How to Protect Your Skin in the Sun This Summer

I was asked by Carusele to participate in the #ApplyRepeatProtect campaign, sponsored by Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.

One thing I cannot stress enough this summer is the importance of protecting your skin and keeping it healthy, from the inside out. You only get one skin, so it’s vital to take care of it and nourish it. As much as Kane and I have been outdoors recently, I’m making sure that we’re keeping our skin healthy two ways this summer–one, by using sunscreen, and two, by staying hydrated in these soaring temperatures. And read on for my personal story about why sunscreen is so important and how to protect your skin in the sun this summer!

How to protect your skin this summer and keep it healthy both inside + out

Why I Use Sunscreen

When I was younger, I didn’t give much thought to protection from the sun. My goal was to be as tan as possible.  I dismissed the consequences of sun exposure.  It was only in my early 20s when I decided to use sunscreen, after too many sunburns to count.  Then, when I was in my last year of law school, I had to have an abnormal mole removed.  They even had to go back in a second time to make sure they had gotten everything. While my mole wasn’t cancerous, it was a wakeup call, and I make sure to lather up in sunscreen when I go outside now.

That’s why I made a quick Walgreens run before we headed to the pool last weekend for sunscreen and water.  Walgreens currently has a deal where you can save $1 on one Walgreens brand suncare item with the purchase of one bottle of smartwater–all you have to do is load the coupon to your Balance Rewards card and apply it at purchase.  I grabbed two bottles of smartwater and two Walgreens sunscreens.

What Sunscreen I Use

For myself, I grabbed a tube of the Walgreens Sunscreen Moisturizing Lotion SPF 50. It’s a new item in Walgreens brand suncare line this year.  It’s Oxybenzone free, Paraben free, oil free, and hypoallergenic.  For Kane, I grabbed the Walgreens Baby Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50, which is top-rated on Consumer Reports. Always grab an SPF 50 sunscreen. Plus, the Walgreens sunscreens are very affordable, so you don’t have to sacrifice quality to get a good deal!

I like to apply sunscreen before we head out into the sun, and reapply every 1.5 hours (or every hour if we’ve been in the water). Kane loves being in the water, and he especially loves doing cannon balls!

Staying Hydrated This Summer

While using sunscreen protects your skin on the outside, it’s important to keep it healthy from the inside out.  That’s why I like to make sure I’m staying hydrated when I’m out in the sun this summer.  And smartwater is perfect for accomplishing this goal–the bottle sizes are great for a day by the pool!

Apply. Repeat. Protect.

I frequently shop at Walgreens, and it makes me happy to know that Walgreens is all about being “Skin Smart” by protecting your skin from the sun!  I’m also happy to know that I’m instilling in Kane the importance of using sunscreen and staying hydrated at an early age.

Be sure to stop by your local Walgreens to take advantage of the awesome deal for $1 off one Walgreens sunscreen when you buy one bottle of smartwater!  It’s the perfect deal for a day at the pool, a day at the beach, or a day of doing outdoor chores. And checkout more ideas for protecting your skin and keeping it healthy with Walgreens on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.  Just remember–apply, protect, repeat.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Walgreens. The opinions and text are all mine.


41 thoughts on “How to Protect Your Skin in the Sun This Summer

  1. Tina

    That float is adorable!! And you look great in that swimsuit! LOVE IT! 🙂 Thanks for the reminder about how important it is to apply and reapply sunscreen!

  2. Mary

    What a cute float and swim suit! I was guilty of tanning my buns off when I was younger, but now I lather up with sunscreen before I go out and usually wear a hat as well.

  3. Jessica

    You are so right! When I was younger I didn’t pay much attention to sunscreen, and now I can’t live without it! And our kids need it more now than ever! xo, Jessica

  4. Jess

    That watermelon float is so cute! And I hate the feeling of sunscreen, but when you’re as pale as I am, it’s a necessity! (And also why I never went through a tanning phase–why bother? haha)

  5. Jill Hamilton McMeans

    You are so beautiful!! It was so nice to meet you this weekend- and also- couldn’t agree more about using sunscreen- thanks for sharing! 🙂 XO

  6. Shelly @ The Queen in Between

    Well aren’t y’all just the cutest. You look great girl. Sunscreen is something I do not go without. My sweet brother is having surgery on Wednesday to remove more form a spot that has been confirmed melanoma and it has been very scary. My boys are the worst…they just think they are invincible.


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