With a tropical country like the Philippines, sun protection is a must every day, especially during the summer season, when days are longer, the sun is stronger, and most people are spending their time outdoors. Kids must apply sunblock as they are more vulnerable to skin and eye damage.
There are all kinds of sunblocks and sunscreens out in the market, so we asked for recommendations from our Facebook group, Smart ParentingVillage. Not only are these mom-approved, they are budget-friendly, too — nothing over Php1,000!
What to look for in a sunblock for kids
As you read through the list below, you'll probably find common terms that you'll encounter when looking at sunblock and sunscreen labels. To help you choose the best sunblock for your kids, here's a quick guide.
Look for "broad spectrum" on the label. Ingredients must also have zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which are physical blockers that protect you from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Choose a sunblock with SPF30 and above. SPF stands for sun protection factor and experts generally recommend using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, which blocks out 97% of UVB radiation.
The sunblock needs to be water resistant. If your kids love swimming and playing in the water, a water-resistant sunscreen is best so you don't have to re-apply it every so often.
Human Nature SafeProtect Sunscreen for Babies and Kids (SPF 30)
This water-resistant sunscreen gets plus points from moms because it doesn’t have any harsh chemicals plus it doesn’t feel sticky on the skin. It’s safe for babies six months and older, plus the formula is environment- and reef-friendly!
Baby’s skin is extra sensitive, but this gentle, hypoallergenic formula claims it is safe to use even on newborns. It’s water-resistant and has ceramide and hyaluronic acid to keep baby’s skin moisturized.
The Japanese brand is known for its baby products, but we were pleasantly surprised that it also offers sunscreen. Its formula mixes titanium dioxide (a UVA or UVB physical blocker) with natural Japanese herbs, which are rich in anti-oxidants and have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
This brand is ideal for active children who love the water — the formula is “very water resistant,” according to the moms. They love it because it dries right away and the anti-stain formula makes it easier to wash clothes.
A number of moms recommended this brand saying their kids never experienced sunburn while using it. The formula’s claim to fame is its high SPF 100, but it’s essential that parents still continue reapplying this on their kids to get maximum protection. It’s hypoallergenic and lightly moisturizes the skin
If you’re looking for a mineral-based, plant-derived, and paraben-free product then you might want to try this brand. One mom said she likes it for her baby because it’s safe for delicate skin, is not sticky and glides on smoothly. It is water resistant for up to 80 minutes.
Not only is this sunscreen safe for newborns and up, the brand even says it’s okay to use on premature babies! (It’s still best to check with your pediatrician.) It is hypoallergenic and can be used by little ones with atopic-prone skin. Unlike other sunscreens, it’s light and almost invisible on the skin but is still highly resistant to water.