Safer Skincare Solutions
- What: Sunscreen Selections
- When: 6 months to college
- Why: Provide sun protection
- Where: Amazon
I firmly believe in safe sunscreen, though any sun protection is better than none. If you can’t get your child to wear a sun hat, then sunscreen provides the only defense against damaging UV rays. Yet finding a lotion kids won’t object to applying can be tricky, much less getting a sunscreen that I find safe to use in large quantities on a daily basis. I still swear by EWG’s Healthy Living App rankings and research to help me make safe choices.
Here’s what’s in our sunscreen artillery this season.
Supergoop! Everyday Lotion: I swear by this lightweight low fragrance formula and use it everyday on my face, neck, and any other exposed skin. I got it as a moisturizer for myself, courtesy of the new formula removing the octinoxate. I also like how they list every ingredient on their website for all their products, so you can decide for yourself. I haven’t added it to our sunscreen stash, so my kids and husband don’t use it. I suspect they would love it just as much as I do, and I may need to add another tube once we empty some of our other contenders.
Goddess Garden Spray Sunscreen: Several of my kids and my husband prefer spray sunscreens, though it can be tricky to find one that meets my safety standards. This sunscreen rates a four (on a scale of one to ten with ten being the worst), and provides excellent coverage with minimal complaints. My kids go for this bottle first.
All Good Kids Sunscreen Stick: My kids also love this sunscreen stick. Once again, it goes on easily, without the need to touch the sunscreen with their hands. They dab it on cheeks, noses, ears, necks and more, then get a willing adult to rub it in so they can keep their hands uncontaminated. I love the thick coverage and safe ingredients. With a one safety rating, and a stick big enough to last the season, you can’t beat this option.
Bare Republic Mineral Spray Sunscreen: This spray has a scented effect that my kids shy away from. I find the formula a little too slick for my liking and the six safety rating (mostly from the lemon oil used for fragrance) means I will replace it with something else once it runs out.
Babyganics Stick: I keep a tube of this tiny sunscreen stick in my bag wherever we go. The tube makes it easy to use, and the safety rating of two means I don’t worry about any harmful side effects. The smaller size means we don’t use it on an everyday basis, but make it great for keeping in easy reach on the go.