10 Best Sunscreens for Kids | Chemical-Free

Chemical Free Sunscreens

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you know that I’m a little freaked out about this chemical sunscreen thing. What chemical sunscreen thing, you ask?

Well, I’ll recap. Basically, researchers discovered that the chemicals that are in many of the sunscreens that we use are absorbed into the skin. This can happen within 24 hours of applying. So, I am in the market for the best safe, chemical-free sunscreen for kids. Our summer fun depends on it!

A list of 10 safe, chemical free, mineral based sunscreen for kids#Sun #SPF #Kids #HealthyFamilies #SpecialNeeds #Summer #SummerFun

One researcher even stated: “When sunscreens were first evaluated by the FDA back in the ’70s, we all thought the ingredients sat on the surface of the skin and didn’t do anything,” says Dr. Theresa Michele, director of the division of nonprescription drug products in the office of new drugs at the Center for Drug Evaluation Research at the FDA. “But we’ve learned over the years that’s not actually the case, so we started looking at them more closely.”

What Sunscreens are Safe for Kids?

And today, doctors from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia said this: Pediatricians and dermatologists recommend using physical or mineral sunscreens (those with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) with young children and anyone with dry skin or eczema. They also caution against using spray-application sunscreen, which might be inhaled.

As with anything, I am not a doctor nor do I play one on the internet. If you have concerns about your sunscreen, talk with your child’s pediatrician. I bet many moms already use natural and organic sunscreen because their kids have sensitive skin, skin allergies or eczema.

Chemical Free Sunscreen

The following brands of sunscreen have options that are mineral-based. I am no longer buying chemical-based sun protection. There are other precautions like wearing hats, SPF shirts and staying out of the sun during prime hours.

  1. Sun Bum
  2. Neutrogena
  3. Aveeno
  4. BeautyCounter
  5. CeraVe
  6. Ulta store brand
  7. Cotz
  8. La Roche-Posay
  9. Coola
  10. Bare Republic

Other dangers of chemical sunscreen

If the CHOP doctors don’t convince you to switch to mineral sunscreen, maybe this will.

