Sun Safety and Kids + Hamilton Sunscreen Give Away

This give away has now closed. The winner was Lioness Lady – “I have very fond memories of laying out on the banana lounges with my sisters slathered in coconut oil… not hat, shade or sunscreen in sight! Can you imagine doing that these days??!! My kids aren’t allowed out without hats, rashies and repeated lashings of sunscreen.”

My sisters sunscreen

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang.

This is me with my beautiful three sisters back in the very early 80’s. Can you guess which one is me? Yep, that’s me on the far right. And if you look closely you will see both my older sister and I have decent sets of freckles.

We grew up in Mildura, where the average annual temperature is 31.7 degrees Celsius. In summer we would play out side pretty much all day, playing under the sprinkler in our bathers, using the wading pool placed in the shade and taking part in long games of back yard cricket.

We didn’t wear hats, we didn’t apply sunscreen daily, nor wear rashies. We would even openly lay out in the sun!

With my complexion (totally and utterly fair) this took its toll, with numerous cases of sunburn each summer. While I can remember being conscious of not getting sunburnt because it hurt, I never thought past the peeling with regard to the damage it would do to my body.

My children
This photo of our kids was taken about three years ago in summer. The older two may have had the odd freckle, but their little faces have never experienced sun burn and peeling like mine did.

And most importantly the kids are aware of the dangers the sun can bring. We have talked about sun safety at home – why they need to wear sunscreen, wear hats and cover up.

Sun Safety Page 1
These messages are also reinforced at school. Like most schools, our kids school has a “no hat, no play” policy. If the kids forget their hat, they have to play in the undercover area of the playground (where no ball games are allowed, which is the definition of torture for my boys).

Sun Safety Page 2
Sun safety is also incorporated into the curriculum. Just recently our daughter in year two was learning about UV rays – specifically UVA and UVB. It is important for the kids to understand about UV rays, so they know that sunscreen isn’t just for “sunny” days.

Hamilton Sunscreen Family
Sun safety is a part of our daily routine. We have the sunscreen on the bathroom bench right next to the toothbrushes. After the kids have brushed their teeth in the morning, those that are able apply sunscreen themselves.

During the school week in terms one and four, the kids need to apply sunscreen every day to their faces and arms. I find for kids to remember things like this, it needs to be part of a routine and a visual prompt, like having it right in front of them works best.

We have been trying the Hamilton family sunscreen. It is a broad spectrum UVA + UVB sunscreen, which everyone can use on their body and face. It provides four hours water resistance. The smell is subtle and it isn’t greasy which I like. It is easy enough to wash any excess of little hands too. (the toddler and preschooler can at times be a little heavy handed on how much they squeeze out of the bottle!)

Hamilton Sunscreen Give Away

Hamilton Sunscreen
You can win a Hamilton Sunscreen Pack as photographed above. It includes 1x Family, 1x Sensitive and 1x Toddler 125 mls bottles of sunscreen.

Full T&C’s are here. To enter all you need to do is:

  • Leave a comment below letting me know about your experiences with sun safety as a kid.
  • The giveaway is open to Australian residents only.
  • You may only enter once.
  • Entries close at 5pm 14th Dec 2011.
  • Entries will be short listed. From this list of entries, Nuffnang will judge the winner.
  • Good luck!


  1. Jule says

    I was lucky, my mum was sun safety conscious even back in the 70’s! We were covered in sunscreen every beach trip even though we complained that none of the other kids were. I’m so grateful for that now, apart from the health benefits my sister and I are regularly mistaken for being much younger than we are!

  2. Michelle Smith says

    I have to say… My experience with “sun safety” was VERY different to today’s standards! There was no SPF30+ back when I was young (in the 70s), and I can even recall as a teenagers applying coconut oil – to aid tanning!! I do remember wearing a hat – sometimes – if I was out in the sun all day… and I certainly recall many cases of sun burn. I became a little more conscious of sun safety when I was in my 20s (in the 90s) when we would be water-skiing all day… when you would have the reflection off the water and a hat wouldn’t really stop you from getting burnt. Let me tell you… the last thing you want to do when you are sunburnt is put on a wetsuit!!
    It is so much different now… and trying to create good habits for my toddler is hard to remember. At the very least… he always has his hat on if the sun is out… and I try and remember to put his sunscreen on if he is going to be going outside.

