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Boo Bamboo and Sun Protection Too

Whether you’re spending the summer at home or planning a vacation away, sun safety for you and your family has to be a priority. It’s too easy to get burned before you realize it, especially if you’re busy having exciting adventures far from home. Every sunburn increases your risk of melanoma or other skin cancers, and that risk is even higher with sunburns early in life. So protect the skin you’re in!

Whether you’re packing for a week-long vacation in the Caribbean or for a day trip to your local park, there are certain things to keep in mind:

  1. Bring sun protective UPF clothing, sunglasses, and a sunhat.
  2. Seek out shade or go inside during the hottest part of the day (10:00 am to 2:00 pm).
  3. Always use sunscreen with broad spectrum UVA and UVB coverage. You might be able to buy sunscreen at your destination, but I prefer to bring my own. Gift shops, resorts, and tourist areas often charge you an arm and a leg for sunscreen, and you may not always find the selection you’re used to.

When it comes to choosing the best sun protection for my family, I prefer mineral (also known as natural or physical) sunscreens over chemical sunscreens for a few different reasons. Unlike chemical sunscreens, mineral sunscreens work right away, don’t degrade with UV exposure, and have less potential for allergies (zinc oxide and titanium oxide are considered hypoallergenic).

I found this simple graphic at Boo Bamboo outlining the major differences between mineral and chemical sunscreens.

Source: http://boobamboo.com

Yet another reason to switch to mineral sunscreen, especially on your summer vacation? Several common substances used in chemical sunscreens, oxybenzone in particular, have been shown to stunt baby coral growth and bleach coral reefs. Some sensitive environmental areas have banned sunscreens containing these chemicals due to their impact on reef health and the entire ecosystem they support.

Boo Bamboo’s sun care line doesn’t contain oxybenzone. Instead, their made in Canada, cruelty-free, and vegan sunscreens provide broad spectrum UVA and UVB coverage with zinc oxide, a safe, eco-friendly, and hypoallergenic mineral that physically blocks the sun’s rays.

If you haven’t used mineral sunscreens before, you may be thinking back to the thick white paste that lifeguards used to use on their noses in all those 80s movies. Nope! Modern mineral sunscreens use much smaller particles that go on with barely any white tint. They do take slightly more time than chemical sunscreens to rub in completely, but I think it’s worth the extra minute or so.

Boo Bamboo’s Natural Sunscreen SPF 40 is non-whitening, non-greasy, fast-absorbing, and water/sweat resistant for 40 minutes. Like all Boo Bamboo sun protective products, it provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.

This sunscreen goes on really easily. It feels light going on, and I love the natural aloe juice smell! I’ve tried many other natural sunscreens, and most have a thicker texture that takes more time to rub in properly. Boo Bamboo’s sunscreen is surprisingly easy to apply, even for the kids.

Boo Bamboo sunscreen also comes in a spray version that uses air pressure only (no propellants). Natural Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 is a really convenient way of applying sunscreen, but you do need to be extra careful when it’s windy out and be sure not to breathe it in. (Hint: don’t spray it on your face!!) This sunscreen also comes in travel-friendly mini spray bottles perfect for your purse or carry on.

Once you’re protected, it’s time for some fun!

But what if, despite all your precautions, you do accidentally get a little too much sun? Boo Bamboo also carries a couple of after-sun products designed to soothe, moisturize, and heal your skin. Their After-Sun Moisture Mist helps soothe and repair damaged skin with hemp seed oil, sunflower oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, olive fruit oil, and bamboo extract. It smells divine, as well as adds moisture, helps reduce redness, and minimizes peeling. And then there’s Boo Bamboo’s After-Sun Body Lotion Spray, a light, non-greasy lotion that cools, hydrates, reduces peeling, and prolongs your summer colour.

We haven’t gotten any sunburns so far this year, but I can attest to how nice these after-sun sprays feel going on and that they leave our skin hydrated and nourished. Both are naturally scented with real coconut and bamboo. They smell just like I remember summers did when I was a kid!

