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Cabana Life Sun Safety

Happy summer 2017!

With summer comes lots of fun times outside with friends and family. And since we live on the beach in coastal Connecticut, we spend most of our summer outdoors.

As I have shared with you all before, I have skin cancer, so I need to be extra careful when I’m in the sun. I am always looking for stylish but safe UPF clothing brands to protect my skin from further damage. Although I’ve tried several different types of UPF clothing brands, one of the brands that I love for myself and for my kids is Cabana Life.

Because I love this brand so much, and I know you will too, I want to offer you a special promo code for 20% off your next order from Cabana Life. Simply use the code BCPROTECT at check out to get 20% off your total purchase. There are so many tops, bottoms, dresses and swimwear to choose from for women, men and kids!

If you are looking for something comfortable and trendy, then my one fashionable tip for you this season is to combine the rashguard top with the bikini bottom—it’s a summer essential!

And since we are on this important topic of sun safety, please be sure you’re also using sunscreen on yourself and your family. Our best-selling sunscreen from Beautycounter earns the top rating for safety from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Beautycounter Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30Beautycounter Sunscreen Stick for Face SPF 30I love the Protect All Over Sunscreen lotion for the body and the Protect Stick Sunscreen for the face—it’s easy to use, and I can throw in my purse or beach bag for quick and easy reapplication.

 

 

Let’s all stay sun safe & stylish this summer!

xoxo NBC

 

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