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10 Safe Sunscreens For Kids (Including Some You Can Find at Your Drugstore)

May 19 2014 - 1:03pm

Slather on the lotion! If you thought the breast vs. bottle debate was polarizing, wait until you talk to fellow playground moms about sunscreen. Though lotions and sticks protect little ones' skin from cancer-causing UVA and UVB rays, doctors advise new mamas to use physical barriers — SPF clothing, umbrellas, and shades — rather than lotions on babies younger than 6 months old.

Once tots reach the six-month mark, keep them protected from the sun without harming them in other ways. The Environmental Working Group's recommendations for the best sunscreens for tots [1] — products that do not contain potential hormone disruptors — is considered the definitive list of safe options. The group recommends staying away from spray-on lotions and powders, as well as those containing oxybenzone or vitamin A. Tops on their list are sunscreens using zinc or titanium for the best UVA/UVB protection without the use of such harmful chemicals. Click through to see 10 of their top picks (which includes many that can be found at your local drugstore — not just at specialty stores).

Drugstore Find: Aveeno Baby Natural Protection Mineral Block Face Stick, SPF 50

One of the highest-rated sunscreens [2] on the EWG's site, Aveeno Baby Natural Protection Mineral Block Face Stick [3] ($10) is a mineral-based sunscreen using both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to block the sun's rays. Plus, in stick form, it's easy to apply to squirmy tots and fits nicely inside a diaper bag.

Drugstore Find: Coppertone Kids Pure & Simple Sunscreen Lotion

Coppertone [4]'s Pure & Simple Sunscreen [5] ($9) — perhaps the most widely available lotion on the market — is oil-, fragrance-, and dye-free and provides broad-spectrum protection through a gentle zinc oxide formula, earning it a great rating [6] on the EWG list.

Drugstore Find: Babyganics Cover Up Baby On-the-Go Sunscreen Moisturizing Lotion SPF 50

The small, travel-size tubes of Babyganics Cover Up Baby On-the-Go Sunscreen Moisturizing Lotion [7] ($4) are convenient for day trips to the beach or pool, while their strong rating [8], which comes from high zinc oxide content, makes them a must buy for parents.

Online Find: Honest Sunscreen

Jessica Alba [9]'s Honest Company sunscreen [10] ($14) is newly reformulated this year, making it more effective (and less streaky) than before. The new formula only uses zinc oxide as a sunscreen — so it is safe for babies — and it is packed with organic oils that make it easy to rub in.

Health Food Store Find: Badger Baby Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30+

One of the highest-rated sunscreens [11] on the EWG list (it has a low health concern), Badger's Baby Sunscreen Lotion [12] ($18) is certified natural, using zinc oxide as a blocker and aloe vera as its base for easy application.

Baby Store Find: Thinkbaby Sunscreen, SPF 30+

Thinkbaby [13], which was already known for its popular bottles and sippy cups, just received an extremely high rating from the EWG [14] for its Thinksport Thinkbaby Sunscreen, SPF 30+ [15] ($15). The zinc-oxide-based sun blocker does not contain any nanoparticles, making it safe for babies and big kids alike.

Baby Store Find: Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen, SPF 30

A natural, chemical-free sunscreen, Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen [16] ($19) has a high zinc oxide content to keep skin safe. The very highly-rated lotion [17] goes on clear so there are no tell-tale white streaks on your kids' arms and legs.

Baby Store Find: Mustela Broad Spectrum Mineral Sun Stick

Mustela [18]'s Broad Spectrum Mineral Sun Stick [19] ($16) is part of the European brand's new line of sun care using natural filters titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to filter the sun's rays. The paraben-free, phthalate-free, and phenoxyethanol-free formula received the EWG's high rating [20].

Baby Store Find: TruKid Sunny Days Mineral All Natural Sunscreen

The new TruKid Sunny Days Mineral All Natural Sunscreen [21] ($20) is quickly becoming a favorite around here. The mineral-based lotion, which uses zinc oxide as its sunblock, received the EWG's highest rating [22], for its nontoxic, nonnano, and gluten-free formula.

Baby Store Find: Dr. Robin For Kids All Natural Chemical-Free Sunscreen, SPF 30+

Dr. Robin For Kids All Natural Chemical-Free Sunscreen [23] ($25) uses a combination of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to keep little ones safe. The highly rated formula [24] includes quinoa and oats to hydrate the skin as well as protect it.


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