Summer is here, which means trying to get our kids to sit still long enough to lather them up with suntan lotion.
We couldn’t be more thrilled about trying to relax, eating sweet treats, and having some fun in the sun. But with all the excitement, we haven’t forgotten about the strength of the sun. This season is packed with outdoor activities, so it’s important that we protect ourselves and our kids from the powerful UV rays. Thanks to the recent research on kids sunscreen by nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG), we can rest assured our littles will be safe in the summer sun.
EWG has noted over 200 viable lotions for your little one, but we’ve narrowed down a few reliable lotions to test out this summer. Here are six sunscreens to add to your shopping list:
1. Babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Lotion: This SPF 50 lotion comes in a tiny bottle that’s perfect to stash in your beach bag. It also comes as a sunscreen stick and contains mostly high zinc oxide content, which makes it a safe choice for your baby.
2. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Sunscreen Stick: According to EWG ratings, this SPF 30 protectant is a low-risk product. With natural ingredients such as sunflower seed wax and soybean oil, parents can rest easy while their tykes run around in the sun.
3. TruKid Sunny Days Daily Sunscreen: TruKid offers a variety of products to protect our kids from the sun. From the SPF 50+ lotion to the sport sunscreen and eczema care lotion, these products provide excellent UVA protection.
4. All Terrain KidSport Sunscreen Lotion: All Terrain is all about helping people live more active lives outdoors, so creating an SPF 30 lotion for kids was a must. It includes ingredients like coconut oil and aloe vera extract, and is great for sensitive skin.
5. Thinkbaby Sunscreen: If you’re looking for an inexpensive, natural product with a SPF of 50+ this is the sunscreen for you. Researchers at EWG found this product to pose a low heath concern, as well as a good balance of UVA protection in relation to the SPF. What more can we ask for?
6. Sensitive Skin Clinic Mineral Sunscreen: Does your child have sensitive skin? If so, buying sunscreen can truly be a difficult task. This SPF 40 product was made for your kiddo in mind. Problem solved!
Be careful of dangerous sunscreens!
There are a number of factors that go into determining whether a sunscreen is safe or not. Stay far away from those containing SPF values above 50 (they provide a false sense of security, typically are not accurate, and can contain more harmful chemicals), and lotions with a ton of chemicals, such as oxybenzone (can disrupt hormones) or retinyl palmitate (may damage sun-exposed skin).
For a full list of sunscreens to avoid, visit the EWG’s Hall of Shame.