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Camp Protection

For most kids, school is nearly over and the promise of tropical vacations, sleep-away camps, surf lessons and horseback riding adventures are within reach.  Protecting your kids from the sun is challenging, particularly if they're out on their own for the first time.  Here are a few tips for an easy, sun-safe summer for all!


The first step in a successful burn-free summer is talking with your kids about the importance of sun protection.  If you haven't already, take the time to explain how essential sunscreen is for the health of their skin.  The earlier you start incorporating sun protection into your kids daily routine, the more likely they'll continue these patterns as they get older and become independent.  We can only slather them for so long!  Before you know it, they'll be swatting your hand away and insisting they can do it better, faster, blah, blah, blah!


The next step in warm weather protection is finding sunscreen that your kids love...or at least tolerate.  Sunscreen sticks and sprays are faster, easier and just plain more practical for camp situations or application on the run.  Practicality is key.  Yes, in the perfect world, our kids would take the time to thoroughly apply a thick, white, mineral based sunscreen.  They would love us for keeping them safe - hug us and write "thank you" notes every time we remind them to put on a hat and sunglasses...but this will never happen!


After trying dozens and dozens of sunscreens on myself and my girls, here are my current top picks for sprays and sticks.  But again, remember, it's all about personal taste.  Go with what works for you and your family!