I am super picky about what I put on my children. After an embarrassing amount of research (lol), I’ve narrowed my top five sunscreens for kids.
What exactly does EWG certified/verified mean? “When you see the EWG VERIFIED™ mark on a product, you can be sure it’s free from EWG’s chemicals of concern and meets our strictest standards for your health.” ~ Source EWG
The EWG has come out with a list for this year’s top sunscreens for kids. The post states
“How we made the list:”
“EWG examined every best-rated sunscreen in this year’s guide marketed for use on babies and kids. We chose products that have an overall score of 1 and a green rating for ingredient hazards and UV protection, and that would pass the 2019 FDA proposed standards based on EWG’s modeling of the products. We selected products unambiguously marketed for use on babies and children by including those with the terms “baby,” “kids,” “kiddos,” “little,” and/or “children” in the product or brand name. We did not review product images, which are more subjective; note that some of our other best-scoring sunscreens include packaging that suggests use on babies and children. We filtered out products with ingredients that EWG considers particularly worrisome, like formaldehyde-releasing chemicals.” ~ Source: HERE
I’m so grateful is a company like this.
Why I chose the ones I did
Simple why: because I’ve tried every single one of them with solid results. I will never share anything that I haven’t tried on my own kids. Ever. Lets go through the top 5.
Something to note: notice how I don’t have any sprays on here? There are many reasons but I think Whole New Mom does a great explanation.
EWG does an amazing job explaining exactly why we need to be concerned with the ingredients in sunscreen to begin with here. As they state “many sunscreen chemicals are absorbed into the body and can be measured in blood, breast milk and urine samples.”
Steps to take
Remember sunscreen alone won’t work as well unless you take precautions first.
“A few blistering sunburns in childhood can double a person’s lifetime chances of developing serious forms of skin cancer. The best sunscreen is a hat and shirt. After that, protect kids with a sunscreen that’s effective and safe.” ~ Source: EWG
I found a brand new, tags still on it, spf 50+ swim shirt for Ella for 5 bucks the other day. Keep kids covered while still having fun is the very first step. Hat, glasses, sun shirts, and sunscreen. I don’t know about you, but having a sunburn freakin hurts and a child with one is misery. Plus it ups their risk for skin cancer later on it life.