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Sunscreen: Are the Ingredients Dangerous for Your Baby?

healthUpdated June 22, 2021
Sunscreen: Are the Ingredients Dangerous for Your Baby?

by Hannah Crews

Essential Oils Expert

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When we think of “sunscreen,” we literally think of protection. A shield. A screen between the sun and your baby that will prevent burning and nourish their tender little skin all at the same time. However, most moms don’t know that the ingredients in many store-bought sunscreens are dangerous. In fact, after understanding how toxic the ingredients actually are in most sunscreen brands, it might make you think twice before you apply them on your child or go outside altogether. The Environmental Working Group recently did studies revealing that the chemicals commonly used in sunscreen are endocrine disruptors, estrogenic, carcinogenic, and may interfere with thyroid and other hormone processes in the body. They also came out with… Read More

When we think of “sunscreen,” we literally think of protection. A shield. A screen between the sun and your baby that will prevent burning and nourish their tender little skin all at the same time. However, most moms don’t know that the ingredients in many store-bought sunscreens are dangerous. In fact, after understanding how toxic the ingredients actually are in most sunscreen brands, it might make you think twice before you apply them on your child or go outside altogether.

The Environmental Working Group recently did studies revealing that the chemicals commonly used in sunscreen are endocrine disruptors, estrogenic, carcinogenic, and may interfere with thyroid and other hormone processes in the body. They also came out with an article listing their “hall of shame” sunscreens, many of which are popular brands that are highly toxic to use and apply on yourself and your baby. Of the 1,400+ sunscreens tested by the EWG, also tested nearly 1,500 different sunscreens – and out of all of those tested, here’s what they concluded:

  • Only 5% met their safety standards
  • Over 40% were listed as potentially contributing to skin cancer

The chemicals present in these highly toxic sunscreens include:

  • Oxybenzone
  • Avobenzone
  • Octisalate
  • Octocrylene
  • Homosalate
  • Octinoxate
  • Parabens
  • Fragrance
  • Formaldehyde
  • Phthalates

The most popular chemical, oxybenzone, is found in 96% of sunscreens. And a recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed that this chemical can reduce sperm count in men and may contribute to endometriosis in women. Not to mention, the other chemicals listed have been known to be contributors to horrible diseases and health issues, including cancer.

Now that you’ve had a chance to see the risks involving many sunscreens let’s talk about a safer option here – MINERAL SUNSCREENS.

You can use two types of sunscreen on your baby – a chemical one or a mineral one. We obviously know now that a chemical one is risky (and, for me personally, not an option). However, some mineral sunscreens, too, consist of non-nano particles, which basically means that the particles are too “big” to seep into your baby’s pores, therefore giving a better barrier against the sun’s harmful UV rays.

So, here are 7 sunscreen brands that we love and trust:

1. Thinkbaby Natural Sunblock

Thinkbaby Sunscreen

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Thinkbaby is a top option for baby sunscreen as it is natural, water-resistant, and recommended by dermatologists. It is zinc-oxide-based and full of natural ingredients like aloe vera and jojoba oil that will keep your baby safe during a hot summer day. Even Drew Barrymore loves it!

2. California Baby Hypoallergenic Sunscreen

California Baby Face & Body Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30+

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This sunscreen is readily available at many department stores, including Walmart and Target. It said to last up to 80 minutes in the sun and is great protection for adults and older kids with sensitive skin as well, so the whole family can use it!

We love California Baby products because of the great ingredients they use. In this sunscreen, they include lemongrass and cedar. Both of these ingredients are very effective at repelling mosquitoes and other biting insects. So not only are you protecting your baby from the sun’s harmful rays with this sunscreen, but you are also protecting your baby from getting bitten!

3. Supergoop! Sunnyscreen 100% Mineral Lotion

Supergoop! Sunnyscreen 100% Mineral Lotion

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This clean baby mineral sunscreen is a 100% non-nano mineral formula that checks all the boxes. It has non-toxic ingredients, is pediatrician tested, hypoallergenic, and is fragrance and silicone-free. We love Supergoop products and also really like their mineral stick for babies and kiddos, too. It’s so easy, convenient, and quick to put on!

4. Baby Bum Mineral Sunscreen

Sun Bum Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion

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This plant-based mineral sunscreen formula contains natural zinc oxide, coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter which all help to nourish and hydrate your baby’s skin. Their products are pediatrician and dermatologist tested and we love that their products are vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, silicone-free, phthalate-free, and dye-free to meet the needs of delicate baby skin. Another reason why I love this brand so much? Not only are they good quality but their products smell so good! You can also purchase a convenient face stick or even purchase a Baby Bum sunscreen gift set!

5. Hello Bello Mineral Baby Sunscreen

Hello Bello Mineral Baby Sunscreen

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Hello Bello is a great budget-friendly brand that you can find almost anywhere. Their mineral baby sunscreen is full of ingredients we love, including shea butter, green tea, and avocado. Bonus: it smells great!

6. Babo Botanicals Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen

Babo Botanicals Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

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This ultralight weight sunscreen checks off a lot of our boxes: it is long-lasting, water-resistant, zinc-based, and contains no harsh chemicals. As an added bonus, it is also safe for the environment and gentle enough for baby, yet strong enough for mom and dad.

7. Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen

Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Lotion

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Babyganics is a trusted brand for baby products, and their sunscreen is no different. The mineral-based lotion is plant-derived and filled with certified organic ingredients. It is also tear-free and non-allergenic, so you don’t have to worry when rubbing it all over your baby’s body.

Of course, it is extremely important to use sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. But it is important for us, as moms, to choose a sunscreen with ingredients that are organic, non-toxic, highly safe, and super effective in protection from the sun’s rays.

Learn if aerosol sunscreens are safe for babies HERE.

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