Kids health

Best sunscreens for kids, as rated by the EWG

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released their 2019 list of the healthiest sunscreens you can feel comfortable slathering on your kids.

By Karen Robock

Best sunscreens for kids, as rated by the EWG

Photo: iStockphoto

If you find yourself standing in the sunscreen aisle scrutinizing ingredients lists and trying to figure out what sun protection is best for your kid, you might want to check out the latest list of best-scoring sunscreens for kids chosen by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Every year, the organization evaluates sunscreens on the market and gives them a hazard score (where 1 is the best score and 10 is the worst), filtering out ingredients that the organization considers harmful, such as formaldehyde-releasing chemicals. The list also shows preference to fragrance-free formulas and those that are water-resistant,  because they “offer greater staying power.” This year, at the end of all their analysis, they were left with a list of 27 sunscreens that they deemed the best sunscreens for kids. These five known brands scored high marks:

1. Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50

2. Badger Active Baby Natural Mineral Sunscreen Cream, Chamomile & Calendula, SPF 30

3. Coppertone Pure & Simple Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50

4. Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50

5. Thinkbaby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50+

Some of the other criteria the EWG considers in its hazard scoring is the amount of UVA and UVB protection, and whether it contains oxybenzone and vitamin A. Though Health Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society insist these ingredients are safe, the EWG points to animal studies that show the potential for hormone disruption and tumour development, though no harmful effects have been proven in humans. The organization also favours lotions over sprays (which kids can inhale) and SPFs in the range of 30 to 50, because higher numbers offer a false sense of security.

No matter what sunscreen you choose, it’s important to ensure your child is protected from the sun, because UV exposure is linked to skin cancer later in life. And, as the EWG points out, sunscreen should be a last resort. The organization recommends parents protect kids by covering them well with clothing, planning outdoor activities for early or late in the day (not around noon when the sun is at its strongest), strapping on sunglasses to protect their eyes and finding shady spots to enjoy the great outdoors.

Want more sunscreen recommendations? Here are our top sunscreen picks for 2019.

La Roche-Posay Athelios XL Melt-in Cream SPF 50

Get head-to-toe protection against UVA and UVB rays with this new take on an old favourite. The cream literally “melts” into your skin for a non-greasy finish that leaves skin feeling soft. $30, laroche-posay.ca

Best sunscreens for kids, as rated by the EWG

Aleva Naturals Baby Sunscreen Lotion SPF 45

The whole family can use this tube of broad spectrum sunblock that also contains skin moisturizers like coconut oil and avocado oil. $20, amazon.ca

Best sunscreens for kids, as rated by the EWG

Thinksport Kids Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+

This tube is one-and-done for the whole family for a day at the beach. Water resistant up to 80 minutes and gentle enough for the littlest littles. $35, well.ca

Best sunscreens for kids, as rated by the EWG

Green Beaver Kids Natural Mineral Sunscreen Touch Up Stick SPF 30

Made with natural and certified organic ingredients, including Canadian-grown organic raspberry, this easy-to-apply SPF 30 sunscreen stick keeps your little one’s skin safe and soft. $15, greenbeaver.com

Best sunscreens for kids, as rated by the EWG

Vichy Ideal Soleil Lip Protection Stick SPF 30

Protect pouts big and small from UV damage and the drying effects of the sun with this nourishing balm. $15, well.ca

Best sunscreens for kids, as rated by the EWG

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen

A blend of rich organic jojoba and soothing aloe nourishes your skin while this water-resistant formula shields from sun damage, whether you’re on the dock or swimming in the lake. $25, sephora.com

Best sunscreens for kids, as rated by the EWG

Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30

A non-nano zinc oxide formulation that comes in a non-aerosol, air-powered canister (without the potentially harmful propellant chemicals) makes this a safer spray you can use on the whole family. $46, Beautycounter.com

Best sunscreens for kids, as rated by the EWG

Cocoon Apothecary Reflector SPF 30 Facial Sun Protection

This mineral sunscreen will deflect damaging UV rays and nourish your complexion, thanks to the addition of sea buckthorn seed oil and shea butter. $30, cocoonapothecary.ca

Best sunscreens for kids, as rated by the EWG

Consonant Skincare The Perfect Sunscreen

Toss this travel-sized tube in your airplane carry-on for your summer vacation, or just in the side of your diaper bag for on-the-go touch-ups. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide deliver reliable, worry-free protection you can use on your face, neck and hands (and baby’s too!). $16, consonantskincare.com

Best sunscreens for kids, as rated by the EWG

COOLA Rosiliance BB+ Cream SPF 30

Moms, you need this one just for you. It’s a tinted moisturizer and BB cream loaded with skin-nourishing ingredients and a mineral broad spectrum SPF 30, all in one. It stays put with a barely-there feel and will save you at least two skincare steps in the morning. And did we mention the delicate rose scent? $78, thedetoxmarket.ca

Best sunscreens for kids, as rated by the EWG

Read more: 15 cute summer hats for kids Can you share sunscreen with your kid? 

This article was originally published on May 22, 2019
FILED UNDER:
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement