Ready-Set-Summer Beauty with Life Brand!

Ready-Set-Summer Beauty

Summer is here! Besides family trips and activities with the kids, don’t forget to take some time for yourself to look and feel your best. Get ready for summer from head-to-toe with a few fresh and affordable beauty ideas from Shoppers Drug Mart.

Face refresh

For a quick face detox, try new Life Brand Detoxifying Bubbling Mud Face Mask. It contains bamboo charcoal powder and tea tree oil to remove excess oils (a common culprit with warmer weather) and deep clean pores. The mask bubbles when applied, which creates an oxygenating foam layer on the skin.

 

Quick clean

We love the convenience of rinse-free micellar cleansers, and now we’re just as obsessed with these micellar facial wipes. They gently remove makeup and cleanse skin, and are great to packing for weekend getaways, camping trips or even your beach bag (goodbye post-swim raccoon eyes)!

Also great are PC Baby Wipes – perfect for family trips, and busy moms will appreciate the flip-top lid.

Lip service

Keep your lips soft, smooth and hydrated with a lip balm & scrub from Quo Cosmetics. The scrub exfoliates dead skin, while the lip balm containing shea butter, jojoba, rose hip oil and avocado oil leaves lips moisturized and lightly tinted. Mango, watermelon and pomegranate are the deliciously perfect summer scents.

 

Smooth legs

Shorts, skirt and swimsuit season means keeping legs silky and smooth. These Life Brand 3 Blade Pivoting Razors contain botanical moisture strips with aloe and shea butter, ideal for sensitive skin. This four-pack is $8, so stock up for the season!

 

For more information about Life Brand, Quo and PC Baby products at Shoppers Drug Mart, visit shoppersdrugmart.ca.

Beach days are right around the corner, mamas (fingers crossed)! And we, for one, cannot wait for the sun, popsicles, and beach days! When you have a baby, though, things become a little more complicated. You can’t just slather them up with any old sunscreen and head out the door. We are advised not to use sunscreen on babies under 6 months and most toddlers would never make it that easy!   That is why I am in love with my Full Body UV Swim Suit by January Baby!

You would think that the market would be flooded with options but its pretty scarce especially when it comes to full body suits, which is a must for babies in order to keep them protected and safe!  All January Baby suits have a UPF rating of 50 +, which means the skin is only exposed to 1/50th of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, per  The Skin Cancer Foundation. This ensures your little ones will be safe to play in the sun and you will be confident enough to let them.

Some of the great things about this suit is that it covers wrist to ankle but also provides full neck coverage, which is great because my baby, like most has very sensitive skin. The suit is a polyester/spandex blend and comes in a variety of cute bold colors from sizes 6m to 4 years. (In the photos above, Asher is wearing the color navy with an aqua stripe, which I think looks great with his complexion—so flattering)! The suit has an easy to use zip in front, which makes getting a wet squirmy baby in AND out a breeze. The suit does have a lot of room to grow but actually fit snug. Although I currently have to roll up the legs and sleeves quite a bit, it isn’t that bothersome since I know he can use it longer.

Overall, we really love our Full Body UV Swim Suit! I actually wish I had one when my first son was born – so those sunny days when we did go out I could have spent a lot less time worrying about him and lot more time enjoying him.

The suit can be purchased online at www.JanuaryBaby.com,  Mini Mioche, and Baby on the Hip!

A change of season is the perfect time to introduce new beauty products into your routine. Try one of these new beauty essentials from Shoppers Drug Mart – affordable options for busy moms, whether you are travelling or at home.

 

Try a micellar cleanser

Micellar water makes cleansing your face quick and easy. It gently removes oil, dirt and makeup without drying your skin. Another benefit is that it doesn’t require any rinsing. It works on all skin types, even sensitive skin.

Deep clean

Another facial cleansing option is Life Brand’s exfoliating facial wipes. For easy exfoliation and a deep cleanse, gently rub these cloths in a circular motion – ideal for travelling or time-saving at home. These wipes also contain cucumber, aloe and green tea to leave your skin feeling soothed and refreshed.

Saving face

Mineral sunscreens are gaining popularity these days, thanks to their naturally sourced mineral active ingredients to block UVA and UVB rays. Sunthera3 has new mineral sunscreen options for the whole family, including an SPF 30 or 50+ for adults and one for kids too. Sunthera3 is water resistant for 80 minutes, does not contain oxybenzone, and is oil free and fragrance free.