  • Key West is banning sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate due to the damage they’ve caused to coral reefs and ocean life.
  • Hawaii has banned the same chemicals for the same reasons.
  • Other countries including Palau, Mexico and Bonaire are doing the same.
  • Some of these chemicals are known hormone/endocrine disruptors.( Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with endocrine systems at certain doses. These disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders. wiki )
  • These active sunscreen chemicals have not been studied much, if at all.
  • Many of our kids are medically complex, medically fragile, have different genetic makeup than the general public, and are on multiple medications. Is it dangerous? We just don’t know.
Bestseller No. 1
EltaMD UV Pure SPF 47 Kids Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Sunscreen for Kids Face and Body, Oil Free, Water Resistant up to 80 Minutes, Mineral Kids Sunscreen Lotion with Zinc Oxide, 4.0 oz Tube
2,132 Reviews
EltaMD UV Pure SPF 47 Kids Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Sunscreen for Kids Face and Body, Oil Free, Water Resistant up to 80 Minutes, Mineral Kids Sunscreen Lotion with Zinc Oxide, 4.0 oz Tube
  • EltaMD UV Pure SPF 47 kids sunscreen lotion is made with chemical-free active ingredients for kids and adults who want effective, long lasting sun protection
  • This kids mineral sunscreen with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide reflects and scatters harsh UVA and UVB rays to help prevent sunburns and offer better sun protection for families
  • Gentle kids sunscreen formula glides over wet or dry skin, rubs in quickly and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes, making this a great water resistant sunscreen for kids and adults
  • Lightly rub in this oil free sunscreen for kids face and body and reapply often for all-around sun protection
  • Formulated for all skin types, this sunscreen kids lotion is fragrance-free, oil-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free, dye-free, gluten free, vegan, and noncomedogenic for an effective sunscreen that keeps everybody’s skin well protected from the sun
SaleBestseller No. 2
Alba Botanica Kids Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50, Tropical Fruit, 6 Oz
1,798 Reviews
Alba Botanica Kids Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50, Tropical Fruit, 6 Oz
  • One 6 oz. bottle of Alba Botanica Kids Tropical Fruit SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray
  • Provides broad spectrum protection, is water resistant for up to 80 minutes and is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation
  • Made with a lightweight, plant-based blend of botanical ingredients
  • 100% vegetarian formula made without harsh ingredients like oxybenzone, octinoxate or gluten
  • Always cruelty-free, never tested on animals; recognized by the Leaping Bunny Program
SaleBestseller No. 3
Babo Botanicals Sheer Zinc Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 30 with 100% Mineral Active, Non-Nano, Water-Resistant, Reef-Friendly, Fragrance-Free, Vegan, For Babies, Kids or Sensitive Skin - 6 oz.
4,376 Reviews
Babo Botanicals Sheer Zinc Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 30 with 100% Mineral Active, Non-Nano, Water-Resistant, Reef-Friendly, Fragrance-Free, Vegan, For Babies, Kids or Sensitive Skin - 6 oz.
  • 100% GOOD FOR YOU & YOUR FAMILY: A fast-absorbing, ultra-sheer & lightweight sunblock for delicate skin. Water resistant and perfect for babies, kids and adults alike.
  • FORMULATED FOR VERY SENSITIVE SKIN: This sunscreen is specifically developed with 100% non-nano zinc to provide you with 80 minutes of water and sweat resistant coverage. Safe for baby and perfect for the entire family. Fragrance free.
  • ZINC-BASED, MINERAL FORMULA: Specially formulated to naturally protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays, this sunblock is oxybenzone and octinoxate free. Enriched with Babo's organic Nutri-Soothe Complex. Reef friendly.
  • ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY. Reef Safe. No Oxybenzone. Mineral Based sunscreen.
  • NO HARSH CHEMICALS OR IRRITANTS: Hypoallergenic to reduce the risk of allergic reactions. Clinically tested and rated number #1 in safety by Environment Working Group (EWG). Gluten, soy, dairy, peanut, almond and walnut free. Made in USA and B Corp Certified.
Bestseller No. 4
Coppertone Pure and Simple Kids Sunscreen Stick SPF 50, Zinc Oxide Mineral Sunscreen Stick for Kids, Tear Free, Water Resistant, Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen, 0.49 Oz Stick
192 Reviews
Coppertone Pure and Simple Kids Sunscreen Stick SPF 50, Zinc Oxide Mineral Sunscreen Stick for Kids, Tear Free, Water Resistant, Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen, 0.49 Oz Stick
  • Pediatrician Recommended: From the #1 pediatrician recommended sunscreen brand(2), this SPF 50 sunscreen stick is hypoallergenic and free from PABA, Dyes, and Oxybenzone
  • Spot Protection: This Coppertone sunscreen stick is designed to provide convenient spot protection to exposed areas such as the ears, nose, and face
  • Gentle on Skin: This Coppertone kids sunscreen stick delivers broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection
  • Water Resistant Sunscreen: This SPF 50 water resistant sunscreen stick (80 minutes) is perfect for family fun in the sun
  • Includes one 0.49 ounce Coppertone Pure and Simple SPF 50 Kids Sunscreen Stick
Bestseller No. 5
Two Peas Organics - All Natural Organic SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion - Coral Reef Safe - Baby, Kid & Family Friendly - Chemical Free Mineral Based Formula - Waterproof & Unscented – 3oz
987 Reviews
Two Peas Organics - All Natural Organic SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion - Coral Reef Safe - Baby, Kid & Family Friendly - Chemical Free Mineral Based Formula - Waterproof & Unscented – 3oz
  • 𝗖𝗘𝗥𝗧𝗜𝗙𝗜𝗘𝗗 𝗢𝗥𝗚𝗔𝗡𝗜𝗖 𝗦𝗨𝗡𝗦𝗖𝗥𝗘𝗘𝗡: Two Peas Organics all-natural sunscreen uses highly effective plant derived and certified organic ingredients.
  • 𝗣𝗢𝗪𝗘𝗥𝗙𝗨𝗟 𝗦𝗨𝗡 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗧𝗘𝗖𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡: Provides highly effective SPF 50 broad spectrum UVA & UVB protection that is both water and sweat resistant. Gentle enough for baby’s sensitive skin yet strong enough coverage for kids and adults.
  • 𝗖𝗢𝗥𝗔𝗟 𝗥𝗘𝗘𝗙 𝗦𝗔𝗙𝗘: We care deeply about our oceans and environment, so our products and ingredients are always biodegradable and coral reef friendly.
  • 𝗡𝗢 𝗙𝗥𝗔𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗡𝗖𝗘 & 𝗖𝗛𝗘𝗠𝗜𝗖𝗔𝗟 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘: Fragrance free formula that is gentle on your skin and free from all chemicals found in most sunscreens making it ideal for delicate or sensitive skin. Note that natural oils and organic ingredients separate, so massage the tube to mix ingredients before application.
  • 𝗠𝗜?𝗘𝗥𝗔𝗟 / 𝗭𝗜𝗡𝗖 𝗦𝗨𝗡𝗦𝗖𝗥𝗘𝗘𝗡: Extra thick formula with 25% Zinc Oxide helps to prevent sunburns and help decrease the risk of skin damage and early skin aging caused by the sun. Leaves a thin white layer allowing you to see where you’re covered.

What sunscreen chemicals to avoid?

According to the website BanToxicSunscreens, these are the chemicals they say you should avoid. I’ve only read up on a few of them, but I am not using any sunscreen for my kids if it contains these chemicals. Especially Kevin, since he is on multiple medications for his seizure disorder.

  • Oxybenzone
  • Octinoxate
  • Octocrylene
  • Homosalate
  • Octisalate
  • Avobenzone
  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Cocamide DEA
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Nano-Particles
  • Fragrance

For now, I have purchased the Sun Bum and Bare Republic sunscreens for our family. I also have ordered us new hats and SPF shirts from Lands End. Happy Summer!

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