These Are The Worst Sunscreens For Children In 2018, According To EWG

These Are The Worst Sunscreens For Children In 2018, According To EWG

We all know that the sun can be damaging to our skin. But research shows that children are at particular risk when it comes to harmful rays. And while sunscreen can help to keep your kiddos safe, not all sunscreen brands are created equal.

In fact, some sunscreens contain chemicals that can be downright dangerous for little ones. That’s why the Environmental Working Group (a non-profit, non-partisan consumer advocacy organization) grades the top sunscreens for kids each year for safety.

Here are the EWG’s top sunscreen offenders for 2018:

1. Banana Boat Kids Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100

This popular brand from Banana Boat received the lowest possible score of a 10 (scores of 0–2 are considered low-hazard, 3–6 is of a moderate hazard, and 7–10 is high-hazard). In part, this is because the EWG estimates that its advertised SPF is much higher than the SPF protection it actually offers. But its score is also so low because spray sunscreens pose an inhalant risk. In fact, there was recently news regarding a 6-month-old baby girl who suffered swelling and horrific third-degree burns as a result of using a spray sunscreen.

Additionally, although these high SPF sunscreens offer marginally better sun protection, the EWG says, “Many studies have found that people are misled by the claims on high-SPF sunscreen bottles. They’re more likely to use high-SPF products improperly and, as a result, may expose themselves to more harmful ultraviolet radiation than people relying on products with lower SPF values.”


2. Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 60+

This product also received the lowest possible rating of a 10 from the EWG team. Why? Because it contains chemicals that are of concern, including known skin allergen methylisothiazolinone (which is actually banned in Europe in leave-in products such as sunscreen).


3. Panama Jack Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 85

Another low rating of a 10! Panama Jack Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 85 earns this low grade due to its high SPF, and because it includes harmful chemicals like oxybenzone and methylisothiazolinone. (Experts recommend that consumers avoid chemicals such as oyzbenzone because it could disrupt hormone production).


Instead, if you’re looking for a sunscreen that will offer sun protection without the addition of potentially harmful chemicals, it’s recommended that you look for sunscreens that include zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, as these are healthier for your skin and our environment.

Good options include Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Lotion Sunscreen, Sensitive Skin, SPF 50, Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream, Tangerine & Vanilla, SPF 30, and Tom’s of Maine Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30.

For the full list of top-rated kids’ sunscreen for 2018, visit the EWG web site here.

To receive a free copy of EWG’s Guide to Safer Sunscreens, simply go to this link.

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