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Families test sunscreen products for babies and children

Published on June 6, 2022 at 17:03 / Updated on June 13, 2022 at 11:42

In the summer, a sunburn happens so quickly! The skin of babies and children is thin and fragile. That is why it burns much more rapidly than adults' skin.

Since UVA and UVB rays can cause certain cancers and skin aging, it is all the more important to start protecting children's skin at an early age with a safe and effective sunscreen.1

Familiprix and Vie de Parents have tested nine sunscreens for babies and children, tested by other families, to help you find the right product for your little ones!

Keep on reading to learn the results of our tests. You’ll also get access to technical information, price comparisons, family comments, and some tips and tricks. Our goal is to help you make informed choices for the whole family.

When you love them, you apply sunscreen regularly!

Note that:

  • All the sunscreens tested are pre-approved by Familiprix professionals
  • In order to provide objective information, a cost-per-quantity calculation is available ($/ml). The symbols $, $$ or $$$ reflect this ratio.
  • For the testing, a total of 22 parents, as well as 35 children and teens, gave their opinions, comments and opinions based on various criteria.

Aveeno Baby® - Sunscreen - Lotion for sensitive skin (SPF 50)

Aveeno Baby® - Sunscreen - Lotion for sensitive skin (SPF 50)


AVENNO® BABY® Sunscreen Lotion with an SPF 50 provides adequate protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Its active ingredient, zinc oxide, is 100% natural. In addition to being gentle, this lotion nourishes your baby's sensitive skin and helps prevent sunburns.

Price: $$$

Parent review: An excellent rating for the texture, scent, coverage, quality and value for money. While it didn’t win a gold medal, it didn’t fail either. It’s a product approved by parents.

Kid review: Overall, I liked this product.

Avène – Spray for Children (SPF 50+)

Avène – Spray for Children (SPF 50+)


This children’s spray with SPF 50+ includes the complete Sunsitive® protection from Pierre Fabre Research. The patented filtering system contains a minimum of chemical sun filters for very broad UVB-UVA protection that is stable and effective over time. It can be used for kids with sensitive skin.

Avène’s Children's Spray has a fluid and light texture with a protective film. The formula, resistant to water, does not contain silicone or fragrances. There is no white cast. This product is perfectly adapted to the sensitive skin of children.

Price: $$

A fan favourite and one of the test’s overall winners

Parent review: This is the gold standard of sunscreen. It is a spray, but it is easy for adults to apply because there is no aerosol, and no product is wasted. The size is just right. It’s a little harder for children to use it as you have to push hard on the pump. Nevertheless, once the sunscreen comes out, it’s simple for them to apply. It’s perfect!

Kid review: On the children's appreciation side, only good words and no complaints about the application (a bonus!).

Banana Boat - Kids Foam (SPF 50+)

Banana Boat - Kids Foam (SPF 50+)


Banana Boat® Sunscreen Foam for Kids with SPF 50+ protects the skin against UVA and UVB rays. It's a mineral formula with a 100% natural fruity scent and contains no oxybenzone or parabens. Its pale colour ensures you cover all exposed areas. The colour fades after application. It is simple and fun to use.

Price: $

The best bet for children!

Parent review: It is not easy to use on the application side as the foam comes out fast. The blue foam, which becomes transparent, is perfect for the kids but is quite sticky.

Kid review A visual favourite of the children who chose it almost unanimously. Why? The bottle is cool and colourful, and there's a pineapple (we did not make that up!).

Bioderma Photoderm Milk (FPS 50+)

Bioderma Photoderm Milk (FPS 50+)


Photoderm with SPF 50+ offers broad-spectrum protection against some of the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays to help prevent sunburns.

Note that the product is not specifically for children; however, it can be used for children.

Price: $$$

Parent review: The milky texture is excellent for warm weather. It’s popular because it is easy to apply. Perfect for kids in a hurry or not willing to collaborate. The cap is easy to close and firm enough to avoid bag spills!

Kid review: Super-fast to apply ++

Biomedic Ultra Lotion (SPF 50+)

Biomedic Ultra Lotion (SPF 50+)


Biomedic Ultra Lotion with SPF 50+ is safe for babies six months and older, children and adults. It contains no oxybenzone or parabens and is water-resistant for 80 minutes. It is available in 240 ml format and in an affordable 1L format, which is perfect for families! The product is also available with a spray for children.

