Pammy Blogs Beauty: Make Everyday a SUNDay with Sunshine and Great SPF Protection from Neutrogena®!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Make Everyday a SUNDay with Sunshine and Great SPF Protection from Neutrogena®!

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Don't you just love that perfect Sunday? To me, a perfect Sunday has a relaxed vibe with a mix of personal time and family time with lots of sunshine and outdoor activities. Our weeks are so busy this time of year. We are already in our Back-to-School routines with early mornings at the bus stop, carpool lines at the preschool, busy work weeks for both parents in our household, dance practice, soccer practice, church activities, neighborhood activities, and more! There is no question, we need our weekends to unwind, de-stress, play, and just have fun. To relax and unwind and play, our family gravitates towards outdoor activities. We spend almost our whole weekend outside enjoying the sunshine and in addition, many afternoons during the week. 

My Perfect Sunday Fun-Day:
If I was to design my perfect Sunday Fun-Day, it would start with an early morning run. I am a self-proclaimed morning person. Why? In our busy life, mornings are the quiet time in our house. It is a fantastic time for self reflection and getting centered for the day. I like to get the jump on everyone by getting up early for a cup of coffee in silence and solitude. Next, I get in my workout gear and running shoes, grab my phone for some tunes, and head out for a neighborhood run and trail run. I like escaping to the trails to get in some nature and exercise amongst the trees and the streams. Then I get home and make a nice big brunch for the family which includes pancakes, eggs, and the works! Often I have two little helpers mixing up the pancakes with me. Then we spend the rest of the morning playing outside in the backyard with the kids running around and swinging and climbing on the playset and my husband and I working on and tending to our gardens and yard. I occasionally retreat to my favorite spot in the yard: my hammock...sometimes with a book and sometimes with my kids cuddled up beside me. After a nice lunch outside on the deck, we usually get organized for an afternoon at the pool. So, we pack our bags and snacks, towels, sunglasses, hats, SPFs, and head to the pool. There is no question, at the end of this day, we are exhausted. Yet, we are happy and our hearts are full and family memories were made. You can make any day a Fun-day with outside time and smiles.

Sun Protection and Our Philosophy:
Protecting ourselves from the harmful effects of the sun are of paramount importance for our family. Not only do we all have fair skin that is prone to burning, but also there is a family history of skin cancer in our family. We know first hand how dangerous the sun can be. However, we love and cherish our outdoor time! So, forget hiding away from the sun. We can live our outdoor life knowing we are protected when we wear our Neutrogena SPF and practice good sun safety. 

Good sun safety includes daily application of Neutrogena® SPF. There are so many formulas available to meet your needs. Be it a morning run, when you need sweat-proof Neutrogena® Sport formulas, or pool-side with water safe sunscreen.

SPF and Sun Safety Tips:
One of my biggest and best tips is to apply sunscreen head-to-toe at least 15 minutes before going outside. My kids are totally used to the routine of SPF application before going outdoors. I really like that I have already instilled this habit with them at a young age. Also, note: SPF is not just for days when you are going to the pool or planning outdoor fun. SPF is for every day!

Even with SPF application, you still need to practice other sun safe habits. Wear sunglasses and hats! This protects your eyes and your sensitive faces. Lightweight sun protective clothing can help shield you from harmful rays during peek sun hours. Seek shade when you can. We are lucky to have great natural shade in our yard from the trees. However, we also have a big table umbrella and always pick a spot at the pool with shade and an umbrella for pool breaks. 

Last but not least, you must reapply sunscreen throughout the day! Especially remember to reapply when you have been swimming or exercising as sweat and water wears the sunscreen off faster.

Products I love:
I use a variety of SPFs from Neutrogena®. The brand has many options available. So, you can tailor your sunscreen selection based on the type of activity and type of sun exposure you expect.

Our family's sun protection needs vary with our skin types, ages, and activities. My son has eczema. So, I trust his sun saftey with the gentle Neutrogena® Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen SPF50. It is so gentle and it never flares his eczema nor does it cause irritation. For the rest of us, the Neutrogena® Ultra-Sheer is a standard go-to SPF. There are great facial formulas, too! I particularly enjoy using the SheerZinc Face Dry-Touch Broad Spectrum SPF 50. Zinc is so gentle and the protection just can't be beat! When I am going out running or will be gardening or exercising outdoors, I like to choose the Neutrogena® CoolDry Sport SPF 70. The protection is sweat-proof and is water resistant for 80 minutes.

Have you tried the Neutrogena® Hydro Boost line? If you haven't yet, be sure to check it out! I am obsessed with the Water Gel moisturizer. It is amazing! So, it is no surprise that I am also a fan of the Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30. I love the water-light feel and it gives your skin such a nice boost of hydration!

Here are some of my favorites:

Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer® Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 100+: Goes on easily and absorbs quickly for an invisible, light-weight feel on your skin. Formulated with Helioplex® Technology, it offers superior broad spectrum protection from aging UVA rays and burning UVB rays.

Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion (SPF 30 and/or 50): Delivers superior broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and hydration with a water-light, refreshing feel. This water-resistant sunscreen lotion with SPF 50 leaves skin looking healthy and moisturized for up to eight hours without any greasy residue or white marks.

Neutrogena® Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum (SPF 30 and/or 50): A mineral sunscreen that features our breakthrough Purescreen® naturally-sourced 100% zinc oxide technology.

Make Every Day a Fun-Day:
Sunshine and good times are my idea of a perfect Sunday Fun-Day. With good SPF protection from Neutrogena®, you can make any day a Fun-Day with the comfort of knowing you are protecting yourself and your family from the harmful rays of the sun. So, forget hiding away from the sun. Life your life knowing you are protected! 

What is your perfect Sunday? I would love to hear! I am always looking for great ideas for sunshine and family time. :) 

As always, thanks for reading!

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