Summer is here and finding the best sunscreen for your child does not need to be intimidating. Once your baby reaches 6 months, you should apply sunscreen whenever he or she is exposed to the sun’s harsh rays. (If he’s younger than 6 months, dermatologists recommend keeping him in the shade instead). Mineral-based sunscreens are best for your baby’s delicate skin. When choosing a mineral sunscreen for kids opt for those with active ingredients that are zinc oxide or titanium dioxide; it stays on top of your baby's skin to physically block rays.
Remember: Any sunscreen (always look for a product with SPF 30 or higher) + UV protective clothing and shade (our swim is made with UPF 50+ fabrics which blocks 98 percent of the sun's rays) is better than none.
Before applying new sunscreen test it by applying a small amount to the inside of your child’s wrist the day before you plan to use it. If an irritation or rash develops, try another product. You can also ask your child’s doctor to suggest a product less likely to irritate your child’s skin.
Remember to apply plenty of sunscreen and reapply it often, especially if your child is playing in the water or sweating a lot. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests about one ounce of sunscreen per application for a child.
Here is our top 5 best sunscreens for kids (non-toxic and EWG rated):
(5) All Good Kid’s Sunscreen, SPF 30 $15.99
This coral-friendly, non-greasy, broad-spectrum sunscreen contains zinc oxide for sun protection alongside skin-soothing chamomile and green tea. It’s also water resistant for 80 minutes and rubs in easily.
(4) Adorable Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30+ $19.75
100% natural ingredients (which means no synthetic or chemical ingredients), this product is not only great for babies and kids but adults, too.
(3) Blue Lizard, SPF 30 $27.90
The bottle turns pink when it's in the presence of harmful UV rays to remind you when it's time to lotion up again. It protects your kid's skin from the sun by using a combination of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
(2) Badger Active Kids Sunscreen Cream, SPF 40 $17.99
This top-rated EWG sunscreen is free of chemicals, 100% natural and is made with 98% organic ingredients. Made with zinc oxide, it also includes a blend of sunflower oil, beeswax and vitamin E for moisturizing. Badger is biodegradable and coral-reef safe.
(1) Think Baby Sunscreen, SPF 50+ $19.99
Top rated by the EWG since 2010, thinkbaby Sunscreen is free of all biologically harmful chemicals such as avobenzone, oxybenzone, and UV chemical absorbers. With broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection and water resistance up to 80 minutes, this sunscreen promises great coverage. The gluten-free recipe even applies and absorbs easily while still being a non-aerosol formulation.