Last weekend we paid a visit to Devon to review a hotel BUT we were a little bit stuck about what we were going to do during the day. Yes, we had a massive cove to climb and explore but surely there was more to Devon in the Summer than that? Well, yes, there is and thanks to Boots we got the chance to check out some local activities.
You may recall that I shared some of Boots top tips to stay safe in the sun a couple of weeks back. So, before we departed for our trip to Devon, I paid a visit to Boots in Taunton to pick up our holiday essentials. This included some sun lotion for both the adults and a bottle for Grace. I was really pleased to see that Boots make a sun lotion that incorporates insect repellent. Prior to this, I was a little concerned about whether I should be applying the insect repellent or sun lotion first – problem solved!
I also picked up some cooling mist spray. Grace absolutely loves this stuff and I find, especially at night time, she is a bit of a hot body so needs something quick and easy to cool her down. This spray sat by her bed in the hotel and, with a place that has no air conditioning, this type of product is invaluable.
On the first evening we were away, whilst in the shower, Ross got bitten on his ankle by an insect. A shower isn’t really the type of place you would find this thing happening if you ask me! Anyway, as a result of the Bite and Sting Relief Antihistamine cream, we were able to act on this quickly and offer Ross a solution to the pain that he was feeling.
The following day, before setting off for Pennywell Farm, we all put on our sun cream. I remembered from our meeting with Boots that around three tablespoons of suncream is enough to cover your whole body and was careful not to over rub the lotion. I made sure I helped Grace but I didn’t think that Ross needed any…that was until the evening, once we had returned to the hotel! I noticed Ross’ face getting redder and redder. I asked him and yep, you guessed it, he had only forgotten the most important part of his anatomy!
During the day I stored our sun lotion in our cool bag. I know that this does not make a difference to the effects of the lotion but it did keep it cooler when we needed to reapply it.
We spent the morning at Pennywell Farm and from lunchtime onwards we were back at the hotel enjoying a picnic followed by a walk down to the cove. I ensure that everyone had reapplied their lotion before we set off for the beach. Evidence shows we get most of our vitamin D from exposure to sunlight which tends to cause faster nail growth amongst other health benefits so I made sure that we all spent plenty of time outdoors.
In the evening I remembered the advice from the Boots experts that baths can dehydrate your skin, leading to faster peeling. Therefore a cool shower was the order of the day and we made sure we used a moisturising body wash to help lock-in the colour.
The following day was a bit of a wash-out weather wise unfortunately. We were due to go to a waterpark but decided on a lovely family meal followed by a walk down to the beach instead. Of course, during the summer months, just because it is raining doesn’t mean it is cold. Hot wet weather is the type of climate that still brings out the insects and the potential for bites and stings. Plus, being overcast doesn’t mean that the sun’s rays still can’t reach us therefore we made use of the sun lotion once again.
All in all we had a wonderful summery weekend – made even better by the fact that, thanks to Boots, we were armed with the products and knowledge that protected from sun, sea and stings!
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