Sun’s out, lil guns out! Check out our fave brands of kid and baby sunscreen in Singapore, plus top picks for mamas
As the Circuit Breaker hopefully phases out in July 2020, it’s more important than ever to protect your kiddo’s skin from the sweltering sun. We’ve saved you the time and trouble of scouring the stores to find the best sunscreen in Singapore, whether for babies, kids or adults. Here are some fab sunscreens that are not only gentle on sensitive skin but do the job of blocking the harmful rays as well. Whether you’re looking for environmentally safe options, or ones with ace water and sand resistance, we’ve got you covered (pun intended!). Here’s our roundup or fave sunscreen in Singapore!
Important things to keep in mind when choosing a sunscreen
- Ingredients: Avoid nasties like parabens, phthalates and unnatural fragrances (and if a sunscreen doesn’t mention that it’s free of these – it probably has them!). We like referring to the American non-profit organisation Environmental Working Group (EWG), which does a thorough review of sunscreen brands and rates them on a scale of 1-10 (1-2 being the best) based on the toxicity of ingredients and effective sun protection. Two safe and effective sunscreen ingredients to look out for are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. One to avoid is oxybenzone, which is particularly damaging to coral reefs. We’ve noted reef-safe sunscreens below.
- SPF: Standing for Sun Protection Factor, you should look for sunscreen in the 30-50 range. According to Cancer Council Australia, SPF 30 sunscreen will filter out 96.7% of UVB radiation, while SPF 50+ will filter out 98% — almost the same! EWG has also found that sunscreens above SPF 50 can have a chemical imbalance, plus users can be lulled into a false sense of security and not reapply as often as they should. In short: look for sunscreens with an SPF between 30 and 50 for safe and effective sun protection.
- Broad-Spectrum: These sunscreens filter out both UVA and UVB rays (the latter of which is the principal cause of sunburn). It’s important to protect yourself from both if possible, as UVA and UVB rays can both increase your risk of skin cancer.
- Sunscreen for Babies and Pregnant Women: It’s generally recommended that you not apply any sunscreen to babies under 6 months of age, as their skin is still quite sensitive and developing its protective barrier. It’s best to keep bubba in the shade, or covered up with a hat and rash guard if possible. That said we have noted the top-rated baby sunscreens below that are known for gentle natural ingredients. Pregnant women should also be extra mindful of chemicals in sunscreens – which can include hormone disruptors – and opt for mineral sunscreens with natural barrier ingredients like zinc oxide. Note that many of the sunscreens below that are for kids or babies are also plenty effective for adults, too!
Anessa sunscreen is the #1 brand in Japan and arrived in Singapore a few years ago with much fanfare thanks to the reputation of its parent company, Shisheido. Anessa sunscreens are available in a variety of textures – including gel, spray, and milk – and they also have different ranges depending on how much coverage you’re looking for. Anessa is great for those looking for a sunscreen that will be gentle on your skin with good skincare qualities; it’s ingredients are specially selected to ensure skin stays moisturized and nourished as well as protected from the sun.
This high-quality physical sunscreen uses only zinc oxide and titanium oxide, which are safe ingredients that are non-reactive and do not cause irritation. Sigi Skin also features botanical superfoods like avocado and açai extract, which are both rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids and are ace for boosting skin health. Sigi Skin is completely safe for both babies and pregnant women; sun protection is vital during pregnancy not only to protect against skin cancer but to shield the skin from discoloration and other pregnancy-related skin conditions that can be exacerbated by sun exposure. If it’s good enough for Meghan Markle’s makeup artist…
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Protection level: SPF 50
How much: $58
Available at: www.sigiskin.com
Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen
This eco-friendly sunscreen gets the highest “1” rating from the Environmental Working Group thanks to its effective but low-risk ingredients, which are mostly natural. Its sweat- and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and is gentle enough to be used on babies and kids. And the price isn’t too bad, either!
Protection level: SPF 30
How much: $23
Available at: Amazon.sg
La Roche Posay Anthelios
This renowned French brand is paraben-free and fragrance-free, but it’s also highly water-resistant and safe for use on babies and others with very sensitive skin. Bonus points for convenient availability at drugstores across Singapore (where you can often find discounts and 2-for-1 deals)! We like the non-greasy Smooth Lotion and the light-to-the-touch gel cream, and the kids’ sunscreen is specially formulated for easy re-application, even on wet skin.
