Fun in the Sun with Sunbow Sunscreen – Review

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Sunbow is pediatrician recommended, water resistant, hypoallergenic, paba free, and most of all kid friendly. Sunbow has doubled the sun fun factor as each product features a kid favorite Nickelodeon character, including Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants, and goes on initially in a color, guaranteeing children will enjoy application.  The child friendly, micronized Zinc Oxide formulas found in Sunbow sunscreens provide a strong UVA/UVB barrier without chemical actives such as Oxybenzone or Octinoxate. 



Sunbow Zinc Oxide Cream
•    SPF 30
•    Free of Oxybenzone and Octinoxate
•    Zinc Oxide Formula
•    Natural UVA and UVB Protection
•    Dora the Explorer (pink formula) and SpongeBob SquarePants (yellow formula)
•    $12.99


 Sunbow Sunscreen Spray
·         SPF 30
·         Provides a non Oxybenzoate formula with Homosalate (Organic Compound)
·         Antioxidant protection
·         Continuous hydration
·         Bubble gum fragrance
·         SpongeBob SquarePants (yellow formulas), Dora the Explorer (pink and blue formulas)
·         $9.99

Sunbow Sun Stick
•    SPF 45
•    Antioxidant protection
•    Continuous hydration
•    Bubble gum fragrance
•    SpongeBob SquarePants (yellow formula) and Dora the Explorer (pink formulas)
•    $7.99

Overall, I have been very pleased with the quality of Sunbow sunscreens.  I received some of each of the above products to try.  My favorites were the Zinc Oxide Cream and the Sunstick.  I love that the Zinc Oxide Cream provides heavy duty mineral protection, and that it gives balanced UVA/UVB protection.  Despite this the cream doesn’t feel too thick and spreads in well.  

The Sunscreen stick is sooo convenient for applying to little faces (even the squirmiest of them).  It stayed on well in the water and protected Little Brother’s ultra-fair skin very fair skin. It is rather small so you’re not going to be using this for full body application, but for face, neck, ears, etc. it will last quite a while.  Because of its size it is very convenient to just toss in your purse for use on the go.

The spray was great too.  It has a kid friendly bubble gum scent and comes in a convenient pump spray.  The only reason that it didn’t make my favorites is that you really have to wait at least 20+ minutes for this to dry before going in the water.  Because it is a spray it goes on much thinner than the others.  

I used this on my face the other day when I went swimming.  I only waited about 10 minutes before I got in the water and then played for another 5 minutes before getting my face wet.  My face didn’t be burned, but it did get much rosier than the faces of my 2 little guys who used the sunscreen stick. Their faces didn’t show any noticeable sun exposure.  We were outside (in the pool) for about 20 minutes.

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Disclosure: I was provided with the above mentioned products, at no charge to myself, in order to facilitate a review. All opinions expressed are honest and are entirely my own.


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  1. Annmarie W. says
    Here in FL, we use sunscreen pretty much year-round. And I'm always looking for newer, better kinds. I love the thought of this sunstick! And my kids will love the designs!
  2. Pauline M says
    I can get burned just watching my son's soccer game for an hour. This is something we use all summer long and always in my bag when out and about!
  3. Amy DeLong says
    really would like this for the family,we need it! ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com
  4. Nick Hilleshiem says
    Sunscreen sticks are such a great idea. My little baby girl has very fair skin like her momma so I could def. use this!!
  5. shala_darkstone says
    These would be very useful on our beach vacation.
  6. This would be great for us. I live in Florida and I have a skin condition that is genetic, but is realted to sun exposure. With two little ones at home I am fearful that I passed it on to them, so we go through a lot of sunscreen.
  7. Bekki Lindner says
    LOVE this! My kids are outside all day during the summer, and we need these!
  8. Pauline M says
    Between summer camp and the pool, I go through alot of sunscreen. Anything that helps my kids use sunscreen more often is always a great way to go!