  3. Caroline E says

    Born with fair English skin and spending the early half of my childhood in grey-skyed England and dry-hot Africa, I never got sunburnt until I arrived in Australia. I clearly remember the SlipSlopSlap ads on TV, but still got burnt on my back a few times! Mum put on cooling AV cream which helped, but I still peeled – yuk!
    Now I have to work hard to remember that my kids, who’ve inherited my skin, are exposed to the Australian sun from birth and so need sunscreen daily. I like the non-greasy stuff, Hamilton’s sounds great – a very suitable pack.
    And 14th December is my eldest’s 5th birthday!
    Thanks for the give-away…
    Caroline E

  4. Janis C says

    My experience as an Australian school kid was one of not wanting to be different to my friends – who were dark haired and olive skinned, whilst I had strawberry blonde hair, freckles and an overall pale complexion. In my early years I fought my parents about wearing a sunhat and stopping our play to put suncream on. I would often get burnt and remember Mum putting calomine lotion on my burns and telling me I should know better. Years later my poor nose shows the sun damage that resulted in those early years!
    Thanks for the article & the competition.
    I am so grateful that my kids (who inherited my colouring) are growing up in an environment where everyone dons the hat, slops the suncream on – and reapplies it! And the rashies have enabled them to enjoy long swimming sessions along with their friends!

  5. says

    I have very fond memories of laying out on the banana lounges with my sisters slathered in coconut oil… not hat, shade or sunscreen in sight! Can you imagine doing that these days??!! My kids aren’t allowed out without hats, rashies and repeated lashings of sunscreen.

  6. Jane says

    I’m a 70s kid too, and whilst I do recall my mum ensuring I put on sunscreen at the beach, neither she or I were particularly careful about re-applying it later in the day. So I had plenty of experiences of getting lobster-red skin. I distinctly remember one occasion when I was about 9 years old and my skin had started peeling after getting burned a day or two before, that I had a large (10 cent coin sized) blister on my shoulder. My mum, being a nurse, had decided it had to be popped. She sat me down and stood behind me with a sterilised needle. I was freaking out, crying and yelling ‘no, no, I don’t want you to pop it’ while my dad and sister looked on. After I had carried on for about ten minutes, my mum finally calmed me down enough and said “OK, are you ready now?”. I meekly replied “Yes”. Then mum said, with a big grin on her face, “I’ve already done it… about 10 minutes ago.” And that is how I found out that having a blister popped doesn’t hurt a bit.
    Having two kids of my own has made me much more conscious of keeping them (and me) protected from the Sun.
    I’d like to try these Hamilton products as my eldest child gets eczema and food allergies – I think they could be particularly good for him.
    Unfortunately, it still took me a few more years and exposure to many more government campaigns about sun protection before I became much more vigilent about sun-safety.

  7. Effie says

    Sun safety… what was that? Growing up in the 70’s, we didn’t have any idea of sun safety. Although we weren’t encouraged to sunbathe, a little bit of tan colour was seen as good and healthy and my parents never used sunscreen on us. When we were young our skin was perfect and clear, with no moles or freckles at all. Now that I’m older, all the sun damage has finally come to the surface and my body is full of sun spots and moles! They are terrible, so I am very careful at protecting my own children!

  8. says

    Please don’t enter me into this competition as we have enough sun cream, but just wanted to say that we too use Hamilton and love it. We started at first with another brand and Brian ended up with a rash from it – multiple times.

  9. Maria says

    In the 70s, growing up, we lived near the beach. Mum would pick me up from school and we’d go to the beach where we would sunbake until the sun went down. At night we would compare tans – whoever was browner was the one to be admired! If we had too much sun out would come the yoghurt from the fridge and on it would be slathered to ‘draw out the heat’. Eeek! Nowdays I can’t even drive in the car without draping a sarong over my chest and forearms and the last thing I do before I step out of the house each day is slather my two little kids with sunscreen. Changes eh?