Skin pampering

Facial masks are a great way to sneak in some skin pampering and get a spa-like experience at home. For a springtime refresh, try Life Brand’s single-use sheet cream masks, available in moisturizing and brightening formulas. The paraben-free formulas are enriched with ingredients like Vitamin C and antioxidants to rejuvenate skin’s appearance.

For more information about Life Brand and Sunthera3 products, visit shoppersdrugmart.ca.

We live in Toronto and therefore spend a lot of time walking around our neighbourhood and we also (like most Canadians) live for the summer. As much as we love the summer, we know how important it is to protect ourselves, and our daughter, Avery, from the sun with SPF but for extra coverage and protection, we heavily rely on the Shield™ Stroller Comfort Canopy.  It conveniently folds into a small bag and can just live in the bottom of our stroller for when we need it.

It  easily fits over our stroller keeping Avery shaded, protected from bugs, or even rain, as the front has a roll down rain cover. We also use this for when Avery is sleeping to keep it nice and dark for her while still letting in fresh air through the mesh at the sides.  This is so perfect for our family as we also love to travel and beach vacations are a must for us. This stroller cover protects Avery from the sun and heat while we are out enjoying the day. I absolutely love the convenience of this product and how compact it folds up so we can bring it everywhere with us!

 

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Are you sending your child off to camp this summer? The feelings of excitement can be overshadowed by feelings of anxiety at the thought of all the things they may be unprepared for. To make sure your child – and you – are ready for their first camp experience, make sure you go over a few things before they head off.

1. The Details of the Camp

While the word “camp” conjures up vivid images in your head as an adult, it’s a much more vague concept for new campers. They don’t really know what to expect, and that can cause some apprehension on the part of your child. Go over the details that you know about the camp: what activities they’ll participate in, what their sleeping quarters will be like, and how long they’ll be there. Show them pictures if possible. The more information you can give your child, the more you can reduce any anxiety they may feel about leaving home.

2. Personal Responsibility and Organization

When they’re at camp, your child will be responsible for themselves and likely sharing space with other campers. Label all their belongings with their name, and teach them basic skills like picking up their dirty clothes after getting dressed and replacing their toothbrush into their toiletry bag after its use. Consider also sending simple organizational systems like a dirty-laundry bag to help your child keep track of all their belongings and keep things tidy.

3. Sun and Water Safety

The threats of heat exhaustion, dehydration, and drowning are very real – but you’ll have no need to worry about them if you teach your child how to avoid the afflictions in advance. Teach them about proper hydration, sunscreen application, and – if they don’t know how to swim – appropriate conduct when they’re around water.

 

4. Easy Hair Care

If you’ve got a girl, they’re going to need to know how to manage their hair on their own when they’re at camp. If they don’t already take responsibility for their own mane, help them learn how to do basic brushing and a low, easy ponytail.

5. How to Handle the Dark

Many children rely on a night light or some sort of illumination, and those who do sleep in pure darkness do so in the comfort and familiarity of their own home. Prepare your child for the possibility that they may be a little anxious after the lights go out by giving them a small illumination device they can use inside their sleeping bag should they need it – a penlight, small flashlight, or even a watch with an illuminated display.

6. Review the Supplies

Don’t simply pack up your child’s camp supplies and hand them a suitcase on their way out the door. Involve them in the process so they know exactly what they have and where they can find it in their bag. Knowing the things they are bringing with them will increase their confidence and self-efficacy and reduce their anxiety of the unknown.

7. How to Make Friends

No matter how fun camp can be, it’s always better with a friend. Help your child practice basic social skills and develop confidence in approaching new people by role-playing with them.

8. How Proud You Are of Them

Build your child up and reinforce your confidence in their ability to succeed on their own for a week. It’s true that the words you say become your child’s inner voice – and those words of confidence will get them through any difficult moments during the adjustment period at camp. However, avoid talking about how much you’ll miss them while they’re away; your child’s job is to go away and have fun, not to wrestle with guilt or worry about how you’re faring without them.

Summing It Up

Going to sleepaway camp is a rite of passage for most kids – and a big milestone for parents, too. With all the responsibility that comes with leaving home for a few days, it can be anxiety-inducing for everyone involved. Prepare your child by sharing as much information about the camp in advance, teaching them some basic self-management skills, and setting them up with some simple organizational systems.

