It seems that the summer is finally here. What can be better for kids than outdoor activities during the summer? Just in time for the summer Environmental Working Group published their 2017 Guide to Sunscreens. I highly recommend that you take a look! It provides a list of the best and worst scoring sunscreens for kids. Sunscreens using zinc oxide and titanium dioxide “offer a good balance between protection from the two types of ultraviolet radiation – UVA and UVB.” Look for either of these two active ingredients in your sunscreen!
These are some of the most popular, in my opinion, and “low hazard”, according to EWG, sunscreen brands:
Adorable Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+
Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 50
Babytime! by Episencial Sunny Sunscreen, SPF 35
Bare Republic Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen, 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
Tom’s of Maine Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
On the top of the worst sunscreens list is Banana Boat Kids Max Protect & Play Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100. It was the only product with the score 10 on the 1 to 10 scale, where 10 is the worst.
In the EWG’s Guide, you can also find some information about harmful ingredients used in the mass-production of sunscreens such as oxybenzone. It was very informative to read about sunscreens with high SPFs above 50+ and spray-on sunscreens, as well. Their Healthy Living App is also good to have. It allows you to scan products and make a better choice while shopping. I hope that EWG will continue to add more products to the app’s database. It’s such a useful tool that saves a lot of time on reading labels and googling the ingredients.
Let our kids enjoy the sunshine safely! Happy summer!