Even though I know that I should always use sunscreen (because my derm told me so), sometimes I forget (shh, don’t tell) but so you won’t forget, here’s a little something to keep you covered.
A box of sample size sunscreen tubes (the perfect size for your handbag, diaper bag, first aid kit, the glove compartment or doesn’t your car have stuff crammed in it like mine?
Also, five soft stretchy elastic hair ties (they won’t leave a bump in your hair) and a Coolibar Sunhat.
Okay, I love Coolibar products and I got this white wide-brimmed sunhat is from Getting Gorgeous 2013 in New York City but decided to share it as a giveaway (I got a lot of stuff at Getting Gorgeous, people! Just sharing the wealth).
So, you know what to do, see the Rafflecopter below?
There are three ways to enter to win:
Leave a comment and answer the pressing question: Do you wear sunscreen everyday?
The samples and ties are from Krauss Dermatology – I kicked in the sunhat because it goes so well with the giveaway and it’s just sitting in my office anyway because I usually just wear a baseball cap (so not fancy).
This is one of the times of the year that I miss appointments, double book, and am overwhelmed. How is this different? Holidays may be over but there are school conferences, annual physicals and I’m still not sure what year it is. Really. I’m not.
So, what to do? Busy moms tend to put themselves last. What beauty treatments? What sleep? Somehow I always manage to find time to eat…but we’ll get into that later.
I am lucky enough to have great resources and sometimes I even use them properly. Go figure. My dermatologist, Krauss Dermatology, has a fantastic practice and a great blog that I check in with when I don’t quite know what to do but don’t think the problem warrants an office visit, well, at least just yet. I do not hesitate to seek medical advice, ever, and my dry winter skin is under control thanks to the recommended (and over-the-counter) Cerave lotion.
Research first and and confirm (and I know my health care professionals appreciate my curiosity even when they don’t agree with my self-diagnosis), with my doctor is my M.O. – just ask my very patient OB/GYN – nervous mom-to-be that I was, I used to mail him articles as an FYI. I know, right?
So Krauss Dermatology is the kind of practice you love to share with your friends – Excellent medical care, extremely professional and personable staff, and they’re philanthropic, too. Not only were they a donor for the annual Melanoma Foundation of New England Shades of Hope event this year but continue to donate to the Melanoma Foundation of New England for each Facebook like. Pretty nice.
Even nicer, they are giving away goody bags filled with sample sized products from their well-stocked sample cabinet (I know, I got to see it). There are three great goody bags so more chances to win! I also happen to know that they are running a special on CoolSculpting (FaceBook 50 is the code – let them know at the front desk to save $50 off your treatment)
Now that my kids can (and do) apply their own sunscreen, mornings go a bit faster…okay, a lot faster. I know it adds time to your morning routine but it is so important to apply sunscreen every day. Here are a few other reminders and resources about the importance of sun protection.
SunAWARE is a sun safety awareness program from the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation, the Dermatology Nurses Association and Melanoma Foundation of New England to provide SunAWARE™ education nationally. Great tips in an easy to remember format and just last week they featured an awareness day at Community Boating in Boston.
SunAWARE Avoid exposure to sunlight, seek shade, and never indoor tan. Wear sun protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses year-round. Apply recommended amounts of broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sunburn protection factor (SPF) greater than or equal to 30 to all exposed skin and reapply every two hours, or as needed. Routinelyexamine your whole body for changes in your skin and report concerns to a parent or healthcare provider. Educate your family and community about the need to be SunAWARE.
Plus, while you are entering the giveaway, you are also helping the Melanoma Foundation of New England because Krauss Dermatology will donate for every Facebook “Like” $1 to the MFNE. Enter to win and help out a great non-profit that helps educate and assists patients and their caregivers struggling with melanoma by offering free support groups, educational programs, and Billy’s Buddies, a one-on-one patient advocacy and support program.
Follow the easy directions below and you could win this very nice gift! Click on a Rafflecopter giveaway for more chances to win!
Yesterday was a busy and fun day. First, a friend made me (it was 20 degrees out) run around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir (more than once) while our children did a great soccer program called Junior Academy at Boston College. My friend was so nice and encouraging that I didn’t feel bad that I was probably slowing her down (okay, definitely slowing her down).
After the session we went to the Teen Life Fair at the Mall at Chestnut Hill and so at least 20 neighbors and friends. What a tremendous resource for teens for community service, camps, internships and more. It was fun to connect with people and organizations that we know and learn about new places and opportunities. The Melanoma Foundation of New England had a table with a small covered apparatus that showed sun damage to your face. Umm, yeah. I think I need to make an appointment with my derm (Krauss Dermatology) who, coincidentally, is donating $1 for each Facebook like to their page to the Melanoma Foundation of New England. I know! Small world! I got a pencil and a nice lip balm and the girls took the no tan pledge (it may have helped that I let them see the amount of sun damage to my face in the screening area). You are welcome, girls. Everyone else, do something easy and good – Go like this page on Facebook – Krauss Dermatology. You did? Great, many thanks!
I saw so many people I knew there – like Lauri Meizler of Joos – I got a nice and much needed pick-me-up from the Green Lemonade (I’ve tried them all – and once upon a time even did the cleanse).
Teen Life partnered with several companies to make this event happen and the goodie bags were wonderful (each had a sample of Coach perfume, a lip balm and a YA fiction book) and were just right for holding all the paperwork and great information. Wonderful event – many thanks to all!