Boo Bamboo sun care products and the rest of their biodegradable, cruelty-free and vegan personal care products are available online at Well.ca. Connect with Boo Bamboo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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  • We will be travelling to Europe, spending hours at the playground and taking a road trip to use our Canada 150 Park Passes.

  • We have lots plane with our granddaughters, the splash park, the westerner fair, Local rescue zoo, The water park were you go down tubes. Should be a fun summer.

  • I plan on getting my niece and nephew to stop crying when there’s a drop of water on their face. I mean, come on! I also plan to get my niece to walk on grass and sidewalk barefoot, aaaand the joys of running through a sprinkler. Wish me luck!

  • I have a very busy summer planned! Lots of camping and cabin weekends, spending a week at the coast visiting family, camping on the Island for a week, going to a concert… phew! Busy busy!

  • We are currently on a road trip to visit my parents, and we are going to try to do as many activities when we get back to celebrate Canada 150 and Montreal 375!

  • While I’d love to get out camping some this summer, I have a feeling that most of our time will be spent in the back yard playing with the water table! It’s a hit!

  • Hi,our activities we have planned for this summer are a family reunion July 14-18th,then will be be going to the cottage for 2 weeks in August.

  • This summer I’m just waiting to pop! Expected to deliver in August. Otherwise, for the month of July going to take it easy and enjoy summer weekends @ cottage and hiking.

  • We are planning a trip to Montreal to visit our son. And in the nice weather, we do a lot of walking nearby.

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  • We have several day trips planned in addition to a longer two week vacation. We are really looking forward to visiting family and friends and I am excited to eat at my favourite restaurant, Alma Nove. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity.

  • Hubby and I are taking a short vacation to the Yukon/Alaska, sans enfants. 🙂 I’ll be home with my kids for the rest of the summer. We have a TO DO this of fun things: Whittamore’s Fun Farm, Brooks Farm, Peterborough Zoo, Oshawa Zoo, Cedar Park, Toronto Zoo, Ripley’s Aquarium, Ontario Science Center, Center Ville (if it ever opens!), African Lion Safari and Niagara Falls are on the list. We also plan to swim, jump on the trampoline, got to the park and splash pad. And I can’t forget boating!

  • We’re heading to Cuba this summer for my sisters wedding, we’ll definitely need to bring lots of sunscreen!!

  • This summer I plan on spending time at the Lake with the family (my 3 daughter’s and my Hubz)..

  • I plan to do a lot of biking this summer. And when I’m not on my bicycle I will be hiking. I love the outdoors.

  • This summer we have some short road trips planned, including camping. Also, we love to attend local festivals and carnivals, plus our weekly visit to the Farmers Market.

  • Lot’s of Baseball. I am coaching my son’s Little League all-star team and playing on my own team so going to be out in the Sun most the summer.

  • We have our grandson staying with us for 3 weeks during the summer holidays, so we’ll be going to the splash pad, playground, beach, parks, trails, and Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls.

  • Our summer plans include swimming, going to the beach, camping, hiking, going to outdoor movies in the park, playing outside with the neighbourhood kids and visiting with Grandma who is arriving here in BC tomorrow from Quebec to stay with us for the next 3 weeks.

  • I plan to visit the cottage, write my book (or work on it), and visit my brother and his wife in Vancouver!

  • I’ll visit friends’ camps at the lake. And I have a girlie weekend in Montreal planned, which should be super fun.

  • We’re doing a couple short camping trips this summer. We also plan to head out on the in-laws’ sailboat at least once this summer and have lots of lake days! We’ll do some hikes too.

  • we don’t have any big plans for this summer but plan to enjoy all the wonderful aspects of where we live and also get to spend some quality time with extended family this summer.

  • This summer, we’re hoping to do a roadtrip from Ontario to Nova Scotia to visit my best friend. There will be a lot of stops to play on that trip!

  • We are doing a little bit of everything this summer from renovations, hotel trips, camping and just relaxing in our back yard.

  • I plan on visiting my son and his family. There is a small zoo and a park near their house which I will be spending a lot of time there with my granddaughters.