Earlier in the summer, we did a story on EWG’s 2015 picks for sunscreen and those you should stay away from. However, this additional list of kids sunscreens just recently came out, so we wanted you to have their most updated recommendations. Enjoy the sun. It is not evil and you NEED it (especially if you live in the northern part of the country)!
On EWG’s 2016 Sunscreen Guide, there are more than 200 beach and sport sunscreens with a green rating, but this list is just for babies and kids. And this year, 49 baby and kid sunscreens score a 1 in the database; 34 are lotions and the other 15 are sunscreen sticks.
From the article:
“Some studies indicate that people tend to apply too little sunscreen when using sticks, so those products are not listed here. For brands with multiple products that scored a 1, we included the product marketed to kids (rather than just babies). We also opted to include a “sport” formulation over other formulations, as those tend to offer greater staying power.”
So, without further ado, the following are EWG’s 22 best sunscreen lotions for kids in 2016:
Adorable Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+
All Good Kid’s Sunscreen, SPF 33
All Terrain KidSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
ATTITUDE Little Ones 100% Mineral Sunscreen, Fragrance Free, SPF 30
babyhampton beach*bum sunscreen, SPF 30
Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30
Bare Belly Organics Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30
Belly Buttons & Babies Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Baby, SPF 30+
BurnOut Kids Physical Sunscreen, SPF 35
California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen, SPF 30+
COOLA Suncare Baby Mineral Sunscreen Unscented Moisturizer, SPF 50
Goddess Garden Kids Sport Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
Hampton Sun Sunscreen Lotion For Baby, SPF 45
Jersey Kids Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
Kiss My Face Organics Kids Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30
Nurture My Body Baby Organic Sunscreen, SPF 32
Substance Baby Natural Sun Care Creme, SPF 30
Sunology Natural Sunscreen, Kids, SPF 50
Sunumbra Sunkids Natural Sunscreen, SPF 40
Thinksport for Kids Sunscreen, SPF 50+
TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30+
In order to make the list, EWG first examines every product with an overall score of 1 and a green rating for ingredient hazards (products are selected due to verbage, i.e. those with the terms “baby,” “kids,” “little,” “children” and “pediatric” in the product or brand name).
More from the article:
“We display best-scoring lotions instead of sunscreen sticks, since lotions tend to be more versatile for family use and some studies indicate that people may apply too little sunscreen when they use stick products. When there were multiple qualified formulas by one brand we selected the kids product instead of another that was marketed for use on babies.”
Of interesting note, the FDA doesn’t set ANY criteria or additional requirements for sunscreen and body care products marketed to children and EWG hasn’t identified any differences between the types of products marketed to children versus the general population. So parents, take extra care when you pick a sunscreen for your little ones!
Happy, healthy sunning!