Best and Worst Kid & Baby Sunscreens 2016

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With the Summer months coming up, one of the products most commonly used will be sunscreen. It will be applied by men and women, on children and babies,  because we believe it has the potential to protect from the sun's damaging rays. But it also has the potential to do more harm than good. The more I learn about toxic chemicals and our lack of product regulation here in the United States, the more I want to learn. You can read more about sunscreen chemical toxicity here

Important things to know

  • "Chemical" sunscreens can react with the sun to create more free radicals in the skin
  • Chemical Sunscreen Ingredients to Avoid: Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Retinyl Palmitate
  • Spray sunscreen offers worse coverage than lotion and contains breathable particulates
  • "Mineral" and "physical" sunscreens are good, and mean the same thing
  • Mineral Sunscreen Ingredients to Use: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Avobenzone
  • No sunblock can replace sun smarts, clothing and shade

Worst Kids/Baby Sunscreens 2016

Banana Boat Kids Max Protect & Play Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100 Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55 Coppertone Sunscreen Continuous Spray, Kids, SPF 70 Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Kids, SPF 70+ Coppertone Foaming Lotion Sunscreen Kids Wacky Foam, SPF 70+ Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70+ CVS Baby Sunstick Sunscreen, SPF 55 CVS Kids Wet & Dry Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70+ Equate Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55 Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Sunscreen For Kids, SPF 70 Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70+ Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 70+ Up & Up Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55

Best Kids/Baby Sunscreens 2016

Adorable Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+ All Good Kid’s Sunscreen, SPF 33 All Terrain KidSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30 ATTITUDE Little Ones 100% Mineral Sunscreen, Fragrance Free, SPF 30 babyhampton beach*bum sunscreen, SPF 30 Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30 Bare Belly Organics Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30 Belly Buttons & Babies Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30 Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Baby, SPF 30+ BurnOut Kids Physical Sunscreen, SPF 35 California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen, SPF 30+ COOLA Suncare Baby Mineral Sunscreen Unscented Moisturizer, SPF 50 Goddess Garden Kids Sport Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30 Hampton Sun Sunscreen Lotion For Baby, SPF 45 Jersey Kids Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30 Kiss My Face Organics Kids Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30 Nurture My Body Baby Organic Sunscreen, SPF 32 Substance Baby Natural Sun Care Creme, SPF 30 Sunology Natural Sunscreen, Kids, SPF 50 Sunumbra Sunkids Natural Sunscreen, SPF 40 Thinksport for Kids Sunscreen, SPF 50+ TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30+

Best Adult/Sport Sunblocks

The Environmental Working Group has approved over 200 sunblocks. View that database here.

My Favorite Sunscreen

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Though I do like Alba Botanics, I am a huge fan of BeautyCounter's Protect line, especially the Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Water-Resistant Lotion. (And yes, it's on that list above). It is moisturizing but not sticky, and doesn't go on white. It contains mineral sunscreens only, and is scented by natural blood orange essence and aloe. It smells SO good! You can wear this all day and not worry about smelling like a tourist! It safe and perfect for the whole family, too. Check it out here.