As a skincare enthusiast, I definitely want to make sure my skin is protected against the damaging effects of the sun’s rays (hence my exhaustive search for the perfect facial sunscreen). As a mom, I’m acutely aware of the need to protect my babies’ delicate skin from UV rays. After all, the greatest risk factor for melanoma is the number of blistering sunburns you sustain as a child. I also want to give my kids the best start possible in having lovely smooth skin for the rest of their lives.
I’ve been using American sunscreens for my kids, but as I tend to prefer physical sunscreens especially for my infant, American sunscreens tend to be really thick and hard to spread. Rubbing them onto squirmy infants and toddlers was just not a fun chore. Also, I didn’t like how American sunscreens don’t feature any sort of UVA protection rating (SPF only rates UVB protection). My older daughter was tanning alarmingly fast with her Western sunscreen, which led me to think the protection wasn’t the greatest. So I went on the prowl for an Asian children’s sunscreen that I could use on my 3 year old as well as my 6 month-old.
I settled on the TonyMoly My Sunny Kids and Mom Sun Cream for several reasons:
1. It is a purely physical sunscreen. Although I’m ok with some chemical sunscreens for my toddler, I’d prefer to use a purely physical sunscreen on my baby.
2. It had a higher SPF and PA rating than many other Asian baby sunscreens. In particular, I found it difficult to find a greater UVA rating than PA++. The My Sunny has PA+++.
3. It came in a decently large tube. It contains 60ml of product, which is quite generous for an Asian sunscreen. I also tried Sunkiller Baby Milk, but at 30ml for the same price as the My Sunny, I didn’t like it twice as much.
The ingredient list (Cosdna) features zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as the main sunscreens. It also has a lot of flower and plant extracts which could potentially be irritating, although it’s supposed to be a mild formula suitable for sensitive skin. If your baby has a lot of allergies though, you might want to steer clear. My 8-month old has not had any reaction to it at all but he tends to have pretty hardy skin, for a baby.
It does have a pretty strong fragrance, which is my biggest beef with this product. That’s just not necessary, especially for a children’s product.
It’s a creamy formula but it does have quite a bit of slip, unlike the Western sunscreens I’ve tried and discarded.
It spreads out really easily and the formula feels really silky. That’s my favorite thing about it. It just spreads out nicely, without excess rubbing. At first it looks super white.
Not sure if you can really see it in this photo, but at first, even after being thoroughly rubbed in, it does leave a white cast on my tanned skin. On my baby’s fair skin though, it is not noticeable at all.
After 5-10 minutes, however, the white cast disappears, leaving just the faintest noticeable sheen.
I’ve been using the TonyMoly My Sunny Kids and Mom Sun Cream on my kids for the past month. I’m pretty satisfied with it for doing what I wanted — to provide adequate UVA and UVB protection in a formula that is easy to spread.
It seems to be mildly water resistant, but not waterproof. It starts to become white again after swimming or running in fountains, and eventually starts to drip off in white streaks. I haven’t yet found an adequately waterproof Asian kids sunscreen, so when we go to the beach, I usually slather the kids up with multiple layers of Western sunscreen.
I pretty much always carry this along with me in my purse for protecting my little mini-me’s. Just don’t leave it within reach of your baby though, as the lid doesn’t screw on super tight, and my Houdini of an 8 month old has figured out how to open it.
The Bottom Line
Pros: Decent UVA and UVB sun protection. PA+++ unlike many other children’s sunscreens. Good slip and silky feel; easy to spread out onto squirmy babies. Large volume and good price.
Cons: Strong fragrance, which isn’t desirable in a children’s product. Lid unscrews too easily.
Where to Buy
Amazon: $10.40 + free shipping (affiliate link)
KoreaDepart: $8.14 plus shipping
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