The Cleanest Sunscreens For Your Baby
You know summer is on its way as the days are getting longer, temperatures are getting warmer, and families are starting to spend more time outdoors. While you and your family should wear sunscreen year round, it’s especially important to apply when the sun is shining bright and hot. Your baby is especially susceptible to sun damage so you want to be sure to protect that sweet new skin.
The sun’s rays are harmful, that we know, but what about the chemicals found in mainstream sunscreens? Like organic baby food, it’s important to consider ingredients for baby sunscreens as well. Chemical sunscreens can sometimes include active ingredients that are hormone disrupters, spray sunscreens can pose inhalation risks, and SPF 50 and above have a worse balance of protection than their counterparts with a lower SPF. Other things to avoid include Oxybenzone ( has been known to cause skin rashes), Fragrance (always a suspicious ingredient) and Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A that has been linked to skin tumors and lesions).
If you just went through your cabinets to check your current sunscreens, you may have thrown out most if not all of them at this point. Now we want to help you to replace those with better options. The cleanest, most effective sunscreens for your baby are mineral sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide listed in the active ingredients. Our top 5 favorites include:
1. Badger Active Baby Natural Mineral Sunscreen Cream, Chamomile & Calendula, SPF 30
2. Baby Bum Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, Fragrance Free, SPF 50
3. Earth Mama Kids Uber-Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 40
4. thinkbaby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50+
5. Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
And if you’re at all confused about which sunscreen you can trust, especially for your little one, check out The Environmental WorkingGroup's recommendations for the best sunscreens for babies, which is considered the definitive list of safe options.
Sunscreen should be the last layer of protection. Always dress yourself and your children in as much clothing as is comfortable (rash guards are great for the beach or pool and don’t forget the hat!), stay in the shade as much as possible, limit time outdoors during high UV index days and don’t forget the sunglasses.