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How to Keep Your Kids Sun-Safe & Summer Ready!

A little girl looks at her dad while applying Banana Boat Lotion sunscreen.

How to Keep Your Kids Sun-Safe & Summer Ready!

Once the warmer weather comes around, all my kids want to do is be outside in it. From being outdoors during the last days of school to afterschool sprinkler and pool sessions.

While it is a great thing that the girls enjoy being outdoors and being active, I know how important skin care is and that if not protected, the sun can cause harm to their precious skin.

Once the mercury starts to rise, we start our summer ready routine and it helps to keep the girls sun-safe at all times.

Did you know that according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 80% of a lifetime of U.V. exposure occurs before age 20? So, protecting our kids’ skin is of utmost importance to us.

Read on to discover our routine and to see if you can implement it to your own.

Let's Get Started!

A little girl plays in a sprinkler in the background while sun screen, glasses, and flip flops on top of a towel are shown.

1. Use Banana Boat Simply Protect

If you follow along, you know that we are big fans of Banana Boat and have used their products for years. Their new Simply Protect Kids sunscreen lotion is pretty awesome.

We have been testing it out for a few weeks and the girls have not been sunburnt at all. This is daily usage and long hours under the sun too. We spent two days out in the full sun during Gabby’s track meet and our sunscreen did not let us down.

TIP: Apply evenly on all exposed skin and don’t forget the ears. We often forget to, just use excess lotion on hands and rub over the ears.

The Simply Protect Kids Lotion and Spray is made with 25% fewer ingredients, including no parabens, oxybenzone or added fragrances and oils, and has a gentle, tear-free formula that is made especially for kids. The formula goes on smooth and is absorbed quickly. The best part is that it is tear-free because, seriously, kids are fidgety and it is one less thing to worry about if they rub their eyes. It is available in SPF 50 and also available in spray SPF 50+.

We make sure to apply right before school and make sure that they are evenly covered. We send some lotion with them to school to reapply throughout the day. When at home, it’s always at hand to use often.

2. Use Hats

While hats aren’t usually something my teen wants to wear, she will wear a sports cap to shield from the sun. Mimi on the other hand, will wear a nice bucket hat or fisherman’s hat with a strap and keep her head and neck protected. Wearing a hat during the summer is a must and helps in so many ways. After you’ve applied sunscreen, make sure that you wear clothes that are lightweight, breathable, and that shield from the sun.

A little girl has sunglasses on and puts on some Banana Boat sunscreen.

3. Protect Those Peepers

Wearing a pair of shades isn’t just to up your coolness factor but, it protects your eyes from UV rays. If we don’t protect our eyes, it can lead to cataracts that can cloud or blur your vision. For us, they are a must and the girls like them. So, it’s a win-win! Just make sure that they provide 100% UV protection!

4. Stay Hydrated

We always have reusable bottles topped up all summer long. We always send the bottle to school too so that they can stay hydrated and can refill the bottles any time. When the girls are outside, we have lots of water ready and fresh fruit like watermelon to enjoy. Staying hydrated is so important, especially during the hot months of summer!

A dad shows the Simply Protect Banana Boat formula.

5. Avoid Peak Hours & Re-apply Often

It is always a good idea to avoid the peak hours and when the sun is the highest in the sky. Usually between 10 AM to 4 PM. If it can’t be helped, especially when kids are in school, make sure that you or they are reapplying as often as recommended.

If they are playing in the water, the Banana Boat Simply Protect will last up to 80 minutes. Also, don’t be fooled with overcast days. There are still harmful UV rays coming through those grey clouds! According to the SCF, 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through clouds.

6. Apply Lip Balm

While you are protecting your skin from harmful UV rays, we often forget about our lips. Lips can burn too so, make sure that you apply a lip balm with SPF protection.

A little girl puts on sunscreen before playing in the sprinkler.

7. Monkey See, Monkey Do

One of the most important things in our routine is to lead by example. Darasak and I never spend any time under the sun unless we are protected with sunscreen. The girls have always seen us using sun protection and this makes them more enthusiastic to take care of their skin.

Not to mention, over the years, they have seen the results of having protected skin. They don’t get sunburned and they are actively avoiding the downsides of the sun, all while enjoying the best parts of summer. Plus, we all know how uncomfortable sunburns are. So, if you show your kids that you care about skin care and protection, they will care too.

