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Top 8 Best Sun cream for children of 2022

Top 8 Best Sun cream for children of 2022

How we did the test

Our tests are independently conducted and reflect the test editor's honest and objective opinions. Selection of products and test results are in no way influenced by manufacturers, retailers or other internal or external parties.

We carry out our tests ourselves and test all products as they are intended to be used in reality. In our test, we asked ordinary families to use different sun creams and compare their properties against each other. The sun creams were used in everyday life during ordinary outdoor play in the garden, at preschool or in the park. They were also used during the peak summer period, whilst swimming in the sea or a pool and during different sweaty activities.

  • Use: How easy is the sun cream to apply, is it easily absorbed by the skin and does the format allow for good portioning of the cream?

  • Stickiness: To what extent is the sun cream perceived as sticky, and how quickly does the cream penetrate the skin? Does the sun cream leave stains on clothes and other objects?

  • Durability: How long does the sun cream last and how is a layer of sun cream affected by swimming, playing and other types of wear?

The families evaluated the sun creams for children based on the above criteria and also compared this to the price of the product. Our score is based on the overall experience of the product in relationship to its price.

1. Evy Sunscreen Mousse Kids SPF30 – BEST CHOICE SUN CREAM FOR CHILDREN 2022

Sun protection: SPF 30 Size: 150 ml Shelf life: Not specified

EVY Sunscreen Mousse SPF30 150ml

The spray bottle this sun cream comes in is cleverly designed so air can’t enter, which means the cream can’t turn rancid but stays fresh until it runs out. The spray is a bit wild and uncontrolled, but the mousse that comes out is fanatically easy to work with, is directly absorbed by the skin and is pretty much not sticky at all.


It’s easy to get an even layer over the whole of the child's body and to gradually portion out the cream. The sun cream remains as a protective layer despite wear or swimming, without producing a white film. According to the manufacturer, the protection should last for 6 hours and that may very well be true. Evy Sunscreen Mousse Kids is a high quality sun cream for children that’s also available in SPF50.

Very easy to work withdurablegood valuenot sticky
Spray is a bit uncontrollable

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EVY Sunscreen - Sunscreen Mousse Kids SPF 30 - 150ml - Face & Body SPF For Kids - Face the Future


Evy Sunscreen Mousse SPF 30 Kids 150ml


Evy Sunscreen Mousse SPF30 Kids 150ml


2. Avène Sunspray SPF 50+ For Children

A spray-on sunscreen ideal if you want easy-to-absorb protection

Sun Protection Factor: SPF50 Size: 200 ml

Avène Sunscreen Spray for Children SPF50+ 200ml

Avène Sunspray SPF 50+ For Children is – you guessed it – a spray-on sunscreen for kids. Avène is a strong and reliable brand in both sun protection and skincare. This sun spray is no exception.

This is not an aerosol spray. It’s a manual pump that you press for each spray. The nozzles on this type of spray tend to dose unevenly and scatter the spray a little too widely – which leads to unnecessary mess on any surrounding objects. We can happily report that this is not the case with Avène Sunspray, which distributes the spray in an even and non-messy way. If you want even greater control, you can always spray it in your hand first and then apply it to your child (or yourself). Remember to use the right amount of sunscreen. The risk with a spray is that you use too little, so be generous to ensure adequate protection.

A really clever feature of Avène Sunspray is that the nozzle can be twisted up or down. Twist it up when you use it and then twist it down for a mess-free journey to and from the beach.

The Avène sun spray is not only easy to dose but also easy to massage into the skin. It’s important that sunscreen for kids can be applied quickly to squirmy children. This sunscreen is absorbed quickly and leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated.

It’s really great sunscreen for kids – easy to spray, easy to apply and ingenious packaging.

Easy to sprayfast absorbingclever packaging
On the expensive side

3. Rudolph Care Kids Sun Lotion SPF 50

Danish organic sun lotion that moisturises the child’s skin

Sun Protection Factor: SPF50 Size: 200 ml

Rudolph Care Sun Kids Lotion SPF50 200ml

Rudolph Care is a Danish organic skincare brand with production in Denmark. Rudolph Care Kids Sun Lotion not only carries the Nordic Swan Ecolabel but is also certified suitable for children with allergies. As befitting skincare for young children, Rudolph Care’s sun lotion is fragrance free, and offers broad-spectrum protection and SPF50.

