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    Top 5 Best Sunscreens for Babies | 2017 Reviews

    January 11, 2017
    Top 5 Best Sunscreens for Babies

    Top 5 Best Sunscreens for Babies | 2017 Reviews

    A moment of fun under the sun, a few days worth of pain and discomfort.

    Don’t we just hate sunburn? Yes, we do and we most definitely should. Beyond the redness of the skin it brings, it is actually a form of skin damage that is more serious than we think. The skin is our first line of defense against all external factors. It serves as a barrier for disease and bacteria. The skin prevents water loss, and provides us insulation and sensation. It is our protection. We wouldn’t want our defense compromised, would we? No, especially for our precious little ones, we don’t. They need all the protection they can get.

    The best prevention may be to avoid sun exposure altogether by staying indoors or under the shade. It also helps to wear protective clothing such as wide-brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts and pants. Ah but, alas! What if it’s summertime? How are we going to enjoy the precious time with the kids if we are to be stuck inside the house? What about beach time? Umbrellas can only go so far; I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t want to carry one well right into the sea as we dip into the water. What about all the fun, fun, fun activities under the sun? Don’t you fret dear parents. Luckily, we live in a society of geniuses and they have made sure the fun doesn’t stop once the sun is up. We have long been blessed with the wonder of sunscreen and it’s about time we reap the full benefits this gift of protection has been offering us for quite some time.

    We made a list of our top 5 best sunscreen for babies to help you out in choosing your weapon of choice in protecting your child, and possibly ourselves, against the harsh rays of the sun. Before we give you the list, let us just discuss the topic of SPF or Sun Protection Factor. A sunscreen’s SPF is the measure of the product’s effectivity. The SPF is actually a factor that we multiply to the length of time that would take one’s skin to burn when no sunscreen is applied. The resulting value would be equivalent to the amount of time your skin could be exposed to the sun without burning once the sunscreen has been applied. As an example, if you burn within 10 minutes without applying sunscreen, using a sunscreen with SPF 15 would protect you for about 150 minutes. Studies, however, have shown that increasing the SPF will only increase the protection by a margin and the FDA has since tagged products claiming effectivity beyond SPF 50 as misleading.

    You may want to check our comprehensive buying guide for the best sunscreen​ for babies.

    Alright. Here we go with our top 5 picks! 

    Quick Comparison Table

    Thinkbaby Sunscreen

    Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream

    Biosolis Kids Organic Sunscreen

    Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen

    TruKid Sunny Days Daily Sunscreen

    Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen
    Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream
    Biosolis Kids Sun Milk Face & Body Organic Sunscreen, SPF 50
    Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen, SPF 40
    TruKid Sunny Days Daily Sunscreen, SPF 30+

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    SPF 50

    SPF 30

    SPF 50

    SPF 40

    SPF 30

    Thinkbaby Sunscreen, SPF 50+

    Thinkbaby Sunscreen, SPF 50+

    One of the top-rated sunscreens in the market, it isn’t hard to see why Thinkbaby Sunscreen is highly recommended. It is the first sunscreen to meet the Whole Foods Premium Care Requirements and has received top ratings from the EWG. It is very kid-friendly with its mineral-based formula and like with most sunscreens for children, Thinkbaby works by blocking the UV rays instead of absorbing it. This product offers the best value for money with its high SPF rating as well as its high level of water resistance. As per FDA 2012 rules, its water resistance claim should be good for at least 80 minutes. For a very water resistant sunscreen, it is relatively easy to apply and has a non-greasy feel.

    Parents will also be comforted in the fact that ThinkBaby products make use of very safe ingredients unlike other sunscreen products that have high levels of carcinogens. If you are looking for a super effective product at SPF 50+ and among those with the highest category in terms of water resistance, Thinkbaby Sunscreen is your best choice!

    So, then. Broad-spectrum protection? Yes. Safe for children use? Yes. Easy to use and wear? Yes. Do we think Thinkbaby Sunscreen is definitely the best sunscreen to use when we are out with our kids for some serious fun in the sun? Yes!

    Details of the Thinkbaby Sunscreen, SPF 50+

    Active Ingredient

    Zinc Oxide 20%

    Protection

    Broad-spectrum protection from UVA/UVB rays

    Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30

    Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30

    Another top choice, this product is also certified all-natural. This sunscreen comes in the form of a cream and is considerably thicker than the other products listed on this list. In contrast to the sheer types recommended for daily use, Badger Baby Sunscreen cream is a bit greasier. That’s okay. It is formulated that way to make it water and sweat resistant for at least 40 minutes. Badgers sunscreens have received high ratings from the likes of EWG and Consumer Reports. Although it’s a bit greasy, it is quite surprisingly easy to rub in. It immediately works upon application. The water resistant properties of Badger Baby Sunscreen cream has been well tested and proven to be effective for when our younglings are out in the sun. It doesn’t rub off easily and compliance to reapplication won’t be much of a problem. Also, it doesn’t hurt that it has a nice chamomile scent to it. This is probably one of the safest sunscreens out in the market today, making it our number 2 pick for all the babies out there.