 

Jenny is a mother of two, a summer mama, and a lover of the great outdoors. When she isn’t trying to get her kids off their screens and playing outside, you can find her blogging about her parenthood experiences at Mom Loves Best, or Pinning up a storm on Pinterest.

Summer heat is generally something we all love. After the cold and bleak winter, a bit of sunshine is just the right medicine to help us feel good. But too much heat can also have its bad consequences, especially for young children.

 

Clothing plays a major role in protecting children from the summer heat and ensuring they’re not exposed to harmful UV-rays. So, to ensure your summer goes smoothly and your children can enjoy the warmth without feeling uncomfortable, take note of these essential clothing tips for your children.

 

Be aware of the room temperature

 

If you don’t have an indoor thermometer, you might want to buy one. It’s a good idea to check what kind of temperature is in the room your baby is sleeping or playing to ensure you don’t add too much or too little clothing. If the temperature in the room is above 25 degrees Celsius, a nappy and a thin cotton t-shirt or a vest will most likely be enough – even for the night. On the other hand, when the room is between 20 and 23 degrees Celsius, you want to use a shortie baby grow or shorts, and for the night a soft, cotton pyjamas and perhaps even include socks to the indoor outfit.

 

Choose loose fitting clothing

 

Whether for the night or the day, during hot weather you want the clothing to be loose fitting. You don’t want to opt for tights or fitting t-shirts, as these can lock in the heat and make your toddler feel uncomfortable.

 

Loose fitting shirts, dresses and shorts are the best as they allow the skin to breathe. If you go out, these can let the small breeze cool down the body and make the baby feel a bit more comfortable.

 

Focus on selecting the right materials

 

Aside from picking things that are loose fitting, you also want to focus on finding materials that absorb moisture and allow it to escape from the skin. For blistering summer heat, cotton is the best pick. Natural fibres, in general, are much better than synthetic clothing. So, avoid fabric mixtures and go for natural, organic clothing.

 

In terms of the design, avoid anything fancy – you don’t want the clothing to feel heavy. So, a simple cotton shirt and trousers with no extra buttons, zippers or embroidery will work the best. Light colours tend to be nicer than darker tones in terms of keeping the heat at bay.

 

Baby and young children can find quite a bit of 100% cotton clothing. Mothercare has a wide range of affordable pure cotton items for boys and girls. You should definitely shop for a few additional pieces if you don’t already have a lot of summer clothing.

 

Cover the skin from the scorching sun

 

While you don’t want to overdress your toddler, you also shouldn’t expose the baby to the sun too much. UV-rays can be harmful and babies under six months should always be kept out of direct sunlight. So if you are caring for a small baby, you need to have a parasol for the buggy to ensure there is a shade covering the baby at all times.

 

For children slightly older, you want to let them play outside if they want to. The key is to ensure you either have loose fitting clothing to cover most of the skin and include a hat to the outdoors outfit. You want a cotton hat that will breathe but create a big enough shade to cover the face.

 

Of course, it’s also important to use sun cream to protect the skin from the occasional moment in the sunlight. You can find good toddler-friendly options from brands like Ambre Solaire.

 

Pick breathable bedding

 

It’s not just the clothing that matters in hot weather; you should also do a few tricks around the house to ensure the temperature doesn’t get too sweltering.  First, it’s important to choose the right bedding materials. Just like with clothing, you want to pick cotton as the main bedding fabric. Cotton absorbs moisture, stays dry and allows the skin to breathe. You definitely don’t want to use any waterproof materials because these will just retain the heat and make your baby sweat more.

 

Ventilate the house

 

During the day, keep your windows open to allow a soft breeze to go through the house. Remember to keep on eye on the indoor temperature as you do this and don’t let your baby spend too much time in direct wind or breeze. You should also keep the curtains pulled down and in front of the window to prevent the sun from heating the room further.

 

Stay hydrated

 

Finally, it’s important to stay hydrated in the summer heat. Your young child will probably need to up his or her water intake, so make sure you offer and ask the child to drink regularly. You can also add an ice cube to the water to make it extra refreshing.

 

Overall, it’s a good idea to put yourself in the baby’s shoes and think what you might be feeling. So, dress the baby similarly to how you would want to dress!

 

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