This water-resistant sunscreen is luxuriously creamy, yet still easy to apply. Just before it’s absorbed into the skin, the white lotion is clearly visible, making it easier to apply without missing any areas. This is undeniably an advantage for sunscreen designed for children who are only willing to sit still for a few short seconds. It will be quite easy to spot any areas you may have missed, if you keep track while applying the lotion. But it doesn't leave any white film on the skin once the lotion has been absorbed, which some other sunscreens tend to do.

Children’s sunscreen that leaves skin soft

After application, the child’s skin feels soft and hydrated, but not sticky. This is good, because sticky arms and legs can really annoy those children with a low tolerance for this type of mess. The sun lotion comes in a handy tube with a snap-on lid, which is not only easy to use but also looks stylish on your bathroom shelf or in your beach bag. Not that the look of the sunscreen is that big a deal, but the test panel feels that this sets it apart from its rivals.

Our only objection is to the price. On the one hand, it’s an organic product that’s produced in the Nordic region. On the other hand, families tend to use a lot of sunscreen during the summer months, and the cost per application is quite high. But apart from the price tag, it’s a nice addition to the SPF collection.

Easy to applyabsorbed quicklywater resistant

4. Eco Cosmetics Baby & Kids Sun cream SPF50+

Sun protection: SPF 50+ Size: 50 ml Shelf life: 6 months from opening

Eco Cosmetics Baby & Kids Sun Cream SPF50+ 50ml

Eco Cosmetics’ sun cream for children is really good for sun protection. The SPF is high, the cream is easily applied to the skin and seems to offer a good protective barrier. Organically certified, Eco Cosmetics Baby & Kids consists of physical filters that actually settle on top of the skin and reflect away the harmful rays from the sun. The sun cream works well on the beach, as it withstands very water well and so isn’t washed away immediately after a dip. The disadvantage of this product is that the cream is very sticky and adheres to everything, so not only will the kids be covered in it, but so will your clothes, phone, watch, your sunglasses and just about everything else you touch for at least half an hour after putting it on the children. If the sun protection hadn’t been so effective, the stickiness would be a big minus, but as it stands maybe it’s actually worth getting white patches on all your summer clothes.

Very good sun protectionphysical filtersorganically certified
Gets just about everywhere

5. Vichy Idéal Soleil Sun Lotion Children

Very good, easy to apply, non-sticky sun cream in a large tube

Sun protection: SPF 50 Size: 300 ml Shelf life: 12 months

Vichy Capital Soleil Gentle Protective Milk SPF50 300ml

Vichy Idéal Soleil Sun Lotion Children comes in a really large tube, which fits very well with the manufacturer's recommendation to cover your kids with plenty of sun cream. The texture of the sun cream is wonderful and easy to work into the skin yet doesn’t feel watery. Once it’s been rubbed in and allowed to dry, which takes less than a minute, it then protects the skin and isn’t at all sticky. The one small disadvantage is that you have to be quick to wash your own hands if you don’t want to get grease all over your phone or whatever else you want to hold shortly after use. Vichy Idéal Soleil Sun Lotion Children is perfume-free and contains no parabens, and just feels like a really good value sun cream.

Large tubevery easy to applyisn’t stickyhigh sun protection factor
Sinks in so quickly that you must be quick to wash your hands after application

6. Nivea Sun Kids Protect & Sensitive Sun Spray

Sun cream for children in a cleverly designed spray bottle, which also works on sensitive skin

Sun protection: SPF 50+ Size: 200 ml Shelf life: 12 months

Nivea Sun Kids Protect & Sensitive Sun Spray SPF50+ 200ml

Nivea's Sun Kids Protect & Sensitive Sun comes in two different forms – as a lotion and a spray. The spray bottle has a clever design with deeply ribbed sides. Once you’ve applied the sun cream to your children, and your hands are slippery, it’s those same grooves that enable you to keep a good one-handed grip on the bottle. The spray itself is good and with a good concentration – the sun cream ends up where you aim. The cream is easy to apply, but it should be done sometime before putting your child in a car or pushchair, because it takes some time for the cream to be absorbed and stop rubbing off. Once absorbed, the cream works well even whilst swimming, but a new layer must be applied after the child has been in the water. Nivea state that the cream is free of perfume, dyes and preservatives and is therefore suitable for sensitive skin. When we tested the cream on a child with moderately severe eczema, no reaction occurred on that particular child. Nivea Sun Kids Protect & Sensitive Sun Spray is a good value and, thanks to the bottle, easy-to-use sun cream.