    Fun fact: not only is Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream safe for your kids but it is also safe for animals, too! This sunscreen cream has not been tested on animals so if that is among your biggest concern, worry not, no animals have been harmed. Regardless, it’s a well tested product that works really well and is highly water resistant, too.​

    Details of the Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30

    Active Ingredient

    Zinc Oxide 18.75 %

    Protection

    Broad-spectrum protection from UVA/UVB rays

    Biosolis Kids Sun Milk Face & Body Organic Sunscreen, SPF 50

    Biosolis Kids Sun Milk Face & Body Organic Sunscreen, SPF 50

    Like the previously mentioned sunscreens, Biosolis Kids Sun Milk Face & Body Organic Sunscreen has a non-nano formula made with organic ingredients. What is nice to be highlight about this physical blocker is that it is certified as a Natural and Organic Cosmetic by ECOCERT Greenlife, a certification body for sustainable development. Owing to its natural origins, it is tagged as coral reef safe. We at ParentsNeed HQ find that extremely exciting and we are happy to offer you one of the best choices that would be enable you to protect your child without compromising the environment. It is never too early to start teaching our kids how to be advocates for sustainable living. Biosolis gives the same broad-spectrum sun protection as with the other recommended sunscreens that are kid-friendly. For being extra kind to our dear coral reefs, we definitely think it is one of the best sunscreens, claiming the third spot.

    Not only will you prevent sunburn and decrease the risk of cancer and early skin aging due to constant exposure under the sun, you also help the environment. This sunscreen, with 99 percent all-natural ingredients will keep your babies safe but will also not hurt coral reefs and the entire ocean life in the process.​

    Details of the Biosolis Kids Sun Milk Face & Body Organic Sunscreen, SPF 50

    Active Ingredient

    Titanium Dioxide 16.80%, Zinc Oxide 9.70%

    Protection

    Broad-spectrum protection from UVA/UVB rays

    Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen, SPF 40

    Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen, SPF 40

    Another favorite and another physical sunscreen, Babo Botanicals is made with 100% non-nano organic ingredients of mineral actives, pure flower and plant extracts with no preservatives. It is free from gluten, dairy and soy. With its white tea extract, avocado and jojoba oil content, Babo Botanicals provides a soothing and moisturizing action aside from sun protection. Easily one of the best choices for people with extra sensitive skin, more so for children and infants. It is very easy to wear because of its lightweight formula. It has a non-greasy feel and it actually feels clean on the skin so we don’t need to worry about our kids complaining of the sticky feeling, or our babies squirming in discomfort. We love the fact that it has no scent and that it can be worn on the face as a daily moisturizer as well as under our make up. This ultra sheer sunscreen is the best daily sun protection for our babies, kids and us grown-ups, too! However, it looked greasy especially on dark tones, making it slide to the fourth on our list.

    Despite being slightly greasy, there is just too much to love about this sunscreen: broad spectrum, lightweight formula, fragrance free, made for those with sensitive skin and doubles as a moisturizing cream. Gluten-, dairy- and soy-free products are not just limited in your food and drinks – you can have them in your sunscreen cream, too.​

    Details of the Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen, SPF 40

    Active Ingredient

    Titanium Dioxide 5.5 %, Zinc Oxide 3.3 %

    Protection

    Broad-spectrum protection from UVA/UVB rays

    TruKid Sunny Days Daily Sunscreen, SPF 30+

    TruKid Sunny Days Daily Sunscreen, SPF 30+

    This physical sunscreen is a mineral-based product. It is free from gluten, phthalate and paraben. Without all these preservatives, it is all-natural and is extra mild for sensitive baby skin. Skin irritation is one less from our worries.The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit organization that conducts environmental researches to educate consumers on how to make healthy and informed choices, has since recognized this product’s safety and has named it one of the best-scoring sunscreen lotions for kids this 2016. What we like about this sunscreen is that unlike most physical blockers, it is quite easy to rub in. It is easy to wear and ideal for daily use, plus the non-nano formula contains moisturizing ingredients such as organic aloe, coconut, sunflower and jojoba oils. It keeps our kids’ skin protected while moisturizing it. Oh, and it smells good, too! Though we would usually recommend unscented products, the citrus scent is actually quite a nice touch. It leaves our babies’ skin smelling cleaner and fresher. The only downside is that it needs frequent reapplication. Not a bad add-on at all so we placed it on the fifth spot.

    Did we add that this sunscreen has been guaranteed by pediatricians and dermatologists alike? Yes, it’s free from all those harmful chemicals but it is also eczema-safe. Additionally, its mineral-based formulation is not just safe for babies and kids but also for the reefs. Your children can swim all they want without worrying about the corals and fish!​

    Details of the TruKid Sunny Days Daily Sunscreen, SPF 30+

    Active Ingredient

    Zinc Oxide 20%

    Protection

    Broad-spectrum protection from UVA/UVB rays

    Conclusion

    Looking at the list, you would notice that it is comprised of physical sunscreens. As we have pointed out for each product, physical sunscreens do away with biologically harmful ingredients and are thus safer for our kids. Non-toxic physical sunscreens are more expensive than their chemical counterparts but agree with us when we say it’s a small price to pay for the protection that our children are getting. It is also important to note that the effectivity of these sunscreens depend mainly on our correct application and reapplication. These products which are recommended as best sunscreens by ParentsNeed HQ remain safe for babies and children to use so long as they are applied on the surface of unbroken and undamaged skin, and due caution is taken to keep the product out of our children’s eyes.

    In the end, our children’s skin compatibility with the product will decide the best sunscreen to use. Now, then.

    What can you say mommies and daddies? Are we ready for some fun under the sun?​


    Originally posted 2016-07-13 04:52:30.


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