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Posted: May 26, 2017

Here are the 19 best sunscreens for kids, according to experts

Sharon Doyle puts sunscreen on the arm of 9-year-old Savannah Stidham as they visit the beach June 20, 2006 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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Sharon Doyle puts sunscreen on the arm of 9-year-old Savannah Stidham as they visit the beach June 20, 2006 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

By Fiza Pirani, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Choosing the right sunscreen for your kid is no easy feat, especially when there are dozens of options to choose from.

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But according to a new study, nearly three quarters of products on the market don’t even work.

For their 11th annual sunscreen guide, researchers at the nonprofit Environmental Working Group evaluated the UV-ray protections, toxic ingredients and other health hazards in approximately 900 sunscreens, 500 SPF-labeled moisturizers and more than 100 lip products.

The group found 73 percent of the 880 tested sunscreens either contained “worrisome” ingredients or didn’t work as well as advertised.

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Of the 239 beach and sport sunscreens given a green rating by EWG scientists, 49 products specifically marketed toward children (using terms such as “baby,” “kids,” “pediatric,” etc.), earned the highest EWG score (1).

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If brands had multiple products with a score of 1, the researchers selected one for the list, prioritizing the fragrance-free versions, water resistant or “sport” formulations, because those tend to last longer on the skin.

Here are the 19 best-rated sunscreens, according to EWG:

  1. Adorable Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+
  2. All Good Kid’s Sunscreen, SPF 30
  3. All Terrain KidSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
  4. Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 50
  5. Babytime! by Episencial Sunny Sunscreen, SPF 35
  6. Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30
  7. Bare Republic Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
  8. Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Baby, SPF 30+
  9. BurnOut KIDS Sunscreen, SPF 35
  10. California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen, SPF 30+
  11. Caribbean Sol Sol Kid Kare, SPF 30
  12. Goddess Garden Organics Baby Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
  13. Kiss My Face Organics Kids Sunscreen, SPF 30
  14. Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 50
  15. Sunology Natural Sunscreen Kids, SPF 50
  16. Sunumbra Sunkids Natural Sunscreen, SPF 40
  17. ThinkSport Kids Sunscreen, SPF 50+
  18. Tom’s of Maine Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
  19. TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30

More about each product listed and its calculated score at EWG.org.

To read more about EWG.org and its platform to battle chemicals in everyday products, the food you consume and the water you drink, click here.


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The 14 most dangerous sunscreens for kids, according to experts

Whether you and the kids are on the beach, in the backyard or just strolling around under the scorching sun, not using sunscreen under those harmful rays could increase risk of sunburn, potentially doubling your little one’s risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

But according to new study, nearly three quarters of products on the market don’t even work.

For their 12th annual sunscreen guide, researchers at the nonprofit Environmental Working Group evaluated the UV-ray protections, toxic ingredients and other health hazards in approximately 900 sunscreens, 500 SPF-labeled moisturizers and more than 100 lip products.

In 2017, the group found 73 percent of the 880 tested sunscreens either contained “worrisome” ingredients or didn’t work as well as advertised.

Of the products examined that were marketed toward children (using terms like “baby,” “kids,” “pediatric,” etc.), 46 items scored between 7 and 10, with 10 being the worst score on the 1-10 scale.

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The products on the list had multiple strikes against them, EWG researchers said. Many contained toxic ingredients oxybenzone (a hormone disruptor) and retinyl palmitate (a form of Vitamin D with the potential to increase skin cancer risk).

Several also had SPFs above 50 — high SPFs contain more sun-filtering chemicals than others and can lead to other types of sun damage. 

Five aerosol sprays on the list, which scientists have long argued negatively impact sensitive lungs and don’t offer coated protection, also earned a strike against them.

Here are the 14 worst sunscreens marketed for children, according to EWG:

  1. Banana Boat Kids Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100 (10)
  2. Banana Boat Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100 (10)
  3. Coppertone Foaming Lotion Sunscreen Kids Wacky Foam, SPF 70 (7)
  4. Coppertone Sunscreen Continuous Spray Kids, SPF 70 (7)
  5. Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Kids, SPF 70 (7)
  6. Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Water Babies, SPF 70+ (7)
  7. Coppertone Sunscreen Stick Kids, SPF 55 (7)
  8. Coppertone Sunscreen Stick Water Babies, SPF 55 (7)
  9. Coppertone Sunscreen Water Babies Foaming Lotion, SPF 70 (7)
  10. CVS Health Children’s Sunstick Sunscreen, SPF 55 (7)
  11. Equate Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70 (7)
  12. Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 60+ (10)
  13. Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70+ (7)
  14. Up & Up Kids Sunscreen Sticks, SPF 55 (7)

More about each product listed and its calculated score at EWG.org.

To read more about EWG.org and its platform to battle chemicals in everyday products, the food you consume and the water you drink, click here.

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