June 05, 2017

Get Screened

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I'll be honest - I just started using sunscreen. Anyone who has ever spent time with me in the summer, or in life, knows that I'm a sun sponge. I will happily spend hours enjoying the weather and soaking up the sun. But when I started burning a few years ago I knew that my days without sun protection were over. 

As I've recently found out my skin, or the sun has changed. As such, I'm not cognizant of the steps needed to be sun safe. Here are three ways I stay safe. 

1| Sun Clothing
I prefer to be out in the sun so I don't use UFB clothing but I do love a good sun hat. Not only is it functional, it also looks good!

2| Sunblock/sunscreen
When I was in Jamaica in 2015 I didn't bring sunscreen. I didn't think I'd need it. How wrong I was. When I went back recently, I made sure to bring sunscreen with me because I had unfortunately learned how strong the sun could be. 

I had been against using it because I didn't like the way it felt on my skin, or the smell. But I've finally found something I do like! This is where Blue Lizard®Australian Sunscreen comes to my rescue. Dermatologist recommended for over 15 years Blue Lizard® provides excellent UVA/UVB coverage from the sun.  

I ran to Walmart for some last minute items. You can easily find Blue Lizard® at Walmart stores in the sun-care aisle and in The Sun Zone, the seasonal display. I opted for the sensitive formula, which is both paraben and fragrance-free, but Blue Lizard® also comes in Sport, Face, and Baby formulas. Blue Lizard® is a brand not only trusted by dermatologists and pediatricians, but especially moms!

When I tested this out and applied it, I was pleasantly surprised that not only did it absorb quickly, without leaving my skin feeling greasy, but it also didn't have that annoying zinc smell like so many other brands. 

Blue Lizard® products have a unique zinc oxide formulation and provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection (SPF30+). The Sport formula is extremely water resistant and can stay on for up to 2 hours in whirlpool water.  

One of my favorite things about Blue Lizard® is the patented Smart Bottle™ technology. The bottle itself actually changes color when exposed to harmful UV sunlight. It's a great reminder for when to re-apply. I actually took it outside yesterday when it was overcast and drizzling and it started turning blue almost immediately. 

3| Get Shady
I have always been one to wear sunglasses at all time. I still continue to do this but now I also make a point to sit in the shade rather than just getting in the water. 

If there's one thing I've learned, the sun is stronger than ever and I, you, WE need to be diligent about protecting ourselves. I'm also happy to say, sunscreen and I have become friends and I now use it any time I'm outside. It doesn't stop me from getting a tan {yay!} but it certainly reduces the harmful rays and protects my skin, which is now important to me. 

As an added bonus, if you join iBotta and earn $4.00 when you purchase Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen - Sensitive, 5 oz. bottle only.

How are you staying sun safe this summer? 

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