  10. Sonia Mcintosh says

    My parents seemed to give very little to consideration to sun protection in the late 70’s and I have photos and memories of very red faces, peeling shoulders and how scratchy sheets were on my painful skin. I remember when i was about 10 organizing my sisters to do a play at the beach house where we were staying. We sang the “slip, slop, slap” song that had been playing on TV adds… of us slipped on a t-shirt over our bathers, one of us slopped on massive amounts of sunscreen, slop, and the other slapped on and enormous hat. Before the play ended we also applied liberal amounts of white zinc cream to our noses and cheeks. We had some much fun that when we go to the beach together we still sing the song, we slip, slop and slap ourselves and our children so that it ensures that we will all have a good time at the beach and afterwards as well.

  11. Lucy Moore says

    I distinctly remember my nose peeling for 3 weeks when I was about 15 and that’s when I panicked. The slip slop ads had been around for 3 or 4 years and we wore sunscreen at the beach but definiteley not daily or even in the garden. I’m paying now with terrible age spots (I’m only 35) all over my face. I hope that our daily routine of sunscreen will mean my preschoolers never have to cope with the dreaded peeling shoulders back and face.

  12. Zoey says

    As a pale & freckly littlie growing up in the 80’s my experience of sun safety rapidly expanded. Thankfully Mum was always careful to keep us out of the sun (having inherited her “English rose” complexion), but I don’t recall it becoming part of the culture at school until ‘Sid the Seagull’ was launched at our school and the slip, slop, slap message began. It’s been great to grow up with this increased awareness and I think we’re so lucky to have the sun safety message entrenched in our kid’s minds from an early age – certainly not nearly as much objection to wearing hats or being teased for wearing sunscreen like when I was a kid!

  13. Aileen says

    I grew up in Canada where the sun wasn’t as blazing hot – but being a redhead with loads of freckles my Mum and Dad were very conscious of the sun. I was always covered up, in the shade and hat on. It was when we first went to Hawaii in the early 80’s that my Mum discovered a great sunscreen and brought home loads. My sister though was too cool and would lay out slathered in baby oil on a foil safety blanket (I know crazy) and I would be hidden in the shade. Still am the lily white ghost of the family, my motto was anyone can get a tan, not everyone can stay so white!

  14. sam says

    Yes sunscreen is very important I have three gorgoeus girls and we live in the riverland which we experince long hot summer days and I find Hamilton sunscreen is the best to use!

  15. says

    What a treat to see a photo from your childhood…and yes I did pick you! Just wanted to say did you know Maternal Child Health nurses have now be told to say no sunscreen before 10 or after 4 because of concerns about the rising number of Vitamin D deficiency issues? I just can’t believe how we lurch around trying to find solutions for all these things and then just when we think we’ve got it covered…..! Have a great day. x

  16. Amanda says

    My memories of ‘hot, blistering sunburn’, and it’s not a nice memory… As a young girl in country Victoria, bright red hair, freckled skin, My mum used to make me swim with a t-shirt on to avoid the sun (no rashie vest’s back then) aswell as sunscreen pasted from head to toe. I was’nt allowed to attend the pool often due to my risk of sunburn, but I remember one day My girlfriend and I heading off to the pool, My mother YELLING “If I hear you were swimming without that t-shirt on, lookout!!” After 10minutes of swimming with it on, and looking so ‘un-cool’ it was time to remove. An afternoon of swimming and laying in the sun, legs ‘trying’ to get tanned, I arrived home barely walking. My legs and shoulders were blistering already, nothing worse than feeling your skin bubble! My mum took one look at me and just shook her head. She made me sit on the kitchen bench while she covered me in egg white’s…… They were literally baking on my skin. While getting the lecture of my life, my mum then slapped me on top of both thigh’s I did’nt think my sunburn could hurt anymore, OUCH. It taught me a good lesson though, that was the last time I got really sunburnt, and now my two daughters have my fair skin, but no red hair, and I’m grateful that there’s so much awareness now for them to understand. Hats and suncreen are essential in our house, for me too ;)

  17. Karina says

    I remember every summer heading to the beach in NSW for our annual summer holiday. We had a great place opposite the beautiful beach in Mollymook. When younger and mum was in charge of sunscreen I’m sure we were lathered in it but as got older and it was left up to us I think the idea of a tan was more enticing that the worry of damage to our skin. I often ended up with a really badly burnt nose with layers of skin peeling off. This happened several years in a row and it wasn’t until my mum told me I would end up with no skin left and would have to have a skin graft from my bum that I woke up and realised that not using sun screen was really bad for your skin.
    I now had a 2 year old and am extremely conscious of applying sunscreen before creche even though I know they also apply before the kids go outside. My daughters face seems to react to a lot of the toddler sunscreens that I have used, I have not tried the Hamiltons Sensitive one as yet so will have to give that a go.