A beach bag, sunglasses and two Banana Boat sunscreens are shown with a sprinkler in the background.

What’s Your Routine?

The summer brings long days, lots of sun, beach days, pool days, and many hours spent in the sprinkler. Skincare is but a small but, incredibly important step in your summer routine. One that is so worth it and reaps so many benefits!

For more information about Banana Boat Simply Protect, visit Banana Boat here.

We are excited about the lazy days of summer and cannot wait until school is out. We have a summer planned with day trips, beach days, and vacation down south.

You best believe we will be summer ready and sun-safe this year!

How do you stay sun-safe during the summer?

Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!



Note: This post is sponsored by Banana Boat. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.




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  1. Great information to make sure we teach the children to take care of their skin and protection. Never to young and I learned the hard way.

  2. Banana Boat is such a great line. I remember my mom using it on us when we were kids just like you’re using it on your kids now.

  3. It’s so hard to remember to reapply sunscreen! My kids put it on and jump in the spool, and I think they’re safe. Then they stay in the pool for hours. It’s so easy to forget to get them out and do it again!

  4. Banana Boat sunscreen is such a staple here too! I love the way it smells and the fact that it works reliably.

  5. These are great ways to keep protected from the sun. It is so important to take care of your skin!

  6. Both of my kids are fair, and are on an outdoor swim team. We have been so careful over the years and we continue to be vigilant about protecting their skin. We love that Banana Boat sport sunscreen. You really have to be aware of when to apply and reapply as well.

  7. Love that this sunscreen doesn’t contain bad chemicals. Just recently found out so many sunscreens contain really terrible ingredients!

  8. Wearing sunscreen was a topic of conversation on the radio today. When I was young getting a sun burn was just part of spending time outdoors or at the pool. Now since we are aware of the dangers of skin cancer we use sunscreen.

  9. The part about leading by example is quite important. It is very thoughtful of you to share such important information.

  10. Our family normally uses sun screen protection every time we go outside of the house most especially during this summer season and I think I also need to try this brand because of its high SPF and it looks safer for my kids.

  11. Sunscreen is so important, especially for the little ones. I always make sure to have it on my children. I hate to see anyone with a sunburn. It’s certainly no fun.

  12. You definitely want to have your sunscreen on when you go out. I take mine everywhere in the summer.

  13. I absolutely love using this brand for myself and my kiddos… we go through a lot of it because we go swimming twice a day now that summer has arrived.

  14. The first thing I pack for the kids if we’re going to be near water is sunscreen. I spent too many years sunbathing and I don’t want their skin to age like mine. This is a really good brand.

  15. i have never about this brand before. thank you for introducing me to this product 🙂 and im glad to hear that it works well

  16. You always want to keep the kids safe during the summer months. It can be dangerous to their skin.

  17. Taking care of your skin is so important, especially under the sun! Too curious to try this sunscreen now, sounds great!

  18. I know how important sun protection is. My kids have grown up with SPF so they actually ask for it before they go out.

  19. This is definitely a good way to keep kids summer protected. I’m a huge huge advocate of sunscreen and SPF in the most simple of products. It’s important to protect your skin.

  20. I don’t usually go out so I am not used to using sunscreen. I know I need to be more serious about skincare though. I’ll let my sister know about this product for my niece to use.

  21. I really like the spray on Sunscreen options. It helps to get coverage everywhere. These are great tips to be protected and enjoy the sunshine.

  22. My kids love to be in our swimming pool literally everyday during the hot summer, so we’re stocked up with lots of sunscreens in our house this time of year. These are great tips for protecting your family’s skin against the harmful UV rays.

  23. Banana Boat is a brand that has been around for years and there’s a good reason for it. Love the coverage and scent of the Banana Boat sunscreens!

  24. Those tips would apply to everyone, kids and grown ups alike! I am quite bad at protecting myself from the sun! i know i need to drink more and always put sunscreen on!

  25. We have used Banana Boat for a really long time. Their products always give some great protection.

  26. I love banana boat, its my go to sunscreen. I do my best to try to apply as frequently as possible.

  27. I’ve used Banana Boat sunblocks before and it’s amazing! Yessss sun protection is a must-have! I can’t leave without it.

  28. We have a swimming pool in our house so every summer we go through tons of sunscreens because my kids swim twice everyday ha!

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