Please note: Edited 01/2017 – This is an old post, and the sunscreen ingredients for the Cancer Council Kids sunscreen has changed from the review written below. Please review sunscreen ingredients yourself.
I strongly believe in wearing sunscreen on a daily basis – 24×7 – to not only protect my skin from the ageing sunscreen rays, but also to ensure my melasma (which I have across my cheeks) does not get worse.
With the weather turning cooler, I’ve had to change my daily sunscreen to a more moisturising one. After an expensive trialling period, I discovered Cancer Council’s Kids Sunscreen SPF50+.
Cancer Council’s SPF50+ range was released early this year in response to a new sunscreen standard announced by the Therapeutic Goods Administration in November 2012. You can read all about it here. Essentially, the new sunscreen standard requires the same level of Ultra Violet B (UVB) protection, with improved Ultra Violet A (UVA) protection for new formulas – which I am really pleased about as I was conscious that the UVA protection in many of our sunscreens were not as good as European formulations.
In case you are confused in how UVB and UVA rays differ, in summary, UVB light is primarily responsible for sunburn. UVA light penetrates the skin more than UVB light does and causes tanning (or what I call cooking your skin). Both types of UV light contribute to skin damage, such as premature skin ageing (wrinkling and melasma) and skin cancer. You can read more on how sunscreens work and how UVB and UVA differ from here.
Now, the Cancer Council Kids Sunscreen SPF50+ is a liquid type sunscreen (think Japanese sunscreens – very fluid) that goes on smoothly, dries slightly matt and leaves you with a bit of a white cast (due to the Zinc Oxide in the formula). As it is a kid’s sunscreen, it does not contain any fragrance (yay! I don’t know why pharmaceutical companies bother to include fragrance in cosmetics/sunscreens, but that is a rant for another post…).
The sunscreen contains a mixture or organic and inorganic sunscreens i.e. Zinc Oxide (inorganic), Tinosorb S (organic) and Tinosorb M (organic) and Enzacamene (organic).
It is a water resistant sunscreen, and hence, it does leave you with a slightly oily/moisturing film on your face. But as I have dry sensitive skin, I have no issues with that. Someone with oily skin may not appreciate the texture. Having said that, I did originally try this sunscreen in summer and I found it a bit too heavy in humid days, but it is now perfect for the Autumn/Winter months.
And to top it off, this is cheap! It costs $13.95 from Cancer Council or your local chemist and grocery store etc. Information below taken from Cancer Council’s Skin Health website.
Kids SPF 50+ Sunscreen 110ml Tube
Specially-formulated for delicate skin, Cancer Council Kids Sunscreen is fragrance-free, paraben-free and dermatologically tested. The bright, attractive packaging comes in handy 110ml tube. Easily applied for children eager to get out and play!- SPF50+ protection
– 4 hours water resistant
– Fragrance free sunscreen to protect delicate skin
– Dermatologically tested
– Made in Australia.
- Zinc Oxide 50mg/g
- Methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol 25 mg/g
- Bemotrizinol 20 mg/g
- 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor 10 mg/g
- 1,2-Hexanediol Caprylyl Glycol
(Note: I purchased this product)