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EWG’s Best Scoring Sunscreens for Kids

There are 216 beach and sport sunscreens with a green rating in EWG’s 2018 Sunscreen Guide. We took a closer look at the best-rated sunscreens specifically marketed for use on babies and kids. We selected the 23 best-scoring products:

Adorable Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30+
All Good Kid's Sunscreen, SPF 30
Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Lotion Sunscreen, Sensitive Skin, SPF 50
Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream, Tangerine & Vanilla, SPF 30
Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, Baby, SPF 50
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Baby, SPF 30+
BurnOut Kids Sunscreen, SPF 35
California Baby Calendula Sunscreen, SPF 30+
COOLA Suncare Baby Mineral Sunscreen Stick, SPF 50
Equate Baby Zinc Sunscreen Mineral Lotion, SPF 50
Goddess Garden Organics Kids Sport Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
Hawaiian Sol Sol Kid Kare, SPF 50
Kiss My Face Organics Kids Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30
MDSolarSciences KidCreme Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 40
Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 50
Nurture My Body Baby Organic Sunscreen, SPF 32
Sunology Mineral Sunscreen, Kids, SPF 50
thinkbaby Sunscreen, SPF 50+
thinksport Kids Sunscreen, SPF 50+
Tom's of Maine Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
TruBaby Water & Play Sunscreen, SPF 30+
TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30
Waxhead Sun Defense Baby Zinc Oxide Sunscreen, SPF 35

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,” and/or “children” in the product or brand name. We did not review product images, which are more subjective, and note that some of our other best-scoring sunscreens include packaging that suggests use on babies and children. We then filtered out products with ingredients that EWG considers particularly worrisome, like formaldehyde-releasing chemicals.

This year, 48 baby and kid sunscreens score a 1 in our database, including products in both lotion and stick forms. We chose to include both product forms in our best lists. Some studies indicate that people tend to apply too little sunscreen when using sticks, so be mindful of that and apply a thicker layer if you opt for a stick product.

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.

We reviewed product packaging and usability of top-rated products. We do not display products on the best-scoring kids list if they are not currently available for purchase, or do not follow the federal Food and Drug Administration’s labeling guidelines. We also looked to see if product packaging raised contamination concerns because of the increased concern for bacterial contamination in products for babies and children.

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 2018 sunscreen database gathers information from sunscreen companies directly and reviews products sold by major retailers. When purchasing a sunscreen, you should check the ingredients yourself to make sure they match those for 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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