There is so much controversy over sunscreen these days. From conflicting research to general speculation; making the right choice for you and your family boils down to a personal decision. My husband and I have had many conversations on the topic, usually every time either of us reads a new article. At the end of the day, we continue to agree that protecting our children’s skin is the most important criteria.
The sun is harsh, we can all attest to that. We’ve seen burns, skin rashes, and heat stroke as a result of its powerful rays. My personal goal is to make sure none of those things happen to my kids. Since the warm weather hit, we’ve been using Coppertone’s line of sunscreens for everything from park days to pool play. We’re fans of the Coppertone Continuous Spray products for kids, as they are perfect for my wiggly four year old. He’s busy and on the go and the continuous spray allows me to “get him” covered and protected even while he’s moving.
For Abigail, our 18 month old, I use Coppertone Water Babies Pure & Simple Lotion. It’s tear free and the #1 pediatrician recommended brand.
This year, Coppertone has launched Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Sensitive Skin SPF 50, the brand’s first product developed specifically for sensitive skin. The gentle and hypoallergenic lotion provides broad-spectrum UVA-UVB protection with a blend of active ingredients that includes the highest concentration of zinc oxide (14.5%) of any sunscreen in the 70 year history of Coppertone. The sunscreen comes in two formats:Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Sensitive Skin SPF 50 (237mL) and Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Sensitive Skin Faces SPF 50 (59mL).
I have very sensitive skin and have used this sunscreen with no reaction and in fact, it leaves my skin nice and soft.
As well, Coppertone has developed AccuSpray, a technology that optimizes the popular Coppertone Continuous Spray products with a nozzle that provides a more targeted, thorough sunscreen application. This design enhancement was created to help reduce overspray while delivering the sun protection of the Coppertone Continuous Spray line. The AccuSpray nozzle will be introduced to the following products sold in Canada: Coppertone Sport AccuSpray Sunscreen SPF 30 or SPF 50+ and Coppertone AccuSpray Sunscreen SPF 30 or SPF 60.
According to a recent article in the Montreal Gazette, many of us are still using sunscreen incorrectly. Dermatologist Beatrice Wang says, “Based on the quantities most people use, if you’re using 60 SPF you’re probably getting 30 SPF protection. To cover your whole body if going to the beach, you should be using about 30 millilitres of sunscreen — roughly one quarter of a typical bottle. Slather it on thick for the best protection.”
4 tips from the Canadian Dermatology Society for active people:
- Golfers: Choose a high SPF sunscreen (minimum SPF 30) and reapply after nine holes. Seek out shade, whenever possible. Wear a broad-brimmed hat and make sure to protect your neck.
- Kayakers, snorkellers, wakeboarders, surfers and water skiers: Apply (and reapply) a high SPF, water-resistant sunscreen — remember your feet, neck, face and ears.
- Runners, cyclists, tennis and soccer players: Choose sweat-resistant or water-resistant sunscreen and remember to reapply after heavy perspiration.
- Hikers: Take extra care if you’re on high hills and mountains; with every 300-metre increase in altitude, UV radiation levels increase by four per cent. (source)
Wearing sunscreen, wide brim hats, light weight long-sleeved shirts (or rash guards in the pool) and taking breaks in the shade are all ways that you can prevent sun damage.
How do you protect your family from the sun?
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This is a sponsored conversation between Coppertone and The Best of this Life. All opinions are personal.