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.
When I was a kid, my mom always put sunscreen on me when we were headed out for a day at the beach, at the park, or anytime we were planning on being outside for an extended time. I don’t remember having a serious sunburn until I was in college (and responsible for putting on my own sunscreen). Over the years I have been very grateful for the years of sun protection my skin received as a kid. Damage adds up over time but even one sunburn that blisters can double a child’s lifetime risk for developing melanoma. Young children’s skin is more vulnerable to sun damage because it is thinner and has less pigmentation for protection.
Since Josh inherited some of my delicate Irish genes and since we have family members on both sides who have experienced skin cancer, sunscreen is not something I will ever skimp on – especially for him. Like most kids, he is usually more focused on getting into the next activity than he is on making sure his skin is protected. I don’t let him rollerblade or skateboard without his helmet, so I’m not going to let him spend time outside without protection for his skin. When I see how many of his summer activities are outside, it doesn’t surprise me to learn that on average, children get three times as much sun exposure as adults do.
I love that La Roche-Posay offers advanced sunscreen protection created by dermatologists just for children. Their Broad Spectrum SPF 60 Anthelios 60 Dermo-Kids sunscreen lotion is gentle enough for young children’s delicate skin but strong enough to protect them from the harm of the sun’s rays. 80% of sun caused skin damage occurs before a person turns 18, so getting kids started protecting their skin young is important. The Anthelios 60 Dermo-Kids sunscreen lotion is water resistant for 80 minutes!
The My UV Patch and corresponding downloadable app help you keep track of exactly how much sun you and your family are getting. The My UV Patch is the first-ever stretchable skin sensor designed to monitor UV radiation in real-time. If you are ever tempted to skip putting on sunscreen, check out how fast those UV rays add up on the app!
And if you’re experiencing any skin irritation after your time in the sun (that beach sand can be rough!!), you’ll want to check out La Roche-Posay’s Cicaplast Baume B5. It contains soothing Panthenol (vitamin B5), moisturizing glycerin and shea butter, as well as madecassoside, copper, zinc, and manganese.