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Top 10 Kids Sunscreens

The Best Sunscreen For Babies and Kids According To Dermatologists And Moms

The Best Sunscreen For Babies and Kids According To Dermatologists And Moms

Proper sun protection is a necessity all year long, but during the summer, it's even more important to apply repeatedly throughout the day. To ensure your little one is getting the best sun protection, it's important to look for formulas that are non-comedogenic, free of harmful chemicals and parabens, fragrance-free, tear-free, and easy to apply. With so many options out there, it can be a daunting task to choose the right formula, so we've created a Top 10 list of best kids sunscreens that are safe and effective. To create this list, we leveraged our proprietary algorithm, factoring in user reviews, best-seller lists, and editorial recommendations like Prevention.com's recommendations reviewed by a board-certified dermatologist. With so many great options like eco-conscious brands, completely organic formulas, and award-winning lotions, this Top 10 list is bound to have the perfect sunscreen for your child and their needs. Don’t worry—your little one will be ready for plenty of fun in the sun (safely!) in no time. Opening image: @californiababy

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May 9, 2019

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The Rankings

Sunology Kid's & Baby Safe Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 Broad Spectrum Lotion

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LOVED FOR: Sunology's Kid's & Baby Safe Mineral Sunscreen is free of the harmful chemicals like oxybenzone and avobenzone, paraben free, and PABA free. 

FUN FACT: This sunscreen is made in the USA.

California Baby Super Sensitive SPF 30

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WHY WE LOVE IT: This multi-award-winning mineral sunscreen is free of added fragrances, common allergens, and irritants so it’s perfect for allergy-prone, sensitive skin.

HELPFUL TIP: Unlike chemical sunscreens, which tend to be thin and watery, mineral-based sunscreens are thick and concentrated, so a smaller amount does the job. To get an even layer, squeeze a dime-sized amount onto three fingers, dot it onto sun-exposed areas, then use your hands to blend evenly.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dermo Kids Sunscreen SPF 60

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USERS SAID: "Works great! Prevented sunburns in the hot Texas sun in July. Not greasy at all and it's very gentle on sensitive skin. My daughter often gets dermatitis from other sunscreens but she didn't have any problem with this at all."

WHY WE LOVE IT: This kids sunscreen provides broad-spectrum SPF 60 in a texture specifically developed to be gentle for children’s skin. It applies easily on the skin, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth.

Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Zinc Oxide Mineral Sunscreen Lotion For Sensitive Skin

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LOVED FOR: Its low price point while also delivering SPF 50.

 WHAT IT DOES: This tear-free and water-resistant formula protects your little one from harmful UV rays without using any dyes, parabens, phthalates, or fragrance.

Babyganics Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50

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FUN FACT: Babyganics Sunscreen is formulated with plant-derived and certified organic ingredients including their NeoNourish Seed Oil Blend (a blend of tomato, sunflower, cranberry, black cumin, and raspberry seed oils).

USERS SAID: "I have used this sunscreen on both of my children all summer long. I love, love, love it. I would recommend this sunscreen to anyone looking for a great, cheaper end, mineral-based sunscreen."

Thinksport Kid's Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+

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ABOUT THE BRAND: Thinkbaby and Thinksport address the growing concern of toxic chemicals leaching from consumer products and aim to create safe alternatives for babies to athletes alike. They continue to expand their products to offer alternatives to existing products on the market.

FUN FACT: The Thinksport Kid's Safe Sunscreen is the first sunscreen to pass Whole Foods Premium Care requirements. 

Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 50

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USERS SAID: "We live in California so I put sunblock on my kids every day. This goes on very smoothly and spreads really easily. I really like it and suggest it!"

FUN FACT: Specially formulated for baby's delicate skin, the sensitive skin baby sunscreen has been awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance.

Thinkbaby Sunscreen, SPF 50

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FUN FACT: Thinkbaby has more awards than any other sun care line, including Allure's "Best of."

LOVED FOR: The non-nano zinc oxide formulation makes for a non-oily sunscreen and applies easily.

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Baby Sunscreen SPF 30+

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WHY WE LOVE IT: Blue Lizzard's baby water-resistant formula is made without Oxybenzone or Octinoxate to help protect fragile reef ecosystems.

USERS SAID: "I must agree with other viewers that Blue Lizard Sunscreen is wonderful. I used it on my daughter and myself (my face) over the last three or four months with no problems. Use Blue Lizard on your kids! This is a must-purchase item for me."

Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream

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FUN FACT: Badger's baby sunscreen comes in a BPA & phthalate-free tube from #2 recyclable plastic. It's biodegradable and safe for coral reefs and other ecosystems.

LOVED FOR: The sunscreen's certified organic base of Sunflower Oil, Beeswax & Vitamin E is ultra-moisturizing and soothing.

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