BUYER’S GUIDE 7 best kids’ sunblocks in Singapore

Confused as to which sunblock is best for your child? Here’s help!   

BUYER’S GUIDE 7 best kids’ sunblocks in Singapore
BUYER’S GUIDE 7 best kids’ sunblocks in Singapore
19 Apr 2016

BUYER’S GUIDE 7 best kids’ sunblocks in Singapore

 

Babyganics - Perfect for baby's skin
Babyganics - Perfect for baby's skin
19 Apr 2016

Babyganics - Perfect for baby's skin

Babyganics sunscreen broad spectrum SPF50+

Price: SGD 19 /8 FL OZ

From: Target.com 

What: This mineral based paediatrician- and dermatologist-tested sunscreen contains both titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. It also meets the recommended SPF level and is unscented; but it might be thicker than most sunscreens.

Pros: It is water resistant (80 minutes), tear-free and rubs into skin nicely. It also contains ingredients that help nurture and support baby’s skin.

Cons: The white coating might be quite noticeable

BLOCK UP all year-round
BLOCK UP all year-round
19 Apr 2016

BLOCK UP all year-round

Block Up! Sport SPF 50 Lotion

Price: $10.80

From: Guardian

What: Containing antioxidant vitamins A, C & E, this sunblock can be used all year-round and will be absorbed quickly onto skin. 

Pros: It is not sticky or greasy, is water/sweat resistant and feels light on your skin.

Cons: Has a faint chemical smell.

NIVEA Sun Kids Moisturising Spray
NIVEA Sun Kids Moisturising Spray
19 Apr 2016

NIVEA Sun Kids Moisturising Spray

NIVEA Sun Kids Moisturising Sun Spray SPF50+

Price: $24.55

From: Guardian 

What: It is an ultra-light, water-resistant formula, which contains titanium dioxide. It also contains vitamin E, which combats free radicals and premature skin ageing. This spray appears green in colour when applied but disappears after being absorbed.

Pros: It is lightweight, non-greasy and does not stain clothes.

Cons: The green tint might not disappear on some skins.

Kids Tear Free Lotion
Kids Tear Free Lotion
19 Apr 2016

Kids Tear Free Lotion

Coppertone Kids Tear Free Sunscreen Lotion

Price: $25.50

From: Guardian

What: This tear-free sunscreen lotion is paediatrician recommended, contains zinc oxide and meets the recommended SPF level. It is also an oil- and fragrance-free lotion.

Pros: It is water-resistant (80 minutes), and tear-free.

Cons: Hard to wash off.

LipHop - Gentle on kids
LipHop - Gentle on kids
19 Apr 2016

LipHop - Gentle on kids

LipHop Kids Hypoallergenic Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+

Price: $9.90

From: Guardian

What: With a hypoallergenic formula to offer gentle comfort, this lotion contains natural ingredients as well as zinc oxide and meets the recommended SPF level.

Pros: Easy to apply on skin and is also water- and sweat-resistant up to about 40 minutes. 

Cons: Might not be tear-free.

Banana Boat Sport Sunscreen
Banana Boat Sport Sunscreen
19 Apr 2016

Banana Boat Sport Sunscreen

Banana Boat Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

Price: $9.50

From: Guardian

What: Recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation, New York, this lotion contains zinc oxide and is water/sweat-resistant. It also contains Aloe Vera and Vitamins A and E, which soothes the skin.

Pros: It does not have a greasy feeling and is quickly absorbed into skin.

Cons: May stain some fabrics 

Coppertone Waterbabies - For both adults and children
Coppertone Waterbabies - For both adults and children
19 Apr 2016

Coppertone Waterbabies - For both adults and children

Coppertone Waterbabies Pure and Simple Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Price: $25.50

From: Guardian

What: This paediatrician-recommended lotion contains zinc oxide, is fragrance-free and meets the required SPF level. It can be used by both adults and for kids aged five onwards.

Pros: Water-resistant (80 minutes), tear-free and has hypoallergenic formula.

Cons: It can be difficult to rub (because it is thicker as compared to other products) into skin and is greasy.

Even if you’re trying to top up your Vitamin D (made when you’re exposed to sunlight) staying out too long in the sun without protection will do more harm than good. SmartParents spoke with Dr Mark Koh, head and consultant in dermatology service at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

            “Apart from its effects on the skin, excessive long-term sun exposure can lead to eye damage (such as cataracts) and suppression of the immune system, reducing the body’s ability to fight infections,” sums up Dr Koh.

            We all know that too much UV exposure can lead to skin cancers, especially for those with fair skin, as well as ageing and wrinkling (though that’s your worry, not Bubba’s).

            Daily use of sunblock will help to prevent these effects from occurring in your child. He also points out that sunblocks are only recommended only from six months of age. Babies younger than six months have to be properly covered up.

            These are what you should look out for in a sunblock:

· It should at least offer SPF 30.

· It should be a “broad spectrum” one with protection against UVA and UVB.

· The ingredients “titanium dioxide” and “zinc oxide” – active ingredients that reflect light and block UVA and UVB rays — are physical sunblocks that literally cover up your skin. These can be less likely to cause a nasty skin reaction than chemical sunblocks.

· If you have a family history of skin cancer or atypical moles, or are very fair, you may need to pay more attention to your kids’ skin.

            Dr Koh added that sunblock should be reapplied every one to two hours if your children are spending long periods of time outdoors. “Clothing with sun-protective factors…can be used in addition to sunscreens when children are outdoors. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses are additional useful measures.”

            The last thing to note: Certain ingredients in the sunblock — especially chemical sunscreens including avobenzone and benzophenone — might trigger allergies, please check with your doctor before purchasing; or test sunblock on a small patch of skin on the child’s arm before applying it all over the body.

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