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EWG’s Best Sunscreens for Kids

When it comes to choosing sunscreen for children, it's important to understand which products are the safest. EWG lists 23 to choose from.
By EWG.org
Published: May 24, 2016
Last updated: May 31, 2018
 

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:

So here are EWG’s 23 best sunscreen lotions for kids in 2013:

Adorable Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+
All Good Kid’s Sunscreen, SPF 30
Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 50
Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream, Tangerine & Vanilla, SPF 30
Bare Republic Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, 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 Baby Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
Hawaiian Sol Sol Kid Kare, SPF 50
Kiss My Face Organics Kids 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 Natural 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

Read more about how EWG.org made its decisions

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 some of our other best scoring sunscreens include packaging that suggests use on babies and children.

This year, 49 baby and kid sunscreens score a 1 in our database. Of those, 30 are lotions. The other 19 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 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, do not follow labeling guidelines, or if their packaging raises contamination concerns.

Parents should know that the Food and Drug Administration 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 2017 sunscreen database gathers information from sunscreen companies directly and reviews products sold by major retailers. When purchasing a sunscreen, you should check the ingredients to make sure they match those for the product listed in the database.

Copyright © 2018 Environmental Working Group, www.ewg.org. Reproduced with permission.

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