The weather is warming up meaning it’s time to get sun smart and start applying sunscreen more regularly. We are a family of five that live in and love the sun so it’s super important for us to use quality sunscreen products. There is only one brand we choose to use, Sun Bum!
Haven’t heard of Sun Bum?
They’re from Florida and have been around for years in the U.S but only landed on our Australian shores last summer. I knew as soon as they started arriving in Australian stores I had to be onboard. I was stoked to become an official Australian stockist for Sun Bum and Baby Bum in October 2017.
Smells like Summer
From the moment I first smelt Sun Bum I had all these childhood memories flashing back of when my parents would take my brothers and I to our town pool. We’d be swimming & eating red frogs while my mum was coated in coconut tanning oil (clearly we’ve come a long way in protecting our skin since then, mum!)
All of their products smell like summer. It’s a mixture of tropical-banana-coconuty-sunscreen smell; Argh, I love that smell so much!
Apart from smelling delicious, Sun Bum’s branding is on point. From their cleverly designed packaging, to making application easier, to the stylish wood grain look bottles.
And we can’t forget the face of Sun Bum, Sonny the Ape. So fun!
Trust the Bum
I often get asked what sunscreen I use on my three boys. If you’re like me, you want to be sure whatever is coming in contact with your children’s skin isn’t filled with nasties.
I #trustthebum because their products are:
- Dermatologist tested
- Paraben Free / PABA Free
- Oil Free
- Retinyl Palmitate Free
- CFCs free
- Propylene Glycol free
- Gluten Free
- Cruelty Free
So, let me share with you our go to Sun Bum faves
For our all over cover we use the Sun Bum 50+ Lotion.
It’s a lightweight, non greasy and a fast absorbing formula making it easy to apply. It goes on nice and smooth providing a sheer but broad spectrum coverage that protects our skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays. The lotion is also enriched with Vitamin E, so it helps to moisturise while protecting the skin.
ON THE GO
For on the go I have a Sun Bum 30+ Face Stick in my handbag and in each of my boy’s school/pre-school bags. It’s basically all the goodness of the lotion in a convenient and easy to use stick. So handy if you’re dealing with squirming kids, sandy hands, or just need a quick swipe of sunscreen across the face. Kids love applying this one themselves!
This one is my absolute favourite Sun Bum product.
Every day you will find us outdoors, so for added protection on our faces, neck and ears we apply the Zinc Oxide 50+.
Want to know why it’s so damn good?
It’s a clear zinc formula!
And yes, it rubs in crystal clear and it doesn’t leave your face sticky and tacky like other Zincs do, you won’t even know you’re wearing it.
Its mineral based, made of a natural, non chemical (Oxybenzone Free) foundation. Trust me, it’s the goods!
Now, I’m really great at applying sunscreen on the boys but not so great at applying sunscreen on myself at times. You know, ‘a little bit more sun won’t hurt’ … Let’s all admit it ladies; most of us like a bit of colour.
So when it comes to after sun care, I can’t go without the Sun Bum Cool Down Lotion. It’s enriched with soothing Aloe, Vitamin E and Cocoa Butter providing an intense hydration to gently restore the skin’s natural moisture balance while preserving and intensifying your tan.
Yep, built in tan intensifier! And it works girls!
I actually use this as my daily moisturiser during the warmer months; I lather myself in it straight after coming home from the beach. It’s light, non-greasy and quickly absorbs, leaving my skin smooth, soft and smelling of summer.
Let’s not forget our hair. I may be a mum of boys but between myself and my youngest with his cute blonde curls (I can’t bring myself to cut them), the saltwater and sun dries our hair out and makes it a nightmare to brush.
The Sun Bum 3 in 1 Leave In Beach Formula protects, detangles and conditions your hair while enhancing and restoring its natural body. It controls frizz, prevents split ends, slows colour fading and will leave your hair silky-smooth and shiny.
Its colour safe, suitable for all hair types and is jam packed with natural oils from things like Coconut Oil, Banana Pulp and Peel, Argan Oil, Sweet Almond and Sunflower Seed Oil.
The 3 In 1 has saved me hours of trying to brush out knots.
FOR THE SENSITIVE
My baby days are done, but I thought I would mention that Sun Bum has developed a premium naturally sourced sunscreen for kids or anyone with super sensitive skin. The Baby Bum range is made from 100% Mineral Based Ingredients, its Paediatrician Approved and comes in a lotion or the convenient face stick option.
So there you have it guys. That’s a roundup of the sun care products you will find our family using to protect us from the sun over the warmer months.
Did you know?
Some of Sun Bums products are actually made in Australia because we are way ahead of the U.S. in developing purely natural protection sunscreens. Cool huh!?
Also, most people only apply 1/3 of the sunscreen they need!
Typically people only apply 1 tablespoon of sunscreen where the recommended use is 3 tablespoons.
Remember SPF ratings are significantly decreased if you do not apply enough. Make sure you use enough and don’t neglect hard to reach and easily forgotten places like your ears, feet, and upper back.
Important Tips to Remember:
- Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going out in the sun to allow maximum absorption and protection.
- Reapply every 2 hours and remember to reapply more frequently after swimming, sweating or toweling.
- Even on cloudy days, 90% of UV rays can still get through and leave you fried.
- Reflection off water can increase sun exposure by up to 50%
- Try to limit your time in the sun between 10am & 2pm during the hot summer months.
- Whenever possible try and cover up with clothing – including a hat and UV blocking sunglasses. Shade can reduce UV exposure by 50% or more.
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreen should only be used on children over the age of 6months.
- Check your sunscreen products are in date. Out of date sunscreen can cause more harm than good along with skin irritation.
Don’t forget, the sun is good.
20 minutes of daily sunlight gives you a healthy dose of Vitamin D, which is essential for good health.
Get outside people and chase the sun, just remember to do it smart!
I trust the bum for all of our suncare products and I know after one whiff of the summery smell or after your first time testing out the sheer formulas, you will be hooked too
Until next time,