Worship yourself more than the Sun. {Giveaway}

When I was a kid, my Mum would lay out in the sun for hours, baking herself until she reached her favourite tone of bronze.

Dark Tan

 

There was a bottle of sunscreen in the cupboard for us kids, but I’m pretty sure it remained full for my entire childhood. I recall the smell of Coppertone, but for the life of me, I don’t remember EVER using it.

A sunburn was always considered “the base” of our summer tan, so we just went out, got a burn and once it had turned brown, we were good to go for the rest of the Summer.

Flash forward a million years and two kids of my own added to the world, I wouldn’t dare go out in the sun without sunscreen now!

Slathered in sunscreen

The most important thing that I’ve put on my skin this season, is sunscreen. With so much being talked about in the news on the increase of skin Cancer, especially in the younger generation, I definitely slather the good stuff on myself, and most importantly, my kiddos. I’ve even started using a moisturizer with sunscreen on my face. Something I’ve never done in the past because I wore makeup daily that contained an SPF in it. Now that I’m a stay-at-home-Mom with little or no time to get myself ready in the morning, and let’s face it, who really wants to wear makeup when it’s hot and muggy out, only to have it melt part way through your day, a moisturizer with a built in sunscreen is all I need now.

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Cloud Vitamin Cream is more than a sunscreen, it is a SUPER CREAM in my eyes! It contains Retinyl Palmitate, a form of Vitamin A found naturally and in high concentrations in the epidermus of your skin. Created by the award-winning UBC dermatologist Dr. Gordon Telford, Cloud is the first consumer sunscreen to block out the full spectrum of the suns rays, whereas conventional sunscreens only protect from 7% of rays.

Studies suggest that it could possibly reverse sun induced aging, smooth the surface of your skin within weeks, permanently reduce sun induced brown spots, stimulate collagen growth to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and tighten loose skin. Once absorbed, it is virtually waterproof and and it’s powerful sun protecting effects last up to 17 days.

Cloud Vitamin Cream is safe to use on children because it contains no preservatives, fragrances or parabens.

If you would like to purchase Cloud  Vitamin Creams for yourself, visit their website: cloudvitamincream.com.

Cloud Vitamin Cream

Cloud has generously provided Raincity Parent with a Summer Bundle to giveaway to one lucky reader! The bundle contains a sample of Cloud Vitamin A cream and a handy Cloud beach mat, perfect for sunny days. This giveaway runs from August 19th-26th, 2014 and is open to Canadian residents only. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Help keep the kids from getting too crispy this summer! {Giveaway-2 Winners} #SunscreenBands

Do you remember when you were a kid, a sunburn was just part of Summer?

Sunburn

I don’t ever remember having sunscreen being applied to me before I headed out for a day in the sunshine. My Mum used to slather on the Ban de Soliel deep tanning oil and go lay outside for hours.

Now that I’m a Mum, I wouldn’t thin twice about applying sunscreen to my kidlets before we went out. Even on cloudy days.

Cover your kids in sunscreen

We are now aware of the dangers that can come from too much sun exposure. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause some serious skin damage and can contribute to skin cancer. It is so important that we protect our skin by wearing appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses and sunscreens that have a broad spectrum SPF of 15 or over.

UV rays and their effect on skin

Sunscreens should be applied 20 minutes prior to sun exposure and should be reapplied regularly, after swimming, exercise or excessive sweating. For more information on how to use sunscreen correctly, please visit the Canadian Cancer Society’s website.

A great tool to help remind you to reapply your sunscreen are Sunscreen Bands.

Sunscreen BandsSunscreen Bands are a safe, non-toxic, recyclable product that is used along with your sunscreen. They help monitor your exposure to the sun by way of it”s colour changing abilities.

Put on a Sunscreen Band, apply a sunscreen with an SPF15 or higher to your skin AND on the band. Go play or work outside and as time goes by, the band will change colours, reminding you when it’s time to reapply your sunscreen and when you need to cover up or get out of the sun completely.

Colour changing abilities

This technology is so great, that now I feel safer going out in the sun with my kiddos knowing that even if I lose track of time, the Sunscreen Band is there to remind me when it’s time to refresh our application or head for the shade.

It’s also a great way to get the kids to head home from a day at the park and hopefully avoid any meltdowns that normally occur when Mum and Dad say that it’s time to go 😉

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Sunscreen Bands are to be used with your own sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater and are not recommended for children under 3.

To purchase Sunscreen Bands, please click on this link to find a retailer near you. Or to purchase online, click here. There currently no retailers carrying Sunscreen Bands in Western Canada, but you can purchase them online here. Use promo code “SAFESUMMER” and receive FREE shipping in Canada and the US, and as an added bonus, you’ll receive a bonus sample pack! Sunscreen Bands will be available from Amazon.ca soon!

Sunscreen Bands have generously provided a set of 5 packs of bands to giveaway to 2 lucky Raincity Parent readers. This giveaway runs from June 27th-July 4th, 2014 and is open to residents of Canada and the US only. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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