One thing I wish I could go back and tell my eighteen-year-old-self is: WEAR SPF EVERY DAY. I’m determined to engrain this mantra in my children! Here are my favorite sun protection finds for myself and my children…
+For me, it starts with fluid sunscreen on face and neck. (I apply this after my eye cream and serums in the morning.). I’m going to swap out LRP for Elta after reading a ton of incredible reviews when I’m out of my current bottle. I also always apply an excess SPF on the back of my hands — my derm recommended this and said the back of the hands are an often-forgotten spot! On mornings I am exercising, I will swap for Glowscreen because I will not wear anything else on my face and I like the idea of having a little glow in addition to my SPF.
+My tinted moisturizer also has SPF in it. An extra barrier can’t hurt!
+Now that I’ll be going strapless/sleeveless more often, I like to apply a spray to my body — the entire family loves this mineral sunscreen from Babo. Despite being a mineral sunscreen, it has a nice fluid consistency that makes it easier to rub in than other formulas, and my husband likes that it is scent-free. I think I will also buy some of this SuperGoop Play sunscreen for mornings I am running, as it purports to be sweat-free.
+When running, I always wear a hat.
+For men, a baseball cap is a foolproof pick. For something demure, I like these Alex Mill ones. I also bought Mr. Magpie a needlepointed one from Harding Lane to supplement his extensive collection of UVA and Nationals ones.
+Cute non-exercise hats:
CHIC WIDE-BRIMMED FREYA (LOVE THE LILAC COLOR!)
SARAH BRAY LOOK FOR LESS — I WOULD SWAP OUT THE GROSGRAIN RIBBON FOR ONE IN BLUE OR WHITE
SHARED SOME TRENDING BUCKET HATS HERE
+Cute hats for little ones:
HAVE SEVERAL OF THESE UNDER-$20 UPF 50 SUNHATS — COME IN GREAT COLORS/PRINTS
+If you or your child have a hard time keeping a hat on your head, you might consider SuperGoop’s SPF mineral hair spray. I just added this to my cart for micro, who is ultra-fair and will sometimes resist a hat.
+One thing I love about my SZ Blockprints dresses is that though they have long sleeves, they are the absolute lightest, most breathable cotton — it’s like wearing nothing at all. A great way to keep shoulders out of direct contact with the sun (though I know this does not substitute for SPF! — the rays can still penetrate!)
+For sunscreen in general for littles, I like the aforementioned Babo spray for wiggly bodies and their sticks for face. However, I did recently see a clever mom apply sunscreen to her children’s faces using an Artis-inspired oval brush — brilliant! (Have also had Magpie moms write in to share a similar tip using a Beauty Blender-type applicator.)
+For rash guards for us women…
+There are also a few children’s swim brands that offer UPF protection in their suits worth considering, including…
+Last but not least, a couple of other ways to keep out of the sun…
POP-UP BEACH TENT FOR BABY (WE USED THIS FOR SEVERAL SUMMERS — NICE BECAUSE YOU CAN PUT A LITTLE WATER IN THE TENT POOL AREA SO THEY CAN PLAY OUT OF THE SUN!)
P.P.S. Beach bags!
P.P.P.S. A little romance for a Thursday morning.