, then this is key! I can’t keep Madison out of the water, so finding a sunscreen that offers water protection is a must for us.

Did you know that according to the Skin Cancer foundation that just 5 sunburns before the age of 20 can increase the risk of melanoma by 80%? Sunburns can lead to irreversible skin damage that can lead to accelerated skin aging and an increased chance of skin cancer. But there are ways to protect our little ones (and ourselves!) during their time in the sun! There is no need to stay inside or avoid fun trips to the pool, beach, zoo, etc. Just follow the steps below to protect your little one’s skin!

Wear Sunscreen – Protecting our kids skin is key no matter what activity they’re doing outside. I’ve fallen in love with  La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Dermo-Kids. This protects my daughter’s sensitive skin while not putting any limitations on what she does.

Wear a Hat – The skin on our faces is much thinner and more sensitive than other areas. Our children, especially babies and toddlers, need a little extra protection on these areas. We’ve been putting hats on Madison since she was a baby, so she absolutely loves them now. When she wants to go play outside now she’ll even go grab her hat and try to put it on.

Protective SPF Clothing/Swim Cover Ups – Extra SPF coverage is ALWAYS a good idea! Sometimes Madison will throw on her UV protected cover-up and just play in her sandbox or run around the yard in it. Either way, I love knowing that she has a little extra protection.

Take Breaks in the Shade – Bring an umbrella if you’re having a beach or pool day to take breaks under.

Reapply Sunscreen after 2-3 hours – We can sweat our sunscreen off. While La Roche-Posay is water resistant, after 80 minutes that starts to wear off. It’s so important to reapply sunscreen to ensure you’re protecting your children’s skin from harmful sun damage.

La Roche-Posay UV PatchMY UV Patches is a skin sensor that La Roche-Posay offers. The patch and the app download is a connected health technology that allows kids and adults to measure their UV exposure and risk in real time. This helps parents know when it’s time to reapply or take a break from the sun!

Don’t forget to check out La Roche-Posay on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can find La Roche-Posay products at CVS and Amazon. You can also check out their Store Locator to find out where you can purchase your own!

 

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