Sun Protection: Beach Essentials for Parents and Kids

One of the best things about living in the Philippines is having beach weather almost every day of the year. I love the beach, and if I could only afford to go on an ocean getaway monthly, I totally would. Maybe then I’d have an amazing tan instead of my pasty Twilight-white skin. Either that or I’d be permanently lobster/lechon colored, like I usually am after a beach trip.

Did somebody say sunburn?
Did somebody say sunburn?

Yes, I burn easily, and so sun protection is a really big deal for me. Luckily, my boys brown nicely and don’t get sunburned as easily as I do. Still, I make sure to take three very important things with me on every beach trip.

1. Sunscreen
Exposure to the sun results in skin damage, and may lead to even bigger, badder things like skin cancer, premature aging and wrinkles. So remember to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, especially if you like to tan like me. I love using Nivea and Beach Hut because both are available in spray form, super easy to use and re-apply! I also pack an extra bottle of sunblock for kids for my face and for my little boy who has sensitive skin. And in case you were wondering, my tanning oil of choice is Ocean Potion.

Images borrowed from www.nivea.co.uk
Images borrowed from www.nivea.co.uk

Go for a high SPF and re-apply often. To tell you the truth, I don’t know how to compute for SPF effectiveness, and how long before you should put a new layer of protection. I just make it a point to put some on before going out into the sun, putting some again after swimming and after taking a break to eat or shop. I usually apply a layer of sunscreen before I put tanning oil. I don’t really know if it makes a difference, but I hope it does. Haha! I’ve also been wanting to try Beach Hut’s hair and scalp protection but I keep forgetting to buy a bottle. Have any of you tried using this?

Images borrowed from www.http://beachhutrocks.com
Images borrowed from http://beachhutrocks.com

If you don’t believe me, then listen to this guy.


2. After Sun Gel or Lotion

Nothing feels as good on your skin as a cooling gel or soothing lotion after a day out in the sun. Since I have extreme sunburn capabilities, I like to use Ocean Potion’s instant burn relief with Lidocaine. This saves me each and every time. I just wish it smelled better.

Images borrowed from http://www.opotion.com

3. A Hat and Sunglasses
A hat is something I know I should always have, but for some reason I keep forgetting to bring one. The funny thing is my beach hat is actually just hanging on a hook on my bedroom door, so I see it all the time. I think the last time this thing saw some action was during my trip to El Nido in 2009. Funny considering that I even hand carried this hat home from Davao after a work trip. It’s a good thing Mr C always has a cap with him. Both he and the little guy get to use it when needed.

With my friend Glen during a work trip to El Nido. Check out my cute hat!
With my ex-officemate Glen during a work trip to El Nido. Check out my cute beach hat!

Mr C and I both had prescription sunglasses made, and we always keep them in our bags. I never used to wear shades because I’d get headaches and bump into things without my glasses. I’m so glad I now have two pairs with graded lenses, one from Firmoo and another which I had made in Star Finder Optical in Festival Mall.

Here I am with my Firmoo sunglasses in Boracay during our anniversary trip.
Here I am with my Firmoo sunglasses in Boracay during our anniversary trip.

At the beach, I always make sure to have a water-resistant tote bag, an extra pair of flip-flops, a microfiber towel and a bottle of drinking water with me. I also pack mosquito patches, insect repellent, calamine lotion, betadine, band aids, paracetamol and antihistamines. It’s always best to be prepared, especially when you travel with kids! Don’t forget to leave room for books and a few magazines to keep you occupied, and of course a few toys for the little one.

Do you go to the beach often? Which sun protection products do yo and your kids use> What are your beach must-haves? Do share! I’d love to hear from you.

Much love and happiness,

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