Sunscreen for the sensitive skin of kids, which one is the best?

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Natural sunscreen for kids

When the weather gets better, there comes that moment that you start thinking about sunscreen for your kids (and for you) again. Since some of the sunscreen you put on, goes into the skin, we decided to do some research for our little ones. At the bottom of this article you’ll find our favourite sunscreens at the moment.

The difference between synthetic and natural sunscreen

To start with the most important difference: there are 2 types of sunscreen filters, the ones with synthetic filters and the ones with mineral/natural filters.

Besides the fact that you don’t want to get burned you probably want to keep your skin healthy and not ageing too fast. So you need to be protected against UVA as much as against UVB. Pure natural filters will do this. Titaniumdioxide and zinkoxide is the combination you will find mostly in sunscreen with natural filters. The downside of these sunscreens is that it mostly leave a white trace. If it has these ingredients and doesn’t leave a white trace then the parts are reduced (nano). This means that it doesn’t protect you at best against UVA.

Pro’s for sunscreen with a natural filter

An upside for natural filters is that it works immediately. Synthetic filters need half an hour before they work. Besides that, they give less skin irritation than synthetic sunscreens.
There are a lot rumors about the bad ingredients in synthetic sunscreens but it’s difficult to find real good investigations about this. Although the ingredients in synthetic sunscreen are not good, when they stay below the European regulation the harm done isn’t proved yet (or I cannot find that investigation 😉 ) In case you feel like me, better be safe than sorry, read below the ingredients that you should avoid and go for a natural one with UVA + UVB.

No go ingredients

What you should definitely check is if your sunscreen doesn’t have the following ingredients:
Oxybenzone (Benzophenone-3) / Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, octylmethoxycinnamate) / Retinyl palmitate
Synthetic sunscreens can have these ingredients so better to spend a little more on a natural filter.

SPF 30 or 50+

My first thought for my little ones was 50+, but then I read that the difference between the two options is only 1.4%. Factor 30 protects 96,6% and factor 50 protects 98% and my experience is that Factor 50 is less easy to smear. The important thing is to put it on every two hours at least.

Our all over recommendations:

  • Baby’s up to 6 months (even better until 12 months) should be held completely out of the sun.

  • Put on a big layer of sunscreen, most people put only 25% of what is necessary.

  • Keep your kids out of the sun between 12 – 15h.

  • Put sunscreen on every 2 hours (extra if they go swimming).

  • It doesn’t matter that much if you choose SPF 30 or 50.

  • Don’t use the one from last year.

  • Preferably don’t use spray because they will inhale the sunscreen.

  • Besides all the above that, what matters is to choose a good brand which protects

    your kids against UVA and UVB with mineral filters and no (or not so many) nano parts.

Good options

There are a lot of good and safe options out there of natural (mineral) sunscreen, we selected some good options for you and your kids:

  • Naif kids sunscreen SP 30

  • Lovea 30+

  • Lovea kids 50+

  • Biosolis kids sunmilk 50+

  • Eucerin kids 50+

  • Lavera suncream 30+

Our tests

So far we have tried 3 of them:

– Naif 30: is easy to smear but it leaves me and my boys as ghosts for the rest of the day. I know this is a sign of a good mineral sunscreen and at the beach I don’t care that much but I don’t want to walk around on the street like a ghost. So I keep this one for beach days. For more info about this product click here

-Lovea 30+: Is even easier so smear and it leaves me just a little bit like a ghost, but this white layer is acceptable for a walk in town. The only thing is that I don’t like the smell so much, but it’s just a matter of preference and you smell it mainly in the beginning.

-Lovea kids 50+: Easy to smear and it barely leaves a white trace. There is no parfum, to me it smells a bit better than the Lovea 30+ . Still not a very nice smell but after a while you almost don’t smell it anymore so this is as well a good option for your kids.

Enjoy those sunny days