SPF on the Beach

There probably isn’t a person in the world that enjoys applying sun cream. There are probably even less people that enjoy applying it on others – particularly when the ‘others’ happen to be children.

Applying sun tan lotion
Applying the stuff

Anyone watching our sun tan lotion performance pool side (or anywhere else come to that) will probably need to go for a lie down.It takes that long.

A conservative tot-up would be that about two days of our annual holiday are taken up in family sun cream applications.

Those of you with children will know that if they are very small, they will slide through your hands and leg it.   If you are very unlucky they will scream the resort down.

Those of you with older children will know that there are generally a list of 20 things that your child needs to do first if you mention ‘creaming up’.

If you have a daughter, you will likely hear at least one of the following during the act :

  1.  “you didn’t have to put it in my eye”
  2. “ouch, stop pulling my hair”
  3. “Why do you always have to hurt when you do it”
  4. “Stop”

You will see the connection in the following  book title and sun product and realise that the two are not mutually exclusive ……..

Dork Diaries and Nivea Suncream
Drama Queen & Nivea

If you have applied sun cream correctly, you will probably feel like you have completed your entire menopausals’ worth of sweating in one go and you will also want to go for a lie down with your fellow bathers.

SPF 50 has never been known for its blending qualities after all.  It’s a bit like trying to rub lard into a mirror and expecting it to be smear free.

Sun tan lotion evidence is also problematical for a 9 year old.

I’ve wondered on this holiday whether The Kid is of the age where she should really be doing it herself. This comes with an element of risk in so far as, we are responsible for the welfare and any attendant burn of said kid – the fault will lie clearly in our court irrespective of the applicant.

Hiding and nothing spring to mind and if a little charring occurs, it could potentially bring about the demise of the holiday.

Applying Nivea Sun Tan Lotion

I would liken our beach side shenanigans to that of a travelling circus.  The only difference being that there is no charge to witness our little spectacle and we would probably knock juggling and stilt walking into a tin hat.

Floating in Swimming Pool

At this stage, I would like to make it clear that if anyone was offering to put my sun cream on, I would take their hand off and adopt Starfish position immediately.

No complaints from me – not one.

Can I go in now?

A Cornish Mum

11 thoughts on “SPF on the Beach

  1. i realised the other day that my daughter is currently displaying the badge of poor parenting that is the suntan. I feel ashamed! My son is milky white as he gets forced into a uv suit. I bloody hate suncream. I think holiday resorts should come with suncream spray-booths like spray tan booths to do your kids. And some kind of sunhat glue to prevent removal. I enjoyed your post. Xxxx

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    1. Ha – I think if they are going to tan they will. No amount of Factor 50 will prevent it – I have a red head and I can’t stop her tanning. I’m sure she’d still tan if she had a fleecy onesie on! That’s funny about the UV suit. We’ve never had one of those suits (also poor parenting)! I’m with you on the booth or some kind of beach sprinkler I would pay good money for something like that! 12 hour hat glue needs to be on the market immediately. Thanks for commenting. Nicky xx

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  2. My 4 year old loves having su lotion put on always has done. The total opposite of my 7 year old who still hates it. I get the one that lasts 8 hours so it’s not being done constantly. Thanks for linking to #picknmix

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  3. I always forget, and being very dark skinned, I’m able to get away with it, which is incredibly irresponsible. I do (generally) remember to get sunscreen on my children, though. Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday!

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