  18. RedDoll says

    I can’t count the times I was burnt and peeled as a teenager! All my friends use to go to the beach and bake themselves brown and I would go red, peel and back to white! My daughter is very sun smart and at 7, she often reminds me, “Mum we forgot to put my sunscreen on”!

  19. Leila says

    Red shiny skin, vinegar baths and having tomato slices rubbed into my skin, these are just some of the side effects of poor sun safety in my youth.
    I’m a red headed, pale skinned gal who is covered in freckles, honestly i can burn in the shade! It wasn’t that i didn’t use sunscreen it was more that i would only have it applied once and then would use zinc on my face, being young usually in fancy patterns which would then stay on my skin because they were the only areas that were not sunburnt. While my nan would apply sunscreen to me i would help apply tanning lotions (burning oils really) to her.
    Of course now i have sun damaged skin, a high chance of having skin cancer and 4 children who i try desperately to teach sun safety too.

  20. Tanya Zohar says

    I have 4 kids. 2 have olive skin and the other 2 are fair skinned beautiful redheads. Sunscreen is a way of life for us too. It us part of our morning routine. We have a combination of roll ons, rub ins and spray sunscreens. It is non- negotiable in our place and I think the kids think it’s quite fun now

  21. says

    My childhood was much like as you describe the only difference being location..and I am a melanoma survivor..
    Thank goodness for the knowledge and education of today to help protect our children from skin cancer.
    We have also lost a close family friend and my husbands uncle to melanoma.
    Sunscreen is so important!!

  22. says

    My childhood is very similar to yours, sprinklers, bike riding, slip’n’slides, swimming and playing netball all in 30+C degrees all without sunscreen – scary! Not only that but our school never had shelter over the playground or we had to wear hats, thank goodness times have changed!

  23. says

    Oh, my experience with sun safety!!! I admit, after the first couple of times being burnt, I learnt to avoid the sun! Having red hair, and fair skin, I also had lots of freckles, and am prone to being burnt.
    I’m thankful my parents were generally vigilant with suncream and hats – I remember being lathered up quite well, and it was I that protested at using them because it was uncool!!!! I’m now thankful, and am also vigilant with my children.
    I struggle with finding a product that is right for the kids though – that doesn’t hurt them, damage their clothes, and is easy to use.

  24. Bree says

    I have very vivid memories if the blisters on my shoulders from sunburn. And the pain of them popping. I am the sunscreen queen in my house and will prevent that pain from my children no matter what. Like you as a child we never worried about the future damage and now I check my skin regularly so sun spots.

  25. Victoria Hopkins says

    Summer to me meant being sunburnt!. Never wore a hat, forget about any sunscreen, I used to put on coconut oil on to really fry.

    My skin is shocking, but my kids have been so protected, hardly even a freckle and they have never been sunburnt…Can you imagine how our parents had No idea about the damage evry sunburn did to use.

    I do have trouble finding a sunscreen that does not sting the eyes though.

  26. Amanda says

    As I child I hated wearing sunscreen as it was slimy and sticky! But I was so excited to wear zinc cream!!! So when I got my first zinc stick I slapped it on and headed outdoors……little to know that I was allergic to it! I ended up with nasty scrabs but luckily no permanent skin damage! So it was back to the sunscreen for me…..and I have never worn zinc again ;0)

  27. Nina Downes says

    We lived in Brisbane when I was in primary school just down the road from a huge water park – bonus! My poor little pale skin (combination of Swedish and English heritage) regularly overdosed on sun and have have vivid memories of standing under a cold shower crying because the sunburn hurt so much. I never want my children to experience this and keep them covered up as much as possible. I’m experimenting with different sunscreens as my kids have mild eczema. I haven’t heard of this brand before so will look out for it!

  28. Lorelle says

    How times have changed, I have not so fond memories of the lobster look, lathering myself in vitamin E creams to try and avoid peeling, only to peel anyway and itch like crazy. Nowdays the kids know that they can’t play outside without their hat and sunscreen, usually it’s them reminding me! Haven’t tried Hamilton before but would like to. Most sunscreens I have bought are too greasy.