High SPFwell-designed spray bottlealso works for sensitive skin
Pretty sticky

7. Garnier Ambre Solaire Kids Sensitive Advanced SPF 50

Sun spray with lockable nozzle

Sun protection: SPF 50 Size: 200 ml Shelf life: 12 months

Garnier Ambre Solaire Kids Sensitive Advanced SPF50+ 200ml

Garnier Ambre Solaire Kids Sensitive Advanced comes in a robust spray bottle with a nozzle similar to a plant spray. This is far from being a precision tool and it’s best used either by first protecting floors and furniture around the application point or, better still, outdoors.

The nozzle distributes the spray over half the room, but at the same time (fortunately) also manages to hit the body. To ensure the correct amount is used, two applications with a period of drying time in between are recommended. So what initially appears to be an efficient way of applying sun cream actually takes a good bit more time than you might have expected.

Once done, however, the cream is quickly absorbed by the skin. But it does leave some white residue on dark clothes, and some yellowish stains on white clothes.

One plus is that the handle on the spray has a locking mechanism. If you fold out the small black lever, you won’t end up with a beach bag full of sun spray should the handle get knocked during the trip. This is very useful.

This is an effective sun spray, but really lacks a more precise spray function. The sun cream does its job well, once you get it on the skin.

Generous contentslockable nozzle
Inaccurate applicationrequires two applications for complete protection

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8. Nivea Sun Kids Protect & Sensitive Sun Lotion

Sun cream for children in the form of a lotion, easy to get out of the bottle and can withstand play in water

Sun protection: SPF 50+ Size: 200 ml Shelf life: 12 months

Nivea Sun Kids Protect & Sensitive Lotion SPF50+ 200ml

Nivea Sun Kids Protect & Sensitive Sun Lotion has a highly effective UVA protection and is, according to Nivea, dermatologically tested to suit even sensitive skin. When we applied the lotion to a child with skin problems, no negative reaction occurred. The formula doesn’t contain perfume, preservatives or dyes. According to the manufacturer, their Sun Lotion should be extra water-resistant and our experience is that it can actually withstand a lot of dips. On a long day at the beach, you should still apply several times to ensure that the sun protection is intact. This is another sun cream that gets quite sticky. Until the lotion has been absorbed, it can leave white, greasy spots on everything the child touches. Although the drying time is a small minus, Nivea Sun Kids Protect & Sensitive Sun Lotion feels effective and well adapted for a child who will be playing or swimming.

Provides good sun protectiongood valuewithstands water well
Stickycan leave white spots

Everything to Know about sun cream for children

Children have sensitive skin and need extra protection from the sun's rays. The sun itself isn’t harmful and children need a certain amount of sunshine on their skin for the body to be able to form vitamin D, which is very important for health. But too much sun can lead to burning, and getting burns as a child increases the risk of developing skin cancer in adulthood. So as a parent it’s important to act preventively, with effective sun protection. In terms of sun protection, the best thing for children is clothing that covers as much of the body as possible, not forgetting a sun hat or other protection for the head. Children's skin is so thin that very young children, under one year of age, should ideally never be in direct sunlight at all, and especially not during the middle of the day when the sun is strongest. For those parts of the body that can’t be dressed, however, sun cream is a necessary complement.

For children over one year, a sun cream with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 and preferably higher is recommended. Many sun creams for children have a sun protection factor of 50 or 50+. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is an indication of how much longer you can stay in the sun, wearing the sun cream, than you could have done without it. Sun creams are divided into four different categories based on their sun protection factor, where 6-10 is low, 15-25 is medium, 30-50 is high and an SPF of 50+ is very high protection.

One common mistake that many people make is to use too little sun cream. A normal-sized bottle shouldn’t not last a whole summer. Each time you apply cream to a child of primary school age, you need approximately 30 ml to provide a sufficiently good layer for the entire body. A teenager requires a little more cream, a preschool child a little less. After swimming, or after a few hours of play in the sun, the protective layer also needs to be topped up with additional cream. It’s important to apply cream to all the skin and not forget things like the neck, ears, lips and so forth.

We chose sun creams for children with a high SPF and then tested them to see how easy they were to apply and how children felt about them. We didn’t test the sun cream's actual SPF, as this wasn’t a clinical test but one that instead focuses on use. We report the sun cream manufacturers' description of how the protection is constructed – whether it’s a physical or chemical filter. Finally, the sun cream's perceived functions and properties are compared to the price of the product.

For more information on how a sun cream works, and different types of sun cream, you can read our test of sun cream for adults.

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