Battle of the.. Suncreens for Kids

Summer is on the way and we had our first taste of the African sun yesterday! My son spent the afternoon on the cricket pitch and, although his team walked away on a high, his skin took a beating!

I suppose we can all take it as a reminder to haul out the sunscreen and make sure you apply it daily.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, when used as directed, sunscreen is proven to:

Decrease your risk of skin cancers and skin pre-cancers. Regular daily use of SPF 15 sunscreen can reduce your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) by about 40 percent, and lower your melanoma risk by 50 percent.

Help prevent premature skin aging caused by the sun, including wrinkles, sagging and age spots.

Here we round up & review a few of our favourite sunscreens for kids…


Pure Beginnings Baby & Kids Sensitive Sun Milk (R260)

Their new and improved formula allows one to use naturally gentle Sun Milk that spreads easily, non-sticky and is free from any nasties, the broad spectrum sun protection has been specifically formulated by Pure Beginnings for your little ones and their sensitive skin. This suncream really does tick the boxes in terms of providing a natural sunscreen that yields sun protection results.

  • SPF 50+
  • UVA/UVB Broad spectrum protection
  • 100% natural mineral filters
  • Free from nanoparticles
  • Water resistant for long days at the pool or seaside
  • ECOCERT natural and organic certification
  • Packaged in a tube of 100ml

Variations: None offered at this time

Purchase Pure Beginnings Baby & Kids Sensitive Sun Milk here.

Nivea Sun Kids Sensitive Lotion (R176)

This Nivea sun lotion is a formula is free from fragrance, parabens and colourants. It contains a natural mineral active formulation (zinc oxide) and 4 hours water resistance to protect delicate skin from the sun. You can be confident that even with sensitive and delicate skin, your little ones will be protected from the sun – without irritation.

  • SPF 50+
  • UVA/UVB highly effective broad spectrum for immediate protection
  • Reduces the risk of sun induced skin allergies
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Extra water resistant
  • Unscented
  • Packaged in a bottle of 200ml

Variations: Nivea also offers a coloured spray (so you don’t miss any spots), roll-on, sprays, cream and smaller sizes for school and beach bags.

Purchase Nivea Sensitive Sun Kids here.


Celltone Sun Screen Kiddies Waterproof (R119.95)

This sunscreen comes from the delightful Celltone range. They have developed an advanced sun protection cream that combines the finest skin care science with superior sun care ingredients to create a sunscreen range that not only protects the skin but is actually good for it. Which is probably why our national cricket team the Proteas, who spend hours in the sun, choose to use Celltone!

  • SPF 50+
  • UVA/UVB highly effective broad spectrum for immediate protection
  • Protects against free radicals
  • Waterproof formula
  • Non-whitening formula
  • No chemical filters
  • Packaged in a bottle of 130ml

Variations: Celltone also offers a baby specific sunscreen which we have enjoyed using on our littlest one.

Purchase Celltone Sunscreen Kiddies Waterproof here.

Oh-Lief Natural Sunscreen Lotion (R245)

This natural sunscreen in green rooibos from Oh Lief provides a lovely natural option for those who want to avoid chemical sunscreens. The gentle ingredients means that this can be used as a daily moisturiser and sun protection for young skin.

  • SPF 30
  • UVA and non-nano protection
  • natural certified ingredients
  • Packaged in a pot of 100ml

Variations: Also available in a user friendly face stick for easy application of children on their own. They also offer a tub version of 50ml.

Purchase oh-Lief Sunscreen here.

Avene Sun SPF 50 Spray for Children (R275)

This convenient spray (non-aerosol) bottle allows quick and effective application onto little busy bodies! The patented filter system from Eau Thermale Avene contains 4 sun filters for very broad-spectrum, long-lasting stable and effective UVB-UVA protection with optimal skin tolerance. The unique antioxidant complex (Pre-tocopheryl + Thialidine), for complete cellular protection against oxidative stress. Avène Thermal Spring Water is used and is recognized for its soothing, anti-irritating and softening properties.

  • SPF 50+
  • UVA and UVB broad protection
  • Perfect for sensitive skins, hypo-allergenic
  • Paraben-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • No white streaks
  • Water resistant
  • Biodegradable formula
  • Packaged in a convenient and quick to apply spray bottle of 200ml

Variations: Also in a lotion option.

Purchase Avene Spray for Children here.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Children (R355)

Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation this La Roche-Posay sunscreen offers advanced protection formulated with ingredients selected for children’s sensitive skin. This sunscreen for kids is formulated with Cell-Ox Shield® technology: broad spectrum UVA protection with antioxidants and is pediatrician tested.

  • UVA protection
  • Excellent for sensitive skins
  • Paraben-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Very water resistant
  • Easy to apply, non-greasy, non-sticky
  • Dermatologically tested
  • Packaged in a tube of 210ml

Variations: Spray version also available. The SPF 60 offers both UVA and UVB protection.

Purchase La Roche-Posay Children here.


Tips for Effective Sun Protection

To protect oneself from the sun effectively we suggest the following measures:

  • Cover up your skin with UV protective clothing where possible.
  • Make sure you have a hat.
  • Apply suncream at intervals throughout the day and reapply after spending time in water.
  • Select your suncream SPF carefully, according to your needs and the length of sun exposure. The SPF number shows how long you can stay in the sun before your skin will begin to burn. So for example if you skin usually reddens after ten minutes then on  factor 30 you could stay in the sun 30 times longer- 300 minutes (5 hours).
  • Avoid being out in the sun during the ‘heat of the day’ between the hours of 10 and 2pm especially.


Emma Reid

Emma is a mom of three. She is an educationalist and holds a Bachelor Degree in English, Media & Writing and Film. She is also a qualified Primary School Teacher. She has a keen interest in curriculum and content development especially for child related fields. With many years of teaching children, and advising parents, she is passionate about childhood development and education - of kids and parents. Her hobbies include photography, reading, travel and spending time in the outdoors with her family and relaxing either in or near the surf!

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