  29. Alyra says

    I have very minimal recollection of sunprotection growing up – just shows how far things have come.

  30. Michelle says

    Ah! This post struck a chord with me. I grew up in queensland and remember we used factor 6! No wonder my skin is in such bad shape (and I’m such an anti-sun nazi with my little boy).

  31. Natalia says

    I grew up in Poland where the sun isn’t as strong as in Australia and our sun safety wasn’t that great back in the 80’s. We spent each summer by the sea and I do not recall using any sun creams as a child. As a teenager it changed yet then having a tan was fab and all my girlfriends were competing who’s darker…. I live in here now and my friends still ask me why I’m so pale when living in Oz. My answer is simple – I want to set a good example for my children and be there for them for many years to come…

  32. caroline says

    Memories of sunscreen in the seventies … coppertone being used by adults who wanted to acheive an even tan!! An alcohol based clear fluid (Stop! or something similar) that we used to put handmarks on our backs with or write messages so that you’d be left with a white mark. On a more serious note – our mum used to insist that we got a sensible tan(?) so that we wouldn’t burn as easily (figure that out!) – but she was also big on putting a t-shirt on when we’d had enough sun…

  33. says

    Hi There :-)
    Childhood memories of spending long hot days in the Coleraine Memorial Swimming Pool, I think the whole pool had 4 small canvas sunseats for shade!…….Lunch of salad sandawiches in the sun by the pool, and if we were lucky enough on a hot night, fish and chips at the pool too!
    Dancing on the hot concrete on the way to the kiosk to buy a sunny boy…
    Sunburn on the back of the knees had to be the most dreaded
    Peeling the skin of my nose
    I remember my sister bathing in vinegar to relieve the sunburn, and I also remember my nan used to cut a cold tomato in half and rub it on our backs/shoulders wherever we were burned.
    Now I am the mother of three fair skinned, blue eyed boys and they all kow the drill….long sleeve rashies, long boardies, sunscreen and hat before they are out the door !!!!

  34. Catherine says

    My experience of sun safety as a kid was non existant. I grew up in Rutherglen near the Murray river and summer was spent either on a tennis court or back of a boat relaxing or water skiing. With pale skin that turned red and blistered after a short time in the sun and then returned to white before another dose of sunburn a lot of my memories (and photos of me) are of me with a very red body/face that was painful and so not comfortable.

  35. Melanie says

    I am another Stawberry blonde with freckles, and didn’t i hate my freckles as a teen. While my mum was relative sunsafe for my time (70s) i would have to apply sunscreen. i remember when 15+ come in and that was thought of as all you would ever need. I never remember wearing a hat, or clothes for that matter :).

  36. Jess says

    When I was about 6 I got some new bathers – I remember being very proud of my smart red and white striped number. After a day at the beach, largely without sunscreen other than a bit of factor 5 here and there, we went home. I peeled off my bathers and found my skin was also candy-striped – red where the white strips had been and white (skin colour) where the red stripes had been! The sun had been so strong that it burned right through the white sections of the material. Needless to say, I haven’t bought any white bathers since!!!!

  37. says

    I grew up in the South of France, where the climate is Mediterraneen (meaning very much like Spain, Italy and Greece). Summer mainly are hot and dry (comparable to NSW). I’m lucky to have olive skin, I don’t burn easily. As a child I was spending a lot of time in my parents swimming pool in the summer (and don’t record wearing any sun protection). I am now very careful of my skin and don’t go out in the summer (especially in Australia) without sunscreen.

  38. Liz says

    My primary school had a ‘no hat, no play’ policy… I remember the first lonely lunchtime I spent the day i forgot my hat. I never forgot it again!

  39. Suzi says

    As a kid my mum was pretty great in making sure we wore sunscreen, even growing up in country Victoria. I have memories of my brothers and I leaving the house almost white from sunscreen. We must have looked pretty funny but I am so grateful for it now though.

  40. says

    I remember playing in a waterhole on my Aunties farm one day, it was overcast and still I got so sunburned I couldn’t sit down because bending my legs hurt the back of my sunburned knees too much :(

    Never want my girls to experience that pain.

  41. jodi says

    I remember the fluro ‘zinc’ sticks and creams on my nose and cheeks……a hat…..and thats about it!!!!

