18 August 2017

Protect Your Child's Skin + Free Printable Summer Bucket List for Families

This post was sponsored by La Roche-Posay as part of an Influence Central campaign and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Have your kids started school yet?  Mine start next week.  We've always had lazy summers that still manage to fly by too quickly, but this summer really flew by.  At the start of summer, I knew we all desperately needed a break.  I also realized that my oldest son is 15, which means that I have this summer and just two more with him before he turns 18.  We aren't a vacation taking family because of our work schedules, having two kids with autism, and having several farm animals that don't do vacations either.  

Each summer, we would try to do a few fun things, but often we didn't do much.  Yes, the down time is wonderful, but I wanted to make memories this summer.  Memories that my kids would hold onto for the rest of their lives and, hopefully, share with their kids one day.  At the start of summer, I asked the kids to each make a bucket list of things to do that were affordable and easy to do in one day.  I created one master summer bucket list for families that we used to check off experiences as we did them.  Some of them, like a day at the beach and cooking outside, we did several times this summer.  Some things we haven't gotten to yet.  Even though school is starting, I still plan on working on our bucket list.  I'm sharing it with you so you can get some ideas for last minute fun things to do before fall or save it for next year.  No matter how you spend your summer, be sure to protect your child's skin before spending time outside.


How to Protect Your Child's Skin in the Summer



Although our summer of fun isn't quite over yet, it's been a very fun and exciting summer.  We went to a water park, an amusement park, and completed several items from our list.  We made s'mores, got a pool to go swimming, cooked out, planted a garden, and more.  Since we spent so much time outside this summer, I wanted to make sure the kids were protected from the sun.  I use La Roche-Posay sunscreen and makeup primer with SPF, so I got the kids La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Dermo-Kids.


La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Dermo-Kids


Anthelios 60 Dermo-Kids is the first sunscreen from La Roche-Posay made just for kids.  It provides UVA and UVA protection, and it's water resistant for 80 minutes, so I know they are covered no matter what we are doing.  Dakota has sensitive skin, but this sunscreen is gentle and safe and even has antioxidants and other ingredients to protect her skin.


La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Dermo-Kids retails for $19.99 for a 200 ml bottle and $29.99 for a 300 ml bottle.  You can find it at CVS and on Amazon.  Use the store locator to find a store near you.


My UV Patch  and App


What I love is the My UV Patch and app that lets me measure their UV exposure in real time.  When we are at the beach all day, it's easy to forget to reapply, but now I can see when it's time to reapply.  

Wearing sunscreen is important for adults, but it's also important for kids.  Kids get 23 percent of their lifetime sun exposure before they turn 18! 

[1] http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts; Godar DE, Urbach F, Gasparro FP, Van der Leun JC. UV doses of young adults. Photochem Photobiol 2003; 77(4):453-457

Perhaps even more startling is that just five sunburns before turning 20 can increase the risk of melanoma skin cancer by more than 80 percent!  Each time your child gets a sunburn, it can cause damage, including premature signs of aging and an increased risk of skin cancer.


With the My UV Patch, I can keep track of my kids' UV exposure in real time.  They wear a patch, and now I can protect them before they get sunburned.  

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5


Even if your skin doesn't get burned, the sun can still zap the moisture out of your skin.  Dakota and I both have dry skin, so we use La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 after we've been in the sun.  It's safe for kids and adults on all parts of the body, including the face and lips.  It provides deep moisture for rough skin and soothes irritated areas immediately upon putting it on.  

Now that my kids are protected, I can enjoy my summer.  Before the weather changes, we still have a few items to cross off.  We had so much fun this summer that next year we may use the same list. 

If you need some inspiration for fun family activities, here are several ideas to get you started. 



No matter what is on your summer bucket list, be sure to protect your child's skin with La Roche-Posay!

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.