Last summer was the last time I used your typical average sunscreen from the store. This summer I chose the Honest Company’s sunscreen lotion. I’m usually super cautious when using a new sun prevention lotion so I followed the package directions and a few other added measures. I had such a terrific experience using it that not only did we continue to use it, I went back to Costco to buy more in case they sold out. Then this week I find critical reviews of Jessica Alba’s product splattered all over the Internet. Are the customers getting burned because of a bad product or are they burning the Honest Company?
Even though I’ve had a great experience with it, I felt the need to double check the package directions. After seeing a few pictures of red flesh on testimonials, I wanted to be sure I was clear on what I was reading. I’ve been badly burned before and my heart goes out to every single person who gets a sunburn. It’s no fun at all.
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“Helps prevent sunburn- if used as directed with other sun protection measures (see Directions).”
Under Directions it says,
- “Shake Well”
- “Apply liberally and evenly 15 minutes before sun exposure”
- “Reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, immediately after towel drying, at least every 2 hours”
For those who have difficulty with directions, let me break it down in a simpler format.
1- after 80 minutes of sweating or swimming
2- IMMEDIATELY AFTER towel drying (because you just wiped it off)
3- at least every two hours
I’d like to share some wisdom I’ve learned from raising 4 kids in 23 years. When you reapply sunscreen, follow the beginning instructions every time you reapply.
1. Shake well.
2. Apply liberally.
3. Apply 15 minutes before going into the sun’s exposure.
The product goes even further in explaining the extra sun protection measures we all need to be taking.
- “Limit time in the sun”
- “especially from 10am-2pm”
- “wear long sleeved shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses”
Does this mean we might as well not use sunscreen?
Of course not.
The package of all sunscreen products are supposed to give these instructions to us. We *can* spend time in the sun, but we need to do so safely.
Here are some skin protecting tips I keep in mind:
-Enjoy the beach or pool before 10 am or after 2pm. I actually prefer to wait until after 4pm to go to the pool. I prefer the beach prior to 11am or after 5pm.
-Enjoy the beach with beach umbrellas or a canopy so you can take a break from the sun.
-Take a break from the sun each hour by sitting under an umbrella or canopy for 30 minutes or more.
-Help further protect your skin from the sun by using lightweight beach clothing and hats with UV protecting fibers.
-Let skin dry completely (with protective clothing on) before reapplying. Then wait 15 minutes before re-entering the sunlight.
-Use sunglasses with large lenses.
Additional FAQs to keep in mind:
-The closer you are to the equator, the more sensitive your skin will be to the sun’s rays
-When at the beach or the pool, the sun reflects onto your skin. This maximizes your skin’s exposure to the sun.
-Don’t mix other products with your sunscreen. Some products can cause your skin to be MORE sensitive, especially if they contain citrus oils. Some medications can also make the skin more sensitive to the sun.
My article isn’t so much a defense for The Honest Co. as it is a mom of 4 kids sharing valuable information to help you keep your family safe from sunburns.
Sometimes we’re just having so much fun at the beach or at the pool that we lose track of time and forget to reapply as directed. Try using a timer with a loud ring to remind you.
And if you do happen to get a sunburn, use some after-sun soothing spray and avoid further exposure to the sun until your skin heals.
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