  42. Sonya N says

    I remember my brothers peeling my burnt skin off my back several times as a kid. Now that I have children of my own I make sure they stay out of the sun as much as possible so they’ll never experience what I did!

  43. THERESE says

    I was seven and staying with Grandma whilst my parents were away. We had a day at the Beach with no sun protection. As a Red Head, this resulted in receiving significant sunburn with blisters. My Grandma tried yoghurt for the blisters which sent me into so much pain and eventually admitted to hospital. I loved my Grandma but forget it when they say it’s a Grandmothers remedy. lol

  44. Carol says

    Living in North Queensland we were the start of the ‘No hat no play’ generation, quickly followed by Slip Slop Slap!

  45. Sonia says

    I don’t remember ever putting sunscreen on as a kid.
    My 3 boys are always lathered in it. We have a bottle in the car, in the garage in the backyard as well. No excuses to get burnt in this house!

  46. Katrina OConnor says

    my son loves going to the beach and the pool so he needs to be protected his precious skin with sunscreen.

  47. Marie Pohnetalova says

    We covered ourselves in Zinc facecream just like our cricketing heroes – Howzat! fun & safe!

  48. Shell says

    Born in the mid 70’s. I can remember often having such bad sunburn that I’d have chunks of skin peeling off my nose. We did use sunscreen but it was an SPF4 and we also wore fluro zinc on our faces.
    As a teen not only was coconut oil a beach bag staple, but some of the girls even used cooking oil to speed up their tans!!!
    We thrive on the coastal lifestyle and I have the kids at the beach regularly, but thankfully we now have the knowledge our parents didn’t, and rashies, hats, and SPF30 suncream are a must!

  49. elle denton says

    After 30 years of damaging my skin
    in result I now have Keloids scarring
    they are painful & itchy
    I feel like I have sunburn 24hrs day
    so very important for me to keep my
    kids safe with slip, slop, slap

  50. says

    With fair skin and red hair inherited from Mum, we were all made aware of sun safety at an early age. Having grown up with bad cases of sunburn, Mum was particularly vigilant about covering up, hats and wear sunscreen with all of we kids.

    We were not allowed in the backyard without either sunscreen or a long sleeved cotton top and a hat. When we went for walks we had to take an umbrella for shade. We hated being lathered up whilst other kids were free to run around with no protection, we now appreciate why she was so strict on the subject.

    We all have a million and one freckles, but the likelihood any of us will get skin cancer is greatly diminished. Mum has had many painful years having the cancers cut out and burned off, some malignant and some not. As vigilant as she was with us and sun protection, she is as hard on herself and gets regularly checked out.

    With the third generation in our family being born with the trademark red hair and freckles, the cycle has started once again and none of the kids are allowed out without hats and appropriate protection. I just hope that when they grow up, they also appreciate the importance of what we’re doing even if it is annoying to them :)

  51. Kathy Mason says

    Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s we didn’t know too much about sunscreen, luckily I have not done any damage to my skin, I now stay out of the sun.

  52. Michele says

    I remember as a child going to the beach with my parents. When I came home, I was so burned that I cried while my mum applied lotion to my body.

  53. Mandy says

    I was born in the ’50s. There was no such thing as sun safety when I was growing up. I can remember many serious cases of sunburn, painful blisters and even heatstroke. Some instances were when I was quite young and my parents would have been responsible but then there were others as a teenager when you’d think I would’ve learnt how painful it was. I’ve had many skin cancers cut out and I’m sure there are more to come.

  54. Ellisa Bayly says

    I have two fair skinned, red headed beautiful little girls – who seem to get sunburnt by just thinking about going outside. We are very sunsmart – we have a hat and sunscreen in the following location 1) at the front and back door 2) in the two cars 3) in my handbag 4) at granny and grandad’s house. Both girls know that this is the normal to apply sunscreen and a hat.

  55. Jane says

    Growing up in England we were lucky to see it but I did have a couple of holidays abroard and thought having a tan was the coolest back then!

  56. Kylie says

    When I was a kid we spent every January at the caravan park and all day at the beach. I used to get badly burnt, sunstroke, blisters, skin so sore I could hardly sit or lay down.
    Now I go off to the skin cancer clinic every year and hope those days don’t come back to haunt me.
    My kids always slip, slop, slap – I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  57. karen says

    I remember as a very small child getting so sunburnt that I could not walk for days. My whole torso was bandaged and the pain was incredible. I still cringe whenever I think of that time. As an adult I am very careful to slip, slop, slap and ensure my children are well covered.

