How to choose sunscreen for kids


What sunscreen do you use on your kids? Are they fans of wearing sunscreen or do they often wriggle away from your sunscreen hands? When it comes to choosing sunscreen for kids, there are a few things to think about. Keep reading if you’re looking for advice on how to choose a product your children will love and our top 3 choices for kids sunscreen in 2022.

What to look for in kids sunscreen?

Do you use a family sunscreen or apply different products to your kids compared to what you use on your own skin? When it comes to kids sunscreen, there are a few things to consider. You can absolutely use your regular sunscreen, however, if you have fussier children they might run away from anything ‘rose scented’. When shopping for a great sunscreen for kids, think about:

  • Fragrance: Kids can sometimes be ultra sensitive to fragrance, so if this sounds like your child opt for fragrance-free.
  • SPF30 or above: Always apply at least an SPF30 sunscreen as a minimum, but SPF50+ where possible
  • Hydrating formula: Opt for something hydrating for children and not a greasy or mattifying formula.
  • Water resistant: If you’re spending the day at the beach or the pool, choose water resistant. Don’t forget to still reapply after a swim though!

Why use a separate face and body sunscreen?

Face sunscreens are specifically designed to be worn on the more delicate facial skin. They also come formulated to suit specific face types which can be handy if your child has sensitive skin or extra dry skin. We recommend using a separate face sunscreen particularly in these instances as opposed to an overall body sunscreen. However, if your child’s skin is pretty normal, you can get away with using a body sunscreen on their face.

How often to apply kids sunscreen?

The general rule is every 2 hours, but pay particular attention to this if you’re outside or swimming. We recommend applying at least face sunscreen every day regardless of the UV index and applying a body sunscreen to any exposed skin.

3 Best Sunscreen for Kids in 2022

Here’s our top picks when it comes to sun cream for kids in 2022.

1.   Supreme Screen SPF50+

Supreme Screen is an all-round great sunscreen that works for basically every skin type. It’s no fuss, ultra hydrating and won’t leave a white cast. This is a great one to use as your child’s daily facial sunscreen, especially if they tend to have a dry skin type.

Highlights of Supreme Screen:

  • SPF50+
  • Chemical formula
  • Hydrating formula
  • No white cast
  • Suits all skin types

2.   Clean Screen SPF 30

If your child has fussy, sensitive skin then Clean Screen is an excellent kids facial sunscreen to use. It’s pared right back to basics with no fragrance and is 100% alcohol free too. For parents that prefer to use mineral sunscreen formulas, this one fits the bill with a titanium dioxide UV filter.

Highlights of Clean Screen:

  • SPF30
  • Mineral formula
  • No fragrance
  • Alcohol free

3.   Extreme Screen SPF50+

Extreme Screen gets our vote for a great kids (and adults) body and hand sunscreen. It’s SPF50+ and offers both UVA and UVB protection. We love that it’s 4 hours sweat and water resistant, so makes for a great companion during the summertime. Do be aware though that this one isn’t fragrance free, so fussy kids might not love this.

Highlights of Extreme Screen:

  • Hydrating formula
  • SPF50+
  • Chemical sunscreen formula
  • 4 hours sweat and water resistant

Inspired to shop for your children’s new sunscreen? Make sure to reapply regularly and follow other sun safety precautions like wearing a broad brimmed hat, sunglasses and protective clothing.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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Dr. Yarish
1 year ago

Thank you for sharing this guide! Sunscreen is an essential skincare product that everyone should use regardless of age.

1 year ago

Thank you for sharing! Do I need to apply sunscreen again after swimming in saltwater?