How To Choose Sunscreen For Kids
There are 3 very important things to look for when choosing any type of sunscreen for your child.
- Has an SPF of 30 or higher
- Protects against UVB AND UVA Rays – A broad spectrum sunscreen
- Is water resistant for 40 to 80 minutes
Sunscreen also comes in different forms.
- Creams (Best for dry skin areas)
- Gels (Great for hair)
- Sticks (Great for the eye area)
- Sprays (More difficult to know where you’ve applied, but also effective when applied correctly)
It’s important to note that babies under 6 months of age should be covered up with light materials from head to toe and should be kept out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
Best Sunscreen Practices
Knowing how, when and why you use sunscreen will help you keep your family sun safe in the heat. Sunscreen will not be able to do its job properly if these practices are not followed.
- Apply sunscreen 15- 30 minutes before kids go outside in the sun
- Be sure to apply sunscreen to the neck, hands, feet and ears
- Apply spf 30 lip balm to lips
- Use a generous amount of sunscreen to cover all exposed areas of the body
- Reapply sunscreen often. Always read the bottle for recommended reapplication time.
- If kids will be in or around water, ensure their sunscreen is water resistant.
- Be sure to throw away sunscreen that is past its expiry date as it will no longer be fully effective
Remember that all skin types can benefit from sunscreen and be sure to be a good role model and wear sunscreen yourself!
The Safest Sunscreens For Kids (And The Environment)
For Sensitive Skin
Safe For Sport?: Yes
Water & Sweat Resistant 80 Minutes
Paraben Free / PABA Free / Oil Free / Gluten Free / Vegan
Safe For Sport: Yes
Water resistant (40 minutes)
NO chemical fragrances, NO chemical preservatives (parabens) or emulsifiers
The titanium dioxide and zinc oxide used is micronized, no coarse particles. The protection is less visible, yet remains on the skin’s surface and won’t absorb into your skin
Water Resistant?: Water Resistant (80 Minutes)
Zinc oxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Beeswax, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated castor oil
Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses
Water Resistant: Water Resistant ( up to 40 minutes)
Protects your baby’s ultra-sensitive skin with an organic sunscreen
Shields and nourishes, without harsh chemicals
Also Available in Sport
For Non-Sensitive Skin
Safe For Sport?: Yes
Paraben, phthalates, PABA and 1,4 dioxane free
Water Resistant: water resistant (up to 80 minutes)
Active Ingredient: Non Nano Zinc Oxide (23%); Inactive Ingredients: Sunflower Oil*, Green Tea*, Black Tea*, Coffee Bean*, Hemp Seed Oil*, Cocoa Butter*, Mango Butter**, Beeswax*, Rosemary Oil Extract**, Vitamin E** * USDA Certified Organic, ** Certified Natural
Water resistant up to 40min (SPF 30) & 80min (SPF 35)
Made with zinc, beeswax, zinc oxide, sunflower oil, antioxidants
Some reviews mentioned this did not irritate rosacea
Also available in Baby
Water Resistant: swimming for up to 80 minutes
Extra sensitive formula blends gently into the skin.
Active Ingredients (Sunscreen): Zinc Oxide- 22.0% Inactive Ingredients: Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Bisabolol, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Jojoba Esters, Methyl Dihydroabietate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Silica, Tocopherol
Includes (1) 2.75 oz Kids Sunscreen Butter Stick and (1) 3 oz Kids Sunscreen Lotion
SPF: 50 Sunscreen Butter Stick
SPF: 30 Sunscreen Lotion
Size: 2.75oz Sunscreen Butter Stick
Size: 3oz Sunscreen Lotion
UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum Protection. 80 minutes of water resistance.
Water Resistant: Yes
Never Contain Parabens Sodium Laureth Sulfate Artificial Colors Synthetic Fragrances Or Ingredients From Animal Sources
Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S
Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide (non-nano) 20%. Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Capric/ Caprylic Triglycerides, Sorbitan Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Organic Avocado Oil, Virgin Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Cucumber Extract, Organic Green Tea Extract, Tocopherols, Organic Pomegranate Juice, Helionori, Hyaluronic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrogenated Methyl Abiate, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide.
Water Resistant: Water Resistant (80 Minutes)
Certified Organic Ingredients Water and sweat resistant (to 80 minutes) Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection Non-nano particle, uncoated pure zinc oxide Cruelty-free, reef safe, biodegradable Top rated by the Environmental Working Group Convenient, effective protection Air-travel friendly
Size: 1.1oz Sun Stick
Water Resistant: Unclear / No
Our SPF 30 non-nano zinc face stick goes on clear and doesn’t need “rubbing in”
This formula is made with only non-nano zinc oxide and certified organic oils
This “stay put” formula goes only where you put it and will not run into or sting your eyes
The formula is gentle yet effective and perfect for kids and babies 6 months and older
This SPF is non-toxic and is made without endocrine disrupting chemicals
Water Resistant: Water Resistant for 80 minutes
No Oxybenzones, No Petrochemicals, No Nano Particles
100 Percent Reef Safe
Ingredients: sunflower oil, lemongrass, olive oil, aloe vera, jojoba oil, sugar, zinc oxide, vitamin-e, magnesium, coconut oil
Water Resistant: highly water resistant
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 22.3% Inactive Ingredients: Vitisw Vinifera Seed Oil (Grapeseed), Helianthus Annus Seed Oil (Sunflower), Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Vegetable Oils (and) Candelilla Cera, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea), Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract (Roman Chamomile), Lecithin, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil (Safflower), Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract (Cucumber), Tocopheryl Acetate.
Water Resistant: Yes
100% NATURAL AND ECZEMA SAFE – non-nano, no phthalates, no parabens, and without vitamin A
Active Ingredients Zinc Oxide 20% (non nano) Inactive Ingredients Purified water Aloe barbadensis leaf juice Capric caprylic triglycerides (coconut) Sorbitan stearate (vegetable) Polyglyceryl-4 isostearate Hexyl laurate Hydrogenated methyl abietate (pine wood resin) Cetyl dimethicone (sand)Dimethicone Castor oil Magnesium sulfate (epsom salt) Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil Cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract Camellia sinesis (green tea) oil Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Punica granatum extract (pomegranate juice) Hyaluronic acid ethylhexlglycerin (vegetable) Polymaminopropyl biguanide
Water Resistant: Yes
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (6.0%), Zinc Oxide (22.5%) Inactive Ingredients: Aqua (Deionized Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sunflower Lecithin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin-E), Xanthan Gum,* indicates Certified Organic Ingredients, ** for natural essential oils
Reviews state it is very pasty and thick, but it works well.
Don’t Forget Other Sun Safety Protocols
Ensure to wear proper headwear to protect the head from the hot sun as well as sandals to protect the feet from the hot ground.