When I need to research a product I put ON MY BODY I visit the Environmental Working Group and specifically www.ewg.org/skindeep. And every year when they come out with their list of best scoring (read: safe) sunscreens for kids, I like to make sure you guys see it:

Adorable Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+
All Good Kid’s Sunscreen, SPF 30
All Terrain KidSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 50
Babytime! by Episencial Sunny Sunscreen, SPF 35
Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30
Bare Republic Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Baby, SPF 30+
BurnOut KIDS Sunscreen, SPF 35
California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen, SPF 30+
Caribbean Sol Sol Kid Kare, SPF 30
Goddess Garden Organics Baby Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
Kiss My Face Organics Kids Sunscreen, SPF 30
Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 50
Sunology Natural Sunscreen Kids, SPF 50
Sunumbra Sunkids Natural Sunscreen, SPF 40
ThinkSport Kids Sunscreen, SPF 50+
Tom’s of Maine Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30


How they make their list:

EWG examines every product in detail. For this list, they select products that are marketed for use on babies and children because of their use of the term “baby,” “kids,” “little,” “children” and “pediatric” in the product or brand name.1(That means there may be safe sunscreens you can use on kids that they did not rate or examine. I’m sure the list isn’t exhaustive.)

“This year, 49 baby and kid sunscreens score a 1 in our database. Of those, 30 are lotions. The other 19 are sunscreen sticks. 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 selected one product to display, choosing a fragrance-free version when available, or a water resistant or ‘sport’ formulation over other formulations, as those tend to offer greater staying power.” 2

Just remember, as much as we do not want to burn our skin, it still needs contact with the sun. Don’t be afraid, just be smart. Now, get outside and enjoy this lovely summer!


Sources and References

  1. EWG, 2017.
  2. EWG, 2017.