Well, actually, it’s not official until June 21st, but I always mark summer by when I can jump in the pool and swim! Most area pools are opening this weekend for Memorial Day celebrations, and I fully plan to participate! With summer upon us, you may be wondering what to do to prepare for the elements of the outdoors. The ladies in my family love trying new products, and have found a few that we rely on to get us through the summer looking our best while still having fun.
Sunblock is a no-brainer. I have been using Neutrogena Healthy Defense Oil-Free Sunblock Lotion, SPF 45 since I was on my high school tennis team! It is one of the few formulas that actually smells decent (read: less like sunblock, more like citrus) while still giving good coverage. Also, I don’t break out from it. For kids (or husbands) who dislike slathering on lotion, try a spray. I bought Banana Boat Kids UltraMist Continuous Spray Clear Sunscreen, SPF 85 for Baby. While SPF 85 may be overkill, I’d rather be safe than sorry! To protect your hair, use a leave-in conditioner before and after swimming.
Waterproof mascara is a must if you are going to be swimming. I know that everyone has their preference when it comes to mascara, with the different brushes, colors, and formulas, however, I always go back to Maybelline Great Lash . It’s so reliable that I wore it when I gave birth to Baby!
Waterproof concealer is another one on my list that I actually don’t leave the house without – ever! I live in…I mean LOVE Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Undereye Concealer Clair II. I have to give my mom credit for this one – she had the wrong color and gave it to me to try – it was perfect for me! It may seem a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way. For a full eye look, try a waterproof eyeliner.
Protective clothing lines have been popping up in the past few years, and this may be the answer to all of our sunburn problems. While you will not see me in one of those draped adventure hats, there are other options. This is your excuse to wear a big, glamorous wide-brim hat, like the Stardust UPF 50+ Hat. For a cover-up, Mott 50 and Coolibar have great, easy-to-wear options. For Baby, the i Play Short Sleeve Tie Rashguard And Swim Diaper Set comes in 5 different prints.
One product, SunGuard laundry aid, will wash UPF 30 (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) into your own clothing, so you don’t have to buy special items. The protection will last for up to 20 washes, the same as many UPF garments that you can buy at a store.