Using sunscreen is one of those things that I wasn’t religious about until I hit my 30s and had children. Now, with sun spots and pasty kids, I’m carrying sunscreen in my purse and in the car as soon as late April hits! But I know it’s hard to find a good sunscreen that works, that is safe for kids and you can use on them before they run away from you. Today, I’m sharing 5 sunscreen hacks to make application and sun protection easier!
1. Use a makeup blender ball to apply – This may seem obvious to some (not to me!) but by using a blender ball to apply to your kids and your face, you get better application and your hands won’t be greasy or stink!
2. Use a facial stick – I love keeping this guy in my car or my gym bag when I’m at the park running and forget sunscreen or we have an impromptu playdate at the park. It’s small, goes on clear and works!
3. Choose a daily moisturizer with SPF – Want daily protection without an added layer of thick sunscreen, get a tinted moisturizer with an SPF. This one is my go-to for the summer and everyday look. It’s not greasy, gives me a hint of color, and evens out my skintone.
4. Reapply – Even the best of the best of sunscreens needs reapplication. A good rule of thumb is every 2 hours, especially if you’re swimming and sweating.
5. Go for Mineral – Chemical sunscreens act almost like a sponge, absorbing UV light, while physical sunscreens act more like a shield, deflecting the sun’s rays. Physical sunscreens (also called mineral) sunscreens contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide which are safer than chemical sunscreens.
My general rule is to choose safer products for myself and my kids when those products will be absorbed into my skin. Sunscreen is a big one that I always choose mineral. There are many options at your local drugstore or Target for mineral sunscreens. Check out the EWG for their list of safest sunscreens.