Price: $

Parent review: Parents and educators love the format. It is the ideal bottle to keep near the front door, the patio and the pool. It is also perfect for the cottage. Moreover, the pump is easy for kids to use and apply sunscreen themselves (under supervision, of course).

Kid review: A little sticky. Perfect for me "to do it by myself!" (Elizabeth, age 4)

Coppertone Pure & Simple Mineral Sunscreen Baby Lotion (SPF 50)

Coppertone Pure & Simple Mineral Sunscreen Baby Lotion (SPF 50)


Coppertone Pure & Simple Baby Lotion is a mineral sunscreen. With SPF 50, it contains 100% zinc oxide. This sunscreen is suitable for the sensitive skin of babies. In addition, the Coppertone Pure & Simple line offers a variety of 100% mineral sunscreens for the whole family that are ideal for sensitive skin.

Price: $

Parent review: Mineral sunscreens have a denser texture. This means better coverage, but it is harder to apply. We love the format, the ergonomic shape of the bottle, and the fact that it is all-purpose for the whole family—babies and adults alike. Perfect for a backpack, diaper bag or purse!

Kid review: The texture is less popular with kiddos. Play a game with them to encourage application, like “drawing” on the skin using the sunscreen or a few riddles! In the end, it's the protection that counts!

La Roche-Posay - Anthelios Dermo-Kids (FPS 50)

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dermo-Kids (FPS 50)


This SPF 50 children's sunscreen provides broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Dermatologists and pediatricians have tested it. It offers advanced protection with ingredients designed for the sensitive skin of children six months and up. The non-greasy formula glides on easily and leaves a transparent film for optimal, even coverage before becoming invisible.

Price: $$$

Parent review: A favourite for children and parents with sensitive skin. A reassuring product for the skin's safety in hot weather or extreme sun. The price is a little higher, but it's worth it for the quality of the product. A great option!

Kid review: The style of the bottle is a winner. You can tell it apart from products thanks to the image of little animals on the beach.

Garnier Ombrelle - Ultra Gentle Kids Lotion Spray (SPF 50+)

Garnier Ombrelle - Ultra Gentle Kids Lotion Spray (SPF 50+)


Ombrelle’s Ombrelle - Ultra Gentle Kids Lotion Spray is a broad-spectrum, protective and moisturizing sun lotion formulated for children's delicate skin.

Price: $$

Parent review: Quick to apply, non-greasy, non-wet finish (almost dry). It takes a little more time to apply since each spray gives a small amount. It’s better for more patient children (and parents). It is a good option for the family.

Kid review: Applies quickly (++) but not as easily by children (spray pump is hard to use). Only a bit of product comes out with each pump, so kids should be supervised to ensure the correct application. Also, it is not easy to detect where the product is applied, so it is better for older children who are mature or willing to collaborate.

Beware of pranksters. Don't let them get their hands on it because it becomes a fun game that will quickly waste all the product! Avoid this option for day camp and school with younger kids.

Vichy - Capital Soleil Kids UV Lotion (SPF 50)

Vichy - Capital Soleil Kids UV Lotion (SPF 50)


Capital Soleil Kids UV Lotion SPF 50 offers optimal protection for the face and body. It is hypoallergenic. Dermatologists and pediatricians have tested it. This water-resistant formula [40 minutes], combined with a broad-spectrum UV filter, protects during and after swimming. The application is quick and easy. It is specially adapted for children and suitable for sensitive skin.

Price: $$

Parent review: If you like Vichy products, you’ll love this sunscreen. Quality and coverage are excellent. Opt for Vichy for the most sensitive areas: face, ears, neck, and the tops of hands and feet! This is a good option for children with sensitive skin or exposed to the sun or heat.

Kid review: We love the image with the dancing kids and the big "V" (convenient for younger kids).

It is a priority for Vie de Parents and Familiprix to highlight safe and effective sunscreens. That is why we asked for the opinion of many parents and children to help you make the right choices for your family.

Have a good summer under the hot sun! Above all, protect yourself!



Référence

1- Vie de Parents – How to avoid sunburns. (French only)

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