Image courtesy of La Roche Posay via Facebook
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
If you’re after a tinted moisturizer that will provide ample sun protection without sacrificing skincare quality, look no further than this cosmetics classic. It’s got hundreds of thousands of likes and by far the most positive reviews on Sephora, and the tinted coverage it provides is just right. We also love that it’s available in 20 different color shades, along with an oil-free variety (though that’s just SPF 20).
Protection Level: SPF 30
How much: $77
Available at: Sephora.sg
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Mineral Sunscreen
Neutrogena puts many different sunscreen products, but this is the only one that receives an excellent rating from the Environmental Working Group for its effectiveness and safe ingredients, along with the seal of approval from the US-based National Eczema Assocation. In fact it’s Neutrogena’s first sunscreen deemed suitable for users with sensitive or eczema-prone skin. It’s water-resistant and free of parabens, fragrance, phthalates, dyes and other irritating chemicals.
We love this American brand that’s sold exclusively at Sephora here in Singapore and comes in a huge range of textures and preparations, including the original Suncreen Mousse (a foamy texture that our kids love to apply) and PLAY, a mineral sunscreen that’s sweat- and water-resistant and octinoxate-free (meaning it’s reef-safe).
Protection Level: SPF 40-50
How much: From $24
Available at: Sephora.sg
What’s better than a sunscreen that protects you or your toddler’s delicate skin? A sunscreen that protects the environment as well! Made exclusively with biodegradable and organic ingredients, this gem of a sunscreen is easy on your wallet, your kids and the world. Perfect! It shields sensitive skin so your little one is left protected and free to play in the sun, and the Spray Bottle version is particularly handy for re-applying onto wet skin.
All Good Kid’s Sunscreen
This certified organic kids’ sunscreen features organic green tea and Rose hip extracts along with non-nano zinc oxide. It’s also reef-safe, non-GMO and 80-minutes water resistant. This is probably the purest form of sunscreen for little ones, and the Kid’s Sunscreen Butter Stick receives the top “1” rating from Environmental Working Group. Note that it is not recommended for babies under 6 months of age.
Image courtesy of All Good via Facebook
Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Zinc Oxide Sunscreen
This sunscreen stick is as mild as milk and takes care of your little one’s sensitive skin with a dye-free, anti-irritant and fragrance-free formula made with active natural oat extracts. Suitable for babies over 6 months old, it offers protection against the harmful sun rays and keeps the skin vibrant and healthy.
With an impressive line of baby products that are non-allergenic, tear-free, paraben-free and nanoparticle-free, Babyganics has perfected its sunscreen formula for kids. The mineral-based recipe is infused with tomato, cranberry and raspberry seed oil to protect your baby from UVA/UVB rays. We like that it’s not too greasy, either.
Protection level: SPF 50+
How much: $31
Available at: Amazon.sg
Badger Baby Active Natural Mineral Sunscreen Cream
This sunscreen cream is made with safe, environment-friendly minerals and a certified organic base of Sunflower oil and essential Vitamin-E. It also gets the highest “1” rating from Environmental Working Group for its effectiveness combined with safe ingredients. NB: Coverage can feel a bit thick compared to other sunscreens.
Image via iHerb
Blue Lizard Australian Baby Sunscreen
Ever wonder how often you need to reapply sunscreen from the hot sun? Our friends from the land down under have come up with a perfect solution. With one-of-a-kind UV indicator packaging, this bottle turns pink when it’s time to re-apply! Easy-peasy-sunscreen-squeezy. Blue Lizard is the #1 Pediatrician-Recommended mineral-based sunscreen brand. It’s free of parabens and fragrances, and is also reef-safe.
Wary of sunscreen that absorbs into your baby’s thin and tender skin? This sunscreen creates a non-invasive physical barrier and reflects the sun’s rays without absorbing into the skin. With titanium and zinc oxide, it can be used on babies under 6 months old so your baby has that California glow all summer! The Super Sensitive Sunscreen Stick and the Everyday Sunblock Stick (perfect for the whole family) both get the top “1” rating from Environmental Working Group.
Coppertone Water Babies Pure & Simple Baby Sunscreen
The #1 Pediatrician-recommended brand for little ones, this hypoallergenic baby sunscreen is free of fragrance, parabens, PABA, oils and dyes. It’s also 80 minutes water-resistant, and provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection that won’t irritate sensitive baby skin. We also like that it’s easy on the wallet! Coppertone also makes a tear-free kids sunscreen that’s packed with natural ingredients and botanicals and free of nasties.
Protection level: SPF 50
How much: $13
Available at: Amazon.sg
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