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EWG’s Best Scoring Sunscreen Lotions for Kids

There are more than 200 beach and sport sunscreens with a green rating in EWG’s 2016 Sunscreen Guide. We took a closer look at the best-rated sunscreens specifically marketed for use on babies and kids.

This year, 49 baby and kid sunscreens score a 1 in our database. Of those 34 are lotions. The other 15 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 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 here 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+

How we made the list:

EWG examined every product in this year’s Sunscreen Guide with an overall score of 1, and a green rating for ingredient hazards. We selected products unambiguously marketed for use on babies and children by including those with the terms “baby,” “kids,” “little,” “children” and “pediatric” in the product or brand name. We did not review product images, which are more subjective, and note that other best scoring sunscreens include packaging that suggests use on babies and children.

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.

Parents should know that the FDA does not set any criteria or additional requirements for sunscreen and body care products marketed to children. EWG has not identified any systematic differences between the types of products marketed to children and the general population.

Disclaimer: Sunscreen manufacturers frequently reformulate their ingredients and packaging. EWG’s 2016 sunscreen database gathers information from sunscreen companies directly and by reviewing products sold by major retailers. When purchasing a sunscreen you should check the ingredients to make sure it matches the product listed in the database.

 

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EWG provides information on sunscreen products from the published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government. The ratings indicate both efficacy and the relative level of concern posed by exposure to the ingredients in this product - not the product itself - compared to other sunscreens. The ratings reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure or individual susceptibility, factors which determine actual health risks, if any. Methodology | Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions

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