The Safest Sunscreens For Your Children And The Environment

How To Choose Sunscreen For Kids

There are 3 very important things to look for when choosing any type of sunscreen for your child.

  1. Has an SPF of 30 or higher
  2. Protects against UVB AND UVA Rays – A broad spectrum sunscreen
  3. Is water resistant for 40 to 80 minutes

Sunscreen also comes in different forms.

  1. Creams (Best for dry skin areas)
  2. Gels (Great for hair)
  3. Sticks (Great for the eye area)
  4. 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.

  1. Apply sunscreen 15- 30 minutes before kids go outside in the sun
  2. Be sure to apply sunscreen to the neck, hands, feet and ears
  3.  Apply spf 30 lip balm to lips
  4. Use a generous amount of sunscreen to cover all exposed areas of the body
  5. Reapply sunscreen often. Always read the bottle for recommended reapplication time.
  6. If kids will be in or around water, ensure their sunscreen is water resistant.
  7. Be sure to throw away sunscreen that is past its expiry date as it will no longer be fully effective
If you follow those directions, you will be sun safe and ready to have the best summer, every summer.

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


SPF: 50

Size: 8oz

Safe For Sport?: Yes

Water & Sweat Resistant 80 Minutes

Paraben Free / PABA Free / Oil Free / Gluten Free / Vegan


SPF: 30

Size: 8oz

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

SPF: 30

Size: 3oz

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

SPF: 30

Size: 3.4oz

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

SPF: 50

Size: 6oz

Safe For Sport?: Yes

Water Resistant

Paraben, phthalates, PABA and 1,4 dioxane free

SPF: 30

Size: 3oz

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

SPF: 30

Size: 2.9oz

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

SPF: 50

Size: 3.4oz

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.


SPF: 30

Size: 8oz

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.

SPF: 30

Size: 1oz

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

SPF: 30

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

SPF: 30

Size: 3oz

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

SPF: 30

Size: 2.8oz

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.

SPF: 30

Size: 3.5oz

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

SPF: 50

Size: 3.4oz

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.

12 thoughts on “The Safest Sunscreens For Your Children And The Environment”

  1. Just this year, I’ve become really conscious of the chemical in most sunscreens. I’ve been trying to find some new ones for my family. Your list will really be helpful, thanks!

  2. I love this list so much! I’ve heard about the potential for harm with some sunscreens, but never had a list of great ones to choose. Thank you so much for doing the research on this!

  3. I was just prepping for summer with my 6 month old and thinking about sunscreen. Thanks for this great post

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