  58. Corina says

    I remember as a kid peeling huge sheets of skin off my shoulders. I still cringe everytime I see my daughter doing the same.

  59. Raymond Evans says

    I have had a Melanoma removed, so I understand the value and importance of sunscreen. Use it every day. Always make sure the kids are protected too.

  60. Josie says

    I am a blonde win fair skin and suffered numerous sunburns as a kid. I learnt fairly early that it hurt, so was never a “sun baker” as a teen but still often forgot to slip slop slap doing everyday things out side. So far I have been lucky, but I am sure it will catch up with me someday. I am very thankful to have kids with olive skin who have been educated from birth on sun safety – for them it is automatic, not something that is forgotten!

  61. Jennifer F says

    I never remember putting sunscreen on as a kid and now I regularly get my freckles and moles checked because I have so many of them. Now I am obsessed with putting sunscreen on my kid’s precious skin as I think the sun is a lot harsher now.

  62. Judith Senese says

    The one and only time I ever went to the beach without sunscreen I ended up so burnt I could hardly move, or sleep. Never again, I learnt my lesson, and now I am getting my sons sun smart.

  63. Bridie says

    Our Mum was always on the ball with sun safety with us (which was fairly unusual in the early 80s) because our grandmother passed because of a melanoma at the age of 49. I think it’s something that has stuck with the three of us – we’ve never been burnt and our children have always been protected with lotions, hats, shade and sunnies.

  64. Stacey Gladmam says

    Sun safety was almost non existant as a child, in my teens it was even worse, now I look through the mirror and cringe.

  65. Kathleen says

    I think back to the days of sitting at school with coconut oil on our legs to get a tan – so so bad for you.

    I am now obsessive about hats / sunscreen and tops that cover my children’s shoulders.

  66. nicole says

    Having fair skin I was always told to never go outside without sunblock or bad things would happen to my skin. I am now even more protective of my skin and my childrens, as skin cancer has affected family members

  67. Margaret says

    In the seventies I can remember going to the beach with my friends family. I got so burnt that I couldn’t lie on my back for several days. And putting on a shirt was pure agony. We weren’t taught about sun safety then. Much, much more sensible now.

  68. Emily Keller says

    We would head off the the pool, and mum would send us the sunscreen to put on before swimming. We never used it, and would squirt some out onto the ground to make it look as though we did….eeeek!

  69. Penny Schelbach says

    I remember getting sunburnt as a child while wearing a blue mesh shirt. My back looked like red flyscreen, (the marks from the mesh shirt). I have never been so sunburnt ever again, and do not ever let my children outside without wide-brimmed hats and sunscreen on. I am extra cautious now as I lost my father to melanoma cancer ten years ago. Unfortunatley he never got to see my children. But thanks to him, they are growing up sun-smart!!

  70. Amanda Manning says

    I don’t remember wearing hats as a child. My husband and I were blonde toddlers. I always wondered why our kids were never really blonde though, until my mother said her hair would go light with sun exposure. I always put hats on my children outside, so I guess that’s why their hair just got darker.

  71. Laura J says

    Mum always made us cover up,
    Although it was annoying & tough.
    Got burnt a bit as a teen,
    But I know now covering up ensures Summertime dreams.

  72. louise says

    wearing a hat is not silly although some may think your attire is not upto fashion but who cares what they think you will have the beautiful young fresh youthful glow and look ten years younger . cover up when your outside long sleeves and pants put that slip slop and slap cream on wear sunnies get 10 mins of sun a day take your vitamnin D3
    FOLLOW MUMS RULES……….. I DO !!!!!!!!!

  73. Susie Mck says

    Then a kid, Sun, olive oil, beach scene
    No hat, T-shirt or sunscreen
    Now sunspots, uneven skintone
    I was living in the seventies I moan!

  74. laura carey says

    While my siblings tanned, I was very fair skinned. Mum used to cover me head to toe in clothing, hats, sunscreen and sit me under the beach umbrella. While I felt the odd one out, I am forever grateful to her for taking such great care of my skin!