After the week of scorching heat we can certainly say Summer has arrived! But while the sun brings fun but it also brings danger and protecting our family's skin is top of the agenda on sunny days. I've teamed up with Nivea Sun and Cancer Research UK to bring you some top sun safety tips and test out some family friendly suncreams to avoid tears and tantrums!
The best advice is to take C.A.R.E this summer by following these simple tips:
C - Cover up
Make sure children are covered up when the sun is strong. Long sleeve tops, wide brimmed hats protect the vulnerable shoulders, arms and face while sunglasses protect their eyes. If going to the beach try a UV sun suit which covers more of the body.
A - Aim for the shade
The sun is hottest in the UK between 11am and 3pm so try and spend these hours indoors or in the shade. If you do plan on taking a walk or going to the park try to aim to go first thing or in the late afternoon.
R - Rub on the sunscreen
Use sun creams generously and at least factor 15. Also take note of the star rating which shows you how effective at blocking the suns rays the product is. Keep reading for my review of Nivea Sun's kids range!
E - Enjoy!
And after you've prepped you and your family then enjoy your time in the sun!
I do love trying out different sunscreens and Nivea Sun sent us some of their family sunscreen range to try out. During the blasing sunshine this week we have been trialling the Kids Caring Roll On, Kids Moisturising Sun Spray (both factor 30) and Refreshing Sun Lotion in factor 50.
The Kids absolutely love the roll on. They like to roll it all over their body then I rub it in. I think it helps that the lotion is really thin because then it rubs in so easily. It is also extra water resistant which is great for my water babies, especially on holiday when they are in and out of the pool or sea.
The sun spray also went down well as it goes on in a fun blue colour (but then rubs in without leaving a colour). My only concern is how much this would stain clothes over time as I've lost so many pale t-shirts to the sun-cream. I've noticed Nivea have launched a sun cream with clothes stain protection built in so I may have to invest in some of that!
I do prefer a super high sun factor for the kids faces so I have been using the factor 50 Refreshing Sun Lotion on their cheeks and nose for a bit of extra protection. I found it a bit thick for my liking and it was hard to rub it all in so luckily I was only using it on their faces, I think it would be a nightmare to rub it into large areas.
We haven't burnt once this week so we'll definitely be enjoying the sun this year while thoroughly dousing ourselves in Nivea Sun to keep us all safe. Let me know in the comments below if you have a favourite sunscreen and why!
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