I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Neutrogena. I received samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
I’m dating myself here, but I grew up during a time when women/girls rubbed baby oil all over their bodies and laid out in the sun all day long. I don’t even remember hearing about sunscreen until I was in my twenties.
My mom never put sunscreen on me when I was a child, and we lived on the beach for two years when I was 3-4 years old. I grew up, like many women my age, thinking you looked healthier if you had a tan.
That mentality went on through my teens when I used to lay in tanning beds often, too. It’s what every teenage girl did, especially before a big event like the prom.
As Maya Angelou said, “When you know better, you do better.”
I know better, now. And I do better, now. Unlike me, my son knows that if you are in the sun… you wear sunscreen. It’s that plain and simple.
We know of a couple of people who have had skin cancer and I’ve told my son (over and over, and over) that it’s the sunburns he gets now as a child that will increase his chances of skin caner when he’s older. A little bit of a scare tactic? Maybe… but if it will drive the point home, then it’s worth it.
This summer though, is the first time that he really gets it. He no longer complains about it. He in fact, asks for it and/or applies it himself (to the areas he can reach). We spend at least 3-days a week at the pool — sunscreen is crucial.
My sunscreen of choice is the Neutrogena sunscreen line:
- NEUTROGENA® Pure & Free® Baby Faces Ultra Gentle Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45+
- NEUTROGENA® Pure & Free® Baby Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 60
- NEUTROGENA® Pure & Free® Baby Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 60+
- NEUTORGENA® Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 60+
- NEUTROGENA® Pure & Free™ Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50
I’ve always been a big fan of Neutrogena products, but sun products that were awarded NEA Seal of Acceptance like Neutorgena’s sunscreens… makes it a product I trust (The National Eczema Association recently awarded its Seal of Acceptance to the five Neutrogena Sun products mentioned above).
The Neutrogena Pure & Free Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is my absolute favorite to use on my face. I love that it is oil-free and won’t clog my pores, but I especially love that it has zinc oxide in it (really protects your skin from the harmful sun’s rays), but blends well so that you don’t get left with that ghostly white look on your face.
I’ve been using the Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 60 on my son’s face, ears, and back of his neck. A stick is just so much easier to apply sunscreen with on kids and if it’s safe enough for babies, then it’s perfect for older kids, too.
I apply Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 60+ to my son’s and to my areas of the body not protected by clothing since we both have sensitive skin. I suffer from contact dermatitis and have had suntan and sunscreen lotions break me out before. This sunscreen lotion is gentle enough for your skin while providing protection from the sun.
Which brings me to another great thing about Neutrogena Sun products, is that it is gentle enough for people with sensitive skin. It’s recommended for people with eczema, in fact. People with sensitive skin need to be extra vigilant with protecting their skin from the sun’s damaging rays.
I read that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer, yet only about 20% use SPF daily.
Even though I may not have protected my skin in the past, today I choose skin health. I choose to protect my son from getting skin cancer one day. I choose Neutrogena Sun Care products.
You can purchase Neutrogena sun care products at Walmart (in-store or online).
Here’s to a safe & sun-protected summer!
Donna is a Content Creator, Marketer, Brand Ambassador, Social Media Consultant, former teacher, wife, and proud mom. Blog by Donna encompasses all that… she writes about family life and being a woman while weaving in articles about the brands and products she and her family love.