|Some of the sunscreen products in my arsenal|
Being something of a cheerleader for sunscreen, I packed several varieties for our day. I applied Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 55 all over the body and Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Daily Sun Protection SPF 55 on the face before leaving the house. I used Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray SPF 30 when we got to our destination and sprayed anew every hour. Although I like going to the beach and sitting on a chair under a wide-brimmed umbrella, I do not actually like going into the water or walking under the sun. My daughter enjoys playing in the sand but I try to keep her under the shade as much as possible. On her I've been using Up & Up Baby Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 before going to the beach and I pack the items pictured below in a transparent bag as shown. On both of us, I also used the Kiehl's Ultra Moisturizing Eye Stick SPF 30 which I talked about in a previous post. No sharing. I bought my own.
|My Daughter's Sunscreen Pack|
I can't tell you which of the various sunscreens in our arsenal are the best ones but I am planning to get some bullet points out about each item within the next few weeks. I'm glad to say that despite three days of sun exposure, we have not tanned. I am a little surprised that despite heavy bombardment by the media of the ill-effects of tanning and the need for religious sunscreen use, people still flock to the beach and lay there under the sun. Many are visibly baked or burned within hours and even if I see some applying some kind of sun lotion, they still desire to lay exposed to the sun for long periods. I can understand people that like to play volleyball at the beach or engage in watersports but tanning like it's a sport? If beach umbrellas were free to borrow, would people still be laying there on a towel at the beach without some form of cover? I bet they would. Many are probably tired of hearing that heavy sun exposure can be bad. But can I say it again? Heavy sun exposure can be really bad.
Call me strange but I am that lady strutting down the boardwalk with an umbrella. I actually heard a little boy ask his mommy, "Why is that lady using an umbrella?" and I had to smile. But as I turned to see if I could overhear the mom's answer, I noted that there was another lady sharing her umbrella with her male companion and her umbrella was much fancier than mine. It was purple and "bejeweled" (with sequins), as my husband put it. I defended myself by declaring that my umbrella was more summery. I have lemons and limes! My umbrella is turquoise! But really, I was glad to see that I wasn't the only person who thought about busting out an umbrella to trot down the boardwalk. I just wish I heard what the mother said to explain it to her son.
I must thank my husband for being supportive about my desire to keep shaded. He carried two large beach umbrellas to the sand, with 3 hefty folding chairs and also walked back to the car when we reached the boardwalk as I had realized that I forgot to bring my umbrella. Sad to note, said turquoise umbrella with lemons and limes is now missing. However, I have two more somewhat summery umbrellas to use while I continue to search for it.