This past week, I’ve seen several people link to articles about the worst sunscreens for your family and kids. But what should you use? There are so many choices out there, it can be overwhelming.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), there are three big things to consider when buying a sunscreen.
What SPF is it? Studies show that SPF’s cap out at about 50, so you really don’t need that SPF 100. It’s not doing anything special.
Does it contain oxybenzone, a hormone-disrupting sunscreen filter?
Does it contain retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A linked to skin damage?
Here are my favorite sunscreens the whole family can use:
1. Babyganics Mineral Based Sunscreen SPF 50 (EWG rating 1) – This is our #1 go to sunscreen. It’s in my pool bag at all times. It’s normally $10 for a 6oz tube.
2. Burt Bee’s Baby Bee Sunscreen Stick (EWG rating 1) – This is the perfect stick for getting the kid’s all lathered up for the pool or the beach. When I use this I have no doubt that they are covered.
3. Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen, FACE (EWG rating 3) – This goes on incredibly smooth and doesn’t leave a white film like many of the mineral sunscreens do. I like it under my make-up.
4. Cetaphil Daily Use SPF 15 (EWG rating 2) – For daily use, I’m comfortable putting this on both mine and the kid’s faces. If we’re going to the Y or somewhere they might be outside for a bit, I know they’ll have some sun protection.
Note: I had been using Sun Bum (a brand I grabbed off the shelf at Target) that I really liked, but when researching this post I saw that it’s rated a 5 on the EWG site. It’s not horrible, but being middle of the road seems silly when there are so many other options that contain better ingredients.
To see the EWG’s sunscreen rankings for 2015, click here.
What are your favorite sunscreens?