You’re ready to hit the beach with the kids. But have you packed the most important thing you should have brought with you?
The intense summer heat isn’t just uncomfortable, it’s dangerous, too, without proper protection like sunscreen especially for kids. According to Mayo Clinic, just one severe sunburn during childhood already doubles a person's risk for melanoma, a type of skin cancer.
Don't forget sunscreen application for the face where the skin is most sensitive and most exposed. In fact, dermatologists recommend putting on facial sunscreen everyday no matter what the weather is.
To protect you and your child from the harsh UV rays of the sun, we asked Elaine Natividad Reyes, Good Housekeeping’s beauty editor and mom of an 11-month-old boy Lucas, to give five sunscreen brands that are gentle enough for the face and body.
1. Nivea Sun Kids Moisturising Sun Spray SPF 50
Nivea Sun Kids Moisturizing Sun Spray SPF 50, P504, Watsons
“For kids who hate slathering on creams and lotions, this is perfect. It feels cool when applied and easily disappears on skin,” Elaine says. It’s also a “broad-spectrum sunscreen,” meaning it provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays. If you want to learn more about the importance of broad-spectrum sunscreen, Time did an informative and concise article here.
2. Cetaphil Daylong SPF 50+ Light Gel for the Face and Body
Cetaphil Daylong SPF 50+ Light Gel for the Face and Body, P660, Watsons
Cetaphil is known for being one of the go-to brands for those with sensitive skin, and it continues the tradition for its sunscreen line. “The gel formula is really light so it doesn’t feel sticky or greasy,” says Elaine. Cetaphil’s Daylong is also a broad-spectrum sunscreen and has a counterpart kiddie line, the Daylong Kids Cream SPF 30.
Etude House Sunprise Mom and Kids SPF 35, P768, Etude House
“This is ideal for everyday use for both parents and kids! It has a light delicate scent but can also be used by those with sensitive skin.” The Korean-brand sunscreen also contains Dwarf ground sedge to provide extra protection, and acai berry, Acerola, aloe vera and linden flower to hydrate the skin.
4. Tony Moly My Sunny Kids & Mom Sun Cream SPF 35
Tony Moly My Sunny Kids & Mom Sun Cream SPF 35, P578, Tony Moly
Protect your skin and keep it from drying with this product. “Aside from being lightweight and hypoallergenic, this sunscreen also has brightening and moisturizing properties to keep skin healthy-looking.”
5. Human Nature SafeProtect for Kids Mineral Sunscreen SPF 15
“This mineral sunscreen is not just safe for young skin, it’s also eco-friendly,” Elaine says. It’s free from harmful chemicals present in most sunscreens that cause bleaching in coral reefs. SafeProtect for Kids is also a broad-spectrum sunscreen, proudly local and relatively inexpensive. Win!