With the summer sun at full wattage and most of our days spent outdoors, it’s only natural that I’m giving a little more through to protecting my family’s skin from the damaging rays of the sun. During the summer months, we are outside from the time the sun rises until it sets at night, going to the pool, relaxing on the beach and playing in the stream. We’re super fortunate that we live in an area that offers so many outdoor activities but with knowing how much time we spend outside, it’s even more important for me to instill good skin care habits in both of my boys. Thankfully, I’ve discovered that encouraging them to wear sunscreen is easy with a few simple summer skin care tips and a little bit of fun.
So, how do I make putting on sunscreen a priority in our busy days? Well, I’m so glad you asked because this summer I’m excited to be encouraging moms everywhere to ensure that their kids are wearing sunscreen in some fun and unique ways!
Always Have Sunscreen on Hand
It sounds simple but it’s a very effective method in my home. We’ve all heard the saying “Out of sight, out of mind” and that’s especially true when it comes to my kids and sunscreen. If they don’t see it, they don’t think about it. For me, having a variety of Neutrogena® sunscreens on hand that are great for the entire family ensures that my children always have sun safety on their minds before they head out the door! You see, despite all we know about sun protection, skin cancer continues to be a health epidemic in the U.S. with, on average, more than 350 Americans being diagnosed with skin cancer EVERY HOUR – even though skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. So for me, having products on hand that protect our skin in the best way possible is essential. Since as few as two painful sunburns during childhood significantly raises the risk of melanoma, compared to kids who have never been sunburned, I ensure that we’ve got Neutrogena® sunscreen in our home, our car, our pool bag and pretty much anywhere else that we may need it.
For me, putting on Neutrogena® Beach Defense® prior to heading outdoors ensures that I’ve got superior skin protection from harsh summer elements! Since it is clinically proven to help defend the signs of sun damage and formulated with HELIOPLEX® Technology, Neutrogena® Beach Defense® is the best choice for me to help defend my skin against harsh summer elements. While it goes on smoothly, it forms a broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protective barrier that is water resistant for up to 80 minutes while being light weight and absorbing! I can put it on and go and know that I’ve got the best protection possible to lead by example and protect my own skin.
Once I put on my sunscreen, I of course help my youngest put his on as well. Since my oldest is a teen, I’m able to simply oversee his application while they both use Neutrogena® Sheer Zinc™ Sunscreen Lotion. This hypoallergenic sunscreen formula that is powered by 100% Zinc Sunscreen ingredients with the highest level of Zinc Oxide is mild even on sensitive skin and clinically proven to be as gentle as water, making it the perfect choice for my sensitive skinned children!
By pairing these two essential Neutrogena sunscreens with a variety of other Neutrogena products to ensure that no matter what our outdoor plans include, we’re prepared to protect our skin, I make sure that proper summer skin care is always a priority.
However simply having sunscreen on hand doesn’t do everything. More important that simply having sunscreen in my home is having my kids see me put it on daily.
Lead By Example
I’ve known for years that while my kids (sometimes) listen to what I say, they are ALWAYS watching what I do! So while I can tell them to put on sunscreen each and every day, it’s even more important that they see me putting it on myself. Studies show that kids are more likely to adopt healthy habits, like applying sunscreen, if they see their moms applying it on themselves. I’m not alone in the belief that the best way to teach healthy summer skin care habits is through leading by example and right now Neutrogena® is leading a call to action to moms to use sunscreen in front of their kids to demonstrate the importance of daily sunscreen use! Known as the#MimicMommy movement, this initiative encourages moms to put on sunscreen in front of their kids each and every day to set the right example and encourage kids to Mimic Mommy!
By starting early and letting kiddos see us moms make putting on sunscreen a priority, we are teaching the through our actions as well as our words and helping to create the first sun-safe generation. For me, that means instead of applying my sunscreen in the bathroom while no one is watching, I make a show out of it and ensure that both of my kids are present when I slather it on and prepare for the day.
Just by showing them that putting on Neutrogena® sunscreen every morning is second nature for me, the idea is that it will also become second nature for them, leading to sun-safe skin care habits that will last a lifetime!
Find Ways to Make it Fun
While leading by example is essential, making putting on sunscreen fun can make all the difference. Come up with a little song. Do a little dance. Maybe be an overachiever like me and recreate one of your favorite songs of all time to apply to putting on sunscreen! If you think it’s hard to make putting sunscreen on fun, think again! Check out our video below (and try not to crack up) to see how much fun it can actually be! I bet you didn’t know I had hidden rap skills did you?
I’m not the only one who’s making sunscreen application fun though! How many of you have heard of the Holderness Family (NC representin’ ya’ll)? Check out their fun video on why putting on sunscreen every day matters! Here’s more about their video and then you can check it out below!
Neutrogena is launching the MimicMommy MOVEment, to rally moms to help change skin cancer statistics and raise the first generation of sun-safe children. Neutrogena teamed up YouTube stars the Holderness Family to encourage all to get up and DANCE their way to sun protected skin. Check out how in the new video: The #MimicMommy Dance. To help support this important cause, Neutrogena will donate $10K to the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation.
See, putting on sunscreen can be fun and by ensuring your entire family has the protection of Neutrogena sunscreen every day this summer, you won’t have worry about skin damage and instead can focus on all the fun that summer time brings!
Are you ready to make applying sunscreen fun? It’s your turn to spread the world and help educate those you love! Create your own video or share the Holderness family one, and Neutrogena will donate to the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation! Even better, pledge to be a part of #MimicMommy Mondays this summer! It’s all part of this movement that serves as reminder that today (and every day) as moms we’re committed to instilling safe fun behaviors in our children!
Want to stock up on Neutrogena sunscreen for your summer time fun? Be sure to head to your local retailer today and stock up on Neutrogena® Beach Defense®, Neutrogena® Sheer Zinc™ Sunscreen Lotion and Neutrogena® Pure & Free® Baby Sunscreen SPF 50! Even better, three lucky winners will receive a #MimicMommy Sunscreen Kit to help keep their family’s skin protected this summer! Entry is super easy! Just use the form below.
Now tell me, how do you teach your kids to #MimicMommy when it comes to sun-safe skin care habits?