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!

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  • elle denton December 12, 2011 at 10:24 am

    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

  • Kate December 12, 2011 at 10:33 am

    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 :)

  • Kathy Mason December 12, 2011 at 11:05 am

    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.

  • James December 12, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Skin is so precious, look after it and it will look after you

  • Michele December 12, 2011 at 11:34 am

    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.

  • Mandy December 12, 2011 at 11:59 am

    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.

  • Ellisa Bayly December 12, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    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.

  • Jane December 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    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!

  • Kylie December 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    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.

  • karen December 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    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.

  • Corina December 12, 2011 at 7:37 pm

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

  • Raymond Evans December 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    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.

  • Josie December 12, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    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!

  • renee annison December 12, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    my parents always used to slap on the zinc when i was a child

  • Jennifer F December 12, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    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.

  • Judith Senese December 12, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    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.

  • Linda Hynson December 13, 2011 at 12:22 am

    As a kid there wasnt sun safety.Luckily we are more aware these days:-)

  • Bridie December 13, 2011 at 12:24 am

    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.

  • julie bennett December 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    SLIP SLOP SLAP
    and its still around today
    best advice ever
    sun smart sun safe

  • Stacey Gladmam December 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm

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

  • Kathleen December 13, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    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.

  • nicole December 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    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

  • Margaret December 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    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.

  • Emily Keller December 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    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!

  • Penny Schelbach December 13, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    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!!

  • Amanda Manning December 14, 2011 at 12:02 am

    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.

  • Laura J December 14, 2011 at 6:33 am

    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.

  • louise December 14, 2011 at 10:50 am

    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 !!!!!!!!!

  • Susie Mck December 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    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!

  • laura carey December 14, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    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!

  • Nicole Gentle December 14, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I always did the Slip, Slop, Slap rap!